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#1 OFFLINE   android.cphone



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:18 PM

I'm in texas so this does not happen often but we have a rain event moving in with a high likelihood of the event turning into a freezing rain sleet event. Dose anyone have a suggestion of somthingbto spray on dish to prevent icing? I think I can get to it from porch safely

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#2 OFFLINE   longrider


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:25 PM

Unfortunately there is not too much you can do to prevent icing.  A dish heater works but for how rare freezing events are for you it would not be worthwhile.  People have claimed things like Pam or silicone spray help but IMO all that does is gum up the dish.  At this point your best bet would be  a Super Soaker or equivalent filled with warm water

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:39 PM

Some have (facetiously) suggested bolting the SWiM16 to the dish . . . 







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Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:02 PM

If you get enough ice build up on your dish to cause signal loss try a stream of water from a garden hose. Just becarefull the hose isn't cold and brittle or it will break easily.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:52 PM

We have had ice events in South Texas before.  Ice build up has never caused any problems on my dish in the past.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 01:57 AM

We had an ice storm here about five years ago that left over an inch on everything. Caused all sorts of problems, but Directv reception wasn't one of them.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 06:38 AM

Even when I lived in the frozen North I rarely had loss of signal due to ice.  I think maybe two or three times the snow came down so hard it impacted reception but even that was rare.  Been in San Antonio some ten years now, with DirecTV the whole time, and we've had maybe two or three really bad winter weather events, ice storms not snow, during that time.  Worst was maybe seven to eight years ago that did some damage to my pool equipment but no obvious impact on my DirecTV reception. 

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 06:52 AM

I'm in the DFW area and have only had ice muck up reception twice in the approx 15 years I've had D*. Both times it appeared that the LNB was a the issue, as it was covered in ice and had a giant icicle hanging off it. The dish had only a light coating of ice. Who knows, a light coating could have done it too, but I guessed it was the LNB. Once it thawed, life was fine.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 08:01 AM

See this ice storm warning. And, they are forecasting "ONE QUARTER TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OF FREEZING RAIN"

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 01:43 PM

Rustoleum NeverWet


I haven't tried it, but there is a picture of a dish on the packaging. The third review on the webpage raves about.

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 04:47 PM

Rustoleum NeverWet


I haven't tried it, but there is a picture of a dish on the packaging. The third review on the webpage raves about.



I think that's may be a shill review, since rain fade has nothing to do with water droplets on your dish.


Maybe it helps for ice/snow, I have no idea, nor do I have any idea whether it would be safe to put on the LNB cover. You would need to reapply it at least yearly, maybe more often. Some utility tried it out on power lines (for icing) but found the protective effect didn't last long enough to make it worthwhile. Not sure what "long enough" meant for them.


I think if you have a problem, a dish heater is the best solution if you have an inaccessible dish (NeverWet wouldn't stop drifting or heavy snowfall from burying the dish from below) or brushing snow off with a broom and using warm water for ice if your dish is accessible.


FWIW, eight winters in Iowa, no problems at all. Despite that I have considered maybe getting a dish heater...just because it hasn't ever happened to me doesn't mean it is impossible :)

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