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Gardening • Re: Frozen pipes

January 26, 2017 anita 0

These are outside pipes? Why do you need to water your plants now? Are they in a greenhouse?

In case you don’t know – You should not leave a hose on an outside faucet in the winter.

If you let your water drip all night, it doesn’t freeze. Keeping a lightbulb on at night near the faucet helps, and if it is in a cabinet, you can leave the door below open.

Statistics: Posted by anita — Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:55 pm

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Gardening • Re: Frozen pipes

January 26, 2017 IceFire 0

Last year, we had our water pipe freeze at the well one night. So, we wrapped the exposed pipes with heat tape, and hung a heat lamp (one of my extra brooder lamps for the chickens), as well as adding insulation in the well house. The lamp gets plugged in when temps are expected in the low teens. Since we’ve done that, haven’t had any more freeze-ups.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:23 pm

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Gardening • Re: Frozen pipes

January 25, 2017 Illini Warrior 0

exposed (visible) piping or underground buried piping run?

exposed – invest in pipe heat tape – will thaw the existing blockage and prevent future problems when the winter temps are a threat …

underground? …. damn site harder and the damage could already be done …. you can just wait for the thaw …. there’s always a hot/warm water backflow method possible – you need a hose run out to the outside faucet from your hot water heater or warm water faucet – the warm water will backflow to the point(s) of frozen obstructions …. you’ll need a double ended female fitting length of hose (like on your clothes washing machine) – it’ll give you the final connection between the hose and outside faucet ….

if you get the water running – start a constant tiny flow from that outside faucet – flowing water doesn’t freeze …

Statistics: Posted by Illini Warrior — Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:20 am

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Gardening • Re: Frozen pipes

January 25, 2017 ajax727 0

A hair dyer also works great to heat the pipes without the danger of starting a fire or melting a pipe , I have used both to thaw pipes .
Are you on town or county water system or a well water pump system ?
If a well pump start at the pump and heat the pipes and pump this will help thaw the water on down the line . Check the point where the water inters the home and heat the pipes at that point . Be sure to open all the faucet so when it starts to melt the water flow will melt the water as it pass through the pipes even a small drip will melt the water as it moves down the line .
Hope this helps best of luck .

Statistics: Posted by ajax727 — Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:26 am

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Gardening • Re: Frozen pipes

January 25, 2017 peekachoo 0

If the pipes are where you can see them, you can use a propane torch to thaw them. If they are underground and made of steel you can use a portable welder by connecting the ground cable to one end and the positive cable to the other end and letting the welder run till the pipe gets warm. This does not work on plastic or copper. You may have to dig them out and warm them up or wait till spring and let mother nature warm them. I am hauling water to my cows and horses now because my lines are all froze. They will thaw in March.

Statistics: Posted by peekachoo — Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:31 am

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Gardening • Frozen pipes

January 25, 2017 ConMac 0

Hello all,
Our pipes are frozen due to the low temperature here. So I am not to water my plants. How do you normally unfreeze the frozen pipes?? I don’t have any idea. I am planning to contact the frozen pipe repair Toronto ( ). If you can suggest some tips to unfreeze the pipes, I’ll try them. Any suggestions??

Statistics: Posted by ConMac — Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:57 am

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Gardening • Re: Potatoes

January 22, 2017 whitebear54 0
mmpaints wrote:
interesting question. Tater vines produce flowers which signals the growth of new tubers in the dirt. As for seed, I guess I never looked for any. The vine flowers and dies off, signalling when one can dig for tubers(taters). I get next seasons starts from the dirt pile where I turn my tires over. Always some tiny taters that get missed and left. Who told you the quality deteriorates? Some doofus I guess. They lied. The only thing that has ever effected production and quality here is the amount of water the vines get.

As for reliable crop, well, that revolves around 1-your experience gardening, 2- the proper balance of water, 3- how well you fertilize them, 4- how cruel mother nature is that year. Nothing in gardening is EVER reliable or a sure thing. Way too many variables out of your control. I’ve been feeding myself with a garden for the last 20 years and let me tell ya, it’s feast or famine all the time. There are a few things that help and or make it easier to produce but still not a sure thing. Experience beats anything else.

fyi, I NEVER cut eyes. Every cut is a spot where disease can get to it. I plant my taters whole and discard the big ones for the eating pile. Most of the time, I dont even need to plant a tater, sprouts grow freely in the dirt from last crop, every spring.

That’s been my experience as well–though I do buy seed potatoes whenever I want to try a new variety and then I do cut them so each piece has at least one eye. I dry them for at least three days before planting and have had no disease or insect problems.

Statistics: Posted by whitebear54 — Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:08 am

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Gardening • Re: Make every seed count

January 22, 2017 whitebear54 0
IceFire wrote:
I have a little doohickey that dispenses one seed at a time. I plant ALL of my seeds at the “final thinning” interval, as I DON’T want to waste seeds, or waste time by thinning plants. If a seed fails to germinate, I simply plant another seed in the space.


Ditto. I have one of those too and they work pretty well. I let a few scarlett nantes carrots go to see last year so right now my carrot bed is choked with carrots that badly need thinning–oh my aching back. :)

Statistics: Posted by whitebear54 — Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:59 am

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Gardening • Re: Make every seed count

January 22, 2017 whitebear54 0
AuntBee wrote:
Seems like a lot of work to avoid thinning. Could thinned plants be planted in a second bed? What is the storage life of pelletized seeds?

Aunt Bee
I guess I don’t love carrots enough

Carrots do not transplant well so replanting thinned plants in a second bed is unlikely to be productive.

Statistics: Posted by whitebear54 — Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:56 am

Culticycle Pedal Power Tractor

January 13, 2015 aprepper 0

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