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Offline kelee877

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Preps for Ice Bridges on the roof
« on: February 23, 2014, 08:12:40 PM »
ok ok I have not gotten up on the roof to clear the ton of snow we got this year, so I have an ice bridge..and I don't have a ladder tall enough to get up on the roof..even my sons tried and no financies right now to buy the ladder..


So the drip drip drip has been freezing up my side door..well lots of hot water and salt to keep the door free, and we can open it


but the drip drip drip in the kitchen window..well I could not keep the counter cluttered with a ton of towels,so I bought a piece of tin drier vent it was cut so it opened it is round and about 18 inches long...I staple gunned it to the sill on an angle and I hocked a plastic drier vent on the the tin piece..duct taped and voila I have an indoor evestrough..end of drier vent sits in my sink.


Once the ice bridge is gone and spring is here I will install those heat cords on the roof....


If I have not explained myself properly I can take pics and show..but a few of these extra supplies may come in handy


I will be re-using the dry plastic vent..replace the old one on my dryer
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Re: Preps for Ice Bridges on the roof
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2014, 10:16:44 AM »
I have had a similar problem over the last 15 years and I have spent a lot of money trying to solve the issue. If is if a simple design straight roof heating cables might work. However depending on the situation they may not work. Also they can be expensive to operate. The first thing to do is to discover the cause of the ice dam, usually it is  a combination of heat loss and poor venting combined with poor roofing. The surface of the roof should be the same as the ambient temperature. If it is warmer than the ambient temperature melting will occur and an ice damn may form. Heating cables do nothing to solve the underlying cause of the problem all they do is alleviate the result of the problem.
It may never happen. Best to be prepared just in case.

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Re: Preps for Ice Bridges on the roof
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2014, 06:33:32 PM »
I have had a similar problem over the last 15 years and I have spent a lot of money trying to solve the issue. If is if a simple design straight roof heating cables might work. However depending on the situation they may not work. Also they can be expensive to operate. The first thing to do is to discover the cause of the ice dam, usually it is  a combination of heat loss and poor venting combined with poor roofing. The surface of the roof should be the same as the ambient temperature. If it is warmer than the ambient temperature melting will occur and an ice damn may form. Heating cables do nothing to solve the underlying cause of the problem all they do is alleviate the result of the problem.



I have cathederal ceilings.....this is the first year in4 winters this has happened..lots of snow this year and warm then cold really fast is what did it
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Re: Preps for Ice Bridges on the roof
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2014, 09:32:25 PM »
Strangely we have cathedral ceilings too. Plus we have seven skylights.
It may never happen. Best to be prepared just in case.

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