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#16 farmer john OFFLINE  

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Posted February 14, 2015 - 09:09 AM

I hate to bring this up (really I don't!) but I just booked a trip to sunny mexico yesterday. so until I leave, let it snow let it snow let it snow. that way i'll appreciate the trip more. ha ha ha !!!!!!
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Posted February 14, 2015 - 09:19 AM

Here's a conversion chart. -40 f & -40 c the same

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Posted February 14, 2015 - 09:21 AM

The weather guessers said 8* for last nights low. It was -10* when I got up. We may be in for a much worse time than forecast.

 

Questions about keeping warm. We use alot more heating fuel up here. We dress warmer. Insulated coveralls, knit hats, insulated gloves, and insulated boots are your best friends.  You just learn to live around it.

 

When I worry about the temp of an engine, I cover the front of the vehicle with an old comforter, put an engine heater under the oil pan, and cover the front of the car with a tarp. I try to seal the tarp to the ground to keep breezes out on three sides. Under the car, I've used boxes to close it off. I have to do this with diesel tractors too. The best solution is a heated garage but its got a project in there right now.

 

If you are out in the cold, I suggest having some of the little heaters that activate when you take then out of their sealled package. They take 15 minutes to get going but then feel nice and warm for 8 hours. They can prevent frostbite. They go on sale here for 3$ for a package of 10 body size. Do not put them directly against your skin.  Good Luck, Rick


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Posted February 14, 2015 - 10:25 AM

Just throwing this out there for precautionary measures. About three weeks ago, one of the area farmers lost one of his barns full of antique tractors and vintage collectibles, due to a block heater malfunction. They're estimating it to be about $50,000 damage, and that's not including the tractors, since the tractor's weren't insured and couldn't be valued at the time. Apparently the block heater was covered with oil build up due to sitting below the oil pan of a leaky tractor, and the hot oil wouldn't allow the block heater to cool enough and eventually over heated and caught fire. 

 

Although the temperatures are getting cold out, and most people will do what they can to keep warm, remember to use your head and don't panic. Use the devices as they are intended to be used, and always keep the "what if" factor in the back of your mind. Taking things for granted sometimes, can or could be very dangerous if not handled properly. 

 

Stay warm everybody, and stay safe!


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Posted February 14, 2015 - 03:07 PM

Always wondered about a big fire and loss. What could you do, but watch it and cry/swear at it?  Then when it's all-over just walking around the smoldering, later rusting junk that is bent up and left or crushed. Giving stuff a kick or two and maybe grab something that didn't fair out too bad and thinking on saving it or hoping for more saves!  Would be worse in house fire for sure.  My shop would have lots of explosions to go thru also, gas tanks, gas cans, paints and thinners, TORCH tanks! Hard to imagine, but do think of it once in awhile. Metal scrapper would probly be happy!  (Me Bad!) 


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Posted February 14, 2015 - 05:31 PM

Always wondered about a big fire and loss. What could you do, but watch it and cry/swear at it?  Then when it's all-over just walking around the smoldering, later rusting junk that is bent up and left or crushed. Giving stuff a kick or two and maybe grab something that didn't fair out too bad and thinking on saving it or hoping for more saves!  Would be worse in house fire for sure.  My shop would have lots of explosions to go thru also, gas tanks, gas cans, paints and thinners, TORCH tanks! Hard to imagine, but do think of it once in awhile. Metal scrapper would probly be happy!  (Me Bad!) 

You can get a policy to cover everything but, you have to pay extra. When I was building my house and some of the tractors had to stay here, I got an Inland Marine policy to cover all tractors. It was expensive but, the cost of the loss would have been hundreds of times more. Good Luck, Rick

 

BTW it warmed up to 25* and is snowing pretty good now.


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Posted February 14, 2015 - 06:26 PM

More near white out snow at 6:00 or so, band going thru area. Gonna be way cold after and tomorrow's high is 5!   Thought Jan would be the cold month and done, but Guess Not!  C'mon March! 


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Posted February 14, 2015 - 06:46 PM

On the insurance be careful with attached garages if you use it for a workshop. When I bought my last house with an attached garage I mentioned my welder and cutting torch to my realtor and he said not to let my insurance man know about that. Apparently they get upset over things like that in attached or basement garages.
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Posted February 14, 2015 - 10:37 PM

My truck with the diesel motor has a factory installed block heater so when it gets really cold I just plug it in. I have even found when it is in the lower teens it makes it nice because the warm up much faster. I remember in the early 80s & we had cold snaps like this I had a steel grain scope that I would put charcoal in. I would light this & slide in under the oil for 30 to 45 minutes to get vehicles started. 

 

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Posted February 15, 2015 - 07:15 AM

My truck with the diesel motor has a factory installed block heater so when it gets really cold I just plug it in. I have even found when it is in the lower teens it makes it nice because the warm up much faster. I remember in the early 80s & we had cold snaps like this I had a steel grain scope that I would put charcoal in. I would light this & slide in under the oil for 30 to 45 minutes to get vehicles started. 
 
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One of my antique auto accessories is a Sears engine kerosene fired heater from the 1920s. It is basically an old style kerosene roadside flare with a perforated can over it. I wonder how many fires they started when there was a gasoline leak. I only use my magnetic heater or an 80w drop light. An old banket over the top makes it more effective. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted February 15, 2015 - 08:36 AM

On the insurance be careful with attached garages if you use it for a workshop. When I bought my last house with an attached garage I mentioned my welder and cutting torch to my realtor and he said not to let my insurance man know about that. Apparently they get upset over things like that in attached or basement garages.

In the event of fire it is what you are covered for that will pay out.  This is where the fine print that folks don't read comes to bite them in the butt.  Underwriting has no problem informing claimant "too bad, so sad, cause of fire is not covered by policy"  Many people just don't get it until their house/buildings are smouldering on the ground and the policy is null and void due to cause of fire.


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Posted February 15, 2015 - 09:28 AM

In the event of fire it is what you are covered for that will pay out.  This is where the fine print that folks don't read comes to bite them in the butt.  Underwriting has no problem informing claimant "too bad, so sad, cause of fire is not covered by policy"  Many people just don't get it until their house/buildings are smouldering on the ground and the policy is null and void due to cause of fire.


If your woodstove wasn't included in your building permit you may not be covered. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted February 15, 2015 - 03:02 PM

AT that temperature how do you guys stay warm?

10 of my Grandkids were born in October, November and December.


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Posted February 15, 2015 - 04:29 PM

10 of my Grandkids were born in October, November and December.

That is a good one :rocker2:



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Posted February 16, 2015 - 01:37 PM

That's what I had last night.My shop even got cold last night as I usually have it at about 69.

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