Hell of an Ice Dam

After a few weeks of snow, lots of snow, snow we really like, our dining room ceiling started to leak against the outside wall.

The wisdom of the internet said it might be an ice dam.

I climbed up on the roof this morning with a shovel and some ice melt.


Lyn slogged through the snow below the house and took a photo of me shoveling the north-facing roof over the dining room. 3-4 feet of snow. Some of it densely packed. Good upper-body workout.

3 hours later I found what I was looking for:


Icemelt helped me break the dam. Water flowed through the dam rather than back up under the shingles. And I took a hot bath with a beer and a good book.

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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4 Responses to Hell of an Ice Dam

  1. flowerville says:

    that looks some serious business and a little scary, up high, glad you didn’t slip on the ice. what book did you read?
    i started reading another velikic one, really quite taken with his style.


    • Scott Abbott says:

      just started tomas espedal’s Against Art — on zarko’s recommendation, one seconded by you, i think.
      you’re reading dragan’s books in German, i imagine. haven’t seen English translations.


  2. flowerville says:

    yes i read them in german, das russische fenster now. curious to know what you think of the espedal. just read this one but mean to read more of his as well.


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