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    Default Satellite dish iced over

    Anyone else missing the Thunder game with an iced over dish? Is it safe to take a hair dryer to it or what other methods can be used? Sidewalk salt?

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    I have the DISH blues too. Thank goodness we can watch stuff saved in the DVR.

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    Vinegar and water...or those cans of de-icer that are sold at auto parts stores.

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    A buddy of mine hooks his garden hose up to his hot water tank and sprays hot water on his dish.
    Tip: wear heavy gloves.LOL

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    Use a hammer a beat it off.

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    Default Re: Satellite dish iced over

    Have X-Ice Games with your hamsters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LandRunOkie View Post
    Anyone else missing the Thunder game with an iced over dish? Is it safe to take a hair dryer to it or what other methods can be used? Sidewalk salt?
    Mine is too, but I was able to watch it on the non-HD channel.

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    This is the first time its iced in 4 years. Decided to wait until tomorrow since the game wasn't close. Won't be using a hammer, that sounds dumb since they forced me into a 2 year contract just for install, who know what they want for repair. Don't have any pets, watching okies on ice is enough entertainment for me.

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    Might try a rubber mallet gently.

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    Autozone sells a deicer that goes in the washer fluid reservoir in your car. I don't recall the name but it is yellow and comes in a gallon jug. it is easy t find there since they sell a lot of it. Put it in a pump up sprayer (the kind that you use in the garden) and you can easily spray the dish easily. I use it this way on all kinds of iced areas at home. I works really well. Quick and easy.

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    I still have an 8 ft 2 x 2 I used in the 2002 ice storm to use for that and tape my Makita heat gun to it to get the ice off. Hasn't damaged the equipment so far but I don't keep it too close to the gun thing when using it.

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    There is also a de-icer in a spray can (get it at any auto parts store) and it was developed to spray directly on your windshield, not added to a washer fluid reservoir. It should work just fine on a satellite dish. I'm not sure why I'm not having the problem, I certainly have a lot of ice.
    C. T.

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    I tried the de icer wasn't getting it done so I used hot water till it melted off, then sprayed down with de-icer to keep it from refreezing. Worked like a charm.

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    Default Re: Satellite dish iced over

    Quote Originally Posted by Zuplar View Post
    I tried the de icer wasn't getting it done so I used hot water till it melted off, then sprayed down with de-icer to keep it from refreezing. Worked like a charm.
    Just FYI de-ice fluid has little anti-icing capabilities. It's good at breaking it up but not preventing new ice .

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    Just went and looked...Mine is covered in a good hearty helping of ice...But my Dish is getting a signal just fine.

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    Scaled the flatter part of the roof but there's no way I'm climbing the steeper pitched parts. Very very dangerous without spotters and a lattice of ropes, almost slid down couple times already. Will just have to wait it out. This is with Directv.

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    Get cable?

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    Elitespy,
    Only if it's available and it's not where I live.
    C. T.
    Quote Originally Posted by elitespy View Post
    Get cable?

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    Default Re: Satellite dish iced over

    By cable of course you mean Cox, which basically has a monopoly. I caught them raising my rates every few months without any change to my plan, so I switched.. I respect the competition the satellite companies bring to the table so I do business with them. Also haven't caught Directv playing games with my bill. Much more sports packages available as well. I'm willing and able to take a time out from TV when the weather demands it.

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    I didn't have ice problems in OKC (nor in Austin which rarely got ice) but have had one instance of heavy snow from the south causing a problem here in Denver. When we do get it from the south it tends to have a lot more moisture in it than our typical powder from the north so it sticks to the dish a bit more. A quick swipe of the broom will take care of it, unfortunately not an option with ice. I know many up in the mountains get dish heaters to keep them clear, when we move that way it will have to be part of the plan.

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    Merry Christmas, (technically, Winter Solstice) From OKC, c/o Old Man Winter, For the Heart o' The Heartland


    So . . . Perhaps . . . Even if circumstances suggest otherwise, there is still a tiny bit of beauty to be found in water and temperature doing its/their thing? =)
    (but not on a satellite dish, maybe)

    (and this after all the truck door unfreezing . . . windshield scraping . . . et cetera and so forth . . . yadda, yadda, yadda.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadicalModerate View Post
    Merry Christmas, (technically, Winter Solstice) From OKC, c/o Old Man Winter, For the Heart o' The Heartland

    So . . . Perhaps . . . Even if circumstances suggest otherwise, there is still a tiny bit of beauty to be found in water and temperature doing its/their thing? =)
    (but not on a satellite dish, maybe)

    (and this after all the truck door unfreezing . . . windshield scraping . . . et cetera and so forth . . . yadda, yadda, yadda.)
    Nice photo. Driving around yesterday, there were many example of beauty to be found in the fields that sparkled in the sunlight like diamonds and crystal shards.

    More on topic, I had an issue with ice on my dish, but it was strangely intermittent. I wasn't able to knock much ice off the hardware, for fear of knocking it out of alignment or breaking one of the plastic LNBs. It eventually cleared up, even though I still have a thick layer of ice on it. *Shrugs* I guess I'll watch The Wizard of Oz some other time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LandRunOkie View Post
    By cable of course you mean Cox, which basically has a monopoly. I caught them raising my rates every few months without any change to my plan, so I switched.. I respect the competition the satellite companies bring to the table so I do business with them. Also haven't caught Directv playing games with my bill. Much more sports packages available as well. I'm willing and able to take a time out from TV when the weather demands it.
    Fortunately I had no problems with my dish during the storm. I love dish network and have very little problems with it. I switched from cable 7 years ago and it cut my bill in half. Saved a 1000 a year.

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