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How to Make Your Own Salt Cakes for Melting Roof Snow



Heavy snow on a roof can cause a range of problems, even a roof collapse. Helping snow melt might make the difference between an annoyance and a spending a large amount on repairs. Calcium chloride crystals, which come in bags or buckets, are the standard for melting ice and snow. Making a cake of them ensures they wind up on the roof where they're needed, instead of being scattered to the wind.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Heavy-duty scissors
Fine-weave burlap material
Calcium chloride crystals
Cord
Cut the burlap into squares approximately 8 inches to a side, using the scissors.
Place a cup of crystals into the middle of the burlap


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How to Make Your Own Salt Cakes for Melting Roof Snow
Heavy snow on a roof can cause a range of problems, even a roof collapse. Helping snow melt might make the difference between an annoyance and a spending a large amount on repairs. Calcium chloride crystals, which come in bags or buckets, are the standard for melting ice and snow. Making a cake of them ensures they wind up on the roof where they're needed, instead of being scattered to the wind.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Heavy-duty scissors
Fine-weave burlap material
Calcium chloride crystals
Cord
Cut the burlap into squares approximately 8 inches to a side, using the scissors.
Place a cup of crystals into the middle of the burlap

How to Make Sodium Chloride Cakes for Melting Snow on a Roof
Sodium chloride is also known as rock salt and is the most common form of ice melter. This is because sodium chloride is less expensive than other ice melters (such as calcium chloride). Rock salt is effective down to roughly 20 degrees Fahrenheit. If you wish to make your own ice melting devices using sodium chloride, rather than continuing to purchase sodium chloride cakes, you can easily do so. The process requires an old pair of stockings and can be completed fairly quickly.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll Need
Sodium chloride ice-melting pellets
Nylon stockings
Ladder
Fill the legs of an old pair of stockings with sodium chloride. Tie the

DIY Melting Snow From a Roof
A roof is designed to support a certain amount of weight, including a modest amount of snow. Unfortunately, a roof is occasionally exposed to larger amounts of snow than it was designed to hold. This excess can damage the structural integrity of the roof and place you in danger. Be careful when melting the snow from your roof. Uneven or incomplete melting can cause ice dams that can damage your roof quickly.Difficulty:ChallengingInstructions Things You'll Need
Rock salt
Plywood
Construction-quality space heater
Water hose
Roof rake
Work gloves
Safety glasses
Hardhat
Coat your roof with rock salt, which melts snow and ice quickly. Apply a fre

What Can I Use for Snow Melting & Cleaning a Flat Roof?
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Roof Leaking Around the Vent Pipe Due to Melting Snow
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How to Make Snow Globes With Salt
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Rubbing alcohol
Small figurine
Hot glue gun and glue
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Epsom salt
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How to Make Roof Salt Blocks
The snow and ice on your roof pose a serious problem to your safety and the integrity of your home. When the snow and ice on your roof begin to melt, they slide down toward the colder eaves, where they refreeze and create ice dams. If left untreated, the weight of these dams can eventually cause the eaves to break or wreak other serious damage to your roofing and home. You can make your own ice melt blocks to toss on your roof and melt the snow before ice dams form.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
1-lb. rock salt
Plastic bucket
1 cup dolomitic lime
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How to Make a Roof Stronger for Snow
Many young people learn about camping, traditional and country skills and lighting campfires at home before venturing out and experiencing backpacking and trekking for real. However, shelters built in the backyard in summer can be flimsy. For winter use, it is necessary to strengthen the roof to cope with snowfall. Few experiences can compare with a cozy night in your own shelter while you remain safe in the knowledge that your roof is built to withstand nature's worst as the snow falls.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Produce a roofline with steep angles so most of the snow weight is transferred to the ground via the supports of your tent or shelter. In addition, angles greater than 45 de

