The Best Snow Shovel to Help You Survive Winter

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For clearing snow, the best tool is undoubtedly a neighborhood child. If you don’t have any enterprising kids living nearby, the coming of winter means you’re likely going to have to clear your driveway and walkway yourself. If you’ve found this task particularly miserable over the years, it might not be because you’re out of shape. It could be your shovel.

There are a lot of snow shovels on the market, but not all of them are designed for comfort or efficiency. Some are too big, making each heavy scoop a burden on your back. Some are too small or flimsy. The best one clears powder without the need to visit a chiropractor.

According to Wirecutter author Doug Mahoney, who has tested a variety of shovels over the past several years, your top choice should be the True Temper 18-inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover, which is available for $47 on Amazon.

The True Temper, in Mahoney’s words, has a plastic scoop that is “neither overly large and awkward nor too small and inefficient.” The curved shaft of the shovel makes hefting piles of snow easier; a nylon edge means you won’t be damaging the wood on stairs or decks.

If you still have trouble moving snow, you can opt for a Back EZ from EZiMate, a $9 second handle that can be attached to the shaft of any shovel to provide another place for gripping. That balances the weight and takes pressure off your back.

When you clear now, make sure to take several passes during heavy snowfalls rather than letting it accumulate for one big removal. If there’s already a lot of snow on the ground, scoop it up in layers. And exercise some caution when trying a “life hack” like spraying cooking oil or WD-40 on the shovel surface in an effort to get wet snow to slide off. It may work, or it may not—but you don’t want to fall on an already-dangerous surface made even more slippery by the excess.

[h/t Wirecutter]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
Dyna-Glo/Wayfair

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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This Outdoor Lantern Will Keep Mosquitoes Away—No Bug Spray Necessary

Thermacell, Amazon
Thermacell, Amazon

With summer comes outdoor activities, and with those activities come mosquito bites. If you're one of the unlucky people who seem to attract the insects, you may be tempted to lock yourself inside for the rest of the season. But you don't have to choose between comfort and having a cocktail on the porch, because this lamp from Thermacell ($25) keeps outdoor spaces mosquito-free without the mess of bug spray.

The device looks like an ordinary lantern you would display on a patio, but it works like bug repellent. When it's turned on, a fuel cartridge in the center provides the heat needed to activate a repellent mat on top of the lamp. Once activated, the repellent in the mat creates a 15-by-15-foot bubble of protection that repels any mosquitos nearby, making it a great option for camping trips, days by the pool, and backyard barbecues.

Mosquito repellent lantern.

Unlike some other mosquito repellents, this lantern is clean, safe, and scent-free. It also provides light like a real lamp, so you can keep pests away without ruining your backyard's ambience.

The Thermacell mosquito repellent lantern is now available on Amazon. If you've already suffered your first mosquito bites of the summer, here's some insight into why that itch can be so excruciating.

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