That is for starters, more is available on the 'net.
One of my pipes froze, but I got it thawed with a heat lamp before it froze to the point of bursting.
One of my friends has just taken her husband over to Illinois to celebrate his significant birthday. It's a shame the weather won't be better.
I'm worried about my deceased parent's house. My sister stayed there for the funeral and called the gas company because she couldn't turn a gas ring off. They disconnected the gas so no central heating. I go there a couple of times a week to put on an electric heater and our old portable gas heater to try and get the temperature up a bit.
Try leaving an electric bulb under a ceramic flower pot near pipes. Virtually nothing to run.
Excellent tip! Thank you!
Move a bit further south, no pipes to freeze.
It was 10 degrees Fahrenheit this morning, AND hell no I won't convert that to Celsius for the rest of the world to know what that works out to be in the metric system (so I had to look up how to spell Fahrenheit & Celsius, so what???). The Rest Of The World (and we all know who they are) once tried to get Ye Olde US Of A to convert to the metric system to include of all places at the gas pumps where tirades AKA temper tantrums were an everyday occurrence. If you look up "obstinate" in a printed dictionary, you will see a pix of some/any USA citizen (most likely though Donald).
They did it to us and got away with it.
So a bloke goes into a harDware shop and asks for a 30 foot hose pipe.
"Sorry mate. Don't do yards and feet any more. Its all metric these days. It'll have to be in metres"
"Alright, then. Make it thirty metres"
"What size do you want? Half inch or three quarters?"
Bloody ridiculous all this over here, though. Its turned slightly cold here - just on 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit for Jack. But they've cancelled all the flights at Standstead airport. I bet they don't do that in Alaska.
I paid a special visity to my parent's house today to warm it up a. bit with my gas heater and a couple of electric heaters. I left the oil filled radiator on low. fingers crossed I don't have to borrow Scholars heat gun
Did you get 30 metres of hose pipe or did you get 30 feet (close enough to 10 metres).
Yes everything is Japanese (I know the metric system isn't Japanese but it was they who confused us with it back in the 60s) though I still convert it back to English for many things.
It's about midnight, local time, and the temp is 9° F; will get a bit colder before dawn. FYI: the ° symbol is from the little known and probably rarely used character map (at least for home users) that's been a part of all Win OSs since the dawn of MS-DOS [Start Button-Accessories-SystemTools-Character Map]); I think you need to use the Numeric Keypad for the number codes rather than the numbers at the top of the alphanumeric characters. I didn't research just how many there are, but it must be a few hundred; back in the day, long before emoticon symbols were available, you could create your own for documents/emails/whatever (with occasional forays into doing the work that the company we worked for was paying us to do).
Bit of a long way round to get a special character. Its quicker to right "degrees". But thank you all the same.
I recall there is a procedure to drain water from low points in a home's water system, to prevent pipes bursting. It doesn't get all the water out
(e.g. from toilet tanks and toilet bowls), but it can save a lot of destruction, if it comes to that.
After the water is shut off and you've flushed the toilet, some salt in the water that's left might save it from freezing solid, depending on how cold it gets.
If Charles were still with us, I'm sure he could tell us what outside temperatures usually brought a demand for frozen-pipe replacements.
Then there are these strategically placed.
I have lived in rentals that don't even have separate cut-off valves for each set of faucets.
I've never done a pipes-drain, so I don't know if they have had exactly what Jack has pictured.
(Now that I have a smart phone--which I haven't turned on yet--I might be including pictures with my posts.)
I mention no-shut-offs as an example of how cheaply built the places were. Anyone building his own home would put the valves in so that, if a faucet
or toilet breaks or leaks, they could shut off the problem without shutting off the water to the whole house.
I have had leaks for which I needed to shut off the water for the whole house because of one offending faucet or pipe. So, no one could shower or do laundry so long as the kitchen faucet was leaking.
Ruby wants me to call the congregations and tell them I won't be able to travel this week-end.
But, last week-end, the snow had just been coming down a short time, and the road trucks had not been out much. There will be more snow, fallen, but snow plowing and road treatments may have the interstate highways in better shape than last week. Also, last week I had not left extra-early, to allow for slow-travel conditions. A person can go a long ways at 30 mph if they leave early enough.
Of course, extra time and careful driving can't save me from speedy drivers sliding and crashing into me.
One of the options for chronic pipes that freeze is a long standing product such as, an example, "Wrap-On Pipe Heating Cable". How they work (from
one manufacture's website [this types of an item has been around 50+ yrs]). This particular item is suitable for DIYers.
"Prevents frozen water pipes to –50ºF. Simply wrap on, insulate and plug in. Engineered for use on metal and rigid plastic pipes. Uses an exclusive Press-To-Test™ button so you can test the cable before installing. A built-in thermostat turns the cable on at 38ºF. Proven low-wattage design uses up to 70 percent less energy than other cables and protects to –50ºF. An exclusive power sensor light glows when the thermostat is closed."
My electrician has a long spool of this stuff, and wires it up. The DIY stuff you usually leave on all year round.
I presume that it's typically used in a basement, and so not likely to get an OK if you rent. And letting the water trickle would likely be an equally viable alternative. Both methods will of course cost someone some money. The trouble with the trickle method is just how fast a 'drip' do you need to have before the pipes would freeze (and of course that would be relative to the ambient temp); AND how many faucets do you need dripping. Pipes that are in the exterior walls, or run alongside one are most likely to freeze; most people who rent have never bothered to trace the routes that their water takes from the point where it enters their dwelling (from the street) to each outlet; that's especially true in multilevel bldgs., and the living space for an apt is also multilevel.
NOT A JOKE: IF you have cobwebs in your basement, it's also an eye full to pay a visit on a very windy day and see how much waving the various webs are doing. The more they wave, the more air is entering, and the more cold air is getting in during the winter, etc.,; cold air that, especially near the walls, is possibly ambient air temp.