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More popping and creaking...

So I woke from a nap because I haven't been feeling well all day and tired myself out doing chores around the house. Just as I woke up I heard a lound POP! from the attic. I went up there and didn't find anything that I could see out of place but that sound worries the hell out of me.

This house was built in the 50's so that means it's seen three large snows as of this season. The means three large snow loads and the resultant stresses.

That means I really should do somethng about the snow that's up there. Tomorrow. It's going to be in the 40's here next week but I don't want to take the chance it might be too late by then.

So that means I need to get up there tomorrow and shovel snow off the one side of my roof. But I may have found another solution...

Warm water. The slop sink is right near the back door so I can easily bring the hose inside (I forgot to take the reel off the wall) and once it's thawed out hook it to the slop sink faucet. I don't need it really hot just enough to melt the snow.

And all the snow in question is in an area where I don't care if there's ice on the ground or not and I know the sump pump works as it went off one day when it got significantly above freezing.

So with the help of a garden hose, a glove, and some warm water I should be able to clear my roof in no time.

If that doesn't work then yes I'll shovel it but I really want to find ANY other method as I still am over 200 lbs and it's a fairly steep incline.

If I had better lighting and a thawed hose I'd try this tonight but it's just too dark out. :-(

Here's to hoping the roof doesn't cave in overnight...

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Feb. 9th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
As a northern Canadian accustomed to snow-filled winters, I will strongly urge you NOT to use water to clear the snow. Afterall, the whole reason why we need to clear snow off of roofs is because, when it melts any, it gets HEAVY and can cause structural damage. Soaking your roof is only asking for trouble. Serious trouble. Especially with an older roof.
Feb. 9th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
I shoveled what I could reach from a ladder and the top of the shed. Unfortunately I'm not sure if that's going to be enough.

We'll find out next week because it's supposed to be in the 40's or so that entire week.

*grump* Still say it would've worked if not for you meddling kids.

Seriously though I'm installing a damn roof hatch this summer so no ladders are required any more.
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
I take it you're not able to get up on the roof itself? It should be able to handle the weight of a person (as opposed to a few feet of wet snow).
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
It's not that I can't get up on the roof but it's peaked just enough to cause me problems when up there:


That's basically the areas that have built up about a foot of snow. I managed to eat into it considerably today.

Truthfully me getting up there to shovel it off I think is a disaster waiting to happen.

*sigh* You're probably right though in that it'll likely support me just fine. I suppose I can try and get up there tomorrow and see.
Feb. 10th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
Just take your time and watch your footing. And don't drive your shovel to the bottom of the snow; you don't want to damage the shingles. You can leave an inch or two without any worries. Do you have a push scoop? Those make quick work of roof clearing. Plastic is the best, on account of the shingles.
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
I use a plastic grain/bean shovel. It's more sturdy and is slightly smaller so you're not lifting so much with each load.

And yes I'm being careful not to hit the shingles. Thanks though. :-)
Feb. 9th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for your advice, I just hope he takes it.
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