Is this where everyone is hanging out now?

Can't tell for sure, but it seems like this place is dragging people across from the original forums?  Or maybe it's attracting a different crowd?  Don't know the statistics obviously, but I feel like I need to be in both places at the minute.  That's not a bad thing (and not a moan) - just curious about where you see this one going ... Doesn't seem right to post in both forums.

Probably just me and my Friday meltdown.

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Gerry Wasiluk

Brian Batt said:


Awesome!  This is what you do on Sundays?

Yeah, between dealing with an ice dam on the roof with a rapid melt leaking into the garage and doing some 3M work, I needed something  "fun."

Notice how David has not responded yet.  As usual, he "flees" when the completion gets too much . . .     Or else something about helping us users design better courses or using Articulate . . .   

Gabe Anderson

Gerry Wasiluk said:

Yeah, between dealing with an ice dam on the roof with a rapid melt leaking into the garage and doing some 3M work, I needed something  "fun."


I haven't tried it with my ice dam yet (luckily no leaking or other issues besides some icicles), but I've read that filling pantyhose with calcium chloride (or maybe Magic Salt - I think less harsh than calcium chloride or rock salt) and placing it along the edge of the roof is an effective way to melt the ice and create a pathway for drainage.

What method are you using?

Gerry Wasiluk

Yep--we tried the panty hose and calcium chloride.  Then I forgot about it up there and when the calcium chloride ran out, the panty hose got embedded in ice and started breaking up.  Fun to then get out.   Boy, that stuff is strong.   

We had the same problem last year and we hired a company and they poured the calcium chloride up there without the pantyhose.  So we ended up doing that this year but in smaller, controlled  "doses."  Also, we replaced our gutter, which wasn't slanted in the right direction and which we now try to keep clear.

Kinda fun to watch how quickly the calcium chloride works and starts melting the ice. 

Where our two rooflines meet the flashing is leaking somewhere and we need to get that fixed, along with replacing sheetrock and getting more insulation up in the roof to help prevent the melting and ice build up.

Home ownership--it never ends.  :)