During the winter months, what could be more fun than playing out in the snow, drinking hot cocoa and watching large flakes fall slowly from the sky?
Well, nothing really. But here's a very simple project that should at least place in the top 10 things to do during the next snow. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.
In this project, you have the choice of using either 1x6 or 1x8 lumber. Here are a few things to consider:
If your gauge will be 3' 6" tall or more, we suggest a wider bottom panel for more stability. Thus, you should choose 1x8 lumber. Otherwise 1x6 should be fine.
Good idea: If you plan on decorating your snow gauge you may want to use 1x8 lumber. Wider boards will allow more room for artwork next to your snow measurements.
|A. Front panel||1x8 or 1x6||(L)"||1|
You choose the length of the front panel. Make it long enough to measure the deepest snow expected in your area.
If you want the gauge to measure up to 24" of snow make this board 24". Call this measurement "L". The length you choose for your front panel will determine the length of the other two boards.
|B. 45° brace||1x8 or 1x6||(L x .75)"||1|
To determine the length of board "B" multiply "L" by .75. Round the result up to the next even number.
Example: You chose 48" as your front panel length. 48" x .75= 36". 36" is the length of your 45° brace.
|C. Bottom panel||1x8 or 1x6||(L x .75)"||1|
Cut your bottom panel the same length as your 45° brace.
With all three boards cut to length, cut a 45° angle out of each end of the 45° brace and out of one end of the front panel.
The 45° brace should look similar to this:
The front panel should look similar to this:
The 45° angle is cut into the end of the front panel to avoid snow accumulating on top of it, falling off to the front and skewing your snow measurements.
Three different views of a completed snow gauge.
A completed 48" snow gauge.
The key to having accurate measurements is to find a good open spot to place your snow gauge. The gauge should also be within sight distance from a window.
After you have found the perfect spot for your gauge, use a hammer to drive the 6 eavestrough spikes through the bottom plate and into the ground. If you'll be using this gauge on a solid surface, you can use bolts or screws to attach it securely.
It's easiest to install the snow gauge prior to any snowfall. However, if snow has already began to fall, simply clear a spot large enough for the base of the gauge and slide the front panel against the snow without disturbing its depth. Then nail in the eavestrough spikes. Fill in around the gauge with snow to prevent new snow from drifting into the open area inside the gauge and skewing your measurements.
Sit back, drink a cup of cocoa, watch the snow fall and easily measure how much has accumulated.