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Posted February 21, 2015 - 09:31 AM

Hopefully your day goes easy, that ice makes things rough. We have about 4-5" of snow, just now starting to slow up. 


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 09:34 AM

Glad you got some sleep!


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 09:37 AM

Always nice to catch up on some sleep!
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Posted February 21, 2015 - 09:39 AM

 

  Dad's water froze at his house last night, but thawed late this afternoon....and it's busted under his house.  If I remember right, it's 1/2" rigid copper, 

 

Well, I may not remember right.  Dad said it's galvanized steel coming to his kitchen sink.  This can make it difficult.  Usually they bust at a joint.  Not gonna be fun.


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 09:56 AM

Well, I may not remember right.  Dad said it's galvanized steel coming to his kitchen sink.  This can make it difficult.  Usually they bust at a joint.  Not gonna be fun.

Send Josh to fix it, bending up like a pretzel is for the young :smilewink:


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Send Josh to fix it, bending up like a pretzel is for the young :smilewink:

 

He'll be helping, but he's never done galvanized pipe repair, so a good time to learn!


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 10:10 AM

He'll be helping, but he's never done galvanized pipe repair, so a good time to learn!

Best time to learn! Galvanized is never fun to fix. Good luck!


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 12:45 PM

   IMO fixing plumbing is never fun, especially when Murphy and winter are involved! Good luck Daniel.


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 01:10 PM

   IMO fixing plumbing is never fun, especially when Murphy and winter are involved! Good luck Daniel.

Aint that the truth! Well said.


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 02:16 PM

Well I couldn't stand being inside too long.  Went to the shop to dig out empty antifreeze jugs for toilet water flushing for Dad. Found all the slush & snow causing the water from the melting & rain to be flooding under the shop door, with one corner of the shop with over an inch of water.  The same snow pile I pushed up to insulate the water line that feeds the calves is now a dam stopping the water from everywhere but the shop door.  Got the Cat loader out & spun a lot, but got a notch cut in the snow pack.  Shoveled snow & slush away from the door, then swept clean under where the sliding door sit.  No way I want stuff freezing under the door in case we need to get anything broken in there.  Been many a time we got caught with the door frozen to the ground.

  Back dragged slush off where the milk truck turns around.  He arrived shortly after.  He said we still have the best maintained drive of ALL his stops.  BUT, things are gonna get nasty when temps drop & all this runoff freezes.  Not much I can do even with the loader when it's ice.  Only down to 26 tonight, but Monday morning is gonna be 7F.  I am not looking forward to that.  After today, it's not supposed to get above freezing the entire coming week.  :(


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 03:31 PM

:( Doesn't sound good!


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 04:03 PM

Just got called out by a neighbor that slid off his long driveway.  Took the cab-less Massey 1130 in the rain to pull him out.  Had him put his 4WD truck in neutral & pulled him several feet, then told him to try in reverse as I pulled....worse.  His truck just crabbed downhill.  So had him shift back to neutral.  By this time I was on more level ground, so gave it just a little above idle throttle, then walked on with him.  He turned his truck around & parked it at the head of his drive.  His drive is a good 1/4 mile long, so a slushy/slippery walk home....uphill.

  Teresa let "Momma Cat" in for a visit.  She's a pure outside cat, but enjoys coming in for short visits.  She always makes herself at home. 

 

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Posted February 21, 2015 - 06:49 PM

Glad you got the neighbor out.  Momma Cat looks comfy!


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Posted February 22, 2015 - 12:02 PM

Been out to Dad's & had to come back & get my sump pump to pull the 8 to 10" of water from the lower side, where all the water pooled.  After getting under there, it was as I thought to begin with....ALL copper.  Found the bursted spot, but the valve will not shut off completely, so no way to solder it back.  Came home for lunch, and found a new piece of new high pressure 1/2" spray hose.  So I'll just cut the copper line & slip this hose over & clamp for a temporary fix till I can do it proper.  Turns out both vents under the house were open, and the burst happened directly under one.  Dad said he tried closing them, but couldn't get them to move.  Why he never told me......well, he likely forgot all about it.  In case this hose is too tight to slip on, I have a piece of 9/16 hose also, but I want as snug a fit as possible, so hope I can get this 1/2" hose on it.  Worn out already from going in & out from under the house a few times, but I want their water going today if possible.  mid 30's now, and down to 7 tomorrow with -7 wind chill.


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Posted February 22, 2015 - 12:14 PM

Good luck with that!


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