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#1 OFFLINE   georgewells

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:51 AM

If I place a plastic Trash Bag over my dish to help deflect Snow will it still operate ok ??

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:59 AM

If I place a plastic Trash Bag over my dish to help deflect Snow will it still operate ok ??

The bad shouldn't be much of a problem, but if the snow sticks to it, you'll have the same problem.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:18 PM

Some folks spray their dishes with PAM or other no-stick sprays and have good luck. If you have an accumulation, a super-soaker with hot water will clear it. If you're in real snow country, a dish heater is worth it and will keep your dish clear in all but the worst weather (assuming the snow doesn't exceed the level of your dish and completely cover it).

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

If the thick plastic cover on the LNBF doesn't slow down the RF, then a 2-mil plastic bag should be fine. Not exactly elegant, but actually not a bad idea. Just don't use one of those metalized "mirrored" varieties. You probably want to use a white one and take it off before summer heat melts it to the dish.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:16 AM

Snow: A four letter word meaning more work.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:18 PM

If I place a plastic Trash Bag over my dish to help deflect Snow will it still operate ok ??


The dish will work until it snows, then you'll be right back where you started. The snow will stick to the plastic bag -- I've tried that myself. The problem is that you have to make that bag really tight for it to work, and then you end up with holes in the bag or the bag becoming loose in strong winds.

You can have quite a bit of light snow on the dish and not have problems. This kind of snow will also melt or blow away on its own. It's just the slushy snow and ice that'll give you problems. If your dish is within reach you'll have to brush it off or pour hot water on it maybe once a year. It may not be worth doing anything with the dish. I'd just wait and see.

I've had success with a light coating of silicone spray (NOT PAM) applied in the late fall.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:09 PM

Yep have had 21 inches of snow in a blizzard and never lost signal. It's those wet/sticky snows and I bet they'd stick to a plastic bag. Spray slicone in the way to go.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:03 PM

I tried pam and silicone spray but I finally solved the problem with snow when I installed a Hot Shot dish heater. The picture shows the heater stuck to the front of the dish. I installed it on the back of the dish and have had no problems with snow in over 4 years.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:35 PM

Yep have had 21 inches of snow in a blizzard and never lost signal. It's those wet/sticky snows and I bet they'd stick to a plastic bag. Spray silicone in the way to go.

Yep, it is waste of time.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:01 AM

wet, sticky= no joy
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:50 AM

I've only had one snowstorm during my short time as a satellite customer, but it sure seems like the moisture content makes a difference. Or maybe it was more a function of the moisture content of the clouds overhead rather than what had accumulated on the dish. Or both.

As that storm began, light rain transitioned to snow. Within a couple inches of accumulation (as seen on nearby flat surfaces), the satellite signal was lost. I wasn't quite home yet, and was irritated to get this report from my wife. Okay, great, is that all it takes for signal fade? I'm new here.

So, upon arriving home, I gently brushed off the dish and restored the signal. A couple more times that evening, I brushed it off preemptively, before it actually cut out, in order to "stay ahead" of it. It was snowing hard at times, including some "thundersnow."

I went to bed thinking surely it will accumulate too much overnight to maintain a signal, but somehow, it worked fine in the morning despite having more snow on the dish than anytime earlier in the storm. Overall, the storm was about 14".

That led me to believe the dish is more vulnerable to wet, heavier snow than drier snow, even if drier snow is allowed to accumulate more.

Now if an official ice storm was forecast, would there be a benefit to temporarily covering the dish and LNB in a plastic bag? Maybe. The ice would probably still form to the shape of those objects, but if you could reach up into the bag, it would be easy to break up that ice rather than trying to get it off of the metal objects.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:19 AM

I started putting up my own dish when I first went with Directv. The newer dishes were put up by Directv in the same place and I wanted them in an area where I could easily brush off any snow - which has only happened twice since 96' here in the Colorado foothills. I think the overhang of the roof helps protect the dish too. I shot this pic as I was clearing out some trees back there
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