How to Make a Snow Roof Rake
In areas with heavy snowfall, accumulation on a roof can be a dangerous occurrence. Many roofs have collapsed from the weight of snow, causing injuries and even deaths. As such, regular raking is critical to ensure your safety and that of your family. There are many varieties of snow rake available for commercial purchase, but you can easily make your own with a few supplies from the hardware store.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
2-by-8 board
Saw
2-inch PVC pipe
Vise
Hacksaw
Sandpaper
PVC glue
PVC flange
1-inch wood screws
Screwdriver
PVC end cap (optional)
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How to Make a Snow Roof Rake With PVC
It is important to remove heavy snow accumulation from your roof to preserve your home's structural integrity. This is especially true if your house is older or if the roof extends over a carport or patio. You can find commercial roof rakes for snow removal at a hardware store or home improvement center, but they can be expensive. In addition, high demand for roof rakes during the winter months can deplete the stock, leaving you without a roof rake. However, you can make your own with a few materials.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
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How to Make Salt Brine Liquid for Snow Removal
If you live in an region with heavy snowfall in the winter, then watching city workers add salt to roadways to melt the snow will not surprise you. But you may not know you can use high concentrations of salt and water to cut through the tedious task of shoveling snow off the driveway, walking path, patio and sidewalk outside your home. When sodium chloride dissolves into warm water, the mixture forms a brine. Create your own salt brine solution to spray on surfaces that accumulate snow.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Gallon capacity bucket
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How to Make a Rake for Removing Snow From the Roof
During the winter months it's important that you keep your roof as clear of snow as possible. Many homes are designed with sloping roofs so that snow naturally falls off, but sometimes you simply have too much snow, or your roof isn't slanted enough, and you run the risk of snow damaging your home. If you make yourself a roof rake, you can brush the snow off your roof and eliminate this risk.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
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How to Make the Snow on Your Roof Melt Faster
A heavy snow load can damage a roof due to its sheer weight, or from the effects of freezing and thawing, which can damage shingles. For these reasons, it is important to remove snow from your roof. Ice dams are formed when a solid ridge of ice develops on the eave of a roof and prevents the melting snow from running off of the roof. This results in the buildup of water and snow.Difficulty:ChallengingInstructions Things You'll Need
Ladder
Roof rake
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Locate the areas of your roof that seem to be clogged by ice dams. The places on the eave where solid ice has formed are the areas that you want to address.
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How to Make a Solution That Melts Snow on a Roof
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What Is Better Than Rock Salt for Melting Ice?
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Magnesium chlorideMagnesium chloride is an excellent alternative for melting ice. It works on temperatures down to 5 degrees Fahrenheit and reacts with ice so that it f

Experiments With Salt Melting Ice
Teachers interested in using salt and ice experiments in the classroom can incorporate a range of theories and methods into lessons. Discuss the properties of salt and its effect on water, the influences on melting ice, or the creation of ice crystals in the winter. Using salt and ice to explore melting points allows students to develop an understanding of substances and their chemical reactions. How can salt lower the freezing point of water?This experiment involves students testing the properties and effects of salt on ice and water. Students need 2 cups of water, salt, ice cubes and access to a freezer. First put a tablespoon of salt into one of the cups of water, and place both cups i

Ice Melting Salt Ingredients
Melting the ice is a common problem faced by government road departments and households in winter. Ice usually sticks to the concrete if ice salt is not applied before the snow. Ice melting salts are available from various manufacturers in different names and quantities. All of these ice melting salts contain one or more of the common ice melting substances in varying proportions. Calcium ChlorideCalcium chloride is one of the most common deicers and works faster than other deicing substances such as sodium chloride and urea. Calcium chloride absorbs moisture and produces heat to aid in melting. Crust forming problems do not occur on roads when calcium chloride is used on ice. Calcium chl

Snow 2.0 is melting =(
cant get this to work ... yes i am a N00b :egg:
here are the 2 errors im getting ,
**Error** Symbol=snow, layer=Layer 1, frame=1:Line 1: Clip events are permitted only for movie clip instances
onClipEvent (load) {
**Error** Symbol=snow, layer=Layer 1, frame=1:Line 16: Clip events are permitted only for movie clip instances
onClipEvent (enterFrame) {
Total ActionScript Errors: 2 Reported Errors: 2
attached is the fla file.
following the tut from http://www.kirupa.com/developer/mx2004/snow.htm
any help is greatly appreciated!
thnx
phreekbird!
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