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Should've just shoveled

We got about 3" of snow tonight. Took out the shovel and pushed most of the snow to the sides of driveway making two long mounds, clearing the center. Pushed the snow off the apron into the street thinking I would make about 3 passes with the blower. I take out my Ariens 926102 head to the street to clear that end. I notice it isn't really moving anything and discover a sheer pin is broken. Back to the garage about and 15 minutes later I'm back at it. Head back to street and immediately hit a newspaper. Back to the garage. The thing is wedged between the impeller and sidewall. Cutting, pulling with pliers, ripping, using a razor, a long screwdriver, jimmying the impeller back and forth for about 40 minutes finally get it out. Now it's raining. Go back out finish up the end and hit the sides. Now I'm all wet and pissed off. If I would have just finished with the shovel I would have been in the house an hour sooner and dry!
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Ouch! Hate it when the shortcut takes longer. I just finished up the driveway as well. Have to get out early tomorrow morning. Did not want to deal with throwing heavy snow and ice at 7 in the morning.
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I have felt that way a few times so far this season... it sucks. lol
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We got about 3" of snow tonight. Took out the shovel and pushed most of the snow to the sides of driveway making two long mounds, clearing the center. Pushed the snow off the apron into the street thinking I would make about 3 passes with the blower. I take out my Ariens 926102 head to the street to clear that end. I notice it isn't really moving anything and discover a sheer pin is broken. Back to the garage about and 15 minutes later I'm back at it. Head back to street and immediately hit a newspaper. Back to the garage. The thing is wedged between the impeller and sidewall. Cutting, pulling with pliers, ripping, using a razor, a long screwdriver, jimmying the impeller back and forth for about 40 minutes finally get it out. Now it's raining. Go back out finish up the end and hit the sides. Now I'm all wet and pissed off. If I would have just finished with the shovel I would have been in the house an hour sooner and dry!
The only thing you failed to mention is that you unplugged the spark plug before you put your hands to it. People also don't realize that when a news paper and for that matter anything gets wedged there it may be under tension and may let loose at some point when the hands are there. it needs to be dealt with EXTREME CAUTION.
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I have heard of people getting newspapers out with either water or a torch. The idea being the water dissolves the paper or the fire burns it away. With fire you will damage the paint, with water you have to make sure it doesn't freeze.

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After all that, then ya gotta go out and buy another news paper. lol
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The only thing you failed to mention is that you unplugged the spark plug before you put your hands to it. People also don't realize that when a news paper and for that matter anything gets wedged there it may be under tension and may let loose at some point when the hands are there. it needs to be dealt with EXTREME CAUTION.
My friends father lost the tip of his finger 3 weeks ago from this exact thing. Machine was off and jammed somehow. He freed the jam and the augur spun one full turn and got his finger.
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Worse thing is it was that newspaper nobody wants, but you just get once a week, the one that's filled with advertisements and crap. I don't get newspapers deliver because I don't read them, nothing but bad news in there. The guy drives down the block at 35 mph and just throws them. Sometimes it lands on your driveway, sometimes on the lawn, sometimes in the middle of the street. I always just pick it up and throw it away but I guess I didn't see this one. It was in the street about 8 feet to the side of my driveway. I wonder how I can stop it from being delivered??
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