The Snow Ripper - Rip Snow From Your Roof in Minutes. 1/2 Snow Rake - 1/2 Ripper / Cutter.




Easily remove snow from your roof.

After receiving over 50 inches of snow this winter and you are like me you went to the local hardware store to find a snow rake for the roof.  Only to be told they are sold out.

Well necessity being the mother of invention forced me to make my own.
So hear is my first attempt at an instructable.

Parts list and cost file attached below.

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Step 1: Step 1

Cut two 12” pipes using the Schedule 40, 1 in. x 10 ft. PVC.
At the left side I marked each pipe with a 12.

Step 2: Step 2

Cut two 25” pipes using the Schedule 40, 1/2 in. x 10 ft. PVC.
I marked each pipe with a 12, 13 and 25 inch marking.

Step 3: Step 3

Take a rubber mallet and bang in both 12” pipes into each end of the tee.  On the back side of the tee place a screw to hold each 12” PVC pipe in place.

Step 4: Step 4

Measure in 2 1/2” from each end on the main header.

Step 5: Step 5

Drill a 7/8” hole through the top to the bottom with a hole saw. Set the header on two spare 2x4’s to allow easier drilling.  Note:  Do not use a hole bit they make a mess and chew up the PVC pipe.

Step 6: Step 6

Slide the 25” x ½” PVC pipes through the header to the 12” mark. Screw in a hex head screw at the 12” mark. This allows the post to stop at 12”.

Step 7: Step 7

Duct tape the ends of the ½ inch PVC pipes to keep snow out of the ends.

Step 8: Step 8

Take the sheet metal and cut out a notch according to the photo and screw into the 1” header and ½” support pipes using 10 screws. Measure from the right 11 1/8 inches and to 12 7/8 inches. Mark these measurements. Measure 1 inch in as seen in the photo.  Cut with sheet metal shears the two line.  Bend the cut piece to 90 degrees.

Step 9: Step 9

Take a hack saw to the other end of the ½” pipe and notch out a “V” grove to each post.
Insert the chain across each V Grove and screw into each side as shown in the photo.

Step 10: Step 10

Add a Schedule 40, 1 in. x 10 ft. PVC pole into the tee and screw the pole into the handle. Duct tape the chain ends.  

Copyright 2011

Step 11: Snow Ripper II - the Upgrade - for $20.00 More

Hi All,

I had a few comments about the pole so here I am trying to address them.
Some thought the pole might be to flexible. 

As you know our hardware stores are running out of shovels, snow rakes, speedy melt, and anything used for snow removal.

With this economy I am still trying to keep a functional tool as well as cost effective.

So off to find a sturdier / lightweight pole. 
I came up with a painter extension pole $17.97.  Problem is I could not find a nut large enough to fit the thread at the end of the pole.  So I bought a small roller handle for $1.97.

Step 12: Step 11

Remove the 10 foot PVC Pole and place the Snow Ripper head on the table with the top of the tee facing up.  Mark the center of the tee and drill a 7/8 hole in the middle as shown below.  This will allow the painters pole to be attached to the Snow Ripper head.

Step 13: Step 12

Take your paint roller and cut off the metal portion using a hack saw that holds the roller on as seen in the photo.

Step 14: Step 13

Slide the extension pole through the hole of the Snow Ripper head and screw on the roller handle to lock the head in place as seen below.  You can use a washer if you have one.

Step 15: Step 14

You are now ready to use your Snow Ripper II with a sturdier pole.
8' to 16' in length.

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Snow Ripper - Ripped The Shed

Snow Ripper - Ripped The Office - 2

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    81 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I have been worried about the amount of snow piling up on my roof this year. This looks like a way to get rid of it really easy. It also seems pretty easy to build. Thanks again for the great idea.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    that is awesome.. but I just found one at Rockys Ace Hardware..wish I had seen this first.. but will prob have someone make me one.. sharing to friends.. thanks


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks .... interesting PVC joints which will be useful for my future projects ... :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    That's a great design; pretty sure I've got all the materials sitting around my garage & shed to make one. Now if only it would snow more than 1/4" at a time... (what am I saying?!?!)

    1 reply

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Congrats on the WIN!

    I made one, and it works sooo good!
    Thank you, Thank you...

    You should get a patent on this idea, you could make millions!!!

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks Greasetattoo,

    I put it out there to help people with the same problem I had. Glad it helped.

    Happy snow removal,


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    After living in Massachusetts for 30 years, and Tucson for 27, I think my "grass" days are behind me in the 60's & 70's...

    I sent the snow ripper info to one of my brothers up there. My large (8) Irish family still all live less than an hour or two from Springfield; where we grew up COLD!

    Bunch of nuts!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I was making a (rather stupid) joke; it was a reference to "Get Back", by The Beatles...


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Tomcat94,

    Went right over my thick Irish skull...

    Not the first or last time, either!!!  The joke was not stupid - in  fact, I have that Beatle's vinyl; believe it or not.  Right next to Buffalo Springfield and a bunch of other albums that are probably warped by now (more than then...).

    Thanks for the laugh.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Heraldo. I hope your family enjoyed the snow ripper. Send us some of that nice AZ weather.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Bill, nicely done INSTRUCTABLE! Have not spoken to my bro recently, so I am not sure he used the snow ripper...when I sent it to him, I called and he had just finished chopping a 12" x 12" block of ice from the top of a downspout and had others to do. He also owns a vacation home on the Maine coast that is right on the water and consequently gets blasted. One house is enough trouble for me. Even in Tucson, it got below 20O for a couple of nights here and my water pipes froze even though protected. Also happened at my son's home here. Good thing all my Uncle's are Plumbers!!!

    I've got a better idea: I have metal roofs on the house and garage. The snow rolls off when it's good and ready with a mighty roar. It's much lighter than shingles and I even got a energy rebate cuz it reflects some sun in the summer.

    We have snow catchers over the doors so that doesn't happen, and anywhere else you just don't want to be under there when it happens. Which is once a month or less on the shady side; some years it just stays up until spring. On the sunny side, it rolls off very sloooooowly and continuously when the sun warms it.