Want/need to sleep in? Forget it. Even if there is no visible debris - leaf or otherwise - within your eyesight, leaf blower wielders spend just enough time blowing around invisible leaves under you window for as long as it will take for you to give up on your morning's rest.
Think you can escape it at work? Sorry, no. A battalion of leaf blowers stand ready to shatter the few peaceful moments it takes for you to get from your car to inside the building.
I'm completely flummoxed by the need for these things. Here's what I've observed:
- Leaf blowers only work between 5am and 9am.
- It takes 30 times longer to blow whatever it is being blown into a pile with a leaf blower than it does using a rake.
- Leaf blowers emit 5000 decibels when in use (okay, really between 80-112 dB, but still), ensuring deafness within a few minutes for the worker not wearing noise-cancelling earphones and causing nerve-traumatizing, teeth-grinding migraines to anyone within 1/2 a mile away (my estimate).
- They stink.
Solution: Buy a rake, or what we used to call a yard broom. The job will be finished in 1/25th of the time it takes to wrangle those leaves, twigs, and other debris into a neat pile with a blower. You'll get exercise. You'll save money on noise-cancelling earphones and stinky gas/electricity.
I stand by my belief that making leaf blowers extinct will add to joy and peace on earth. (Reminder: buy a rake.)
Our leaf-blowers don't even blow them into piles. They just move them around!
My point exactly. Raking is much more efficient. And less noisy.
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