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Snow Melting Cable #47891 01/29/05 10:37 AM
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I finally decided that I need to install some snow melt cable on my roof and gutters.
Bad ice damming and icicles.
I know that Raychem makes this product, but it may be a little expensive.
Any recommendations on a particular manufacturer that can be cut to length in the field?

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Re: Snow Melting Cable #47892 01/29/05 12:20 PM
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Raychem, Thermon, Chromalox all make heat trace. The good stuff is expensive.

Make sure you get all the accessories that you need. Power taps, t-stats, end caps, tees, etc.

Make sure that you power this with an EPD breaker. You might want to rethink this as a DIY project, the consequences for error are pretty extreme.

GJ

Re: Snow Melting Cable #47893 01/29/05 12:40 PM
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This is a DYI for myself.
I am an electrical contractor with 25 years in the trade. Mostly commercial and industrial.
I haven't installed any snow melt on a house before though.
What is an EDB breaker. I thought it had to be on a GFI breaker?

Re: Snow Melting Cable #47894 01/29/05 01:04 PM
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Tim welcome to ECN. Do I need to drive the van over and show you how to do this? Seriously Tim it up to how much you want to spend. You get what you pay for and New England winters are not easy on the cable. I removed my ice melt system when I replaced my roof and had ice and water shield installed. I'll get you the name of the product I used. It was on the roof ten years with no problems. A little pricey but well worth it.

Al

Re: Snow Melting Cable #47895 01/29/05 01:14 PM
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Hi Capt Al,
I'd rather you climb my roof than me. Don't we both need IIA ladders? [Linked Image]
I don't mind spending the money if the product lasts 10-20 year.

Re: Snow Melting Cable #47896 01/29/05 01:19 PM
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Don't we both need IIA ladders?

I can vouch for that. [Linked Image]

I am also catching up on you two.

Tim Raychem makes different price lines, you do not need the $10.00 per lin ft stuff.

Bob


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Re: Snow Melting Cable #47897 01/29/05 01:25 PM
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Bob, you're killing me. If I have to climb on his roof I want to use the $10.00 a foot stuff. Also the van only has type IIA ladders on it so we are all set.

Al

Re: Snow Melting Cable #47898 01/29/05 01:31 PM
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Tim, check your email.
Al

Re: Snow Melting Cable #47899 01/29/05 02:17 PM
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just bought some raychem 240v self reg stuff it was $3 per foot gfpe breakers range from $140 - $270

Re: Snow Melting Cable #47900 01/29/05 02:50 PM
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Uh, isn't this the worst time of the year to install this stuff? Seriously, this is not going to prevent ice dams and icicles. It is meant to keep small channels open for the water to flow through to prevent the water from backing up and causing leaking from ice dams.

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