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TV Dish Snow problem
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Smitty    Posted 12-15-2002 at 12:50:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does anyone have any ideas on how to keep snow from building up on my Direct TV dish
Thank You

M.R.    Posted 12-15-2002 at 22:03:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
We spray ours several times thru the winter with one of those vegetable cooking spray oils that come in a spray can, Pam?

Nathan(GA)    Posted 12-15-2002 at 18:45:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
If ya could get some of that electrical pipe tape that heats up to stick to the back somehow, it may work. Snow is fairly rare here, so not much experience. And I've still got the big C-band dish.

Hal/WA    Posted 12-15-2002 at 17:38:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
No good ideas on how to keep snow off, but I have a yard hydrant close enough to my dish that I can get a hose out and spray the dish off.

My dish is mounted about 20 feet up on my South wall. I have thought about moving it to a deck railing so it is easier to clean off. But I only have to spray it off once or twice a year, when we get a heavy, very wet snowfall.

Ludwig    Posted 12-16-2002 at 13:38:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cripes its gotten down to 3 degrees here, you'd have a dishcicle!
Seriously we've had snow every week in December...

Les    Posted 12-15-2002 at 16:25:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Back when I had a Primestar dish, about once a year I'd have to sweep the snow off it. Then I went to Direct but didn't have that for too long. Don't remember any problems, though.
Now I have Dish. The spot it points at is quite low to the horizon. Therefore the dish is almost vertical and doesn't catch any snow.
Of course I prolly live a lot closer to the Arctic Circle than you do.
When I lose the picture due to weather, I know that some heavy rain is about to fall. It never stays off for more than a few minutes.

dan    Posted 12-15-2002 at 14:21:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
mine was quiting when it rained turns out it was moisture getting in the conections changed all connections, fine now.

Patria / PR    Posted 12-15-2002 at 13:07:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The problem here is that when it rains, the dish goes off!!
And it rains a lot..
Nothing we can do about that.

Fawteens idea sounds good to me, but then again, what do I know about snow?..hehe

Read some time ago to built a greenhouse-like square around the dish but it made no sense to me cause you would still need to scrap the snow from it.

Ludwig    Posted 12-16-2002 at 13:36:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Smart money would put a good slope on the top and never scrape... OR maybe its just easier to scrape a flat surface than a dish?

Fawteen    Posted 12-15-2002 at 12:53:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Up heah in Maine, lotsa folks tie a Hefty Bag over 'em. Seems ta work.

earlschieb    Posted 12-15-2002 at 20:26:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Fawteen, how do you do that, and have the dish still work correctly? Send me a picture would you please? You got that turd slinger painted yet?

bob ny    Posted 12-16-2002 at 09:18:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
and all you have to do is shake the bag once in a while in an ice storm

Fawteen    Posted 12-16-2002 at 04:54:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just slip the baggie down over the dish and feed horn and tie it on the bottom. The plastic bag is transparent to microwave frequencies.

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