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Snow and Heater or Heat Tape

Snow Dish Heater Heat Tape Directv Winter

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#1 OFFLINE   figaroooo


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:34 AM

We are going back to DTV today after experienceing comcast's horible Guide and Techncial issues for just 3 months. The reason we switched was becuase of the snow on the dish durning the winter time. We are looking into a dish heater but have a question about the heat tape that is used for the edge of one's roof to keep ice dams from forming. Has this ever been tried, Sucessful or not?


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#2 OFFLINE   gov



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:23 AM

There are specific products made for sat applications.  Heat is heat, but the heat tape is made for a specific application and the back of a parabolic reflector isn't it.  


How many feet of heat tape equals the thermal output of the 'official' dish heater?  I dunno, and it's important.  The heat tape also has an integral thermostat, IIRC, and where does it get stuck on the dish to function properly ?

#3 OFFLINE   Ken Stomski

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:53 AM

the dish heaters are inexpensive in relation to the effort expended and half-arsed job of using something else.  we are in new england and use them on all of our commercial installations and never have any issues.  Should be 150 bucks or less.

#4 OFFLINE   rmmccann



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 01:27 PM

Yep, live in ND and have a HotShot heater. It works fantastic - dish is always clear of snow/ice.

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#5 OFFLINE   Volatility



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 04:20 PM

As someone else mentioned, the tape you are referring to is not meant to be used on sat. dishes.


One of these should help: http://www.solidsign...search=1&cart=0

Edited by Volatility, 17 May 2013 - 04:21 PM.

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