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Besides the amount of snow on your roof, an important consideration is the slope of the roof. If the roof is barely sloped (level or nearly level), ice and snow accumulation is more of a priority to do. Naturally it is also safer to do. If it is moderately sloped, 20°–35°, then it is less urgent to clear as it will naturally shed excess load ...
99% of the time there is (or should be) no need to remove snow from a roof that is properly built for the area it is in. "Properly built for the area it is in" should include the ability to hold up the expected maximum snow load for that area until it melts. As a side note, in new construction, it is often VERY affordable to add 10-20 pounds per square foot ...
Rock salt, or any ice melter, won't work if the ice is more than an inch deep. If the ice is thick, the salt will just melt through and the ice will freeze again; harder. I learned this because they were putting rock salt on the ski slopes at Sochi to make them harder and faster. I would actually use that propane blowtorch as the first pass. I clean the ...
1It is very wrong. You CANNOT have a cord passing through siding, walls, or any other finished structure/surface. For both code and safety reasons. The receptacle MUST be outside. If it is close to the heat tape you'll just need to coil the cord up. National Electrical Code 2011 Chapter 4 Equipment for General Use Article 400 Flexible Cords ...
Provided the water is no higher than a few inches, you could go to Lowes and buy 10 or 15 bags of sand and dam up the garage entrance. After the ice in the drains melts, stack the bags near the garage for future use. Tip: Back the car right up to where you want the sand to make unloading easier.
You can pick up a cheap water pump that you can use to remove the water. If you have a Harbor Freight in your area, they have a good selection of cheap pumps. If your drain is metal, you can use a brush torch with a 15 pound propane tank to help remove the ice. Use it to help break up the ice. It will probably not be efficient to melt all of the ice. ...
I saw a roof rake on This Old House about a year ago that looked so simple, yet brilliant. Instead of having to scrape a little bit of snow at a time down to you or to push, this device slid a sheet of plastic between the roof and the snow so that one big column came down at one time. I don't have the need for one but it looked like a real time saver.
The NYCOEM has no authority over NJ. I'm guessing you received the notice as part of an alert system you signed up form. Mailing list, twitter feed, etc. The reason it's important for people in NYC to clear their roofs is because roofs generally are right over the sidewalks. You don't want melting snow dripping on the walks and freezing or worse, having ...
I would suggest a roof rake - like this. You would start about 3-4 feet up, crack through ice and then rake down. If you have a tall roof this becomes a safety issue and might need two people - one to secure ladder. It isn't easy work. Also if you can safely get on top of the roof it is much easier to push the snow off.
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