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To rake or not to rake snow off of roof

There are really two reasons to rake a roof (snow weight and ice dams), and there are two reasons not to rake (effort and roofing damage). Raking to reduce snow weight If you're concerned that the ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

There are a few approaches available. You've already described one of them: add a grippy tread on top of the wood. Another approach is to mix sand in to the next layer of wood finish that you paint on,...
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To rake or not to rake snow off of roof

You should not be touching your shingles when raking. If you have 5" on roof you don't need to touch it. If you have 24" on roof you don't need to rake the last two inches. Also rake ...
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To rake or not to rake snow off of roof

As others have said, whether to rake or not depends on your circumstances. See the picture: I have a steep poorly insulated roof over my home that extends out over an unheated garage and becomes more ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

The problem comes from the high gloss wood preservative. I imagine the steps would be slippery if just wet. Sand the treads just to knock off the gloss. Then apply a Matte finish with some sand ...
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furnace condensate - system to collect and then drain periodically

Use a 5-gallon bucket and a standard sump pump. Put the sump pump into the bucket. Plumb it to drain into a convenient nearby drain, then run the condensate drain into the bucket. Once you've finally ...
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furnace condensate - system to collect and then drain periodically

If you want something that you can purchase off the shelf and install easily, a condensate pump like you have mentioned is probably the closest thing to what you want. If you want to try to build ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

There are a number of wooden bridges in a nearby park.The local council has secured some chunky plastic mesh to the tread areas using galvanised staples, and its far less slippery now. I've also seen ...
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furnace condensate - system to collect and then drain periodically

Although many of the suggestions are good, my concern with some of them using a regular sump pump type solution is that the water from a high efficiency furnace is somewhat acidic, and may cause ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

I'd go with some metal grip strips. You want something that won't hold water against the wood and allows the treads to dry or your treads will rot away faster. Image from: https://www.clearwaysupply....
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How do I prevent ice dams from forming on the eaves of an addition?

The way to prevent ice damning is to prevent the snow on the roof from melting in the first place and that means adequate insulation and venting in the attic. If the insulation of your home is not ...
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I left a pound of ice to melt in my shower. Two hours later my downstairs neighbor reported a leak from their shower light fixture

could be the cold has shrunk something, maybe rubber isolation, and the water was able to go around it (something like that caused the challenger explosion) could be the cold has cooled down the ...
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Frozen coil in the fridge

Mechanically removing ice is a great way to break your fridge. Stick to heat and time. Your fan appears to not be attached. That would be problem. Other than that, you either have a problem with ...
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Is it normal for frost to accumulate on nails in my attic?

I'm late to the game, but this is obviously frost due to condensation. Leaks would appear as icicles. I've witnessed this phenomenon personally in very cold climates, and it's often just the result of ...
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Water supply tube elimination in the refrigerator icemaker

There is no such device. However, when my step-son got married and had no ice maker in his refrigerator he asked us what he could do. I told him that we all used ice trays. when I was growing up. I ...
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furnace condensate - system to collect and then drain periodically

There's a type of toilet cistern known as an "auto-cistern" that used to be commonly used for flushing urinals on a regular schedule (before better water saving alternatives came into common ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

As Tetsujin mentions in a comment, there's no covering on the stairs that will really prevent ice from building up in the right conditions. Refinishing the surface with something less slippery would ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

When I lived in that kind of climate, I used a mix of sand and road salt. The salt melted the snow and ice while the sand gave any ice and/or the remaining cleared ground more grip. This helped with ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

As already mentioned, ice will be a problem no matter what you put, but also remember that any kind of carpet will fill with ice and be just as bad or even worse as it could provide an absorbent ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

To expand on the grippy tread tape suggestion: I live in Wisconsin and also see snow and ice. I wanted to make my mail carrier's life a little easier and safer and install some grip tape, having done ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

Use black rubber stair treads, you can find them in most hardware stores at the start of the cold season. You simply put them down on each step, and store them away when the icy season has passed. No ...
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I left a pound of ice to melt in my shower. Two hours later my downstairs neighbor reported a leak from their shower light fixture

Could the melting ice water have caused a permanent leak to have developed? (my emphasis) Leaks generally don't repair themselves. Since there is evidence of a leak, it is very likely this will ...
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Assessing the cause of freezer coils icing up

Like the OP said. "It's a sealed system." If it was a leak it wouldn't "remove heat" at all. (fridges don't cool, they remove heat.) Automotive AC's DO leak, slowly, because they ...
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How can I prevent this ice build up on my driveway/walkway?

We design heating cables into driveways and sidewalks for areas that can have an icy buildup and buildings that must have safe access, like medical clinics, hospitals, fire departments, etc. Also, ...
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How can I prevent this ice build up on my driveway/walkway?

I'm not a professional, and I have very little experience. But: Could you adjust the slope of your gutter? Currently, rain rolls north off the roof, gets to the gutter, half goes east and half goes ...
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Do long roof overhangs influence ice dam formation?

Longer overhangs could impact ice dam formation, but it does not seem to be a significant factor. As this page from the University of Minnesota outlines, heat loss through the roof is the big ...
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Samsung icemaker not producing ice

Most have a wire bar that sits above the ice tray. As the ice cubes fill the tray, the bar is raised and eventually raises high enough to shut off the icemaker. The bar must be DOWN for ice to be ...
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Fridge Icing Up

Those foam blocks look like shipping blocks to me, not normally left in place. Once defrosted will this happen again? There are a few possibilities, a fan that circulates the air failing is one ...
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Will salty water from ice melt harm a wooden porch?

Yes, water damages wood and salty water damages it faster. If at all possible do not use ice-melting salts on wood decks. If you must, wash it off and let the deck try as soon as possible afterward. ...
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Humidifier and preventing ice formation

The humidifier had nothing to do with your fridge problems The refrigerator has a hot side, and a cold side. The hot side is outside the fridge proper, where humidified air might matter. Since it’s ...
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