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Snow Sled Maintenance

Snow Sled MaintenanceNowadays 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.

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