Roof melt tablets

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  1. K8MHZ

    K8MHZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yesterday I had the ice taken down from the eaves....hundreds of pounds of it.

    Has anyone used roof melt tablets?

    Last year I tried the trick about putting salt in a nylon stocking and throwing it up on the roof. I didn't see any improvement and come spring I had a pair of nylon stockings on my roof.

    Personally, I don't see how the pellets would be any better, save for the fact that I wouldn't have to hire someone to climb up on my roof and get the pantyhose down once it got warm.
  2. KA9VQF

    KA9VQF Ham Member QRZ Page

    I’ve never heard of putting salt on your roof. I don’t think it would be a good idea, might cause the shingles to discolor or rot out sooner.

    I bought that heat tape you nail to the roof in a zigzag pattern about two feet wide.

    The idea was that the ice would not bunch up in the gutters and cause the water to backup under the shingles and not be able to leak into the house.

    It sorta worked I guess. The gutters still got full of ice but the last two or so feet of the edge of the roof didn’t have the buildup like before.

    I guess your supposed to take the heat tape down in the spring as it didn’t work the next year.

    Now I have a ‘roof shovel’ on a long pole. I use it to pull the snow off the edge of the roof. It works alright but you do get a lot of snow in the top of your jacket.
  3. W9JR

    W9JR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Mark: I use the roof melt tablets! They work! I had a big ice dam, so I rigged up a cup at the end of a long pole, put the tablet in it ... both the cup and the tablet is about the size of a hockey puck ... lifted it up to the ice dam, tilted the cup ... and the pellet sat right on top of the ice dam. I did that on several locations. Soon, the pellet melted a hole straight down through the ice, releasing the water dammed up behind it. I tried throwing the pellets, but if they didn't "land" just right, they rolled off the roof ... into the deep snow ... now had to find it. So, I rigged up the pole. I also use the cup filled with sidewalk ice melt ... and spread that on the ice dams, too. No ... I don't use salt ... just the stuff that isn't supposed to do harm to the roof, gutter, or siding.
  4. KR2D

    KR2D Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I was a kid, our elderly neighbor Mr. Lawn would climb up on his roof and shovel the snow off. Even though he was well into his 80s and had a hip replacement, his driveway was the first one shoveled after a snow storm. While the rest of us were still clearing the driveways and walks, Mr. Lawn was up on his roof pushing the snow off. Everyone figured he would kill himself doing that, but it didn't happen. He kept right on shoveling his roof until the winter before he passed on (he just didn't wake up one morning).
  5. K9STH

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    When someone asks why there are nylon stockings on your roof, just SMILE!

    That will leave them guessing . . . :cool:

    Glen, K9STH
  6. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Do many people in your parish pay for a person to knock the snow from their roof ? This sounds like a good way to reduce the large numbers of unemployed in the cooler parts of the Union which would be of benefit to the smoothed government unemployment figures which regularly appear.

  7. K6CPO

    K6CPO Ham Member QRZ Page

    The best solution is to live where it doesn't snow... :rolleyes:
  8. WF7A

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    I want to be there, Mark, when you buy the stockings--you can really make them wonder by buying fishnet ones.

    "Ohhhhhh, Rocky!"
  9. NY3V

    NY3V Ham Member QRZ Page

    You mean no one sells some kind of Black paint to spray on top of the ice to cause enough heat from the sun to melt the ice & snow?
  10. AD7N

    AD7N Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is just a thought - bucket loads of crushed charcoal dust? very cheap, very black and you don't have to worry about disposal - it's just carbon.

    But very, very messy if you end up spilling it where you don't want!
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