Saturday, January 14, 2012
Clear Roof Snow Easily With Snow Chute
[UPDATE Sat 3:53 pm: I couldn't remember my student's last name when I posted this. But I got an email from a reader who looked up the patent and asked if Leroy Groat was the man with the patent. Yes he is. And I've now left a message with his daughter's business and hope to find out soon if the snow chute is still available to buy. Or if you know how to get hold of Leroy, email me .]
A long time ago I was paired as a mentor for a student at the University. I've lost touch with her over the years, but I thought about her today as I went looking in the garage for my Snow Chute. This is a patented device her dad had invented. It's so obvious and simple and easy to use. So I bought one. I haven't used it for a long time, but this year with all the snow, and stories of roofs having trouble in Cordova, I decided it might be a good idea to get some snow off the roof. So today I decided to find it and experiment with the lower roof over our 'greenhouse.'
The video shows how easy this is because I had to do it one handed to use the video. With two hands it's nothing at all to do. Brilliant in it's simplicity and effectiveness.