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post #1 of 138 Old 11-16-2016, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Do you snowblow your neighbor's driveway?

I feel like a jerk for even bringing it up, but I've been the guy with a snow blower for over 25 years. In heavy snows where I see my neighbors darn near about to die, leaning on their shovels and looking over here, I always give in and go back out there and help them. Problem is, I'm now 56, with a bad back, operated-on shoulders and a hand that won't close all the way. Additionally, I've had to replace equipment they don't have to purchase, maintain, fuel, or store. Several of them don't mark their driveways with stakes before the storm, so I don't know where I'm going or what I'm into.

Still, when the shift hits the fan, I feel like a heel if I don't go and help everyone. I'm not sure why that is, but I guess it's the way I was raised. My wife tells me to stop, and even gets angry with me for doing it, but I end up doing it regardless. Now I got the Mrs. PO-ed at me on top of it. My wife reminds me -- "they know where the snow blower dealers are, just like you do!" She's a sweet lady, who's just looking out for my old carcass.

Well, this year I bought what I hope will be my last machine. Spent a bundle on it, so it'll probably never snow again. Blacktopped the driveway last year. Now I really don't want to go sucking up gravel in this new machine from the neighboring driveways where they don't bother to sweep the stones even at the end like I used to, so you're going to suck it up and strip the paint.

So what do you guys do? Do you find it a b**ch to just put the machine away and go inside, like I do?

Am I a sap!?
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I am in good enough shape still to help my neighbors out. One has offered sweet Bonny and me the use of his house in Myrtle Beach, S.C. we're going to take him up on it. Another neighbor will clean the sidewalk off for us so that is a good thing. There is another neighbor who gives me a gift certificate for $50.00 to a local restaurant. However, I don't feel necessarily beholden to any of my neighbors to do any of their work for them. If they never offered anything or if they didn't thank me I would simply stop but they all seem to show some appreciation. Really, thanks is enough.
If you're doing the work for your neighbors and there is no reciprocity of any kind I would simply do my driveway and sidewalk and go inside. Your wife is thinking right. It's nice to be nice but it's a whole other thing to be taken advantage of.
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I live by a number of elderly people and I make sure to clear all there drives and walks. I will not take money but haven received a number of homemade goodies..
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If you can help great, but don't kill yourself or wear out any more joints or body parts just to be a nice guy. If you end up unable to operate your machine, who's going to bail you out?

I am somewhat older than you are, and have the back problems, knee problems, and others, and by the time I finish my sidewalk and driveway, I'm pooped.

During heavy storms, I have been known to loan the machine to the neighbour so HE can do the work on his driveway.

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My neighbor plows so I actually thrown my snow into his driveway

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I can tell you this, letting another man use one of my machines would be like lending my wife out...Not going to happen.....LOL
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I have 2 close neighbors.
One is a late 60's lady, I snowblow her driveway but I also take care of the grass and leaves for a reasonable fee.
A few times I've offered to do the snowblowing service free of charge to my other neighbor (late 40's lady with 3 teenager kids) when we have considerable snowfalls and have gotten a NO thanks for an answer.
If I see a neighbor in need of snowblowing, I have the time and they allow me to, I'll be willing to do it free of charge if needed be.
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After the huge Winter storm here in CT 2 years ago, I helped the neighbor lady clear her driveway. Her husband was underway on a submarine, and she only had a snow shovel. Yeah, they didn't prepare for CT Winters!
I cleared their driveway because the 2 feet of snow that fell would have taken her forever to clear. Our other neighbor was an elderly man and his plow guy didn't show up after 2 days, so I cleared his driveway. Both were very grateful, and that's all the payment I needed!
I certainly didn't make it a habit of clearing the neighborhood driveways every time it snowed, but in an emergency, I'll help my neighbors out.

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I think it really depends on the people you are helping.

Do they stay outside and help you clear the snow? Or do they go inside and watch you while you work? Do they offer thanks, or just shrug it off like you owe them something? What about "payment". I know you probably dont ask for anything, but some people give back (baked goods, gift cards, cash etc.) even when they aren't asked.

If they just shrug it off like they expect you to help, then I say f**k 'em and let them suffer. But if they are super thankful and offer goodies as "payment", I'd be tempted to help too.

EDIT: You said you had purchased a new machine for your nicer, clean driveway. Why not use the old one on their driveway, so if you suck up gravel, it wont damage your new, clean machine? Just an idea.

EDIT 2: This past winter, I was the only one who didn't have a snow-blower. I was trying to do mine by hand. All of my neighbors around me had a snow-blower, and not one offered to help. However, I am not one of those people who expects help (in fact, i hate asking for it). It didnt bother me that they didnt offer, and if they did help, I would have surely did something to repay them. Luckily my dad was able to plow my driveway when it got too deep for me to shovel. This year, I bought a blower so I could be a little more self-sufficient.

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Do you snow blow your neighbor's driveway?

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