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


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#26 OFFLINE   Richierich

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 06:45 AM

I have used PAM as well, why is this a problem ?
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#27 OFFLINE   jimisham

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:31 AM

I got the Dupont Snow and Ice Repellent last week and sprayed it on the dish.
We had 2 or 3 inches of wet snow overnight and the dish had snow on it this morning.
It looks like there might have been a freezing rain before it changed to snow.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 01:12 PM

Cost of falling from ladder and breaking back = :mad:
Cost of dish heater = :)

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 07:14 PM

I just had a DirecTv Slimline SWiM8 with 6 receivers set up today. The dish had to be located on the corner on the grage roof due to line of sight. This is a 30' climb as well. Snow never crossed my mind until reading this thread.....

What would be considered a snowfall signifigant of interfering with the signal? I am in Maine as we can have big Nor'easters....next to nothing yet this year though.

I am not against adding a heater but not if its not nessesary. But i will not climb on the roof after every dusting of snow either.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 07:17 PM

I just had a DirecTv Slimline SWiM8 with 6 receivers set up today. The dish had to be located on the corner on the grage roof due to line of sight. This is a 30' climb as well. Snow never crossed my mind until reading this thread.....

What would be considered a snowfall signifigant of interfering with the signal? I am in Maine as we can have big Nor'easters....next to nothing yet this year though.

I am not against adding a heater but not if its not nessesary. But i will not climb on the roof after every dusting of snow either.


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Posted 26 December 2011 - 07:26 PM



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? :(

Is the dish way up there due to line of site, or did tech just put it up there. A dish relocation is $49, if it can be placed where you may clean it off while standing on the ground. Pam a big no-no folks as over time it get sticky and will cause snow / ice to stick. Rain-X or DuPont Snow/Ice repellant far better solutions.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 02:01 PM

Sooper Soaker squirt gun filled with warm water.


That is what I use... :)

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:06 PM

I use Super Soaker filled with RainX winter formulation. Not just good for melting snow, but gives that RAINx micro-layer so future water/snow will bead off the dish. Problem with spraying pure warm water at the dish is that you do melt off what's there, but you end up with a water layer on the dish that will freeze right back up again.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 03:33 PM

I use Super Soaker filled with RainX winter formulation. Not just good for melting snow, but gives that RAINx micro-layer so future water/snow will bead off the dish. Problem with spraying pure warm water at the dish is that you do melt off what's there, but you end up with a water layer on the dish that will freeze right back up again.


Was about to post a squirt gun of some type and windshield washer fluid. the -30° kind.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 05:36 PM

We have had over 50" of snow this season so far. I have not lost signal at all since I got my Hot Shot heater, including the 17" blast we got this weekend!

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:35 AM

Colorado powder has almost no water content if memory serves...
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:51 PM

You can spray Pam cooking spray on dish.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:56 PM

You can spray Pam cooking spray on dish.


Yea, if you want the dish to collect every drop of sap and dust in the air once it gets sticky in the sun. Nu finish (for cars) http://www.amazon.co...duct/B000BPSW7C works pretty well, but a dish heater is the correct answer if you have so much snow it sits in the dish.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:16 PM

Wish there was something for the arm and LNB!

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:21 PM

http://www.solidsign...s-14x2-(HS14ARM)

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:53 PM

I live in Minnesota and have had an ICE ZAPPER for several years. Only model available at the time had the built-in thermostat. I have an X10 appliance module to remotely power it on and off (Insteon or other would work too) so it isn't heating all the time. I see they have a remote now as well.

In a normal winter, which this one has not been, I need to turn it on once or twice (for a few hours). Always does the trick - never had LNB issues.

It's cheaper than a Hotshot...

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 02:31 PM

Ditto . . Ice Zapper is a great product . . . <$90. Is attached to the back of the dish reflector where it will not impact the signal.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:35 AM

DO NOT spray any chemicals or Pam as suggested on any of the plastics of the dish. ONLY spray the round/oblong metal dish itself. You are asking for eventual trouble or failure if spaying any of these on the LMB at the end of the arm. I use an alcohol/water mix on the metal dish and signal always comes back. Ice on the LMB at the end of the arm is not the issue, it's the metal dish that recieves the signal and bounces it into the LMB which sends the signal to the cable.
When the dish is pointed at the satellite, it isn't the LMB that's pointed at it, it is the center of the metal dish.
I had to post this as everyone thinks it is the opposite thats poninted.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:25 PM

Even though it is not safe or using a ladder is better, But I hoist myself up from a big central air unit outside just below the dish (well a couple notches to the side of it) And just brush it off with a broom, Since my house is not so high from the unit to the dish, Plus the central unit is strong enough to hold my weight, Even though I could slip and fall really bad when it's wet but it works for me :)

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:07 PM

My dish in Minnesota has been out for almost the entire month of December (2013).  I've been gone for work, and no one has been willing to climb my 10/12 pitch snow-covered roof, atop the 3rd story (and above a concrete pad too).  The dish is visibly completely snow-covered.  I've thought about a hundred different solutions.  Mine took 30 seconds-  two pumps of a (Daisy, probably weak) pellet gun, and one shot to the back (not the front) sent the snow flying.  Works great.  Instant fix.  And there's no way a pellet gun is going to hurt a solid dish, from behind. 



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:10 PM

Try a paintball gun next time...



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:52 PM

Or a shotgun. Lol Sent from my PantechP8010 using DBSTalk mobile app

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 06:37 PM

I did think of that actually, 'cept I do not own one (though it's fun).  Hey, right now by family thinks I'm a hero.  Hillbilly hero, but a hero nonetheless.  Nothing is worth my life.  Had I damaged the dish, I figured I wasn't out much, right!



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 08:02 AM

The spray will work just make sure its not a silicon bases spray if so it could mess with the lnb and cause the dreaded 771 the dish heater is definitely the way to go also much safer than climbing the ladder, have you considered having the dish relocated to pole mount if thats an option?



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:48 AM

Next time a tech goes to the house and can't pass IV retest he will be scratching his head as to what is going on...


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