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Ice Storm!! Prep tips?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by DirecTV3049, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

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    What about that new Olive Oil blend of Pam? It's healthier for people so maybe it's healthier for satellite dishes, too? :lol:
     
  2. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    Nope, It's all sticky. Dust sticks to the oil, degrades the reflective paint on the reflector. Bad Bad Baaahhhhd idea.
     
  3. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

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    I was joking. :)
     
  4. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    That said.. I DO use the olive oil cooking spray :)
     
  5. mashandhogan

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    Guys: The oil spray does work as long as your dish is dry. During Snowpocalypse of 09, (with 14 in of snow) I had signal until 1pm the next day (after the snow). Then I slowly regained signal. I just put more pam (I just used the canola today) on my dish today because my roof didn't have ice on it (for the first time in a month:)) It is a whole lot better to try to prevent signal problems then me crawling up there when there is ice up there (like friday)
     
  6. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

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    During snowpocalypse of 09 I lost signal 0 times. With 4 feet of snow over two storms. No additives, preservatives or MSG needed. :D


    BTW, the two guys who said "no cooking spray" know what they're doing as far as dishes go.
     
  7. mashandhogan

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    I am SO glad when I move my dish will be on a POLE!!!
     
  8. joe diamond

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    Either one...the dish will work with the plastic bag...there is even a fiberglass rock like cover for a dish that also works. The idea is that stretching the bag tight keeps the moisture from building up. Leaving an opening from the bottom couldn't hurt to allow condensation to vent or not build up inside.

    You forecast suggests switching to plastic booze bottles and or cans. Falls on the ice can cause problems.

    Joe
     
  9. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    ZOOM
     
  10. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    If you can start a fire with a 40 watt light bulb, send me a link to the video on Youtube. Electric dish heaters work the same way. No one has leaves on their roof in January, at least no one around here. But for safety sake, plug it into a GFI outlet :) Outdoor spotlights and Christmas lights use far more wattage. It was just an idea. I have used it to keep my antenna rotor from freezing up in sub zero temps before, and had no problems.
     
  11. ben4715

    ben4715 AllStar

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    Service calls after bad snow storm = easy money...love it!
     
  12. ronasmithii

    ronasmithii New Member

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    Order a dish heater and have it sent via overnight shipping. Well worth the price and you'll never need to worry about snow/ice build up again
     
  13. maartena

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    Best prep ever:

    Move to a warmer state! ;)
     
  14. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    :scratchin IIRC
    [Snow/Ice in ODU] is not an Area/Subarea problem code that is allowed to generate a truck roll.
    In other words, Directv is not supposed to schedule service calls just to clear the dish of snow and ice. Those service calls still happen, but it's mostly customers that don't realize that the snow and ice in the ODU is the problem :nono2:
     
  15. bobcamp1

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    A one time application of silicone spray or Rain-X will help, but may not fully prevent the problem with that much anticipated ice.

    I have used a light coating of silicone spray for 7 years now, and my dish looks exactly the same as the day it was installed. The installer at my house yesterday even said so. A one-time application won't hurt anything. Be careful not to spray the LNB.
     
  16. randy98mtu

    randy98mtu Cool Member

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    They are saying 10-15" in the next 2 days here in Michigan. No ice though. That is the worst.

    I have a 2 story. Glad we had the dish mounted on the wall about 6 feet up. Easy to reach with a broom.
     
  17. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    I'm hunkered down. Luckily I have tomorrow off, and I don't plan on going anywhere.
     
  18. awblackmon

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    Yeah, as an installer I sell the idea of putting the dish on the side of the house instead of the roof if I can get line of sight from the side. Great for those snow and ice days.
     
  19. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    Very true. Unfortunately most homes (in my neck of the woods) have vinyl siding :(
     
  20. randy98mtu

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    The first floor exterior of mine is brick so they just went into that. And I am on a corner lot with a street to the south of me, so an open shot to the southern sky. :)
     

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