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Monday, January 14, 2019

Frozen Water Line



I woke up Sunday morning to a frozen water situation. That was not a good way to start the day. It could have been worse. The water line was frozen inside the basement. It took about 40 minutes to thaw it out and get the water flowing again. Good thing the water was not frozen between the well and house. There’s nothing I could have done about that.

When I discovered the lack of water I thought of two things. The first is that I really should not have put off the dinner dishes until the morning. The second thing was that I should not have put off my shower until the morning either. On the bright side, there was enough water in the kettle for my morning coffee. House projects always go better after a cup of Joe.

So for the next few sub-zero nights there’s a small electric heater next to the pipes with some reflextix in a “U” shape to contain the heat. That should keep it warm enough not to freeze. The heater is going to bump up my electric bill a bit, but something had to be done. Worse come to worse we could always pack up the house and head south to warmer climates. However, I really don’t want to do that right now. There’s plenty of stuff to do here up north.

In other news the new computer is working out. It’s actually a used computer, but it’s new to me. When I take over a used computer I wipe out the memory and load Ubuntu Linux. The computer runs faster and it has all the programs that I use.

For the last year I’ve been using a small tablet computer. It’s slow and screen is tiny, but it was cheap. It’s a pretty good travel computer, but I have to wear reading glasses to see half the stuff on it. Now with a bigger laptop I can pretend I don’t really need glasses.

So, all in all, the day could have been worse.

-Sixbears



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    1. Wasn't too hard, but had to do it again this morning. Not frozen as bad, but the heater needed to be adjusted. It was also -17 so there is that.

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  2. I'm worrying ahead for next Sunday's forecast of 19 degree low here in north TX. But then I stop to remember how grossly inaccurate all weather forecasting seems to be nowadays.

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    1. They all work on past models and that doesn't reflect the new reality.

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  3. Supposed to be 73 for the high Friday, then Saturday's high is 43....??
    It could happen.

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    1. It's supposed to get into the 20s today and sunny. Think I'll work on my tan.

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  4. Agree with Mr. Smythe above - simple little bumps in the road are easier to deal with.

    I'm getting adjusted to a new computer at home too. A Dell Inspiron laptop - tablet. Dang, keyboard is tiny little thing and misspellings are very common. Pain it da patootie it is. And I'm generally an impatient man, not a good combination.

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    1. I've got huge hands so it's amazing that I can use keyboards at all. You should see me trying to send a phone text.

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  5. When my last laptop died, I really had to shop around to find another 17" laptop. Most all the new ones are smaller. Finally found this Lenova, which used to be IBM.

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    1. Funny how large screen laptops are hard to come by. Glad you found one that works for you.

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  6. If you leave a trickle of water running out of the faucet or hose it should not freeze. We have used that trick in MT for the last 50 plus years and it has not frozen even at 20 below zero or colder.

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    1. That works. Of course, I can't run a steady trickle down my septic system as that would ruin it. Maybe an outside faucet? Anyway, the heater is working for now.

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