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Easy roof rake, lightweight too...

Post by specialties » Feb Sun 22, 2015 4:03 pm

I started with several 4' sections of lightweight, high strength fiberglass tubing bought from GSA surplus for a job that I never used it on, until now...
Started with 3 each 8' sections comprising of two 4' pieces each joined and pinned with a #8 self tapping screw...
The rake head is 1/2" plywood stock with horizontal stiffener and is well pinned with wood screws...
A UL electric EMT bracket holds the lead section of fiberglass tubing and on the other side of the 1.5" solid rake hole you see rubber tape wound and then covered with an aero seal clamp...

Here are the pix from yesterday and two of today indicating what was done in less than 5 minutes...

This size solid rake head is equivalent to a full shovel full in one easy swoop, but not big enough to get greedy or tired...

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I found the 4' fiberglass sections on e-bay, a whole bunch of them in what looks like a golf bag:
search: radio mast fiberglass sections
They are VERY light weight and a person could not break one, very strong...
The 16' version can be lifted and carried with one finger... The 24' version takes two...

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Re: Easy roof rake, lightweight too...

Post by Bridges » Feb Sun 22, 2015 4:52 pm

I like the idea of the fiberglass tubes. Have to get me some of those.

I used 1" PVC tubing for my upper section. Proved to be a bit too floppy - I think 1 1/4" would have been better. But still probably a lot heavier than what you used.

Still - it got the the job done. I managed to clear a huge amount of snow and ice off my roof.

Still want to try one of these snow ripper designs:
http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Sno ... -in-minut/



Seems to be very lightweight on the business end, and very efficient.

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Post by GoingCoastal » Feb Sun 22, 2015 5:23 pm

Some Wisconsin friends swear by this thing:

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Re: Easy roof rake, lightweight too...

Post by specialties » Feb Sun 22, 2015 6:31 pm

And the winner is ??:

Nice and easy, but still need exercise or gym...

Best snow to work is fresh snow, then Coastal's roofho way excellent winner...

Gotta start rechecking out the surplus houses...

Grossman's was big in Braintree in the 40s, and Raytheon gave good stuff away down @ Dighton...

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Post by niles » Feb Sun 22, 2015 7:05 pm

The Avalanche rake from Wisconsin looks just like the ones that the owners of Wilkins Signs on Route 139 are making and selling. It's the house with all the snowmen out front. They were advertising them on the Marshfield Forum and taking orders.

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Post by pat » Feb Mon 23, 2015 6:43 am

I bought a roof rake, but the snow was so solid that it wouldn't pull it down. It just kept popping out of the top. So I build my own roof shovel.


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Re: Easy roof rake, lightweight too...

Post by HokieAl » Feb Mon 23, 2015 7:55 am

specialties wrote: Entrepreneurs needed these days...
That's awesome. Great job. YOu definitely can't buy them anywhere around here!

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Post by HokieAl » Feb Mon 23, 2015 7:58 am

Bridges wrote: Seems to be very lightweight on the business end, and very efficient.
That one looks good too, but I'd be a little worried about damaging the shingles.

I think I like the one with the sled attached the best.

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Post by HokieAl » Feb Mon 23, 2015 7:59 am

GoingCoastal wrote:Some Wisconsin friends swear by this thing:
That one seems great, at least in the videos that are all over the web.

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Post by HokieAl » Feb Mon 23, 2015 8:01 am

In the future, probably the best solution is to avoid the ice dams completely. Keeping the attic cool is the way to do that - notice you don't have any on your garage.

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Post by pat » Feb Mon 23, 2015 8:04 am

The Avalanche system looks nice, but I think it depends on a steeply pitched roof. I can easily see you pushing the plastic under a swath of snow and there is too little gravity and too much traction for it to slide down.

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Re: Easy roof rake, lightweight too...

Post by specialties » Feb Mon 23, 2015 8:49 am

These fiberglass poles look promising too:

search ' fiberglass tent poles '

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fibreglass-Repl ... 27f57f09c1

18 bux delivered, may be too thin

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Substantial-Bla ... 541871da4a

13 bux delivered

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Blacks-Fibe ... 462216cee9

All above seem to be about 9mm diameter...

Re-define search to heavy duty fibergladd tent poles:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Heavy-Duty- ... 51c06c0806

starts at 1-7/8" dia.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/22-Heavy-Duty-F ... 58be602327

Bingo, these are the one's I bought: 16'

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Military-Surplu ... 19f8f9da72

Here is daddy war bux version:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Skymasts-Heavy- ... 3f06baaa1f
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Re: Easy roof rake, lightweight too...

Post by HokieAl » Feb Mon 23, 2015 8:52 am

specialties wrote: Bingo, these are the one's I bought: 16'

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Military-Surplu ... 19f8f9da72
What's amusing about those is that the shipping is almost 1.5 X the cost of the poles.

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Post by specialties » Feb Mon 23, 2015 9:07 am

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Re: Easy roof rake, lightweight too...

Post by clover » Feb Wed 25, 2015 12:17 pm

I went the opposite of big money and made one for zero dollars from what we had in the house. We have a skylight in the family room, and the house came with an 8ft (in four pieces) aluminum pole that can be used to reach the skylight window shade. I attached the head of a swiffer sweeper to the pole with duct tape, and it made a pretty good little lightweight roof rake. :)

I didn't think to go out and shop for any other kind of extension pole, since we already had something in the house. When I look online now, though, I can see all kinds of poles for sale for cleaning or painting purposes. Some of them extend quite a bit, and some cost $20 or $30 dollars. If any of these seem sturdy enough, they might make for a good roof rake. Then after the winter, they can be used for their original purposes.

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