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Snow Sled Maintenance
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snow sled maintenance can be a lot simpler than the days of yore,
depending on what type of sled you have. Wooden slats and metal
runners are no longer the only materials used in snow sled construction,
in fact most people prefer the plastic, flat bottomed and lightweight
models. Not only are these cheaper, but they are even faster and
slicker than runners, and are much easier to carry back up the hill
once you reach the bottom!
Even for the simplest versions, snow sled maintenance plays an
important roll in the quality of your ride and the durability of
your sled. For the simplest plastic ones, snow sled maintenance
simply involves checking for cracks before you hit the slopes and
rinsing or wiping your sled afterwards to clear off mud and snow.
Cracks will severely inhibit the smoothness and speed of your sledding,
and if your plastic sled is damaged in this way, discard it. A new
sled is not very expensive, and it is safer. Cleaning the bottom
surface will help to avoid cracking and drying out, as well as keep
it slick for your next ride!
As simple and easy as snow sled maintenance is, you can easily
teach your children how to properly take care of their sleds. This
not only saves you money by maintaining the quality and life of
the sleds, but it more importantly guides your children in good
habits that last a lifetime. Take the time to look over your sleds
before and after sledding, and teach your children to follow your
example! This makes snow sled maintenance feel like a necessary
part of the fun, not a grudgingly performed task.
If you have a sled that is slightly more complicated than a plastic
bowl shape, check all the screws, bolts and ropes as part of your
snow sled maintenance routine. Before you hop on those sleek hills,
you want to make sure the sled is going to stay together and handle
the stress in the best functioning way.
If a screw becomes stripped and won’t tighten, it’s
important to fix it before the sled is used again. You may want
to purchase a screw that is a couple sizes thicker, but the same
length. Or, a trick that works even better for wood is to fill the
hole with Elmer’s glue, stick a toothpick or match stick into
the hole and break it off so that the end is flush with the opening.
Let the glue dry, and then insert the screw again. It will easily
screw in this time, and stay secure.
Have fun on the hills! The ride will be safer and less risky once
you have performed the right snow sled maintenance.
When sledding, it is important to have the proper location.
When the snow falls, the first thought for many parents and children
is to break out the sleds.
When you consider buying any large ticket item, you tend to ask
people who have used it what they think of it before you purchase
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Once we mature and grow older, we realize why all the adults weren’t
as enthused about winter as us kids!