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Escher
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Reged: 08/30/07

Loc: Fenton, MI
POD and snow removal new
      #5540023 - 11/26/12 10:15 AM

Just got our first bit of snow and it has me wondering... What do you other POD owners use to remove snow from your domes before an observing session? Just a large broom? What about frozen bits on the lip areas?

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Reged: 02/12/06

Loc: Lat. 39.143345, Long. -77.1748...
Re: POD and snow removal new [Re: Escher]
      #5540465 - 11/26/12 02:56 PM

Escher,
A push broom works for me. The path to the dome I use a 50" Snow blower on the back of my tractor though. LOL

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mclewis1
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Reged: 02/25/06

Loc: New Brunswick, Canada
Re: POD and snow removal [Re: Startraffic]
      #5540484 - 11/26/12 03:12 PM

Yes, I usually use just a medium wide push broom too. I will however sometimes use a shovel (turned upside down) to gently remove any built up ice on the edge or lip.

Watch out when you are removing larger amounts of built up snow, it will sometimes suddenly come down off of the upper part of the dome as you clean away the lower part (go figure). The results when a bunch of snow suddenly slides down and hits the lip and then goes sideways is um ... eye opening, especially when the POD is on a 3' platform and the lip is just above eye level ... can you say snow shower?.


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Bob Griffiths
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Reged: 10/10/05

Loc: Frederick Maryland
Re: POD and snow removal new [Re: mclewis1]
      #5542650 - 11/27/12 07:09 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

I do NOT have a Pod...I have an Exploradome..
The only thing I do like the others is just pull the snow off the top (my domes top is 16 foot off the ground so I use a Pool brush with a telescoping pole)...

BUT what I want to tell you is to remove the snow as soon as possible...I learned the hard way not to wait a few days..

The snow melts during the day BUT refreezes at night.. My shutter was frozen in ice and the base of the dome was locked in place so I would not rotate after the first substantial snowstorm we had after I built the observatory.....

Now I just brush it off ASAP... never had a problem again...

Bob G.


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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: POD and snow removal new [Re: Bob Griffiths]
      #5544226 - 11/28/12 05:03 PM

Because my primary home is far from my observatory, I don't have the advantage of instant snow removal. I use a roof rake with two pole extensions to scrape what has frozen. It is far from elegant but with some sweat, does the job. I thought about attaching some type of heater cables, but am a little leery about fire safety when I'm not there.
Michael


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bogg
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Reged: 11/17/09

Loc: Bruce County Ontario
Re: POD and snow removal new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5544675 - 11/28/12 10:13 PM

To clean off my POD, I use a broom or a long telescopic brush for cleaning off a car. Both work well.

Edited by bogg (11/28/12 10:14 PM)


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Re: POD and snow removal new [Re: mclewis1]
      #5545444 - 11/29/12 12:20 PM

Mark,
I'm not very tall (5'7") so I'll clean a path to my POD with my tractor/snowblower then climb into the loader & have my son lift me up so I can hit the top 1st. I ate an avalanche during "Snowamgeddon" I was NOT amused. LOL

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