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Tired of Ice building up under my wipers, Made a 12V Heat Tape! Pics!

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by timmy1, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. timmy1

    timmy1 Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 470

    Ok, when I'm plowing, I've got the defrost heat cranked, window down so it's somewhat comfortable in the cab. I'm trying to melt the snow that builds up under the wipers return stroke. I'm saying "There has to be a better way".


    So, I did a little poking online to find the recipe for a 12V heat tape since I couldn't find one to buy. It says "Cut and splice so it's 1/10 the original length". Makes sense 12V is 1/10 of 120V.

    Went to lowes, Bought a 30' tape designed for keeping gutters thawed. $31


    Cut the 120V pigtail off.
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    Measure 3' (1/10 of 30')
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    Cut and Splice the two inner white conductors, these represent the black (hot) and white (common) in a 120V system. The outside braided copper is the green or (ground) which is not used here.

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    Heat shrink and Tape.
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    Fuse it, and toggle switch.

    Lay it under the wipers, attach with cable ties.



    I'll let you guys know after the next storm how it works.

    Tim
     
  2. timmy1

    timmy1 Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 470

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  3. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,265

    I am interested to see if it will actually get hot enough while driving.
     
  4. timmy1

    timmy1 Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 470

    <a href="http://s206.photobucket.com/albums/bb252/timmy1_010/?action=view&current=DSC01012.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb252/timmy1_010/DSC01012.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
     
  5. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    i'm interested if this works out for you.....
     
  6. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I dont understand what it will do all the way down there
     
  7. timmy1

    timmy1 Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 470

    Between where the wipers "Park" and the wire, I get ice and snow packed bad. It's so bad sometimes the wipers can't even return to the lowest point.

    I guess the thought is, Keep it thawed at the bottom and it should never build up to the wiper.
     
  8. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I don't know about you guys but I run the "Winter blades" in the Winter. You know, the kind that has the rubber covering the metal parts of the blade. Works like a champ! Almost never any ice and I was plowing pretty much a week straight last week we had so much snow.
     
  9. stumper1620

    stumper1620 Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    I brought mine in the house and washed them in the tub. then let them dry good....
    Then I sprayed all the joints and the upper portion of the rubber with FLUID FILM.....
    Last storm I had No...Zero....Zippo... Ice build up on my wipers. 1st time ever of not having to slap the sheet outta them while out on my route.
     
  10. KCB

    KCB Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    I feel your pain, and think this is a great idea. I would put it inside. Wedged between the dash and the windshield, up against the glass. Provided the thing doesn't get so hot it would melt something:rolleyes:

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  11. stumper1620

    stumper1620 Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    I'm gonna spray my coweling area next...the part where timmy is having the build up.
    I get that too.. but it usually is loose enough to just rip the ice chumks out and continue on my way..
     
  12. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    How did you get the Alternating Current (120VAC) thing you bought to work on Direct Current (12 VDC)?
     
  13. ontario026

    ontario026 Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    Timmy, have you tried it with 12v applied to it? Does it get warm? Just curious since it was designed for 120v AC and you are applying DC...

    Matthew
     
  14. timmy1

    timmy1 Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 470

    The info for the 12V conversion came from here...

    http://www.affordable-solar.com/pv.surviving.winter.htm

    Scroll down a few paragraphs, you will see it.

    Stumper, I spray my cowling before every storm with silicone spray. It only makes the ice chunks pull out easier after they build up.
     
  15. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    You're looking more for something like this then

    Wiper Heater

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  16. Pitt4212

    Pitt4212 Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    I just looked at those wiper heaters online and couldn't find any pricing. Do you know how much they cost and if they work well?
     
  17. timmy1

    timmy1 Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 470

    Yes,

    That might work too, only installed inside you need to transfer the heat all the way out into the cowling.

    A set of those that are weather proof installed outside would be slick.
     
  18. Pitt4212

    Pitt4212 Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    When are you getting your next snow storm Timmy I am anxious to see how your new set up works because I can't stand the snow and ice build up under my wipers.
     
  19. stumper1620

    stumper1620 Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Fluid film and silicone spray are not the same..Fluid film so far has impressed me with everything I have used it on... and it stays without a need to do it evertime you go out...
    Snow will not stick to fluid film... I'll do my coweling and next storm I'll find out. I know it made a huge difference with my wipers.
     
  20. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    Click the link, 42.86+shipping. A guy on the other site has them and says they work well.