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You are definitely running a risk of freezing these lines in an unheated space. It is never wise to run water lines in an outside wall or above an insulated ceiling in an unheated space. Perhaps you can do one of the following: Run the lines under the floor in the basement (not unheated crawl space) where freezing will be much less likely. Run the lines ...


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The problem here of course is that snow/freezing rain gets into the lock and freezes. With a house, this isn't normally a problem for a few reasons. First, you use it often enough that it doesn't get that bad, and second the inside of the house is warm, which prevents water from freezing inside the lock (unless it gets really, really cold I suppose). You ...


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I would build a small insulated enclosure around the trap and drain. Could easily be constructed with a couple pieces of lumber or some left over log siding. (see you have log siding on the wall) Heat tape could scorch the PVC and be hard to regulate.


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tl;dr 15 Ampere cord-and-plug appliances can indeed, safely be connected to 20 Ampere receptacles. A deeper understanding NEMA 6 is a design standard for three wire grounded cord-and-plug devices and receptacles. The number after the dash (-), is the current rating of the device. For example. A NEMA 6-20 device, would be a three wire grounded ...


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Put the cord/hole in the top of the door, and it really won't matter: The cold air is heavier than the air around it. So your freezer full of cold air is like a bucket of water: the cold air is trying to flow out only where gravity will let it. Other than the stirring of air causing the mingling of warm and cold air, a freezer doesn't need a top at all. ...


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Based on the pics and the amount of movement alone, I'm guessing that the foundation for this slab was not properly prepared. I'd wager that someone simply dug a squareish hole a few inches deep, put in boards for forms and poured the concrete. Looks great for a while, but doesn't do squat to avoid shifting in cold weather when the water freezes. A proper ...


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Latex paint is composed of a mixture of components that when frozen can cause the solids to expand and separate from the mixture. Effects of using damaged latex paint can result in degraded performance such as un-even coat, less gloss, cracking and peeling of paint much sooner when exposed to the environments (sun light), and etc. It is not recommended to ...


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I have an idea for you. Instead of insulating and heating the entire garage to save a few gallons of paint, perhaps you could build a small insulated paint locker. Build a box or cabinet large enough to store all your paints. Insulate the inside with some 2 inch rigid foam or R-11 blanket insulation and put some foam weather stripping around the insulated ...


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I would definitely be worried about remembering to drain the valve, and it's also a pain that you'd have to drain it inside. Your second option is pretty good though, otherwise. Another option, which is probably easier, would be to make up an adapter of sorts for the outside. Take a regular spigot, attach to a 90 degree elbow, and put a hose adapter on ...


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Not a lot to be done, damage done is , well , done. Best to just make sure they are fed and watered well, and in the fall you could trim any remaining dead wood though that's not necessary. It's probably a bit early to determine if a tree will survive, let spring get here. Trees are very self sufficient. Probably better than 80% of so called "tree care" is ...


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You are correct that having a hot radiator on what's effectively a cold space - the porch - is very inefficient and, presuming nobody's on the porch most of the time, wastes a lot of energy. And you are correct that the hot water going into that radiator is being cooled in the process. However, it is unlikely that the water is going to any other radiators, ...


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Run the pump. If you have a pool cover, put it on. The pool itself stores a lot of heat. Moving water is much harder to freeze than water standing still.


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Heat pump? Keep salt away from the unit. Salt will attack and totally decompose the fins and will create electrolytic corrosion in the joints between aluminum and copper leading to destruction of the system. Icing during operation in a damp climate is normal, it's supposed to have a defrost cycle it runs through to remove the ice. Heat Pump Operation: ...


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I had 5 gallons of paint freeze and no amount of mixing would get the lumps out! I mixed it for over an hour, no difference... ruined!


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Are you sure the slab has shifted and it wasn't simply poured that way? The gap appears to be the width of a 2x4 form. Some theories: a form was used along the foundation to pour the slab leaving the gap the house used to have older (thicker) siding/sheathing that was replaced with the vinyl (increasing the visual gap) the gap was put there purposefully. ...


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you might be able to avoid this with graphite spray. By better lubricating the lock the water might not have time to collect and freeze in the tumblers.


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What about the following: Replace the existing bibb with an elbow pointing upward Attach a valve with a drain as shown below Add a pipe to the desired height Add an elbow and bibb In the winter, close the lower valve and open the bibb and the drain.


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I don't know about Germany, but in the US extension cords are available that have the conductors side-by-side, having an overall flat profile rather than round. Follow Bob's advice to put the cord in at the top, and seal any remaining gap with painter's tape. You should be able to pull it off and reapply it one or two times if you need to open the ...


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What you have done sounds like a good start. Some additional steps I would take on the coldest nights is to allow the faucet to drip. You want it to drip as slowly as you can. Moving water takes longer to freeze than still water. In addition leave the cabinet doors open so that some of the kitchen heat will warm the pipes in the cabinet. Again these are ...


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Some different ideas: Remove the baseboard water heater and replace with electric, thereby creating it's own zone. If the only pipes in this room were for the radiator, you wouldn't even need to set the heat, as there are no more pipes to worry about. Add insulation to the mudroom Keep mudroom door open when using wood heater Splice your pipes and add ...


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If it's a metal/copper pipe, you could wrap the exposed portion of the pipe in heat tape to help speed the thaw. Since metal and water are good conductors of heat, the heat from the tape will spread fairly quickly down the pipe. Or even just use a hair dryer. Not as efficient or quick, but still helpful.


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It really depends on what scale you are going to. If most of the time you are NOT going to use the mixer in the fridge- then no- breaking the seal is not a good idea. It is difficult to understand and see how to run this wire. I assume you are putting 220/110 volt in the fridge.. not a great idea-- but thats DIY :) Look how the wires of the liight bulb go ...


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We don't empty pools in a Florida. They are used almost year round, especially if you have solar heat. But, you should definitely run the pump overnight to prevent the water in the pipes from freezing and causing damage.


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At +24 deg F, just run the pumps, and you'll be fine. The temperature of the pool is often significantly above the temperature of a winter night's air. It takes a long time (or a massive amount of energy) to change the temperature of a pool significantly, and even if it gets cold during the night, the pool will also heat up a little during the day. As ...


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To keep water out of the door lock (knob type) in my gagrage, I split open a tennis ball ("x" cut) tied some twine to it, to attach it to the knob shaft, and put it over the knob. Works great.


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Make an insulated, heated enclosure for the paint. Since the paint is already on a wire rack, just insulate the floor and enclose the bottom shelf of the rack. Use a lizard heater and a thermo-cube. Cut and notch OSB, rigid foam insulation and some scrap pegboard to fit on the floor below the shelf. Use scrap vinyl to make a serpentine channel on the ...


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PVC is a good choice, provided that it is properly installed and maintained. A proper installation includes shielding the PVC from UV light, which is the primary means of premature aging. UV light will eventually turn PVC into a brittle mess. ABS on the other hand tends to not become brittle with sun exposure, but to deform and is generally softer. As a ...


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If the line is PEX, then yes, it can generally withstand freezing. Thawing is pretty easy with a hair dryer. It doesn't take much to thaw PEX. If the toilet shares a line with another fixture such as a sink, a simple solution would be to just open the tap and let it dribble when it's freezing out. But if freezing is the norm for you, then you might need ...


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Typically in an insulated chase, with heat tape. A more minimal install may just use heat tape and insulation without a chase, but it does not last well - but that's usually what you'll find under mobile homes that are not "on a foundation" in Maine, for example. A high-class operation will use internal "heat tape." A low end operation, or one with a gravity ...



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