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Old 12-05-2013, 12:57 PM   #15
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Hopefully he's not in Central Oregon - 4 degrees here at the moment. My trailer is sitting in my driveway with a space heater on. Warms it up to a balmy 32 degrees.

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WOW. 40 degrees here right now. And I'm complaining? LOL
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Old 12-05-2013, 01:24 PM   #16
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I think a hard freeze here in Fl is 28 degrees or less for over 6 hours? Am I correct? Jim
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I think a hard freeze here in Fl is 28 degrees or less for over 6 hours? Am I correct? Jim
Hard freeze is the same everywhere. Cold enough, long enough, for standing water to form a layer of ice on top. In New Orleans, hard freeze happens so seldom as to be statistically non-existent; the chance is above zero, but still low enough to round down to 0 nights per year. Light freeze statistically happens about 11 nights per year (temps below freezing, but not long enough to make ice).

That said, having overnight lows around the freezing point before Thanksgiving had me concerned enough to winterize anyway at the end of my Thanksgiving weekend trip. Having done that, we may not get temperatures that cold again this winter…
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I was using the def from the local weather service. Jim
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:46 AM   #19
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It def DID freeze here last night - Austin, Texas

My pipes are certainly frozen. FML. I'm in Austin and it hit 27 degrees last night after two days of low 30s. No water. Going out with a heat gun now to try and thaw. 1971 Airstream Sovereign. Original copper pipes. Any advice?
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Quick follow up freeze question. What are the two brass relief valves underneath the 2012 A/S Int. next to the plastic drain valve for the fresh water tank?

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Quick follow up freeze question. What are the two brass relief valves underneath the 2012 A/S Int. next to the plastic drain valve for the fresh water tank?

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Cold and hot water system drains.
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:27 PM   #22
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Here is exactly what we did when my pipes froze a few days ago:

1.) Turned the water off at the house and unscrewed the garden hose. If you wanted to, you could take it inside your house and put it in a bathtub of hot water to de-ice it.

2.) Got a bunch of rags and a few gallons of water together. Boiled the water in my electric kettle and then poured boiling water onto rags. I popped open the tail-gate section of the trailer, (outside back, where the plumbing is), and then wrapped all exposed copper pipes with boiling water rags. I did this continuously, boiling more water and rotating the rags for about 30 minutes.

3.) Went to hardware store and got some PVC pipes, some 90s, a couple of 45s, some joiners, plumbers primer/glue, pipe cutters, pipe insulators and a water faucet jacket. (About $40)

4.) Dug a trench in the yard from the back of my trailer to the outside faucet, joined the pipes until it reached. Let all the glue dry. Leveled the trenches. Covered the pipes with dirt and packed it down. (About 6" below ground level is good enough.)

5.) Turned my water on and took a nice, hot shower.

6.) Left my dang water taps dripping over night instead of allowing this to happen again!

Hope that helps someone.

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Old 12-11-2013, 05:16 PM   #23
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real ice

You think you froze? This is not snow….it is ice….10 to 12 inches thick. I still can't get out of my drive and Blanco Non Rally is out. You can see why I-35 was closed around this part of Texas. Aistreams in the barn with heaters on.
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