Country Living
Country Living, Country Skills
Country People - A Country Living Resource and Community
Message Board
Country Topics
Trading Post
Memory Lane
Country Skills
Country Cooking

The Kitchen

Photo Gallery
Vintage Photos
Special Collections

Country Humor
Country Sounds
Coloring Book
Interactive Story

Farm Tractors
Tractor Parts
Tractor Manuals

Classic Trucks
Antique Tractors
Modern Tractors
Site Map
Links Page
Contact Us

Country Discussion Topics
To add your comments to this topic, click on one of the 'Reply' links below.

Pipes are unfroze...
[Return to Topics]

Salmoneye    Posted 01-16-2004 at 04:47:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
First time since I have been here that any pipe has frozen, and I have been here since 1983...Cold water in the kitchen was frozen a tad this AM...North wall, but I figured I was safe as it is partly below ground, and 16 inches of concrete...

Took all of 5 minutes with a ceramic heater under the sink to thaw...

KellyGa    Posted 01-17-2004 at 10:48:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know how it is. My laundry room is outside under the carport, so the pipes in there to the washer freeze pretty easy. You'll find me out there with a hairdryer blowing it on the pipes to get them flowing.

jal-SD    Posted 01-16-2004 at 09:16:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Welcome to what life is like in the real mid-west. We get the weather like you folks on the eastern seaboard are getting most winters. You just have to be ready for it. You know if you put your pipes in the ground deep enough, they won't freeze. Everything in our part of the world is at least 6' to the top of the pipe, further north (in northern SD) they go at least 6'6" & lots of places go to 7' or further. Heat tape & a little insulation will work wonders too, but you have to put it on in the fall & make sure its plugged in-the thermostat type works best. It should be replaced every year. Many vehicles (especially diesels) have plug-ins for the block or tank heaters sticking out of the grill. Makes a world of difference on how they start when you plug them in on a cold night. (My $0.02 worth. jal-SD)

Jon(WI)    Posted 01-16-2004 at 08:20:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Salmoneye, At night open your cupboard doors below the sink so more warm air can get in. Maybe re-route the kitchen warm air duct to a register under the sink floor board.

Thanks...    Posted 01-16-2004 at 08:29:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will just keep the surround door open...We do not use the space underneath and never have...It is an old 'graniteware' enameled steel sink (grey splatter) in a wainscotting surround...Nice old thing...Sure wish the Wife liked it...I have learned to ignore her when it comes to changing good old stuff though...



Newgen(long one-sorry}    Posted 01-16-2004 at 07:01:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I was too embarrased to tell this one a couple of weeks ago when it happened but I was opening the bill from the plumber while I read your post. A couple of weeks ago it got down to zero here during the night. It was that night when the part of my brain marked "Forethought" decided to take a break, and I failed to plug in the heat lamp in the well pit. Needless to say the next morning I woke up to no water. No problem, just plug in the heat lamp for a while, then everything should be fine-well--somewhere the "Patience" section of the brain got sidetracked, and after about 30 minutes with the heat lamp on I grabbed the flywheel on the old working head pump and worked it back and forth until it would make a full revolution and then turned the power back on. Unfortunatly there was an ice plug in the pipe just past the pump and the pressure build-up caused the pump to blow out the top seal. Well I never claimed to be a plumber so I did the right thing-I called a profesional. He told me he'd be here in a couple of hours and in the meantime to get the pit nice and warm and maybe the ice plug will melt by the time he got here. It was somewhere around this point where my "Common Sense" went and met up with "Forethought" and "Patience". I got out my 155000BTU torpedo heater and stuck it in the door of the pumphouse. I thought hmmm-he said NICE AND WARM---sooo-I went rummaging around in some old duct pipe I had laying around and found an elbow which just fit over the outlet end of the heater, then attached a length of pipe reaching down to about a foot above the pipes.{By the way, the owners manual for the heater specifically says not to do this} Unfortunatly I had forgotten that the pipe was plastic!! Well needless to say, when the plumber got here he got to fix TWO things instead of one--the pump seal AND the melted pipe! So, the lesson learned here was, when forethought, patience and common sense all take a vacation at once, it can cause a MASSIVE STUPID ATTACK!
"Tim the Toolman ain't got nothin' on me!!"
P.S.--My stupid attack only cost me $182.15+ unmerciful ribbing from the smart a$$ plumber-could have been worse-

Man...    Posted 01-16-2004 at 07:09:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's cheap...

Work like that here would have been over $500 and taken 3 men a day and a half LOL

Salmoneye, Who Is Not Laughing At You...He Is Laughing With You...

We have all been there...Some of us live to chat about it...

Newgen    Posted 01-16-2004 at 07:18:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
The breakdown on the bill was:
Tax: $1.15
Labor: $$165
Having something on me: Priceless

lol    Posted 01-16-2004 at 07:33:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now you are getting the idea...

Laughter is the best medicine...


Willy-N    Posted 01-16-2004 at 06:38:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't feel so bad now I have a frozen pipe to the Barn right now. It is down 3 ft where I think it froze. The rest of the way it is at least 4 ft. Did not freeze last winter but it did a few days after our bad freez/up. It is where the cows stand a lot and I think they drove the frost down deep. I had to move there water trough to another spicket that the pipe is down to 5 ft. A hassle but at least I have several different lines to work with. First time I had a pipe freeze in 7 years here. Our neibor had all his pipes freeze and shatter under his trailer so I guess one to the barn is not so bad. Mark H.

Is it...    Posted 01-16-2004 at 07:00:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
A metal pipe?

I know that here some people use a welder hooked to the pipe to create heat and thaw it that way...Heat will travel a long way in metal...Sure wish I knew how they did that with the welder...May have to pay someone to show me someday...



Willy-N    Posted 01-16-2004 at 08:10:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sched 40 PVC on the metal ones they hook up a welder on low amps to each end of the pipe and let the apms heat the pipe up. Just have to warch out for steam building up and blowing the pipe. Works good if it is metal but with plastic not much good. I may have to wait several months for it to thaw. I hope it dose not crack. If it does I will have to run another one but deeper. At least I know where it is cause it is a 480 ft run and I would hate to replace all of it! I should be able to just replace the one area that is about 20 ft long. Mark H.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-16-2004 at 08:23:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good luck with it!

Randy    Posted 01-16-2004 at 05:34:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had some frozen here yesterday and some that broke. The good thing about being a caretaker is it's not my dime to fix.

Lazy Al    Posted 01-16-2004 at 05:03:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you might be in for some more trouble . If the ground around the pipes is starting to freeze .
Last year I had a pipe freeze in a barn and it was down three feet in the barn . It didn't thaw out untill May if I remember . So this year I repiped it in my basement. Now that it's hanging around 0 I turn on and off the water in my basement and blow out that line when I'm done . It's a little hassle but not as much as running a hose every time I want to fill the horse tank.
Wish you luck, Might want to let the fauset run a little .

[Return to Topics]

[Home] [Search]

Copyright © 1999-2013
All Rights Reserved
A Country Living Resource and Community