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(Some Local NewsStation)   Another man burns down house trying to thaw frozen pipes with propane torch. Apparently he failed to read FARK yesterday   (kpvi.com) divider line 61
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2008-01-24 01:21:38 PM  
Are the pipes unfrozen?
 
2008-01-24 01:39:28 PM  
I_C_Weener: Are the pipes unfrozen?

They were but the fire dept came by and now I have ice everywhere, bastards.
 
2008-01-24 01:45:42 PM  
Some kind of propane torch trifecta going on?

This is actually what happened to my uncle several years ago. Except it was a hired professional plumber that did it. My uncle knows better. Man was he pissed! Whole house, *poof!* Gone.
 
2008-01-24 02:00:13 PM  
Chris Solomon, Pocatello Firefighter: "It doesn't matter when it is, day or night, cold weather or hot weather. We have to go, we're kind of like the mailman."
Yeah, it's kind of your job. Thanks for the insight assjack.

Seriously, how are you supposed to unthaw pipes? Mine have never frozen because I believe in insulating my house.
 
2008-01-24 02:37:27 PM  
I would suggest he was inspired by Fark and needed the insurance settlement.
 
2008-01-24 04:47:47 PM  
Any article with "happy ending" in it is OK in my book!

/DNRTFA
 
2008-01-24 04:50:00 PM  
BigDumbGuy: Chris Solomon, Pocatello Firefighter: "It doesn't matter when it is, day or night, cold weather or hot weather. We have to go, we're kind of like the mailman."
Yeah, it's kind of your job. Thanks for the insight assjack.

Seriously, how are you supposed to unthaw pipes? Mine have never frozen because I believe in insulating my house.


BigDumbGuy: Chris Solomon, Pocatello Firefighter: "It doesn't matter when it is, day or night, cold weather or hot weather. We have to go, we're kind of like the mailman."
Yeah, it's kind of your job. Thanks for the insight assjack.

Seriously, how are you supposed to unthaw pipes? Mine have never frozen because I believe in insulating my house.


Lick em.

sportsmed.starwave.com
 
2008-01-24 04:50:35 PM  
I like posting in dead threads.

/that is all
 
2008-01-24 04:50:37 PM  
img144.imageshack.us
 
2008-01-24 04:51:27 PM  
Everything I ever needed to know, I learned from Fark.com
 
2008-01-24 04:52:17 PM  
Apparently he failed to read FARK yesterday

No, he read it. He is just a TF'er.
 
2008-01-24 04:52:19 PM  
I never understood how people burn their house down doing this!? I remember in my stupid youth doing this numerous times at friends houses and whatnot and it always seemed pretty foolproof safe, crawl under the house, have a torch on low low, just a lazy yellow flame, never leave it in one spot and run it back and forth down a length until you and hear water pushing the ice inside, then move to the next section towards the house.. Are these guys putting the torch on high, leaving it there and going out for coffee or someting? I guess I should RTFA.

Now it seems I was playing with fire (puntended)and I could have made numerous people homeless!
 
2008-01-24 04:52:19 PM  
BigDumbGuy:

Seriously, how are you supposed to unthaw pipes? Mine have never frozen because I believe in insulating my house.


Some people wait until the night the weather station predicts freezing temperatures to buy the stuff to weatherproof your house. Surprisingly, when you do that, there aren't any left on the shelves. Sane people bought them 6 months ago. Here's a tip, folks: Winter will happen next year too.

I have three outdoor taps. One gets turned off, one gets covered, and the other gets a heater.
 
2008-01-24 04:53:01 PM  
Seriously, how are you supposed to unthaw pipes? Mine have never frozen because I believe in insulating my house.

We have mobile homes in MN and this is rarely a problem because people insulate.

The other option is to use electric heat tape on susceptible pipes.
 
2008-01-24 04:53:21 PM  
FTFA "extinguishing a heat that was out of control"

I was unaware that firemen tried to extinguish heat. perhaps we should rename them as "heat"men, who drive "heat"trucks, and fight "heat?"
 
2008-01-24 04:53:21 PM  
the Magni and Bigdumbguy = simulpost!
 
