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itguy05

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

Re: EXTREME freezing temperatures - What to worry about?

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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join:2012-07-22
New Jersey
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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.


itguy05

join:2005-06-17
Carlisle, PA

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.