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Outdoor Workers Push on Despite Cold Weather

MARENGO (Tom Bosco/Kate Liebers) -- Many central Ohioans only have to deal with the cold during quick trips to the car or to walk the dog. For others, the outdoors is their office.

Robin Schroeder of Robins Custom Exteriors, for example, said he battles the elements year-round as a roofer. He said he has worked when the thermometer read 120 degrees and, on Monday, when it was one of the coldest days of the season.

"When you have wind, you just can't work in it some days," he said.

Just like in the summer, Schroeder said he has to make sure his crew is dressed properly and taking appropriate breaks. Consequently, both sides of the extreme weather spectrum affect productivity.

"When you have to work with hammers and nails and screws and screw guns, it's a lot harder," said Schroeder, referencing the mittens he must wear to fend of frostbite. "Everything takes more time."

Whether it's in July's brutal heat or January's bitter cold, Schroeder said dealing with the weather is all part of the job. If given the choice, however, he said he'd prefer the blistering sun to the arctic blast.
He said he would take July's brutal heat over January's bitter cold.
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