Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:24 AM
I picked up the yellow pages and started calling. An hour later after calling literally every hardware store listed in Northern Virginia as well as Home Depot and several others scanning their computers to see if any other store might have one elsewhere I gave up. The internet doesn't help much either. We've actually bought one from Amazon.com where they advertise that it will be delivered tomorrow. Or, we hope it will be delivered tomorrow. They and a half dozen others all note that they will make their best effort to have it delivered tomorrow. (Ours' from Seattle where I guess there is no snow.) It will be interesting to see if it shows up-or if Fed Ex can even make it through!
Then there are the roofing companies and contractors who specialize in this. Perhaps $1,000 and up for snow and ice removal (which actually almost seems reasonable given the potential damage and difficulty of doing it). For the ones that I called it was a matter of taking a number and standing in line-even if we are willing to spend this much.
With these experiences I am guessing that a roof rake is the single object/impliment/tool/supply that is in greatest demand right now.
By the way, Rio broke a fifty year heat record yesterday with 104 degrees. The same day that D. C., Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia and Atlantic City broke all time seasonal snow fall records. And Whistler where the winter Olympics start on Friday, until yesterday, had almost no snow on the ground. There are probably quite a few stores there with roof rakes on sale.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:00 PM
By the way, UPS had suspended some major routes yesterday due to the weather, but appears to be working to catch up today.
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:30 PM
Posted 11 February 2010 - 04:22 PM
Posted 11 February 2010 - 07:33 PM
Really appreciate the help and advice. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
Google Salt Sock. I made one and it works. You fill a sock with melting salt, tie it up with a long rope, and toss it on your roof just above the gutter. It creates a channel that lets water run off. You can make several socks, or change the position of the one you make. This works for ice dam issues, not so much for the overall weight on your roof. Though it might save your gutters. Oh I see someone beat me to it.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:04 PM
here's a nifty tip from This Old House: how to break an ice dam using hosiery and ice melting compound.
She came down the stairs in a cocktail dress; she fell on her food like a lioness... -- Richard Thompson
Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:47 AM
With the right kind of hosiery involved, I'll break any dam--oh, wait, are we or are we not talking about horses here?
Sorry, I just had to do it.
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