Hello, I hope that everyone is warm and doing well this morning. It’s a cool 20 degrees here now as I write these words and not supposed to warm up much today. One thing is certain, the more cold days we have here the more excited I that I get about turning that page of my calendar over to April.
Just over a week ago the temperatures here dropped down to below just zero and there were lots of reports of frozen water pipes, including mine which stayed frozen up for over a week. Luckily, for me, it wasn’t that a big of a deal because I was prepared for it with other water sources.
However, after a week I did start to miss the convenience of turning on the faucet and water coming out so I decided that I needed to get it thawed out. However, I wasn’t exactly sure where it had frozen but I knew that it wasn’t in the house because my water pipes come in through the basement floor and the basement is heated, so I knew that it had to be in the pipe from the water meter to the house.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t the one who ran the pipe or plumbed the house so I wasn’t exactly sure how or where the pipe was laid, however, looking at the water meter I deduced that the pipe had to go over the culvert that had been put at the start of my driveway and I also guessed that was also the most logical freeze point.
However, one thing that I was sure about is that I didn’t want to start digging up my driveway which would have not been easy because of the hard ground and gravel. Luckily, the culvert is made of metal and not plastic, so I had the bright idea to build a fire to see if that would thaw the pipe.
So that’s what I did. I built a fire at the opening of the culvert and added heat reflectors the three sides to force most of the heat from the fire back into the covert to heat it and the surrounding dirt which in turn I hoped would thaw out the water pipe and restore water to the house.
And sure enough after about 45 minutes the water was unfrozen and running again.
So, the lesson in this story is two-fold – when temperatures drop below freezing don’t get busy and forget to let your water drip from a faucet inside the house and two if it does freeze up and you know or have a good idea where the freezing point is then building a fire on top or as in my case beside that point can be an easy way to thaw out the frozen pipe and restore water to the house.
Okay, now what did I do to prep this week…
I received my order of two of these AYL StarLight 600 Lumens Ultra Bright LED Lanterns. These are a great product! If you’re looking for a battery-powered lantern then these are the best ones that I’ve tried and probably the best available.
I also received my order of Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine 1500mg supplements – I take these because Curcumin has been proven to prevent, treat and even cure cancer.
Curcumin: Can it slow cancer growth? – Mayo Clinic
I also ordered a Morakniv Bushcraft Black Serrated Knife, not because I needed it but because I’m a “knife nut” and love Mora knives and I didn’t have one with the serrated blade. BTW, this is the Wolf Pack official would pack survival knife and my top choice for a survival bushcraft knife.
I also added an assortment of 25 cans of vegetable and chicken noodle soup to my pantry.
Well, folks, that’s it for me this week… what about you… what did you do to prep this week?