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Extreme weather warnings / Re: Snow shovels to the ready!
« Last post by Larfalot on January 10, 2019, 04:09:44 AM »
Wow thanks for explaining that re balconies.  I often wondered how those balconies stayed up.  Know I know some of them are inset into the building and others aren't.  cheers
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: Snow shovels to the ready!
« Last post by Molino on January 06, 2019, 07:39:03 PM »
Can I ask what a cantilever balcony is?

It is a balcony (usually the smaller sized ones) that have no means of support from the ground such as a pillar or post or are supported by a building underneath. It is usually supported by only brackets on the wall to hold it up or by RSJ's with 2/3 inside the building (built into the floor/ceiling) and 1/3 outside the building extending out to hold up the balcony. The type on brackets is perfectly safe to hold a person or two, but excessive weight can be dangerous and it can collapse. The proper cantilever type built into the house is safer, but again can only hold a certain amount of weight before it becomes unstable. The safest sort is a balcony or terrace built over another room, but even then I would remove snow, as when it melts it can seep slowly into the roof structure and you might find you have a leaky room underneath! slow melting snow can get into holes you didn't even know you had! And snow itself can be extremely heavy, so best remove it if possible. ;)   
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: Snow shovels to the ready!
« Last post by Larfalot on January 06, 2019, 05:51:19 PM »
Can I ask what a cantilever balcony is?
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: Snow shovels to the ready!
« Last post by levissima on January 05, 2019, 04:20:00 PM »
It’s melting nicely here in Montefino. We only had a little this time, hope everyone else is keeping warm and coping with the snow melt.
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: Snow shovels to the ready!
« Last post by Molino on January 04, 2019, 10:29:07 PM »
Just goes to show how diverse this small part of Italy is...nothing at all here right on the Chieti coast! We rarely get it settling, and if it does, it is just the odd day here and there. I heard only 25 minutes inland there is lots of snow around Scerni and Gissi. Lanciano has quite a bit too. Keep warm folks! :)
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: Snow shovels to the ready!
« Last post by the wrong side of the valley on January 04, 2019, 05:52:16 PM »
If you have a cantilever type balcony, it might be worth relieving some of the weight from it, they can collapse under a big snow, depending on construction.
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: Snow shovels to the ready!
« Last post by IBarfoot on January 04, 2019, 02:02:54 PM »
We now have plenty of snow in Carunchio, must be nearly knee deep on the balcony, funnily enough not ventured out to try it. Flying back to Blighty for work Wednesday, snow and Ryanair willing.
Regards to all.
Ian B.
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: Snow shovels to the ready!
« Last post by levissima on January 02, 2019, 05:33:55 PM »
First flurry in Montefino but not sticking yet. Lots on the mountains already. Looking forward to a white world tomorrow 😉
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: Snow shovels to the ready!
« Last post by GeordieBorn on December 31, 2018, 12:58:06 PM »
Accuweather shows nothing until 7th and Il meteo only a brief moderate amount the 3rd and 4th so fingers crossed for you all over there it is not too bad.

All the very best and a Happy New year to you all for 2019...
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Extreme weather warnings / Re: Snow shovels to the ready!
« Last post by 2Heads on December 31, 2018, 12:18:08 PM »
PLEASE don't let it be too heavy. I can't bear the thought of losing a range of more rami again this year.
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