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2022-01-23 4:08:34 PM  
9 votes:
Our insulated pipes would freeze when outside temps dropped below 15F. We got this gizmo to thaw pipes: an electric cord that had around 6 ft of heating element embedded in it. You wound it around the pipe, plugged it in, and let it go. And then *walla* you waited and waited and waited. And then the ice melted.

We learned to set a drip when the temps would drop.
 
2022-01-23 4:25:16 PM  
5 votes:
Reasons to burn down your house - #1  Spiders, #2  Frozen water pipe, #3  So your ex-wife doesn't get it.
 
2022-01-23 4:39:16 PM  
5 votes:
Unthaw....aaaaggggghhhhhhh
It's thaw you squirrel brain
 
2022-01-23 5:23:03 PM  
5 votes:

MythDragon: I am curious as to how you set your house on fire though.  At one point your are applying flame to metal pipe... and then what?  Toss the still burning torch in a pile of oily rags? Accidently try thawing the gas pipe instead of the water pipe?


Poor torch control. There are lots of things around pipes that can catch fire if you aren't careful or sometimes even if you are careful.
 
2022-01-23 12:32:41 PM  
4 votes:
I saw a wooden 2-story apartment building completely destroyed by fire. It was a block away from our house.

It was the freaking coldest week of the year. Temperature were below zero F. Some dummy decided to defrost the pipes from the basement with a blow torch. The building was probably from the 50s-60s so it went up like a pile of crumpled newspaper.

I walked over to watch (carefully staying out of the way of the fire fighters.) The sides of the trucks and the front of the firefighters were warm/hot and dry, EVERYTHING else was encased in ice. The backs of the firefighters, the trucks, the hoses were sticking to the ground. It was terrible all around.

It was night, I imagine most of the tenants got out with little more than the clothes on their backs and whatever they could grab as they evacuated. Fortunately nobody died.

Our pipes froze the same day (crappy old rental house). Fortunately we chose to defrost them with an electric fan heater from the basement.
 
2022-01-23 4:42:07 PM  
4 votes:
The only thing more reliable than these stories every winter is deep fryer disaster stories every Thanksgiving.
 
2022-01-23 6:18:24 PM  
4 votes:

MythDragon: I am curious as to how you set your house on fire though.  At one point your are applying flame to metal pipe... and then what?  Toss the still burning torch in a pile of oily rags? Accidently try thawing the gas pipe instead of the water pipe?


You're typically applying heat in an upward direction so all it takes is some insulation or something to catch on fire and WHOOPS! people blow on the flame to try and put it out but that spreads it more and WHOOPS! it's really spreading fast now and how do I put this out and WHOOPS! now it's uncontrollable unless you actually had a fire extinguisher sitting right next to you for immediate use in an emergency.
 
2022-01-23 7:05:50 PM  
2 votes:

yakmans_dad: Our insulated pipes would freeze when outside temps dropped below 15F. We got this gizmo to thaw pipes: an electric cord that had around 6 ft of heating element embedded in it. You wound it around the pipe, plugged it in, and let it go. And then *walla* you waited and waited and waited. And then the ice melted.

We learned to set a drip when the temps would drop.


The word you wanted is "voila", which you could easily have looked up if only the internet had some kind of search function. Your browser would have flagged it for you if only they made browsers with spelling checkers. You could have used a word that you actually know how to spell, if only you weren't the kind of person who eagerly embarrasses himself in public.
 
2022-01-23 7:39:32 PM  
2 votes:
How do you live in a historic home in New Hampshire and not know how to prevent your pipes from freezing in the first place?
 
2022-01-23 8:52:33 PM  
2 votes:
A variable temp heat gun is the unsung hero of winter.
 
2022-01-23 4:48:25 PM  
1 vote:

pjbreeze: Reasons to burn down your house - #1  Spiders, #2  Frozen water pipe, #3  So your ex-wife doesn't get it.


Number 1 and 3 are the same reason.
 
2022-01-23 6:18:45 PM  
1 vote:
Actually had to deal with that today. Woke up yesterday with no water. Fortunately it was only frozen out by the main and a few minutes with a turbo heater cleared it up. But also found out the heat tape under the trailer was badly installed, so getting that replaced was today's project.
 
2022-01-23 7:12:31 PM  
1 vote:

lizaardvark: yakmans_dad: Our insulated pipes would freeze when outside temps dropped below 15F. We got this gizmo to thaw pipes: an electric cord that had around 6 ft of heating element embedded in it. You wound it around the pipe, plugged it in, and let it go. And then *walla* you waited and waited and waited. And then the ice melted.

We learned to set a drip when the temps would drop.

The word you wanted is "voila", which you could easily have looked up if only the internet had some kind of search function. Your browser would have flagged it for you if only they made browsers with spelling checkers. You could have used a word that you actually know how to spell, if only you weren't the kind of person who eagerly embarrasses himself in public.


I just like to walla in my ignorance.
 
2022-01-23 9:20:34 PM  
1 vote:

mrmopar5287: MythDragon: I am curious as to how you set your house on fire though.  At one point your are applying flame to metal pipe... and then what?  Toss the still burning torch in a pile of oily rags? Accidently try thawing the gas pipe instead of the water pipe?

You're typically applying heat in an upward direction so all it takes is some insulation or something to catch on fire and WHOOPS! people blow on the flame to try and put it out but that spreads it more and WHOOPS! it's really spreading fast now and how do I put this out and WHOOPS! now it's uncontrollable unless you actually had a fire extinguisher sitting right next to you for immediate use in an emergency.


Many years ago, I worked for a mechanical contractor. We did all kinds of jobs all over Los Angeles County, a ton of it downtown , century city and beverly hills. Average size of the refrigeration pipes was 1.25" , type K ( thickwall)  copper. OXY/Acetylene welding rigs were the norm, as we sweated using silfloss ( almost pure silver ) for the joints , and the guys got those nice and hot when working them. Even in buildings with asbestos and more modern flame retardents, there was always a 12 gauge piece of sheetmetal  behind the joints and 2 fire extinguishers  right there. Never had a fire .
 
2022-01-24 3:47:32 AM  
1 vote:
"unthaw", would be "freeze".
pretty sure they meant "thaw"
 
2022-01-24 6:26:04 AM  
1 vote:
Loved  this stuff when I was living in an RV
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