2008-01-24 04:54:32 PM  
BigDumbGuy: Chris Solomon, Pocatello Firefighter: "It doesn't matter when it is, day or night, cold weather or hot weather. We have to go, we're kind of like the mailman."
Yeah, it's kind of your job. Thanks for the insight assjack.

Seriously, how are you supposed to unthaw pipes? Mine have never frozen because I believe in insulating my house.


You don't let them freeze in the first place. I understand that shiat happens and they become frozen due to some rare unforeseen event. In that case I'm sure there is a better way to heat them than to use an extremely hot open flame. We always kept a kerosene heater in the basement for those really really cold nights. I guess what I'm getting at is use anything but a friggin blowtorch. It may take longer but at least you won't burn your house down.
 
2008-01-24 04:54:34 PM  
CottageCheesecake and : simulpost!
LOLZ!
 
2008-01-24 04:55:45 PM  
...ThePinkPimp

/I fail at html and "preview".

:(
 
2008-01-24 04:56:40 PM  
BigDumbGuy: Chris Solomon, Pocatello Firefighter: "It doesn't matter when it is, day or night, cold weather or hot weather. We have to go, we're kind of like the mailman."
Yeah, it's kind of your job. Thanks for the insight assjack.

Seriously, how are you supposed to unthaw pipes? Mine have never frozen because I believe in insulating my house.


First if your pipes are in danger of ever freezing you should insulate them.

They tell you to use a hair dryer type of device or you attach a heat tape to them to slowly unfreeze them.

/lives in cold country.
 
2008-01-24 04:57:41 PM  
HA! Sweet! My first simulpost ever is about a simulpost!
 
2008-01-24 04:58:24 PM  
www.deeplake.com

Yup, good ol clean burnin' propane.
 
2008-01-24 04:58:39 PM  
sofa_King_2006: I never understood how people burn their house down doing this!?

When I was in college, some maintenance guys accidently torched an entire classroom building by removing paint from the walls with a blowtorch.

/Was this article written by a 12 year old?
 
2008-01-24 04:58:59 PM  
I'll pay $5 to the person that completes this man-burns-down-house-trying-to-thaw-frozen-pipes trifecta!
 
2008-01-24 05:01:40 PM  
I used a hair dryer to thaw out a frozen pipe. The whole thing was pretty easy since it was the hot water. Just felt down the line until the warm pipe became cold, ran a hair dryer over it for a few minutes until I could hear the water hitting the bathtub.

It was the first winter in that house, and that particular pipe was close to an outside vent. Insulation was applied shortly thereafter and no problems since.

If my new house has any frozen pipes I will just hire whores to rub them until they thaw...
 
2008-01-24 05:03:03 PM  
Okay, it's time to go home when I read the headline as:

Another man burns down house trying to thaw frozen puppies
 
2008-01-24 05:05:50 PM  
One more thing.. It is a myth that if you leave your water running just a little bit that your pipes will not freeze. It is also a waste of water.
 
2008-01-24 05:06:24 PM  
fark_your_mudder: /Was this article written by a 12 year old?

Apparently. Thankfully they didn't explain that the firefighter was drinking coffee to warm up, and that coffee is a beverage brewed by roasting special beans, grinding them, and then passing boiling water through them.
I was pretty sure that was coming.
 
2008-01-24 05:07:59 PM  
What a great article! I love how we get to hear about the fire, then we get some firesuit education, then on to the victim count.

/my sarcasm

//let me show it to you

Tammy Scardino - FAIL
 
2008-01-24 05:08:57 PM  
Note to all, not a good idea to try to unfreeze the pipe coming from your gas meter.
 
2008-01-24 05:09:30 PM  
Every winter, same thing. People burning their houses down by trying to defrost pipes with a torch, leaving candles unattended (thanks TV movies, for making idiots think burning 50 candles at once in a living room is romantic!), and people trying to deep fry things while mentally incompetent. Doesn't matter how many warnings go out, more than one person is guaranteed to do it.
 
2008-01-24 05:09:30 PM  
Bacontastesgood: fark_your_mudder: /Was this article written by a 12 year old?

Apparently. Thankfully they didn't explain that the firefighter was drinking coffee to warm up, and that coffee is a beverage brewed by roasting special beans, grinding them, and then passing boiling water through them.
I was pretty sure that was coming.


