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    Snow problems

    This is a discussion on Snow problems within the Sky & Sky+ TV forums, part of the Other Sky help and support category; I have just had to clean snow from my dish as it was completely stopping the signal. I used a ...

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      Snow problems

      I have just had to clean snow from my dish as it was completely stopping the signal. I used a very long brush!

      I understand that this frowned upon by Sky as they say it can damage the electronics in the dish and that is not covered by insurance (any excuse!)

      Has anyone any ideas about a way of stopping the snow settling on the dish or clearing the snow without invalidating Sky's warranty?

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      Last time it happened here, I was able to reach out of the window and blow/melt the snow away with a hairdryer held at arms length!
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      Re: Snow problems

      A hair dryer sounds a good idea, but I suspect that many would have a problem with this.

      As for using a stiff brush, I would be more concerned about the possibility of knocking the dish out of alignment (possible if the mountings are loose) or knocking the angle of the LNB or damaging the arm it sits on.

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      Yes I was wary of causing alignment problems by poking a stick at the dish! Hair dryer did it almost immediately - but obviously I waited until the weather was dry and clear to avoid mixing water & electrickery...
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      Re: Snow problems

      Quote Originally Posted by Furry Fred View Post
      I understand that this frowned upon by Sky as they say it can damage the electronics in the dish
      There's no electronics in the dish. It's just a lump of metal that acts like a mirror to microwave signals. All the electronics is inside the LNB. It's sealed inside a metal casing so you could whack it with a hammer and not damage the electronics.

      But (as above) you could alter the (very critical) alignment.

      A spiral of Christmas lights taped behind the dish should keep it clear (and looks pretty, too!) The bulb type - LEDs don't generate enough heat.

     

     

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