I had to use heat wires for a few years until I had the roof replaced. 2
years ago I had full soffit vents cut, a ridge vent replaced the box vents
and I installed baffles in the rafter bays. Allow me to tell you how much
that job absolutely sucked. To get to one section of the attic I had to
squeeze between the 16” OC studs while lying on my stomach and crawl into
an area that is about 3 feet below the main section. I slid a couple of
long boards into the space so I could lie across the joist and insulation.
Hot, dirty, and no room to work.
Anyway, for the past 2 years I have had practically zero ice dam issues. I
compare my house to the other houses in the neighborhood and there is no
doubt that the roof work has paid off. I have no icicles while other houses
look like mine used to - icicles along every gutter. Eventually I want
blow even more insulation into the soffit area but for now I pretty happy
with the results.
Yes, yes, and yes.
There is no standing in my attic, even in the main section. I wore a hat to
keep my head from getting scratched by the roofing nails as I reached as
far as I could down the rafter bays to staple only the top of the baffles.
My house has those slanted ceilings in the bedrooms. You know, the kind of
house where the exterior walls are shorter than the interior ones because
of the roof line. That means that there is very little room to work at the
outside edges of the attic. Very hard to retrofit with the baffles.
On 2/19/2014 5:32 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Dad paid to have some heat tape installed
in the back of the house. And I turned that
on, this afternoon. Not sure when to turn
it back off. Well, turn it on when there are
ice dams, or snow. Mom's electric bill just
took a spike up. Well, at least we're not
running the 1500 watt space heater in the
cellar at the moment.
Many years ago I had a huge ice dam problem. It was leaking into the house
above the window and door frames. A buddy of mine had a truck with a water
heater that he used for carpet cleaning in the warmer months. He wanted to
see if he start a business of clearing ice dams with a long hose and high
pressure nozzle, so he offered to try it in my house.
He cut the ice dams with the hot water cross wise every 2 feet or so and
then cut them along the top of the gutter until the chunk fell off. It
worked, except for the fact that everything was covered with ice from the
spraying water. My yard, my deck, the roof he was standing on, the ladders,
He decided that it was way too dangerous and doubted he could get insurance
for the business. It was fun, but really, really dangerous.
Used to know a guy with a "steam jenny". Puffed
fuel oil fire and belched smoke, but provided
good stream of super hot water. That would likely
do the job, if the machine was kept warm between
jobs. The carpet steamer sounds like a good off
season use of the machine. I know my church has
carpet steamer guys come in twice a year. They get
some dirt, but not as complete as the extractor
machine the church has.
Coated with ice from the water spray sounds
a bit dangerous. Glad you were able to test the
concept before getting a lot of contracts.
On Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:50:37 -0500, Stormin Mormon
OT, but good. My ex-girlfriend, who ran a business by herself and is
usually very competent, would vacuum her carpets every week or so.
Finally her new boyfriend pointed out that the belt that runs the brush
in her vacuum was broken (and probably had been for months or years) and
she was barely getting any of the dirt out. She thought that was so
Actually, the ice is transmitting the force of the blow
through to your roof. Your roof is taking a pounding.
You might be avoiding the claw hitting it, but the
"thud" still goes through. And, who doesn't get
careless when they are tired, cold, and swearing up a
storm? (Don't let your mom hear you. She still has
"that" bar of soap at the ready.)
the riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped
The pounding is spread out, and not concentrated.
With the thick ice, been wondering if a sawzall
with coarse tooth blade might move ice. Likely
to spray me with ice particles. Get down about
an inch thick, get the rest with a torch.
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