Ramping Up with Snow Melt
Scott’s father, Glen Rosenbaum and Scott’s uncle are members of the Union Mills Conservation Club. The private club was formed to better serve the community. Union Mills’ park, baseball fields, and community center are all primarily privately funded through the efforts of the Conservation Club. Back in the day when Scott was just a young boy hitting it out of the park on the Union Mills baseball field, even he could see that things were in a bit of disrepair. It did not matter to him, though – he still felt like Mickey Mantle.
When Scott learned that the Conservation Club was in need of a snow-free, ice-free ramp for the handicapped entrance to the clubhouse – he stepped up to the plate again. This time, he wanted to give back to the community that had given so much to him. As the Technical Manager for WarmlyYours, he was in the unique position of having access to the very product the club needed as well as the technical expertise to help with the installation! Through WarmlyYours Community Outreach Program, Scott was able to donate his time and WarmlyYours funded half of the cost of the materials. WarmlyYours electric Snow Melt Heating Cable and controls were specified for the project.
When Scott arrived the morning of the install, the work was in progress. The “installers” were already attaching the snow melting cable to chicken wire mesh about every 2 feet or so. They were pretty far along, so Scott decided to stay the course. After working with the cable and chicken mesh for a while, everyone could see that the cables were too loose. Loose cables can come in contact with each other, causing them to fail, so they decided to tie the cables to the chicken wire every 10 to 12 inches instead. “If snow melting cables are being used for a project, I would strongly suggest attaching the cables to steel fencing or something more resilient. It provides much better reinforcement. That's what is so great about the snow melting mats - the cable is already attached to the mesh,” Scott advised when being interviewed for this blog. ”And, it’s just so much easier to roll out the mat with the pre-attached cables. Definitely saves time!”
The heating cable should be positioned in the upper part of the concrete. Because of the extreme flexibility in the chicken wire fencing, Scott and the team had to do a double pour of concrete. They did the first pour of about 3 inches and then placed the cables and fencing on the concrete surface. They finished up with a second pour of about 2 inch to 3 inches over top pf the first pour. Again, WarmlyYours snow melting mat product, where the cable is pre-attached to the mesh, allows for a much faster install. The concrete will flow right through the mesh, requiring just one concrete pour for the entire installation,
Overall, the job looks great now that it's done!
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Interesting! Will think about it for my next job.
Ramie Blatt on 05/04/2011