What to do when snow blocks house door?


Rita Totten

So you’ve locked yourself out of your house. Now what?

Ideally, you’ll already have given a spare house key to a trusted neighbor or friend for just such an occurrence. But if not, here are a few things to try:

Ask for help

Do you live with roommates? Can they come home and let you in? Sure, it may be an inconvenience to ask your housemates to come let you in, but not nearly as inconvenient as being stranded outside your house, especially in the cold. If you rent your place, try reaching out to your landlord. They will usually have a copy of your house key and, depending on their location, may be close enough to swing by and let you in. If you live in an apartment complex, stop by the manager’s office and ask to be let into your place. Just make sure you can provide proof of who you are and the fact that you do indeed live in the complex.

Look for unlocked windows

Of course you would never leave your windows...

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As freezing temperatures grip Britain this week, the RSPCA is urging people to make sure animals are kept warm and safe.

Nature-lovers are being encouraged to look out for birds by leaving out extra food such as seeds, grains, net-free fat or suet balls, apples and pears.

The charity said they should only be fed peanuts which are unsalted, fresh and sold for human consumption or by a reputable feed shop, and should be chopped up or put in good quality mesh feeders.

Bird baths should be kept free of ice, bowls of clean water should be left out and feeders and water bowls should be kept clean to prevent disease spreading.

And garden ponds need to be checked every day to make sure the surface is not entirely frozen as poisonous gases can build up under the ice – and if it is only pour hot water on to the surface to melt a hole.

Rabbit owners should consider moving hutches when temperatures start to reach freezing while guinea pigs should be housed...

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1. He WAS SITTING on the bank fishing when he SAW a man’s hat flowing down the river. It SEEMED strangely familiar.

2. It WAS SNOWING heavily when he WOKE up. He REMEMBERED that Jack CAME for lunch and DECIDED to go down to the station to meet him in case he LOST his way in the snow.

3. When I REACHED the street I REALIZED that I DID NOT KNOW the number of Tom’s house. I WAS WONDERING what to do it when Tom TAPPED me on the shoulder.

4. As the goalkeeper WAS RUNNING forward to seize the ball a bottle


him on the shoulder.

5. I LOOKED through the classroom window. A geo lesson WAS GOING ON. The master WAS DRAWING diagrams.

6. Most of the boys WERE LISTENING to the master but a few WHISPERED to each other, and Tom WAS READING a history book. Tom HATED math


he always READING history books during the lessons.

7. Everyone WAS READING quietly when suddenly the door


open and a complete stranger RUSHED...

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This winter season has seen most United States’ Northeast parts being filled with a lot of snow. For instance, continuous snowing that takes up to four days has been witnessed in some areas of New England. With that, schools have remained closed and it’s common to see snow that’s piled higher than one’s front door.

This video was uploaded by James Gilfoy who is a YouTuber and shows us that some of our friends are running impatient with the current situation. His feisty feline wants to get outside and play around.The mission may appear impossible to you when Rudiger starts, but is not one whose mission can be put off that easily. With his paws, he starts to create a way through the mountain-like snow in front of him.

When he discovers making a tunnel will not provide the solution. He sits back frustrated devising another plan. With the love the owner has for the cat, he can’t let him suffer. He just picks him up and places him on the mountain top for him to do the...

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Watch more Wilderness Survival Skills videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/310728-...

The Inuit used igloos as temporary shelters during hunting trips. These snow houses can be constructed even at latitudes far from the Arctic regions.

When inside the igloo, make sure you have adequate ventilation. Always keep the entrance open.

Step 1: Select a quarry site
Select a suitable site for quarrying snow blocks. The snow should be firm enough to cut into blocks, but soft enough to allow the blocks to fuse when pressed together. If the snow is too soft, tramp on it for 15 to 30 minutes, then wait another half hour to let it collect.

Probe the snow with a pole to make sure the snow in the quarry site formed in one snowfall. Multilayered snow tends to fracture and is unsuitable for building igloos.

Step 2: Dig a trench
Use a snow shovel to dig a trench beside the quarrying site. The trench will provide access to the...

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1. When can we meet again?

When are you free?

It was two days ago.

Can you help me?

