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« on: September 26, 2015 07:57:07 PM »



The clothesline that came with our place gets a lot of use between the rainy season and the smoke season and it is commodious to boot! Four lines each about 24' (approximately 8 meters) long! I love that thing, but it was kind of junky looking with it's rusty metal posts and sagging lines. Even though I have pinned all kinds of pretty clotheslines, this one is still super sturdy AND cemented into our hard, hard ground. So, I decided to paint it (green) and then add a snow gauge to one post... using toilet paper and paper towel tubes as stencils!



I haven't replaced the lines and probably won't until spring as I still have many small projects and one BIG one to complete before winter comes to our mountains.



I did a tutorial of sorts on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/09/no-more-snow-beyond-measure-for-us.html
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2015 08:04:14 PM »

How come it only goes to 4 feet?  You don't get more snow than that?  (Note:  I've never lived where it snows, and don't have a clue.)

Your snow gauge made me think I could do a rain gauge.  Let's see, we average 170" a year, divide by 12, and my gauge would have to be...a little over 14 feet tall.  It's a good thing my laundry lines are in the carport--or the clothes would never dry!

Really cute idea!
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2015 10:16:34 PM »

Hey MistressT, that's cool. I'm wondering too: 4 feet of snow? You expect that much regularly?

Steiconi: It's a good thing rain doesn't pile up like snow, cause 14 feet would be called a flood, wouldn't it? Wink

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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2015 07:46:13 AM »

How come it only goes to 4 feet?  You don't get more snow than that?  (Note:  I've never lived where it snows, and don't have a clue.)

Your snow gauge made me think I could do a rain gauge.  Let's see, we average 170" a year, divide by 12, and my gauge would have to be...a little over 14 feet tall.  It's a good thing my laundry lines are in the carport--or the clothes would never dry!

Really cute idea!

We have only lived here 3 years and only one of those years (one month, actually) had snow that would warrant this much gauge; 3'. We are in what is called the "Banana Belt" of Montana where the weather is generally a lot less severe than people think of when they think of Montana weather. Smiley

Hey MistressT, that's cool. I'm wondering too: 4 feet of snow? You expect that much regularly?

Steiconi: It's a good thing rain doesn't pile up like snow, cause 14 feet would be called a flood, wouldn't it? Wink

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It is possible, but not likely every year. But I figured up over 2 feet is when you really want to know how much snow is out there, right? Plus, it's way more fun to go big. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2015 08:57:23 AM »

I love the idea of the clothesline doing double duty. I live in the snowiest city in my state (and in the snowiest part of the city, it seems... lucky me), so a handy snow gauge would be nice to show people how deep the snow really is. When everything is blanketed in white, it's hard to get a sense of scale. But, after the snow of last winter, markings only up to 4' wouldn't be enough! I'll have to see if I can come up with some sort of marker that I can use in the front yard- maybe one of those plant hangers would work if it doesn't blow over...

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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2015 02:42:16 PM »

I love the idea of the clothesline doing double duty. I live in the snowiest city in my state (and in the snowiest part of the city, it seems... lucky me), so a handy snow gauge would be nice to show people how deep the snow really is. When everything is blanketed in white, it's hard to get a sense of scale. But, after the snow of last winter, markings only up to 4' wouldn't be enough! I'll have to see if I can come up with some sort of marker that I can use in the front yard- maybe one of those plant hangers would work if it doesn't blow over...

Thanks for the idea!

Oh boy! I considered going to 5', but thought that might jinx me one way or the other. Please post what you come up with!
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2015 05:06:36 PM »

Look at your fancy snow gauge!
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2015 06:25:34 PM »

Look at your fancy snow gauge!

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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2015 06:25:22 AM »

Well, that's something that would never get any play in the South. Cheesy What a fun idea for snowy regions, though; you are so clever! I know you'll love having an accurate scale to measure your snowfall.
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« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2015 05:53:26 AM »

Well, that's something that would never get any play in the South. Cheesy What a fun idea for snowy regions, though; you are so clever! I know you'll love having an accurate scale to measure your snowfall.

Ha! Definitely a regional craft. Maybe there's some way to make a mailbox or something into a humidity meter? Wink
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« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2015 05:19:49 AM »

Well, that's something that would never get any play in the South. Cheesy What a fun idea for snowy regions, though; you are so clever! I know you'll love having an accurate scale to measure your snowfall.

Ha! Definitely a regional craft. Maybe there's some way to make a mailbox or something into a humidity meter? Wink

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I don't have a clothes line, but I was thinking a snow gauge would be handy ( mostly because everyone asks me how much snow we have and I never really have a good idea.) Maybe I'll attach mine to that wood shed you've inspired me to make.   Wink
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« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2015 05:38:03 AM »

Well, that's something that would never get any play in the South. Cheesy What a fun idea for snowy regions, though; you are so clever! I know you'll love having an accurate scale to measure your snowfall.

Ha! Definitely a regional craft. Maybe there's some way to make a mailbox or something into a humidity meter? Wink

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I don't have a clothes line, but I was thinking a snow gauge would be handy ( mostly because everyone asks me how much snow we have and I never really have a good idea.) Maybe I'll attach mine to that wood shed you've inspired me to make.   Wink

Ha! Yes, we would often guess based on how deep the birdbaths were buried and how tall the column of snow on top of them was, but now we will have imperial, hard, scientific data!
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« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2015 09:52:32 AM »

Great idea. Ours is useless for anything but hanging bird feeders on, this would be a big improvement!
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« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2015 08:13:54 PM »

Great idea. Ours is useless for anything but hanging bird feeders on, this would be a big improvement!

Haha! Be sure to share it if you do it.
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