Friday, February 19, 2010

Pantyhose, Gutters, And Sick Fish













Good homeowners around here are putting pantyhose on their gutters! You see, with all the freezing and icicles we have had, huge tubes of ice are frozen in all the gutters, and they are being destroyed. These pictures show gutters coming down in our neighborhood. The local Lowe's is recommending that you put rock salt in pantyhose and lay them on the gutter ice. That way, when the ice has melted, you can remove the salt, which stays contained in the hose, and won't be leaving loose salt in the gutter to corrode and rust it. For many people's homes, it's too late. Gutter repair businesses are looking to hire. The enormous piles of snow are a problem as well. Our mailman has not been able to get to our mailbox at the front door for weeks, and the newspaper tubes are blocked, so papers have to be thrown in our snowy, muddy driveway. The city has started hauling the snow away in trucks. They are SUPPOSED to dump it in empty fields, but ran out of room, so are now dumping it in streams and the river. The snow is loaded with road chemicals, so now the fish have a huge belly ache, perhaps some will die. It's not a good fix, and I wonder if they couldn't think of a better solution. I can't. Then there's all the giant potholes, which cannot be fixed yet. Why? Well, that's for another post sometime in the future.

"Then God said "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." Genesis 1:26

37 comments:

SquirrelQueen said...

The gutter repair folks are going to be working overtime. I've never heard of the rock salt in the pantyhose before, interesting solution.

We just put new heat tape on our roof last fall so of course we had no snow this year. The tape can be plugged in and it helps to keep the roof clear. Also you will see people on their roofs shoveling the snow off if it gets too deep. We have a city ordinance that we are responsible for keep our walkways clear of snow.

I hope it melts away soon and without too much damage to everyone's property. That is sad they they are dumping in the streams, there should be a better solution.

Judy

PS, The length of time for break up depends on the weather. Usually, as I remember, about a month. Alaska is a very active geological area. Lots of volcanoes plus earthquakes are very common. Living there was an adventure. No igloos, those are more common in stories than real life.

Sandra said...

I am sorry to hear all this Ginny, and it occurred to me What If the snow they are dumping melts and flood things. see what if today. ha ha and you will relate.
who would think snow could do so much damage and that is has stayed this long.

George said...

I don't think I would have thought before a storm about gutters being destroyed by snow. I know that I haven't heard of putting rock salt in pantyhose.

Stephanie V said...

It's always difficult when snow is not normally on your winter menu. Someone always benefits, though. Maybe it's the gutter folks' turn. The pantyhose solution is interesting...you had me wondering with your title.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Ginny, how horrible.... I never would have thought about gutter problems. I knew about all of the road chemical problems --but never the gutters. I'm so sorry... Maybe the worst of winter is OVER. (I hope!)

Hope you have a great weekend and week ahead. We are headed to Arkansas tomorrow.
Hugs,
Betsy

happily retired gal said...

Wow ... this is something I've never heard of or thought about before ... but my gutters are full of debris and really SHOULD be cleaned out sometime soon with all the rain headed our way.
Hugs and blessings,

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