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Ice, Ice, Baby (and her klutzy parents)

I want -- nay, NEED an icy sidewalk to be clean and bone-dry. What are your best, most hardcore ice melting and sidewalk clearing solutions, particularly those requiring less specialized equipment and/or money? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Nov 25, 2014 - 20 answers

I need a quality winter boot like this one.

I spent $60 on a pair of these Bare Traps boots, which I loved for exactly five days until the heel completely fell off of the shoe. I am off to get my money back as we speak. What retailer makes boots like these that won't fall apart this winter? [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Nov 12, 2014 - 8 answers

device for remotely turning on roof cables for ice dams

I have roof cables installed on my roof to help with our awful ice dams. Problem is, it is very expensive just to leave them running all the time when I am at work. But if I turn them off and a snowstorm starts while I am at work, then the ice dams form before I get home. Can anyone suggest some kind of a remote activation device. Ideally something that would let me turn on the cables from my phone or from the web. The system is already installed on the roof, so all I need is some kind of system to turn it on and off. Please do not suggest modifications to the roof - we have been through every type of soffit, sheathing, roofing solution over a period of 20 years - these ice dams are just an insoluble problem and the only way to control them is with the cables. So I am only looking for replies that can suggest ways to turn the cables on and off remotely. Thanks!
posted by cmp4Meta on Oct 25, 2014 - 9 answers

What caused this ice formation in my mother's birdbath?

A few years ago, my mother sent me pictures of this odd ice formation that she found in her birdbath, wondering if I had any idea how it formed. I asked around on Facebook and none of my friends could identify it, but no such luck. I just occurred to me today to ask Ask. Here are the pictures: birdbath and close-up. Any thoughts on how that shape was created? This was winter 2010, in Connecticut.
posted by Neely O'Hara on Mar 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Does Home Depot rent flame throwers?

What is the best/easiest way to clear snow and ice from a driveway and parking area in sub-freezing temperatures? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse on Feb 28, 2014 - 19 answers

RUNNING IN A WINTER WONDERLANDDD

Running in Chicago in the wintertime. I'm not as worried about the cold (love running in the cold!) as I am about ice. (South Side location.) [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Jan 31, 2014 - 12 answers

How do I exercise in winter?

I have been running 3 to 4 miles every other day since about June of this year. It has become a very important part of maintaining my mental health, and now that winter has arrived it has been nearly impossible to run. What do I do now to stay active and sane? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Nov 30, 2013 - 23 answers

How to keep animal's water from freezing in winter without electricity?

I'd like to heat up a rock or piece of metal to drop in my chicken's water source to warm it up. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by cda on Nov 29, 2012 - 36 answers

Bad way to start the day.

The air is usually very dry in the winter. Why are my car windows always frosted over without exception? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Winter Coat 2.0 - Warm, sleek, techie coats for the Chic Nerd?

I hate winter, but it's coming and for once I want to be prepared. I want to buy a 3/4 length coat that is incredibly warm, very sleek and functional (think lots of pockets). Additionally, it has to look good when I'm wearing a suit as well as when I'm wearing casual clothing (jeans & sneakers). (More Inside!) [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Dec 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Physical Disability in Cities Where it Snows

Having a mobility problem and living in a city where it snows: looking for tips, advice, and guides. [more inside]
posted by squishles on Dec 20, 2010 - 18 answers

Are pet safe deicers a sham?

Are "pet safe" ice melting products a scam? Are they effective? Worth the price? [more inside]
posted by borkencode on Dec 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Where Can I find a copy of the last 3 matches of Nagano 98 Ice Hockey with the Czech Republic?

Does anyone know where I can find copies of the last three ice hockey matches of Nagano 98 winter Olympics with the Czech Republic? preferably on DVD or other digital format.
posted by Bacillus on Jan 6, 2010 - 1 answer

Good Winter Clothes for Toddlers

Please recommend good winter clothing for 1-year-olds, especially super warm coats. We're talking months and months of ice and snow here. [more inside]
posted by puritycontrol on Oct 8, 2009 - 19 answers

Does electronic stability control help out in winter driving conditions?

Will I need electronic stability control for winter driving? Please help this California native and recent Texas resident decide on a car to buy before my first "real" winter in northern Illinois begins. [more inside]
posted by puritycontrol on Aug 18, 2009 - 26 answers

Ice falling from buildings?

Ice falling from tall buildings filter. Help me lay to rest a question that has plagued my wife. We live in Chicago, with lots of tall buildings. Ice falls off of the buildings from time to time and about once a year, some poor bastard gets mushed. Where in terms of physics and I suppose statistics would be the safest place to walk down the sidewalk: as close to the building as possible? The middle of the sidewalk? The far edge? Does it depend on building height?
posted by Ponderance on Jan 7, 2009 - 16 answers

Are there differences between car ice scrapers?

Are there differences between car ice scrapers? [more inside]
posted by wukkuan on Oct 29, 2008 - 21 answers

Worst winter ever. Deadliest winter ever?

Ice has destroyed my oil furnace chimney. Will it kill me? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Mar 9, 2008 - 8 answers

Can't stop thinking about fridges and winter...

I can't stop thinking about fridges and winter. Would it save much energy to freeze gallon containers of water outdoors and put those in the fridge now and then? It's Minnesota winter over here and I want to make the most of it ;)
posted by advicepig on Feb 21, 2008 - 17 answers

A walk on the wild side

How do I know if my frozen lake is solid enough to walk on? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Feb 20, 2008 - 12 answers

Winter tires in Denver: required or just recommended?

Do I really need winter tires in Denver? I lived in Chicago for 30 years and never bought winter tires. Granted, I was young and foolish for many of those years, but still. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Dec 12, 2007 - 17 answers

Winter Ice Cream Extravaganza.

Cold-weather ice cream suggestions/recipes? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Nov 12, 2007 - 27 answers

Did I ruin my car?

Did I totally screw up my car? It got all wet inside and I'm worried that I've ruined it. [more inside]
posted by sutel on Mar 30, 2007 - 12 answers

What do I need to know when moving from Florida to Kentucky?

My wife and I are moving from Florida to Louisville, KY. What do I need to do or know to make the transition from warm to cold weather go as smoothly as possible? [more inside]
posted by superbird on Dec 27, 2005 - 12 answers

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