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    Icicles going down

    Anyone have icicles like this at home? Crews Remove 3-Story Icicle From Building - Video - KCCI Des Moines
    Ours are slowly melting, but at least I can reach most of them from the ground.



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    Re: Icicles going down

    I hope the ice in my gutters clear up by the time this rain is supposed to arrive on Saturday. Could be messy.



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    Re: Icicles going down

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    I hope the ice in my gutters clear up by the time this rain is supposed to arrive on Saturday. Could be messy.
    Does your basement flood? Our has been getting some water as of late. The previous owners had every side of the house sloping towards the house. Its been awesome. So with frozen gutters and melting snow, Im in for a treat.



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    Re: Icicles going down

    As far as ice in the gutters go, you that is easily prevented by getting a roof rake from Lowes (or wherever) and removing the first 2-3 feet of snow from the roof.

    That's what I started doing in January, and a result my gutters are free and clear.



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    Re: Icicles going down

    I take from watching the video that they never thought to use my method of throwing basketballs at the icicles until they fell.



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    Re: Icicles going down

    Quote Originally Posted by TarHeelHawk View Post
    As far as ice in the gutters go, you that is easily prevented by getting a roof rake from Lowes (or wherever) and removing the first 2-3 feet of snow from the roof.

    That's what I started doing in January, and a result my gutters are free and clear.
    I went up with a shovel about a month ago and cleared the first 5 ft or so off ... it was too late for one side, but worked well on the other. I'm going to invest in a rake for next winter.

    I've never had this problem before, the 3 month span of days below freezing with a ton of snow must be the culprit.

    I toyed with the idea of putting icemelt into my gutters, but held off ... anyone try that?



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    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    Does your basement flood? Our has been getting some water as of late. The previous owners had every side of the house sloping towards the house. Its been awesome. So with frozen gutters and melting snow, Im in for a treat.
    Used to. I had the same problem as you. About 7 years back had 16 tons of dirt delivered and got some extensions on the downspouts. Been good ever since (thankfully and knocks on wood).

    Problem I have now is that my problem spots are rather shaddy and somewhat northerly facing, so it's not melting off with any pace anyway. I'm sure I got all kinds of problems with bead-board soffits and ice-daming.



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    Re: Icicles going down

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    I went up with a shovel about a month ago and cleared the first 5 ft or so off ... it was too late for one side, but worked well on the other. I'm going to invest in a rake for next winter.

    I've never had this problem before, the 3 month span of days below freezing with a ton of snow must be the culprit.

    I toyed with the idea of putting icemelt into my gutters, but held off ... anyone try that?
    I remember reading an article in the Gazette about ice dams and the kind of damage they can cause - water getting underneath the shingles and into the attic insulation, drywall, etc.

    That roof rake turned out to be a pretty good investment of 35 dollars. They don't look like much, but they work very well.



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    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    I went up with a shovel about a month ago and cleared the first 5 ft or so off ... it was too late for one side, but worked well on the other. I'm going to invest in a rake for next winter.

    I've never had this problem before, the 3 month span of days below freezing with a ton of snow must be the culprit.

    I toyed with the idea of putting icemelt into my gutters, but held off ... anyone try that?
    This is the first year I've had any ice daming issues too. Shoveled bunch of snow off and it probably helped.

    Tried to put some icemelt directly over the gutters just to break it up. But by that time it was so thick it really didn't do much.

    One of the warmer days last month, I got up there with a hammer and old chissel and busted it up and was able to get mostly out. Really didn't take much. But I have a 1 story ranch so all that was accessible from a step ladder.

    Over the summer I'm going to check into those ice daming "heaters" and see if anything might work for the couple problem areas I got.



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    Re: Icicles going down

    price26 has video of them knocking off some huge icicles from the 3rd floor of their apartment building... I'll see if he can get that posted.



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    Re: Icicles going down

    I have seen articles about putting ice melt into a panty hose, and putting that up on the roof on the snow/ice if you can get it to stay and that way the ice melt is supposed to slowly work its way out and down onto the ice/snow. I tried it this morning, we'll see how long it is before the panty hose gets stuck in the gutter somewhere. Heat tape/cable might be good for sides of the roof that don't get a lot of sun in the winter/spring, but I have read that they draw quite a bit of electricity so not something you would want to leave plugged in all winter. It seems like an appropriate amount of insulation in the attic, and a snow rake are the best tools to avoid ice damns - that and not having a crappy winter.



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    Re: Icicles going down

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    Does your basement flood? Our has been getting some water as of late. The previous owners had every side of the house sloping towards the house. Its been awesome. So with frozen gutters and melting snow, Im in for a treat.
    Time for a ladder and a hammer! Get up and clean those gutters out.


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    Re: Icicles going down

    I've had decent luck with this item:

    Just need to make sure you hit the ice/snow and not the house. I'm currently on my third house, I think I learned my lesson..


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