Perhaps the most obvious item to have in your winter tool kit is one which can help you manage the snow on your property. Whether you prefer to shovel or snow blow, having a sturdy, up-to-date piece of equipment is vital when the powder begins to pile up. Snow blowers especially need a lot of prep—including ensuring they are gassed up and ready to go for the first snowfall. But even familiarizing yourself with the weight, capacity, and functions of your shovel can help make the task of actually shoveling a lot more manageable. Ice melt is another New England must-have during winter. When the temperature fluctuates between freezing and warm one week to the next, water that gathers on the ground can freeze, unfreeze, and refreeze in succession, creating slippery and dangerous walking and driving conditions.
It's Metafilter's 20th anniversary! To celebrate, scan some cats or help fund Mefi! Ice-melt socks on a metal roof. We had a big problem with ice dams last year and want to try the "ice-melt in pantyhose" thing. But what kind of ice melt? Basically, the roof is right above the heated interior of the house - no attic or other cold area in between, so preventing the issues that lead to ice dams in the first place is really a non-starter. We've looked into electric heat cables, but the ones we've seen so far are not for use with metal roofs.
Salt pucks and salt-filled pantyhose are unwise approaches to ice dam removal: They rarely work, and they damage your roof. In fact, any form of DIY ice dam removal is unlikely to end well. Rogers compared to salty chemical water. Saltwater is highly corrosive think wiring, appliances, and your new TV.
With the snow already on our roofs and the forecast for rain, collapse is a real concern. I have pasted an Article below which has some good ideas on how to prevent collapse and Ice Dams. I hope you find this information useful. Please contact us if you have any questions.