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115 of 123 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2008
Like another review said, the local hardware store wanted $85. I purchased one 100 ft length last winter after ice dams were already formed (oops). I just laid it out on top of the ice and snow--like it should have been mounted on the shingles; still worked great. I just moved it a few times to completely melt the ice. I just ordered 3 more 100' lengths to mount permanently with the roof clips.
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2011
This is more of a before purchase warning. There are a number or physical and electrical requirements (some more important than others) that you should be aware of before purchase. I my case it wasn't until I received the product that I found that "ADKS cable cannot be used on slate, stone, metal and ceramic roofs". I would suggest downloading the "ADKS Roof and Gutter De-Icing Owner's Manual" available on the Emerson Industrial website before purchase.
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100 of 108 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2009
We've had serious problems with ice dams in one section of our roof despite trying several methods to stop them. This year the de-icing cable has solved the problem with flying colors. We have not had temps below zero much yet but ice dams form mainly when the snow is melting and that's when this works the best.

Installation was pretty easy. I had no problems with the clips and the main challenge was working out a scheme to run the cable along the roof edge and into the gutter, but even that was pretty straightforward.

That brings me to the one thing I wish would be made more clear - when you install the cable it is in a triangle shaped pattern along the roof, and you may also run it up any valleys in the roof and down the gutter. For me I ended up using about 3 feet of cable per one foot of the actual roof run, so buy longer than you think you will need.

Addendum: We've had this thing five seasons now and it continues to work great. It's unusual to have a purchase that works this well for this long, but we have not had a bit if a problem with ice dams since we bought it, even with the severe winter we just went through.
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240 of 277 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2011
This season (2010 / 2011) these cables just weren't able to deal with the heavy snow and frigid weather. That said, the ice dam wasn't as bad as I would have had without the cables. They're still worth having, just not the "perfect" solution for extreme weather. (See video for more info.)
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2007
I bought this Easy Heat de-icing cable mainly for the price. It cost nearly half what similar products were going for in the local hardware stores.

So far, I've been very pleased with it. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. And the package includes a more than ample supply of roof clips. And, we just went through our first major snowstorm a week ago and the cable worked perfectly. The real test will be to see how many years this lasts. But, for now, I'm a happy customer.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2008
With 12+ inches of snow on the roof and 20 degree temps I turned on the cables for the first time. To my amazement, the snow is melting and running down the gutter! Seems to work as stated, I don't anticipate any ice dams this year!! I have a wood shake roof, not easy to attach cables. I used roofing nails through the clips.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2009
I installed this because I had water, which would freeze on the side of the house and ruin the paint, dripping down the inside of the gutters. It was an ice damming mess. This heated wire worked wonders and I installed it in about 1/2 hour.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2008
I purchased twoEasy Heat 100-Foot Roof De-Icing Cable #ADKS-500 via Amazon.com and received them in a few days after the order. They are exactly what I was looking for and at a better price then I could find locally. Installed within a few days and they work perfectly.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2009
I live in the North West. We are having much longer periods of single digit weather this year. We purchased the 200' version. I found the installation clips very flimsy and weak. They are made out of a very lighweight aluminium with 2 fishhook type barbs that are supposed to push onto a shingle and the barbs are supposed to go into the underside of the shingle to hold it tight. I found them coming off the shingle with very slight tugging as I was installing the triangular pattern on my roof. I called the company as to what I might do to make the installation more secure and the solution was to send me another package of clips. After more time on the installation than I planned, I did get them to stay. The system does work if you can get the clips to hold,you will be happy. I will see how they do in a high wind storm. Good Luck EJ
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
These work good attached to a greenhouse table in loops about 3 inches apart for seedlings, cloning starts, early flower baskets or pretty much any vegetable. We now have 400 feet and plan to have a year-round garden this year for fresh veggies. Uses very little electricity and greenhouse doesn't have to be kept more than about 55-60. Give it a try!
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