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Question about snow removal from dish

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by packersjd43, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Jan 9, 2009 #1 of 14

    packersjd43 Cool Member

    Oct 29, 2007
    Hello All,

    I have searched this site along with many other sites about this question. I have a pretty good amount of snow built up on my dish right now. It is on the roof off my garage and we are in the middle of a snow storm. I still have pretty good stats on all sat's, but am worried it will get worse as they are predicting another 5-9 inches tonight. My question is, will spraying the dish with a windshield washer de-icer product hurt the dish. I cannot physically get to it to clear the snow off, and am looking for a simple solution.

    Or if anyone else has any good ideas that can be done from the ground, it would be appreciated.

    And yes I know all about dish heaters...however this has only happened twice in the three years I have had D*, and am just paranoid that it will go out right before the start of the playoffs tomorrow afternoon.

  2. Jan 9, 2009 #2 of 14

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Yep, that'll be just fine. You can use a super soaker or something or a broom with a large handle.
  3. Jan 9, 2009 #3 of 14

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    In the past 8 years of being a DirecTV customer, only TWICE has snow caused so much signal degradation that I had to clean off the dish (and we get a LOT of snow here in Wisconsin!)

    The times this happened, it was a very unusual wet snow that literally covered the dish so you almost couldn't recognize it. Snow doesn't affect the DirecTV signal nearly as much as a heavy downpour of rain.

    I wouldn't try any of those goofy coatings or heaters, though. They may damage the dish. Usually a good whisk broom treatment fixes the problem. If your dish is up on a roof or beyond reach, you might be able to come up with a broom attached to a long pole. But worst case scenario the snow will usually melt and fall off the dish within a day or two anyway.
  4. intelisevil

    intelisevil Mentor

    Aug 1, 2008
    I've had quite a bit of snow stuck to my dish recently with no lose of signal. The only thing that has caused problems is when snow gets stuck on the vertical surface of the LNBs.

    A small push broom head on the end of my extension painting pole (about 16' long) has been doing the trick for me.
  5. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    my sis & her husband found a good way to remove snow from their dish....they moved to santa barbara.
  6. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    Dish heaters work great and don't damage the dish. If your dish is out of reach, they are the only real, safe solution.

    To the OP: don't spray any chemicals on your dish. Water only. Warm water in a Super Soaker can work, or a garden hose hooked to warm water.
  7. jimmyv2000

    jimmyv2000 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 15, 2007
    Manchester NH
    Snow has never been an issue for me and we get snow in NH,Summer Time Thunderstorms are the issue.
    What i have ssen worked for others is get your self an air compressor ,a pole,50 ft of hose,some 1/4 inch npt fittings and a valve, and shoot air off your dish,Just put the valve down low so you can on/off regulate the flow
  8. PCampbell

    PCampbell Icon

    Nov 18, 2006
    Had a lot of snow on mine and SD signals in 80s HD in 60s, dusted it off with a broom and back to 90s.
  9. bobcamp1

    bobcamp1 Icon

    Nov 8, 2007
    Only water is needed to melt snow.

    Despite what most people say, most chemicals won't harm the dish if occasionally used. Windshield washer fluid works well. These chemicals could damage the LNB, so how good of an aim do you have?

    If you're still getting signal, don't worry about it. It'll fall off or melt eventually.
  10. alluddy

    alluddy New Member

    Sep 1, 2008
    I live in Tahoe...Lots of snow ! 3 or 4 months ago I sprayed my dish with PAM and have not lost my signal because of snow since,
  11. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    The amount of snow that builds up on your dish depends on its elevation angle, in addition to how much snow you get at your location.

    The dishes that are more nearly vertical (such as up north) may not get as much snow and ice buildup as those in mid-latitudes, even though there is more snow up north, because more moisture slides off the dish at higher latitudes.
  12. gcvt

    gcvt AllStar

    Feb 28, 2007
    Does anyone still run high-wattage incandescent bulbs under their dishes to melt snow buildup? That's old school style ;)
  13. isuquinndog

    isuquinndog Mentor

    Jan 3, 2009
    Thats what the tech said who installed my Dish. Spray it with PAM or something similar and nothing will stick to it.
  14. olinr

    olinr New Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Hi All,

    I wrap my dishes with black plastic trash bags. The snow slides off as well as the wind blowing the bags to shake the snow off.

    Yes, black plastic trash bags are a cheap "radome". They are transparent to RF energy.

    In December we had 18 inches of snow in the High Desert of Southern California!

    Phelan, CA

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