Drama with water pipes frozen this morn.  It's a rented mobile home.  I was worried the owners would blame it on me because I turn the heat off overnight - but it turns out the owners had forgotten to turn on the heat tape that's wrapped around the pipes!  Luckily they're plastic pipes and they seem OK. 

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Comment by Ted Gresham on January 24, 2014 at 5:35pm

I live in Texas and we're not accustomed to real cold weather.  When that freeze came through a couple weeks ago I had some pipes on our back room freeze and shatter.  They didn't just crack open, they crumbled up.  And inside the wall, not outside.  Strange.  Made a big mess.  I had to get my son to fix it, I wasn't able.  So I know the feelin.  We own our mobile home.  Well, you know, us and the finance company.

Glad things are ok with you!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 7, 2014 at 7:45pm

When I lived in a small community of 300 people, the water lines coming in to each house were not buried deep enough to withstand the sometimes negative 30 degrees F, so the city told people to let one of their faucets run a small stream of water constantly when the temperature was very cold, to prevent frozen pipes.

Before I heard that, the pipe coming to my house froze and they had to dig it up.  Before they buried it again, I put a large copper wire on the street end and ran it in the trench to my basement in case it ever froze again I could use a welding machine to thaw it out.  It never did freeze again because I kept a small stream of water running as they recommended.

Comment by Asa Watcher on January 7, 2014 at 9:34am

Well, as much as I eschew one-upmanship, I live in the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado

. . . elevation here about 7800 feet above sea level.

Since Thanksgiving, the average overnight low temp has been between 10 and 20 degrees F below zero.  Night before last, the predicted low was -27 degrees F.  The high temperatures have been in the upper 20s F.  Yet to get above freezing.

The valley received about 8 inches of snow just before Thanksgiving, and since then the cold, heavy air has settled in to give us this unusual cold spell.

  The little town I live in is doing pretty well, as it is small enough that we can look out for each other pretty easily.  We’ve all settled-in so to speak.  

The wood pile is shrinking rapidly.

We usually experience a January or February “thaw”, but we are holding out little hope for that this year.

So, hope you can all stay warm during your cold snap, and when it warms up for you, send us some warm thoughts.

Comment by Michael Penn on January 7, 2014 at 7:30am

We've had -7 here and it was -3 outside yesterday. Going back up to 28 degrees today though. Our heat is on and the upcoming bill is $211. That's a high one for me. Friends keep saying I live in a mobile home so I have to watch or my pipes will freeze. Guess they never heard about heat tape? Mine is automatic so there is no worry. The heat tape is only on when it's cold enough to freeze.

Comment by booklover on January 4, 2014 at 7:23pm

That's good Luara!  It's supposed to be a high here of minus 9 degrees Farenheit.  The wind-chill could be 40 below.  And my husband works mostly outside! 

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