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Old 12-16-2008, 11:25 PM   #15
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The 2nd fan heater helped, plus temps went up a few degrees. I have all my taps working again, and no apparent damage. I've put a trouble light under the back hatch where a lot of the pipes are, and insulated with that foil bubble wrap. Hopefully that's all it takes.
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:42 AM   #16
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For keeping pipes from freezing you need electrical heating tapes. Sometimes called stock tank heaters.

This is a flexible heater that looks like a wire. You wind it around and around the pipe. Then wrap the pipe with fibreglass insulation and tar paper, held on with tie wraps or wire.

The plug end of the heater has a thermostat that kicks in at 42 degrees F. Do not cover the thermostat with insulation, leave it exposed.

This is how we keep the pipes from freezing on mobile homes and full time trailers here in Ontario.
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:51 AM   #17
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To thaw out frozen pipes you can use an electric arc welder. Connect one cable to one end of the pipe and the other cable to the other end. When you turn on the current the pipe will quickly thaw out. Have a tap open so the water can run.

This only works with metal pipes, the pipe has to conduct electricity.
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Here is a typical pipe heater. This web site shows several different solutions to the freezing problem for cottages and trailers both on and off grid.

Water Line Heat Trace Freeze Protection For Cottage, Home, Commercial Water Pipe Applications - Heatline

Similar products are available from hardware and building supply stores.
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:51 PM   #19
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This weather is a rarity for us here on the coast. To be honest, it's easier to keep the furnace going and to let the faucet run at a low stream to keep from freezing.
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:58 PM   #20
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Pipes are ok. Cameron's right. Don't usually get this, or at least not this bad. But considering it's December, we may have some more of this. I will consider heat tapes, but for now blasting heaters seem to do the trick.

I did get the awning back up without wrecking it (hopefully). Neighbour kindly supplied his step ladder and broom, then stood back and watched a while. Sure appreciated the step ladder. Now, just hoping my plants survive. Have Hydrangeas, rhodos, and more.
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All you need now is to string some Christmas lights!
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Yeah, but gotta save on power.
Was too busy saving pipes and awnings. Just noticed that Rhodo is probably going to snap. Better get out there again.
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I was told that so-called "milk-house heaters" put out a lot of heat, and are good for trailers, by a Colorado rancher/RVer. They run on 110 volt. Careful with that awning! otherwise, looks beautiful in your last foto!
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:38 AM   #24
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Great pics! I love seeing the new ones at the top of the portal page. Stay warm
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[quote=tphan;648895]I was told that so-called "milk-house heaters" put out a lot of heat, and are good for trailers, by a Colorado rancher/RVer. They run on 110 volt.quote]

"Milk-house Heater"? I just spoke with a local farmer and he told me the only milk-house heater he knows of is the cow... Should I be parking one of those on my front gaucho? I'll look into that, cause one of my heater quit during the night. As for the 'rare happening', the forecast looks like it isn't going to warm up till after Christmas, so gotta come up with something a little more reliable.Christina
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Is your forced air furnace not working?
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I think this is what was suggested Feature Comforts at Lowe's: Milkhouse Utility Heater
Aloha 1500 Watt Milkhouse Heater, Model# 83030 | Heaters | Northern Tool + Equipment
This is a common type of heater and while not as small as a ceramic heater, cheap and reliable. Search for milkhouse heater.
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Christina, I had very good luck with an oil filled radiotor style heater last year when I was using it to keep the trailer just warm enough to keep the damp out. Once they get started, they maintain a good level of heat without being dangerous to touch.
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