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 Post subject: Cold we're so cold!
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:49 pm 
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well I was thinking of the song by static x but damn it's cold for real!

I had a pipe burst in the house waiting for insurance people to send fixer upper!


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 Post subject: Re: Cold we're so cold!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:12 am 
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Yikes! Keep faucets dripping I guess. It was -19F here yesterday morning. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Cold we're so cold!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:12 pm 
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It got really cold here in Tampa.

Went all the way down into the 40's at night last week.

This week is a little better - 70's daytime.

Still a little chilly, though - lol.


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 Post subject: Re: Cold we're so cold!
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:34 am 
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sorry to hear that man. Hope insurance co. handles everything right.. :/

http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/92119


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 Post subject: Re: Cold we're so cold!
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:27 am 
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wound up being the water hose spicket (the repair guy called it bonnet) outside had cracked and was shooting watter back into the bricks and it came out the weep holes in such a way that it looked like it was coming from inside the wall but in reality it was just the spicket which he replaced.

The old one cracked right down the side from the cold. When we bought the house they warned me that there was too much pressure at that spicket. Maybe that's the root cause?


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 Post subject: Re: Cold we're so cold!
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:23 am 
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If you had the hose connected to the outside faucet, and the water froze in that, it can cause the bonnet to crack like that.

The way a hose bonnet works, is by having a long rod that extends into the house or crawlspace, that has the rubber shutoff washer attached to it. When the water is shut off, about a foot of pipe drains of water. since the water is effectively shut off inside the house, this protects the main water supply pipe from freezing and bursting, which would be a disaster, and would mean shutting the main water supply off until it could be fixed.

So by cracking where it did, it actually worked the way it should, and protected your plumbing system from a worse situation.


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 Post subject: Re: Cold we're so cold!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:11 am 
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About November every year, we turn off the indoor valves to all of the outdoor hosebibs (what we call them in Canada ehhh). Do it with the outdoor tap running to ensure that the pipe inbetween the indoor valve and the out door tap is also drained.


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