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Bob4
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join:2012-07-22
New Jersey
reply to DKS

Re: EXTREME freezing temperatures - What to worry about?

Get an electric pipe thawer (Google it). They run close to $1000.



alkizmo

join:2007-06-25
Pierrefonds, QC
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said by Bob4:

Get an electric pipe thawer (Google it). They run close to $1000.

Hell no

This summer I'm supposed to make a small laundry room in the back of my garage (where it shares the wall with the problematic bathroom). I'll insulate the walls at that time and the problem will be over.

itguy05

join:2005-06-17
Carlisle, PA
reply to Bob4

said by Bob4:

Get an electric pipe thawer (Google it). They run close to $1000.

Or you could get those pipe tapes that plug in and clip to the pipes. The parents have an issue with a cold water pipe in their house. It's in an addition with a crawl space and sometimes the cold water pipe would freeze. I installed one of them quite a few years ago and it's worked beautifully. It definitely was well under $1000, my guess would be $30-50.


hm

@videotron.ca

I don't know what this tape is I see people talking about, but the pipe cable will run fairly cheap.

25 to 75$ deepening on length. Not anywhere near 1000$.

»www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/stor···l&s=true

Or just toss in some electric heaters, if he has them. Or run to Costco for a couple of them (heater fans) at 40$ a pop (on special this week). They heat a room very very good and very fast.


Bob4
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reply to itguy05

I'm talking about the things that look like battery chargers, with heavy cables and spring-loaded clamps on the ends. They put a large current through the pipes, generating heat and melting the ice. The advantage is that they work on pipes that are completely inaccessible, as long as you can connect the two clamps at least 20 feet(?) apart.


telco_mtl

join:2012-01-06
reply to alkizmo

please tell me you are heating the garage? in this weather if you dont heat an attached garage you will get floor heaves, cracks and the like.



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said by telco_mtl:

please tell me you are heating the garage? in this weather if you dont heat an attached garage you will get floor heaves, cracks and the like.

How did garages survive being unheated for the last 30-50 years without any of that stuff happening?
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telco_mtl

join:2012-01-06

said by Draiman:

said by telco_mtl:

please tell me you are heating the garage? in this weather if you dont heat an attached garage you will get floor heaves, cracks and the like.

How did garages survive being unheated for the last 30-50 years without any of that stuff happening?

up here in quebec attached garages are always heated, but most people turn off the heat. In my moonlight gig i can tell you just pulling up to the house if the garage has had its heat turned off. Until you have been up north you really dont know the disasterous effects of adfreezing

itguy05

join:2005-06-17
Carlisle, PA
reply to Bob4

said by Bob4:

I'm talking about the things that look like battery chargers, with heavy cables and spring-loaded clamps on the ends. They put a large current through the pipes, generating heat and melting the ice. The advantage is that they work on pipes that are completely inaccessible, as long as you can connect the two clamps at least 20 feet(?) apart.

Interesting. Did not know such a thing existed. Sort of an induction heater for pipes...


hm

@videotron.ca

This video was made in alkizmo's area yesterday during the day. Got much colder at night when his pipes froze.

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=62Hos_ut···embedded


Later on this evening, alkizmo, is going to put his tongue on his frozen copper pipes to show us how cold it is there.

Global warming can't happen fast enough for me.


alkizmo

join:2007-06-25
Pierrefonds, QC
kudos:1
reply to telco_mtl

Well I kept the bathroom door opened while I was gone (just came back) and water is running normally.

To the guy who told me to insulate the wall&pipes: Yes I did say several times I'm doing that in the summer

said by telco_mtl:

please tell me you are heating the garage? in this weather if you dont heat an attached garage you will get floor heaves, cracks and the like.

I believe that only applies to garages at the same level as the basement.
My garage's concrete slab is at ground level.
Considering my house is 46 years old and there was no heating in the garage throughout that whole time, I doubt the floor will change.

Anyway when the basement is finished (spring), I will get around to the garage, I want a laundry room in there so I will insulate most of it.


DKS
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reply to telco_mtl

said by telco_mtl:

said by Draiman:

said by telco_mtl:

please tell me you are heating the garage? in this weather if you dont heat an attached garage you will get floor heaves, cracks and the like.

How did garages survive being unheated for the last 30-50 years without any of that stuff happening?

up here in quebec attached garages are always heated, but most people turn off the heat. In my moonlight gig i can tell you just pulling up to the house if the garage has had its heat turned off. Until you have been up north you really dont know the disasterous effects of adfreezing

Yup.
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