Storing Stupidity – Lesson Learned


Ok, so if you have your own property, and the snow comes waaay too fast, what do you do with all the stuff you were not be able to store away? Do you leave it, waiting for the spring? Or, do you take responsibility and “take care of it”?

I usually like the last solution, to fix it, even when there are a few inches of snow on the ground. BUT, as you can see on the picture above, you some times have to abandon your best intentions, and just do a “quicky”. But, many times you end up in a very bad spot. A costly place to be.

Spring 2012, I went to check on my dirt bike…a $5,000-6,000 Honda XR650 dirt bike. A large dead Aspen had fallen on it. I was so mad at myself. Luckily the damage was not as bad as I thought. It needs a few parts, but the cost is not that bad. The shocks seem to be fine.

The lesson learned, is that no matter how little time you have when that white carpet shows up…you need to take care of things. In my case, I had to cover up two dirt bikes with a plain tarp. That might work, but next time I will look for possible dangerous trees.

And, snow is a real “killer”. On our property, we get several feet of snow in the winter. The snow can be brutal – crushing aluminum garbage cans, dent roof of over-wintering cars, etc.

Here are a couple of storing ideas:

  • Tarps: If you HAVE to store something under a tarp, use a very thick tarp, or maybe two layers of thinner tarps. We use two different types of tarps:
    • The gray/brown tarp you get at WalMart. It comes in many sizes.
    • Used billboard tarps. You can usually get a 14′ x 48′ tarp for around $40-50 a piece. We have used these for many years, and cover our trailer with it, etc. They are usually pretty thick, and lasts for 3-4 seasons. These types of tarps are getting more and more popular, and you even find companies that buy up all the billboard tarps they can get hold of, and then re-sell them.
  • Shipping Containers: Depending on what stage you are in with your property, you might not have a shed or garage yet. A nice solution could then be to get a shipping container. They are made for being splashed on out at sea, and are very durable. They usually come in two sizes: 20′ and 40′. You can find companies that sell these almost everywhere, at least in the mainland US. And, if you want to be really creative, you can even later put some nice boards around it and make a nice roof. This way it will not look like an eyesore among trees and beautiful nature. Usually companies selling these types of containers can deliver it to your property.

Be careful with your stuff out there. That extra few minutes in fall, might end up being a cheap investment…

About TJ

A Senior Software Engineer - a software developer for almost 30 years. Supporter of use of sound logic, both in work and life situations. Eager to learn new things, and is not afraid of jumping into an excavator for the first time starting the work of making a three miles steep mountain road. Loves nature, and has his favorite times (when not with his wonderful wifie) in the shade during the summer listening to our Creator's nature-musicians - the song birds.


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