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

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by TMOMADMAX, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. unixguru

    unixguru Godfather

    Jul 9, 2007
    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...
  2. pjschwartz

    pjschwartz AllStar

    Jul 13, 2007
    Ditto . . Ice Zapper is a great product . . . <$90. Is attached to the back of the dish reflector where it will not impact the signal.
  3. razorwindmo46

    razorwindmo46 New Member

    Feb 26, 2013
    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.
  4. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    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 :)
  5. bdskipper

    bdskipper New Member

    Dec 16, 2013
    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.
  6. HuskerHarley

    HuskerHarley AllStar

    Feb 8, 2012
    Try a paintball gun next time...
  7. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    Or a shotgun. Lol

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  8. bdskipper

    bdskipper New Member

    Dec 16, 2013
    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!
  9. watchintv

    watchintv New Member

    Feb 24, 2014
    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?
  10. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    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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