Friday, February 6, 2009

mapping the ice crash zone

For future reference I went out and took some pictures of where the ice lands when it falls off the roof. See that little tombstone sticking up there? It's a piece of ice two feet tall, a foot wide, and an inch thick. I'm not going to plant any shrubs right there. 

Now you see the obstacle course I'd have had to get the garbage container across. The Jeep is parked just to the right of where the picture ends. 
The ice field is supposed to be a parking space. Note to self: do not park there unless the roof is empty! I will need this picture when I get ready to put up a carport. How to direct the ice away from its roof?

I spent half an hour this afternoon dragging branches to the edge of the road at my father's house. In the metro area the sanitation department is going to collect storm debris if it's on the right-of-way. I didn't get half of it done, so I'll have to go back more than one time (the trip is long enough that half an hour's work is all I can do) and I need someone to get the limb off the carport roof. I don't do ladders that tall. I wish it felt like I'd had some exercise, because lots of the branches were big enough to provide some weight lifting, but the snow crust was so slippery I had to move very slowly and I feel as though I've done nothing but sit around.


  1. You have the wrong roofing material for a solar house. Snow slides off a metal roof causing your problem. You need an asphalt roof shingle that holds the snow, holding the snow and providing you with extra insulation on your roof

  2. Anonymous is right...but I'm sure you aren't about to replace your roof.

    I understand now why you were hesitant about taking out the garbage!

    Good luck with getting the yard cleaned up at your dad's house.

  3. It's the right roof for this climate. What was on the roof was mostly ice, with snow on top of it. It's unusual here for snow to last as long as a week, and for it to last that long more than once a winter would be even more unusual. Since the roof insulation is R45 (the walls are R35) I'm not about to give up my metal roof for a week's worth of added insulation. Since I'm 56 I may not have to replace it in my lifetime! : )

    Bag Lady, much as I want some cows, when I look at the thickness of that ice, I'm extremely grateful I didn't have to chop it off a water tank while standing on ice. (Maybe I could keep one of those rubber bath tub mats wrapped around the axe handle so it would be at hand?)