2. My aunt is going to stay with me.
How do you do?
How long for?
How was it?

3. When do you study?
at school
in the evenings
in the library

4. Would you prefer lemonade or orange juice?
Have you got anything else?
If you like.
Are you sure about that?

5. Let's have dinner now.
You aren't eating.
There aren't any.
Tom isn't here yet

6. The snow was ...... heavily when I left the house.

7. I can't find my keys anywhere - I ...... have left them at work.

8. When a car pulled out in front of her, Jane did well not to ...... control of her bicycle.

9. According to Richard's ...... the train leaves at 7 o'clock.

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Built in the 1920s, the rowhouses in the 7400 block of Tulpehocken Street are sturdy and well-maintained. The small lawns are mowed, the hedges trimmed.

Neighbors such as Alice Brown, Patricia Major, and block captain Sylvester Pleasant pooled their money and paved the alley that runs behind their homes. Many also have purchased identical lampposts to spruce up their walkways.

Many have lived on this West Oak Lane block since Richard Nixon was in the White House.

But, alas, there's a problem, and it stinks worse than Watergate.

Especially on days when the temperature rises and the wind blows just right.

The stench wafts from the abandoned house on the corner of 75th and Tulpehocken. It's missing a second-floor back window. The back deck is jacketed in rust. A growing crack nearly bifurcates the front porch and inches toward Brown's property.

The garage door and a side door are breached and weather warped; the hedges are a shaggy green...

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"Your Philippine House and the Eskimo's Snowshoes"

Philippine Hollow Blocks versus Solid Concrete Walls

Your local contractor in the Philippines will build with the old-style hollow blocks because "you just buy those and the mason builds the walls with it". Simple. And it's the cheapest way to build a house in the Philippines.

You want your House to be Typhoon- and Earthquake Resistant

Hollow blocks is a 'backyard industry' and is not regulated. Hence, mostly the quality is poor. Drop a block on the floor and it breaks in many pieces.

Hollow blocks are nothing more than stones that you stack between the columns like Lego so you can make an opening in it to place the window; HOLLOW BLOCKS ARE NOT CARRYING THE NEXT FLOOR AND/OR ROOF (the columns do that). They have no other function than 'being a wall'. It's the cheapest way to make a wall but they are weak and they have to make the...

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"The Snow Fort" is an episode of The Backyardigans from the first season.



"Mounties Pablo and Tyrone are on duty, defending their Snow Fort, as Ski Patrollers Uniqua and Tasha search for someone to save - all to the sounds of Western Swing."


Tyrone is in the backyard wearing a brown mountie hat. He paces back and forth chanting, but is interrupted when he spots the viewer. Tyrone introduces himself as a mountie and begins singing "I'm a Mountie". During the song, Pablo walks over, wearing the same type of hat, and sings along. After the song ends, Tyrone tells Pablo that today, they will defend the World's Largest Snowball inside a Yukon snow fort, and the they walk to Yukon. The camera moves and shows Uniqua and Tasha skiing. They introduces theirselfs as ski patrollers and them say that they ski on Yukon to search for people to help.

The backyard transforms into the snowy regions of Canada. Uniqua and Tasha...

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The best preparation for tomorrow is doing something today.

When we’ll have no running water, no extra food, no electricity… then we’ll truly understand this old saying… the hard way. Or we can make sure that our houses offer a decent level of protection.

Install a Rain Water Collector or a Rain Filter Barrel

You may choose to store water for gardening or for drinking. For gardening, rainwater is, naturally, best unfiltered. But, for household use, you can make an easy auto-filter using a barrel. Click here if you want to make this 100-year-old filter in a barrel.

The filter may be set in the cellar and used only for drinking water. Or it may be used in time of drought for filtering stagnant water, which would otherwise be unpalatable, for the use of stock. This also makes a good cider filter if you want to make vinegar (Read – Making Raw Apple Cider Vinegar at Home).

This will stop you having to spend more money time and energy into a filtration...

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D. L. Ashliman's Home Page retired May 1, 2000, from the

University of Pittsburgh

He now conducts his folklore research from southern Utah. He can be contacted at ashliman at hotmail dot com. (Use traditional e-mail punctuation and spacing.)

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