Here are your special beans.

Link (new window)
 
2008-01-24 05:09:57 PM  
I have no idea why people are so stupid, so here is a bunny with a pancake on his head...

dropfknuck.net
 
2008-01-24 05:10:56 PM  
"No wonder an entire city full people paused at the site of the fire's destructive path.

An entire city full people...

Where is the grammar sheriff when you need him?
 
2008-01-24 05:11:24 PM  
i27.tinypic.com

northern farkers who live in old houses can identify the above...
 
2008-01-24 05:11:33 PM  
My approach to frozen pipes is to live in a climate where the temperature never gets below 40 degrees.
 
2008-01-24 05:16:11 PM  
you know your having fun when the damn 4 inch pvc main drain line under your brand new mobile freezes in the winter...
 
2008-01-24 05:26:39 PM  
Isn't that like every single winter strip of Crankshaft (new window)?
 
2008-01-24 05:26:50 PM  
The_Pink_Pimp: FTFA "extinguishing a heat that was out of control"

I was unaware that firemen tried to extinguish heat. perhaps we should rename them as "heat"men, who drive "heat"trucks, and fight "heat?"


"heat"FIGHTERS, you sexist bastard.
 
2008-01-24 05:27:14 PM  
Sounds like another 'hold my beer and watch this' moment....
 
2008-01-24 05:27:47 PM  
I heat my house with a charcoal grill, so I'm... (thud)
 
2008-01-24 05:28:00 PM  
pounddawg: One more thing.. It is a myth that if you leave your water running just a little bit that your pipes will not freeze. It is also a waste of water.

Really ??

Then why did the city I live in instruct all the residents to do this very thing to prevent pipes from freezing?
 
2008-01-24 05:28:25 PM  
xanadian: Some kind of propane torch trifecta going on?

This is actually what happened to my uncle several years ago. Except it was a hired professional plumber that did it. My uncle knows better. Man was he pissed! Whole house, *poof!* Gone.


Never mind the trifecta, this is just going into perpetuity!
 
2008-01-24 05:30:55 PM  
Beerguy: Really ??

when I was younger and poorer we lived in a disaster of a house and the pipes would freeze all the time..unless we let the water run a bit...
 
2008-01-24 05:33:35 PM  
I can call the guy a dumbass because it didn't happen to me, but I am positive that if my pipes were frozen and I saw my blow torch, I'd think its a pretty good idea and do it too. Probably because I'm a dumbass, but then again, how else am i supposed to unfreeze them?
 
2008-01-24 05:38:21 PM  
BigDumbGuy: Seriously, how are you supposed to unthaw pipes? Mine have never frozen because I believe in insulating my house.


extension cord, electric fan heater.

this is not very hard to figure out.
 
2008-01-24 05:41:43 PM  
BigDumbGuy: Seriously, how are you supposed to unthaw pipes? Mine have never frozen because I believe in insulating my house.


extension cord, electric fan heater.

this is not very hard to figure out.Beerguy: pounddawg: One more thing.. It is a myth that if you leave your water running just a little bit that your pipes will not freeze. It is also a waste of water.

Really ??

Then why did the city I live in instruct all the residents to do this very thing to prevent pipes from freezing?




because it's not a myth.

letting a tap run a little greatly lowers how cold your pipes can get before they freeze solid.

In very extreme cold this will also fail, but it has to get very very cold.
 
2008-01-24 05:47:11 PM  
Beerguy: pounddawg: One more thing.. It is a myth that if you leave your water running just a little bit that your pipes will not freeze. It is also a waste of water.

Really ??

Then why did the city I live in instruct all the residents to do this very thing to prevent pipes from freezing?


Really it is.
 
2008-01-24 05:54:43 PM  
It's been -5 to -15 overnights here in Pocatello, and chances are the underside of his trailer home was not insulated. I'm not surprised the pipes froze.

/subby
 
2008-01-24 06:00:13 PM  
Software2: I'll pay $5 to the person that completes this man-burns-down-house-trying-to-thaw-frozen-pipes trifecta!

Would a well-torched Crème brûlée suffice for the trifecta?
 
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