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How or what can i use to keep the snow off my direct tv sat dish

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by TMOMADMAX, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. TMOMADMAX

    TMOMADMAX New Member

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    i really need some help with a issue i have with snow building up on my direct tv satilite dish when it snows. When it snows i have to climb 30ft to get to my satalite and clean the snow off of it with a broom. I just went to lowes and bought a 30ft extension ladder, and a pole with a soft broom attached to it, to clean the snow off of the dish. Now its getting a little dangerous to be up that high to try to keep the dish clean. Also a worker from lowes told me about a product called; du pont teflon snow and ice repellent. They say it helps prevent snow and ice build up on many things such as snow blowers, shovels the underneath of your car, and snowmobiles. Will this product work or harm my direct tv dish, or is there anything else i can use besides water now that my water supply for the outside is froze now. And i used a black trash bag to cover the dish but the signal wasn't the same. And the heaters are to expensive to buy and run new electric to the roof to be plugged in all winter long. Can any one please help me with this issue? :(
     
  2. Kevin F

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    How about a hotshot dish heater.

    Kevin
     
  3. TMOMADMAX

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    I looked that up on the web kevin, and to be honest i just spent 246.00 yesterday for a 30 ft extension ladder, a extension pole that you can attach a soft brush to it to try to wipe off the snow without falling 30 ft to the ground. Plus the dish heater is a little pricey and would have to run all new electric to reach the roof, so my military pension money doesn't go far. So that cant be a option for me. Any other ideas?
     
  4. Kevin F

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    How about a sturdy plastic bag covering the dish so the snow can't stick to it.

    Kevin
     
  5. TMOMADMAX

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    DuPont Snow & Ice Repellent;

    Snow & Ice Repellent

    Helps prevent snow & ice build-up on snow blowers, shovels, auto undercarriage, snow mobiles, snow plows and satellite dishes
    Helps prevent augur jams and chute clogging on snow blowers
    Use on locks and latches to prevent snow & ice build-up:)
     
  6. Drucifer

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    $5.98 at Lowe's. Not bad.
     
  7. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek DIRECTV A-Team

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    I merged the threads this way all of the replies can be together.
     
  8. dualsub2006

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    I've been think about this, and I'd like to suggest something to you. You don't need to run electric to your roof, the heater comes with 100' of low voltage cable to power it. Buy the heater, run an extension cord over to the side of your house, use your ladder to run the low voltage up the side of your house and install the heater, return the ladder to Home Depot.
     
  9. ejbvt

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    When I lived up north, my dish (dish network if that matters) would be not visible because it would be covered in snow and it would work fine. My parents still live in Vermont and it gets covered for a day or two after a big snow and they never lose signal either. Is this really something people need to be worried about?
     
  10. Drucifer

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    Normal snow no, but heavy wet snow that turns to an ice shield, yes.
     
  11. Draconis

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  12. ejbvt

    ejbvt AllStar

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    That makes sense, I suppose. My parents have a really strong signal. Takes epically heavy rain to knock it out and even then it just pixelates. Must be they had an extra-good install or are in a good location.
     
  13. Phil T

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    I have this same heater and it was money well spent. I am into my second winter with it. It was an easy install and I love the fact I never have to go on the roof to clear snow anymore. :D

    It is a must have if you live in a snowy area!
     
  14. jdspencer

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    I have my dish a ground level. :D

    I know not everyone has that as an option, just saying!
     
  15. litzdog911

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    Sooper Soaker squirt gun filled with warm water.
     
  16. doctor j

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    Let me process this corectly? You'r accepting a 30 FT extenbtion ladder, with a pole with an extention broom and snow & ice repellant beyound that,to keep the dish clean.

    Whats wrong with a low voltage ,thermostat controlled fixed heating pad to eliminate all ladder climbs after initial setup!


    Heatting Pad Makes Ultimate Since!

    What.s not to love about this!!

    Doctor j
     
  17. Richierich

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    I agree with Draconis that once you spend $130 for the Heating Element and put it up you are done!!!

    No more Snow problems for your dish.

    Take back the ladder and pay an electrician to install the heating element and you are good to go without any further hassle.
     
  18. Drucifer

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    Unless, you have a setup like mine with a PI out in the weather. That decides to die when wet.
     
  19. bengalfreak

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    I second this. Its low cost and works great. You do have to get out in the snow to spray it, but we only get heavy snow a couple of times a month.
     
  20. Old_School

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    I am to lazy to walk out in the snow to spray it so ill pay the $130 bucks for a dish heater..:lol::lol::lol:
     

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