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!
Help my little family enjoy spending time outside with two feet of snow on the ground. [more inside]
(This is from my 11 year old son, purely because he's curious and because we have 11' snowbanks this year). How big would a snowman have to be for at least some snow to survive to the next winter? [more inside]
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]
Dumb question: can a pick-up truck with a plow blade clear a short straight driveway that goes from the street right up to a garage? By design, the plow is intended push snow in front of it—so won't the result be a pile of snow against the garage door? Or can the blade be raised high enough so that the driver can move it over a mound of snow, lower the blade, and drive backward to pull the snow away? [more inside]
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]
Trees in deep snow often have a gap around them where the snow is lower (see here and here). Why is this? Do trees give off enough warmth to melt snow, or do they absorb the snow as water, or is it because falling/blowing snow is blocked by the tree trunk, leaving a kind of shadow?
This is the last straw. After a major blowout on Sunday morning I'm about to end a ten-year, majorly dysfunctional, very high-maintenance relationship. I'm dumping my Craftsman Snow blower for a new one. Tell me what you love about your snow blower. [more inside]
Winter tire filter: Looking for new winter tires for a 4-door Pontiac Sunfire. [more inside]
I saw this film on television in the 70s when I was young; it was broadcast sometime before 1979. Some people are stranded after a snow storm. At one point they discover a car in the snow, and when they look inside the car they see the people in it were frozen to death. I think someone cried out, "Oh, no, it's the professor!" (or something like that). At another point in the film they come across a cabin in the woods and try to open a can of something they find, but they have no can opener. The film was in color, so please don't suggest something in black & white. It may have been made for TV or it may have been an actual film; I remember there being a lot of commercials for it because we had just had the great "Blizzard of 1978" in Boston. Any help finding this film would be great! One person suggested to me it might be "The Untamed" directed by Archainbaud, but it is not that. PLEASE HELP!
Should I get a fatbike? [more inside]
Help me decide on a quiet but accessible winter retreat destination for snow play? [more inside]
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]
Is there a car window scraper that doesn't suck? [more inside]
It's going to snow in NYC this weekend. What does OWS need? [more inside]
Lady moving to Boston from Virginia. What are your Work winter clothing essentials? [more inside]
Having a mobility problem and living in a city where it snows: looking for tips, advice, and guides. [more inside]
Want: Small winter cabin for MLK weekend, close-ish to DC. [more inside]
Have you ever moved from a warm, mild climate like Los Angeles, to one that experiences four seasons - and did you do so in the dead of winter? What was it like? What do you wish you had known beforehand? In other words, what am I, a native Angeleno currently taking for granted? [more inside]
Toys for the snow, besides sleds and snowball makers? [more inside]
Can you help me find the perfect non-wool, in-no-way-scratchy winter hat for moderateish activity (male recipient)? [more inside]
I've read this, and this but I'm looking for something more casual and maybe a low top shoe that I can wear to/from and at work or school. [more inside]
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]
Is there a known Best Winter Hat for Cyclists? [more inside]
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]
We're thinking of visiting Flagstaff, Arizona in April... what is the danger of snow? [more inside]
Looking for water-resistant/proof, wind resistant, and warm mittens or gloves. Versatile enough to be able to drive with, but warm enough for extended walks outside and waterproof enough for snow shoveling, etc. Giant ski mittens are awesome, but somewhat limiting in dexterity. [more inside]
Are there differences between car ice scrapers? [more inside]
Is it necessary or worthwhile to remove the snow from my crushed-stone driveway? If so, how? [more inside]
Forgotten movie: Winter, small crashed plane in the woods, bag of money, resulting woes. Spoilers inside. [more inside]
Photography in snow conditions. Help me not get the blues. [more inside]
Why is my snow covered yard crawling with caterpillars? [more inside]
I'd like to know the source of this Tech Crunch Christmas Greeting image or barring that, a free or CC licensed equivalent. [more inside]
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]
Where's the best place for skiing in the Reno/Tahoe area for a bunch of beginners? Is it crazy to go (for a day) during the week of Christmas? [more inside]
Can you help me find warm and comfortable shoes? No huge snow shoes, please. [more inside]
I think I should replace my car's tires. I'm bewildered by the vast amount of tires available and want some help narrowing it down. Also, I'm on a budget. [more inside]
Things to do with snow before it's all gone. [more inside]
It's my first winter in Minnesota (used to live in Atlanta) and I work on a steep, long, windy hill. I barely made it up this morning after a 2-inch snowfall and no plowing. Help me learn how to make it up hills if conditions deteriorate! [more inside]
No two snowflakes are alike. True or false?
Help me find women's winter boots! [more inside]
I hate winter. How can I make the next four months better than they would be otherwise? [more inside]
Heliskiing? What did you wish you knew before going? [more inside]
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]
I live in a warm climate, and I have a job interview in a cold climate in the near future. How do I dress professionally when there are a few feet of snow on the ground?
This past year I’ve moved to an area where they use rock salt on the sidewalks and roads during the winter and it is tearing apart my dog’s paws. Does anyone have experience with this? Do the salves work? How about the booties? Do I have a chance in hell of getting booties on an eight-year-old lab?
For people living in areas where it snows each year: How many types of jackets do you use in a year? As in windcheaters, fall, light winter, heavy snow, etc. If you have more than one jacket that falls in the same class only list the most practical one, and please also give a brief description of each.