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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dpeters11, Dec 16, 2010.
s doped silicon :lol:
That sounds . . . super
I still say a good coating of Rain X can't hurt. Think about how snow and rain slide off your windshield and doesn't leave a residue.......
Yes it can. :nono:
Or mount dishes where customers can easily brush away the snow themselves.
Yeah, I get calls from friends who have electrical problems and usually help them out, but it gets old after a while. I try to avoid letting people know I'm an electrician.
Last friend that called me with a problem had a refrigerator in his garage. His unheated garage. Fortunately his breaker box was in the garage too, and I immediately checked the receptacle he was using for it. He had burned out the receptacle. Replaced it and told him that using a refrigerator in an unheated space was asking for trouble, but he plugged it back in as soon as I left. I'll be back their soon, I'm sure.
A lot of people don't plan ahead when they buy houses. I've got three brothers-in-law that bought "McMansions" and some of the gutters are almost forty feet above ground level. Stick a dish on top of one of those homes and you'd play hell using a brush. Never mind trying to figure out how to clean the gutters.
I can reach all my gutters and get up on the roof with just a 12' ladder, I had been thru the "cleaning gutters at the risk of life and limb" in other houses and this time I was looking for a ranch with easy access to the roof. The McMansions are nice homes, but there are a lot of drawbacks to them. I've never had a problem cleaning my dish off, I just use an extension brush we bought to clean the cathedral ceilings with, don't even have to get the ladder out.
Leaf blower? Hair dryer? Using a hair dryer on the back of the dish should work. If the snow isn't sticky, a leaf blower would probably work. I think I'd try the hair dryer first.
I've never tried it myself but I had a neighbor in Minnesota who use to use a Shop Vac to clean off his dish.
Just make sure you have both feet in the snow when using the hair dryer and don't drop it! :lol:
After last winter I got a Hot Shot heater. Under $100 and I could stay toasty warm and dry. Truthfully I hope I ***NEVER*** need to use it and if it saves me once then it was well worth it.
Have neither. I might be able to reach only one side of the dish rear from my balcony. But I don't see it doing much in a middle of a storm.
My balcony is not in the open. It has a ceiling. I drop three 4'x6' shutters from the ceiling to block the 4'x18' opening for storms.
The dish is off to the side of the balcony on my porch roof.
For the record, I designed the home. So seeing another balcony design like mine would be near impossible.
You know that might work. I would need some type of 90° attachment.
If they don't already have something with a 90° angle, you might able to build your own using PVC pipe (I believe Shop Vac's use 2 1/2 pipe). That same neighbor created his own system out of PVC for cleaning out his gutters with a Shop Vac.
Edit: found this right angle brush attachment on Shop Vac's site: http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1289158
Should have cautioned anyone using the hair dryer method to use it on a GFI protected circuit or use a GFI adapter. They should also be used on outside Xmas lights.
I gotta look that up. You might have a toy that I don't have. He who dies with the most toys... :lol:
Just looked it up. I'll stick to my brush.
Well, it looks like I'll be off to Home Depot for some PVC pipe, elbow joints and a shop vac brush. Also need some gripping tape, once I have some basic measurements.
Only thing I worry about, is the bending of the shaft as I'm brushing the snow. Don't think it will break, but a springing action, would make it hard to control.
And be sure to be wearing these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ground-bracelet-grounding-strap-0a.jpg
Our IT (they weren't called that then) people had to wear them. They've been around for quite a while.
My winters spent working in Cleveland confirm everything you just wrote, exactly. Two houses right next door to each other can have VERY different wind/rain/snow patterns due to roof shape, dish location, trees, spacing and direction of houses, etc. One person's experience isn't necessarily going to be another's.
And, again, you are totally correct here. Once installed, a dish heater is a "zero-labor" anti-snow system.