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  1. Fish On

    Fish On Feeling the Heat

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    yup i did the snake thing to. i did have one ice dam and i just caught it quick. it was thick and i chiseled away at it for a while then my leak stopped.

    i also bought the last ladder at HD today! glad i did our it would have been worse.

    funny telling my wife to go buy pantie liners, she was getting worried about me

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  2. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello Wilburg

    Hot water hose blasting kit for shower!

    1. Watts A-668 $2.95
    3/4 " MH to 1/2 " FIP

    2. Shower Diverter $15.98

    ______________Total $18.93

    I got these at Home Depot. Is this it??

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  3. wilburg

    wilburg Member

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    Exactly! Let me know how you do tomorrow!
  4. nosaudioil

    nosaudioil Member

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    Ice dams, I've got 'em!
  5. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Do you have Grace Ice & water shield under the shingles?
  6. smilejamaica

    smilejamaica Feeling the Heat

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    you could have just bought a laundry faucet adapter you just have to figure out if you need a male or female fits to your kitchen or bathroom sink i bought mine at home depot $ 4.95.
  7. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    No Ice Dams and only a few thin icicles on the eves of my house. But some thick snow drifts, some about 2-3 feet. My son came to my rescue. He raked the drifts off the house, porch, deck and solar space. haven't seen snow like this for many years. Saw a new snow rake, called a razor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpZLqw8v3LY&NR=1 Looks really neat, but cost about $130. Anyone tried one of these out?
  8. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    Ice Dam Roof Leak Temporary Solution!!
    Have you heard about putting a fan in the attic to pull in cool air to stop the roof from leaking??

    From "This Old House"
    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/asktoh/question/0,,518918,00.html

    One thing they do not say here is that you will have to crank up the pellet stove in the living space because it will make the house sooooo drafty !! LOL
  9. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    No.

    Now it's pouring rain outside. Tomorrow my brother and
    another guy are going to shovel the whole roof off.
    Like I said, skrew the snowplowing income. I don't care
    if we don't see another snowflake this season.
  10. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Oh, that is too bad, that would prevent the roof leaking. Maybe the first few rows of shingles could be pulled in the summer and the Ice & Water shield put down in the summer? You just need to go about 6 feet up on the front and back.

    Well maybe the rain will wash all that snow off the roof. That would be nice :)
  11. UncleAnthony

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    I use the ice socks too. Finding out now to use them after raking roof above ice dam. If now luck at lowes, Walmart has good selection of calcium chloride,
    been using Morton ice melt (-25c) , it is calcium chloride. Have read that just tossing ice melt on roof is not too effective,
    but then again, read that at sites who sell ice socks!
    Good luck !
  12. UncleAnthony

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    oops , sorry just saw this post ! Glad things are working (raining ! ). Yeh, I bet my neighbor's wonder what the
    heck i'm doing when i throw the socks up !
  13. Phatty

    Phatty Member

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    just tell em you grew up in the inner city but being the country you thro sox on roofs instead of sneakers on power lines
  14. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    Yeah I wasn't waiting for that to happen cuz more water would have
    come into my house. My brother went up there from midnight to 2 am
    and shoveled a third of it, then today I hired a guy to do the rest.
    They both did a wonderful job!
    There are two additions in the back that you can't see in the pic
    so yeah there was a lot of snow. Over 30" of snow on much of it.
    Now come on Spring I wanna ride the harley and go kayaking!

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  15. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Xena, If it wasn't for all them snow piles in front. You'd think it was spring there! :)

    Well the roof socks did as claimed. Burned channels right down to the gutter. :) I started something as the locals are all out racking and shoveling the roofs. I had another project as the dog could now walk over the fence into the nieghbors yard. Had to get the snowblower out and clear the dog pen of snow. Yellow snow and all. Heck I even saw poop fly! :) ;-P

    I hate's winter! :sick:
  16. UncleAnthony

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    Now that's funny !
    But, the truth is stranger than fiction !
  17. Shortstuff

    Shortstuff Feeling the Heat

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    Something else to start thinking about is the late winter, early spring thaw. With almost double our annual snowfall already (and more to come) any problems anyone has had with flooded cellars is probably going to be a lot worse this year. After shoveling all the snow off my roof(s) I know that I've got tons of snow within 10' of my foundation that I am already planning to remove as soon as I can to help lessen the impact of potential flooding.

    There's a good chance that there's going to be a lot of people looking for a sump pump and they may be hard to find when the time comes.

    Just something to think about.
  18. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    Shortstuff my brother and I were talking about that
    the other day. Last March after we got water in the
    basement as did many people, we installed a sump
    pump in the basement floor. Rented a jackhammer
    to make the hole then followed instructions I found
    on the web to complete the project.
  19. FordMastertech

    FordMastertech Feeling the Heat

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    I have been saying the same thing to many people. I recently installed a Basement Watchdog Big Dog Backup Sump Pump and sistered it into my original 1/2 HP pump. I have always worried about sump pump failures or power outages flooding my basement. My basement doesn't flood but when the spring thaw happens or a real heavy 4 to 5 inch rainfall occurs I do get water in the sump pit and quickly at times. With my pellet stash right next to the sump I decided to install a backup system and not worry about it any more.

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  20. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello Wilburg

    Well I finally did something.

    Even though I liked your idea very much, I went with a Brass T and Boiler Drain above my Hot water Tank.

    All I had to do is shut of the water and boiler and sweat it in! Also I can just hook up the hose and bring it right thru the garage and blast the front steps!

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  21. wilburg

    wilburg Member

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    Wow, nice work. I used the shower
    Because I need tempered water
    To wash my dogs.
  22. FordMastertech

    FordMastertech Feeling the Heat

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    Have hot and cold frost proof sillcocks in the garage and back of house by the hot tub.
  23. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Thanks Wilburg

    I also picked up one of these at Walgreens for $19.95 for the Garden Hose!

    Water Jet
    See >>> http://tinyurl.com/68sudmd

    So with the pure Hot Water right from the Hot water Tank and the Pressure attachment it cuts thru the Ice like a Knife thru BUTTER !!

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  24. KINGOFTHENORTH

    KINGOFTHENORTH Member

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