Help with snow on dish

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  1. crwmlw

    crwmlw Chuck

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    Hi everyone and Happy New Year, I have a question.. I just had the new HD 5LNB Sat put up a few weeks back.. Now because the size of the dish it seems to attract a lot more snow due to size. Last night we had a very mild case of snow/rain.. Enough to cover the dish with snow and lose sat signal (0%). We have it on a chimney on the 2nd story so there is no way I can brush it off, I have to wait for it to fall or melt off. Otherwise when its clear out Im at 92%. Any product or fix I can do to prevent this from happening on the new dish? Thanks, Chuck
     
  2. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

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    Cant help much but to say if it's easy to hook up a hose, that may help a bit. I dont know if any residual ice will make it easier to get a signal but it's one experiment you may want to try.

    I doubt anyone ever tried roof tape and while plugged in would probably mess up the signal anyways. But maybe that's another long term solution.
     
  3. mrmike

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    I used to have pretty good luck with just a plain old outdoor floodlight pointed at my dish (when I had a dish). I'd turn it on when it was snowing and it would generate enough heat to keep the snow off the dish unless it was really coming down.
     
  4. stevel

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    I know of three products intended to help with this. One is a dish cover, another is a spray that supposedly makes the snow slide off the dish. It's probably too cold now to apply this. The third is a dish heater.

    In my latitude, I have more problem with snow on the LNB arm than on the dish itself. Luckily, I mounted my dish within broom's reach of a window.

    One source of dish covers is Dscover, but I note they don't have one for the new 5-sat dish yet.
     
  5. crwmlw

    crwmlw Chuck

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    Ok everyone thanks, Well it stinks for me that the dish isnt in arms reach, its on a second story addition and the only access is with a ladder, I dont have one to go that high either :-( My only option is that spray and Im not sure how well that will do. Thanks for all the help
     
  6. FatherTed

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    I had a dish cover on a large dish (DirecWay) and it generally did a good job. I had an occasional problem where some wet snow would end up on the top of the cover and then more ice/snow would spread out from the snow that managed to perch there. It would occasionally collect enough to create a wall of snow on the top and kill the signal.
     
  7. BABABA75

    BABABA75 New Member

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    Do what I did I now have no snow at all on my dish. I used to get so much snow that the picture would go out so all I did was put a for sale sign in the front yard and moved to florida, this is a garennteed way to stop the snow on your dish.
     
  8. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    Yeah, but it doesn't stop the hurricanes and tornadoes from moving your dish out of alignment (and cutting power for days...) Oh, and those of you from California - how's those earthquakes? :D
     
  9. roberb

    roberb New Member

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    The good thing about the earthquakes is that you don't know one's coming and by the time you realize what's happening ... it's over!

    Happy new year!

    RB
     
  10. newsposter

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    this may work indeed...the warning on my new 10 million candlepower light says it will burn stuff....just hope the FAA doesn't mind that much juice in the sky
     
  11. greywolf

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  12. bpratt

    bpratt New Member

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    I spray my dish each fall with a silicone spray I get at an automotive store. When it snows, it never sticks to the dish.
     
  13. osultan

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    When I lived in PA, a quick spray with Pam every fall did the trick.
     

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