Gutter/ice dam heat rope idea

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Old 09-27-16, 07:41 PM
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Question Gutter/ice dam heat rope idea

So I know this post is kinda off-topic but I figure this would be the best place to see if anyone has input on these gutter heat ropes...

Winter is coming and I don't have a garage. I was going to attempt building a car port but with a newborn and October around the corner I doubt it's going to happen before this winter season.

So.... would the below idea work to keep the car windshields de-iced and snow free? Or do these heat ropes not put out enough radiant heat? We're talking about a windshield, so... 36"x60" approximate area?

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Just drive in until rope is on windshield and in the morning, back out and give the wipers a go.

An yes, I know... this is there genius or the WORST idea ever. But it's better than nothing this season right?!
 
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Old 09-27-16, 08:07 PM
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It's always good to run your ideas by others.

Interesting idea BUT when the snow melts you're going to have a frozen block of ice.
Ice down the side of the car and stuck in the air dam.
 
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I've seen magnetic windshield covers that you just put on at night and remove in the morning....no idea if they work well or not....
 
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Old 09-28-16, 06:10 AM
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I think a better and more economical idea is the cover as Paul says and/or treat the windshield with RAINEX. It works to keep the ice and snow from sticking. Also a spray bottle of 50/50 rubbing alcohol and water works great to thaw the ice to make easy scrapping. I've been using it for the past two seasons.
 
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Shoot. I knew it was too good to be true. Good call on the ice dam all down by the vent. Last season I used a large commercial floor door mat thrown over the windshield. It worked ok but was annoying. Trying to think of an easier solution.
 
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