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Old 02.02.2015, 12:14
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Old 02.02.2015, 13:00
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

I'm reading this while seeing my freshly cleared drive get covered again, accumulation in last 24 hrs alone is a good 25cm, on top of the near metre gradually compacting...I was shocked to arrive at Stadelhofen last evening to no snow at all, then following my opera mini-marathon return via 30 min train ride to winter wonderland,

I do it myself, it is good for chatting with my neighbour, and if outside when the postman arrives the dog collects his Guetzli.

If 100 Sfr is the going rate for teenagers I think I WOULD like to be 15 again!

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Old 02.02.2015, 14:21
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

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Maybe a good idea to indicate why you're such a lazylion, to do it yourself, like most other people.
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except perhaps, those with physical disabilities for example ?
Which was my point - before anyone became judgemental.

If there's an age or physical restriction, it may be a good idea to mention this, as it might help to yield positive results.
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Old 02.02.2015, 14:32
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Hi, Can you pay somebody for a day to clear up the snow / rent the snow plough machine? Can you give me some hints on which companies to check with? Its for today - so don't have much time to plan

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For today- I'd say almost impossible unless you see someone clearing their own snow and you go and ask them, or know on neighbours's doors and ask them if they know anyone- or ask directly those with older teenagers, etc-

Most Communes use their own equipment and also sub-contract to smaller firms, and here, to farmers too- for extra help when there is a lot of snow. So I'd ask the Council/Commune if they know of anyone. Neighbours are usually an excellent source of info too.

We've had tons of snow recently- and the last few days we've cleared our car-park and drive 3 or 4 times a day- as soon as there is about 20-25 cm, we clear it, with shovels and a snow-blower. Leave it to get any deeper, and it just becomes absolutely impossible. No snow today- but even after clearing 3 times yesterday, including last night, we have another 30cm this morning. Snow is up to our window sills downstairs.
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Old 02.02.2015, 14:35
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If 100 Sfr is the going rate for teenagers I think I WOULD like to be 15 again!
I know, right? Shame the OP is so far away from Glarus.

For any EFers living up this-a-way, I'd cheerfully swap shoveling for babysitting while I do it (6 month old twins). I could do with the exercise and you could probably do with a few big gummy smiles.

(Half tempted to put an ad to that effect on the local Coop bulletin board, in fact... must behave myself though. The locals probably think we're odd enough already.)
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I live just across the border in France as well and I do even better, I pay nothing to get my driveway cleared.
A local farmer is contracted by the commune
Who funds the commune? You're paying for it one way or another...
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Old 02.02.2015, 14:57
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

The Swiss Communes (Councils/municipality or Gemeinde in German) clear all the roads, including minor ones, but not private drives and roads. You can contract them to do it for you for a (fairly large) fee. As said above, part of the snow clearing is done by the Commune employees with the Commune equipment, some is done on outside contracts with builders or farmers, who use their own equipment. They are the ones to approach.
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

Hi all, thanks for all those replies. I finally paid a local gardener to do it.

I could not do it myself, as I was sick over the weekend and the snow doubled in height.

Will keep these replies in mind for next time.

Thanks!
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Old 04.02.2015, 22:50
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...A less expensive alternative is a teenager and a shovel. Expect to pay above ca 100-ish and a mug of hot chocolate and cookies - perhaps a bit more depending on how much needs clearing....
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...If 100 Sfr is the going rate for teenagers I think I WOULD like to be 15 again!
I'd be a teen again for that! I think I got $5 for shoveling snow when I was a kid. Okay, my teenage years are well back into the last century but still. Money and cocoa and cookies...it's teenage utopia!
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

May I ask how much he charged? Did he shovel by hand, or did he have a snow-blower or snowplough?

Hard if you are unwell, but the key is to clear daily, or in the case of last few days (no snow today) about 3 times a day, to stop the snow getting deeper than 30cm at any one time.
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May I ask how much he charged? Did he shovel by hand, or did he have a snow-blower or snowplough?

Hard if you are unwell, but the key is to clear daily, or in the case of last few days (no snow today) about 3 times a day, to stop the snow getting deeper than 30cm at any one time.
Yes, lesson well learnt!
He charged 60 CHF/ hr - shovel by hand.
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Old 04.02.2015, 23:20
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

Ouch!
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I'd be a teen again for that! I think I got $5 for shoveling snow when I was a kid. Okay, my teenage years are well back into the last century but still. Money and cocoa and cookies...it's teenage utopia!
And yet, I was informed yesterday that CHF 100 isn't enough to tempt local teenagers to put down the Red Bull and pick up a shovel. Apparently no self-respecting teen gets out of bed for less than 200. Apparently.

Why when I were a ladette... I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, eat a lump of cold poison, work twenty-nine hours down 't mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when I got home... then I had to shovel the snow.
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

Could get one of these if it is for little use.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76sOBtrH1Ws
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Old 05.02.2015, 08:51
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Could get one of these if it is for little use.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76sOBtrH1Ws
You're joking, yeah? ....... A woman reversing with a blade on the back that she can't see ........ Aahhhh!



I use one of these on my driveway - quick and easy, but must be used regularly, before the snow has chance to build up and become too high.

http://www.bauhaus.info/wintergeraet...er-/p/20762469
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

Probably the best investment we ever made was buying the snow-blower machine- without it we would be stuffed!
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Yes, lesson well learnt!
He charged 60 CHF/ hr - shovel by hand.
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Ouch!
Depends how many hours it took him really.
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

My 12 year old son clears our widowed neighbour's path everytime he clears ours (which is most days). It was his own idea to clear the neighbour's path at the same time and as far I am aware he has never mentioned it to her (she is at work every day so does not see him do it). He certainly doesn't do it for money.
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My 12 year old son clears our widowed neighbour's path everytime he clears ours (which is most days). It was his own idea to clear the neighbour's path at the same time and as far I am aware he has never mentioned it to her (she is at work every day so does not see him do it). He certainly doesn't do it for money.
You've raised a good 'un, ecb!
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...Why when I were a ladette... I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, eat a lump of cold poison, work twenty-nine hours down 't mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when I got home... then I had to shovel the snow.
I had to scroll back up after reading that, as I was certain it was penned by DB. Well, except the ladette part...
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