I’m fairly sure that didn’t help at all…

I don’t remember this ever happening before.


The roof-mounted panels never completely cleared yesterday. Solar panels are generally pretty good at clearing themselves of snow, given time. They’re black and smooth so you get a liquid layer that then makes the snow layer just slide off. Given time, that is: I’m not suggesting that cleaning your panels isn’t a good idea. In fact I noticed this while cleaning off the ground-mount rack even though at present there’s no hint that the sun will ever shine again.

If things don’t improve by the time I return from the morning water run I’ll have to break out the scary aluminum ladder.

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6 Responses to I’m fairly sure that didn’t help at all…

  1. coloradohermit says:

    Hoping you survived the scary aluminum ladder, if you decided to go that route.

  2. Claire says:

    Yeah. And I’m waiting with bated breath to hear the report. I’d like to know how or if the panels cleared, whether or not your remaining limbs were imperiled. How thick and solid was the ice on those guys?

  3. Joel says:

    The sun came out around ten in the morning and stayed with me all day so I just used the squeegee-on-a-pole to knock down the snow plug at the bottom of the panels and let nature do the rest. I don’t really like that ladder in summer, and actively avoid it in winter.

  4. Zelda says:

    So glad to see your post. Something other than a snow and ice covered aluminum ladder is needed. Your readers are top class problem solvers.

  5. Mark Matis says:

    Well if the problem reoccurs and you absolutely HAVE to clean off those panels, why not just toss a cookie up there and let TB take care of the problem for you?

    }:-]

  6. Mark Matis says:

    On a serious note, it sounds like your “squeegee on a pole” is able to reach the roof from ground level. You might want to get a chunk of 2×4 of an appropriate length and fasten it to the ground end of that rig when you need to flock with the roofies. A couple of U-bolts sized to fit well around the handle of the rig, set about 1 foot apart near one end of the 2x would give you additional reach. To use, you’d stick the sqeegee end on the roof before you rig the extension, so you don’t have too much flapping in the breeze while you’re getting it up there. And reverse the process when you’re done.

To the stake with the heretic!