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How do I handle significant snow and ice dams on a 4/12 gable roof with ridge vents?

It is our first winter in a new-to-us house, that has a pretty flat roof (3/12-to-4/12 pitch), and a ridge vent along the entire top of the roof. We just had the snowiest December on record ...
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Where to locate heat tape within gutter

Our recently purchased home has de-icing cable and we rely on it to prevent ice dams and water intrusion (had a couple of wet spots last winter). It was not a professional installation. I called to ...
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What are the pros and cons of installing a roof heating cable?

Had some roof work done last year after mother nature abused my house by way of an errant tree branch. I had always suspected my roof had poor ventilation, most notably when I wound up with a 200 lb ...
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AC unit (turned on year round) leaves so much ice in the blower causing no cooling (pic included)

My mother has asthma and tells me she needs the AC on almost year round. The AC unit is outside the condo we own, and it connects to the coils in the heater/ventilation system. We are experiencing ...
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Is a little ice on the cooling coils ok?

This is our first summer in a new house which has central air. It was a bit hotter today than normal so the AC was running for a long time. After awhile we noticed the airflow stopped because the ...
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removing snow from roof

How do I remove snow from my roof? How about 4" of snow covered with 1/2" of ice? How do I know when I should risk getting out there to try to remove it? We just received a notice from The New York ...
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How can I thaw a frozen exterior drain quickly?

I have a driveway that is angled down slightly towards my house. About two feet before the garage there are two long drains that cover most of the drive way. Right now one is 100% frozen and the other ...
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Is it allowable to have an electrical cable going into the attic through a soffit from outside?

I'm adding ice cables to part of our roof. I drilled a 1 inch hole in the soffit and then got stuck getting power into the attic for an outlet. I called an electrician who couldn't say enough how ...
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How do I repair/reattach downspout and gutter after snow/ice damage?

We've had a heavy dose of snow here in the Boston area it has taken a toll on our gutters and downspouts. The downspout at the rear of my house filled with ice and pulled away from the elbow that ...
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Is frost at the far edges of my attic a concern?

(I am a first time homeowner doing my first attic inspection.) The prolonged cold weather in my area gave me a good opportunity to look for problems in my attic yesterday. The only thing I found ...
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Exhaust fixture for venting bathroom fan through roof

I'm planning to install a roof vent for a bathroom exhaust fan I'm putting in. I'm thinking about using one of these: but I was wondering if I need to worry about it getting blocked by ice or snow? ...
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How to plug hole in foundation?

Here is the front of my house. As you can see it is a 2-story dwelling on the left with a garage on the right that is connected to the main house by a "sunroom" (porch/breezeway/whatever). The main ...
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What de-icing products can be used on a patterned concrete walkway / driveway? (Salt causes problems.)

I came across the following question here: Is there a safe way to de-ice an unsealed driveway? The accepted answer mentions rock salt being fine for such a driveway (asphalt), and the other answer ...
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How do I prevent ice stalagmites from building up on the furnace exhaust?

I have a high efficiency furnace that exhausts via a pvc pipe out the side of the house, the trouble is the moisture from the exhaust forms an ice stalagmite in my driveway in the cold weather. Are ...
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Outside water pipe covered in ice

A month ago my house's sprinkler pipe formed a hole and exploded due to pressure. This was caused by the fact that I had forgotten to shut the water off to my sprinkler system before it got too cold. ...
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What outdoor materials can be damaged by by ice?

I'm relatively new to this snow thing. I also have a new vinyl deck and paver stone walkway I'd like to take care of. I have a basic understanding of how water can get into things, freeze, and break ...