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Old 11-20-2003, 12:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Covering satellite dish with PAM Cooking Spray (not a joke)

This may seem like a stupid question but its real. Will spraying PAM cooking spray on a satellite dish help the wet snow slide off?

Unlike houses where the satellite dish is on the side of the house, the apartment building I live in has the dish on the roof. The building owners does not want me up there cleaning the dish everytime it snows because they are afraid I will create new leaks in the roof. Plus I don't want to be up there.

During the storm last night, the wet snow blocked the satellite signal completely and only once the snow melted or slid off on it's own, the signal came back. (7:30 this morning).

I was unhappy but realized that it probably won't happen too often. But the elderly lady from downstairs is freaking out. She came to see me 4 times today and harassed the store she bought her system from to the point where they won't return her calls. Along with guilting me into going up on the roof, she told me that the store suggested spraying PAM cooking spray on the dish. I made a joke about using PAM to cook burgers on the dish during the summer. She didn't get it. Then I said I could possibly do it on Friday but needed to talk to the building owners before I did anything.

I just talked to one of the building owners about roof access and PAM cooking spray. After she stopped laughing, she said they will get back to me after discussing it.

PAM might work because it's a barrier. I suggested to the building owners that car wax might be better.

Any suggestions would be appreciated because the elderly lady is afraid of missing The Price Is Right the next time a storm happens.
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Old 11-20-2003, 01:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Actually you can either buy a baggie that will protect it, a friend of mine bagged it with a garbage bag.

They do sell stuff that you can spray on the dish to eliminate the build up of snow.

Me I have it on top of my house and I get around 85%, I used to get only 72% and everytime a cloud would go by it would lose the signal, but I bought another dish for the trailer ( I like roughing it lol) and got pissed at the old dish and realigned the dish and ever since it has been a dream.
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When I talked to Star Choice early last night, the customer service rep mentioned that there are covers for the dish but Star Choice doesn't like to sell them because they are used to mask illegal dishes. The rep never mentioned any type of spray.

I think I will go down to the store I bought my system from and talk to them.
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I don't understand why your having problems with your sat. in the first place... like mine never loses it signal b/c of snow and it snows for like 9 months of the year... honeslty i wouldn't try and spary it, cause the cooking spray will prolly freeze and harden and then you'll get a layer of grease on ure sat. that when it dry's in the summer might really wreck it...
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Old 11-20-2003, 09:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't understand why your having problems with your sat. in the first place... like mine never loses it signal b/c of snow and it snows for like 9 months of the year... honeslty i wouldn't try and spray it, cause the cooking spray will probably freeze and harden and then you'll get a layer of grease on your sat. that when it dries in the summer might really wreck it...
Like I said, the dish is on the roof so that means its tipped up thus making it an oval shaped snow catcher. Also Salmon Arm usually gets wet snow while Edmonton gets mostly cold, dry snow, which slides easier. I need to find a product that acts as a barrier and provides less resistance for sticky snow.

It is above freezing during the day right now in Salmon Arm, and if I spray it on, it should dry. If I do use PAM, it would be a thin mist, not the container full. Plus the Star Choice rep didn't think PAM would hurt the dish.

Earnhardt had a good suggestion though and I will talk to my local satellite system provider and see if they sell a proper spray.
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The dish should be pointed in the same direction (at the satellite) no matter where it is installed. So it should be no more of a "snow catcher" on the roof than it would be on a wall. N'est Pas? I'm sure the easter bunny would agree. :]
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Iced...this is what I found from a couple of websites (unfortunately, it didn't answer your questions but I'm just pulling a Tw33k and going to post anyway).....

Website "A" had this to say...
Does the weather affect the operation of Satellite Tv?
Not usually. On rare occasions, in periods of heavy sustained rainfall, you may experience a brief period of "picture freeze" while the receiver re locates a lost satellite signal. Signal strength is optimized during professional installation to reduce the likelihood of signal loss during severe weather.


Website "B" had this to say...
]How does the environment affect my big dish system?
Environmental factors are certainly an issue concerning your big dish satellite system. Much of your system is, after all, located outdoors, allowing exposure to the elements.

Stormy weather can cause problems with your satellite dish. High winds during hurricanes, tornadoes, and other storms can cause your dish to be blown out of alignment. Worse, unusually high winds can, under the worst circumstances, even knock your dish over. If you live in areas subject to extreme wind conditions, consider the Paraclipse Classic Series satellite dishes mentioned earlier in the FAQ. Satellite dishes are also subject to periodic lightning strikes. Equipment such as a TVRO-specific surge protector (like the one made by Panamax) will help protect your satellite system from unexpected power surges. As far as rain goes, TVRO satellite dishes are not subject to rain fade the way DBS dishes are.

Perhaps the worst environmental enemy of your satellite dish involves winter weather. Cold weather can damage or at least slow down the operation of the servo motor. Significant build-up of snow or ice can pull your satellite dish out of alignment or even warp the dish itself. The actuator arm can also freeze, which will prevent you from being able to move the dish out of its current position. Although there isn't a lot you
can do about severe winter weather, keeping snow and ice from building up inside your dish will help insure quality signal reception and reduce the likelihood of your dish become misaligned. Use a broom to "carefully* sweep out your dish. Do not use an ice scraper on ice and DO NOT use hot water (or water of any temperature) to melt snow or ice, as this can warp your dish.

The sun can also cause problem with your satellite system. Twice yearly, during the beginnings of spring and fall, satellite systems are subject to solar outages caused when the sun, the earth, and satellites over the equator are directly aligned. This can outages between 5 and 10 minutes per day and can occur for up to two weeks. Fortunately, solar outages are not a severe problem and only affect daytime reception.

Wildlife can also cause problems. Nesting creatures such as birds, bees, and other insects can build nests in different areas of your satellite dish. This is especially problematic if the nest is located around the LNB and feedhorn, as this can cause reception problems. Carefully remove any nests located on your dish, taking special care in combating bee, wasp, and hornet nests. Underground animals such as gophers and moles can chew through unprotected satellite cables, causing outages. It is
recommended that underground cables be protected with PVC pipe conduit.


Have you checked to see if you have any roof-top gophers or moles? k: :roll:
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Old 11-20-2003, 04:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I suspect EB has a secret harem stashed in that dish.
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I suspect EB has a secret harem stashed in that dish.
Darbie I thought it was called a "brace" of bunnies. And a harem of ... uh... goats? :]
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