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Old 01-23-2014, 07:32 PM   #11
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It's 11 here in NE Tenn. Supposed to get down to 5. May have to bring in the brass monkey.
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:37 PM   #12
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They cover their water taps just because of a little freeze? I think I had bothered draining mine the first year I bought my house. 3 houses and many decades later without a problem just leaving the tap off. And I live in the great white north.
I don't know what the minimum temperature has to be before anyone puts them on - it doesn't say on the product,but I install them when below freezing temps are forecasted and so far no problems.

When we have below freezing temps around here,you don't notice broken pipes until after the temps have risen to above freezing.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:16 PM   #13
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When we have below freezing temps around here,you don't notice broken pipes until after the temps have risen to above freezing.

That's the same up here. Though it doesn't get above freezing until the end of feb, maybe sometime in March.

So far going on 2 decades, never once had a broken tap.

Well, that's not quite true. We did have a broken one in the trailer, but we got it from the dealer like that and it was fixed under warranty. In the house though? Never a one.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:30 PM   #14
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That's the same up here. Though it doesn't get above freezing until the end of feb, maybe sometime in March.

So far going on 2 decades, never once had a broken tap.

Well, that's not quite true. We did have a broken one in the trailer, but we got it from the dealer like that and it was fixed under warranty. In the house though? Never a one.
If you Goggle Exterior Water Spigot Covers or similar, several U-Tube clips talk about turning off the water lines to the exterior spigots with the basement valve first and then installing a spigot cover. However in this part of the country,houses are built on slabs,meaning no basements. The water lines are buried in the slab when it's poured,so I'm very concerned about keeping them from bursting and spigot covers are about all I can do to keeping them from freezing.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:02 AM   #15
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It's 3 degrees here in Michigan with 30mph wind gusts today. Went to our vacation property north of Gaylord Mi last weekend to get the snow off of the trailers roof. That was fun. Took us about 2 hours. What even made it more fun was the guy that plows our drive out dropped his transmission so we had to dig out a place to park the truck off the road so we could get back to the trailer about 150 feet. Definitely had a good work out.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:31 PM   #17
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Here in Alaska we have to use a sillcock, instead of a regular faucet. the water valve closes through the wall in the heated space. no foam covers needed, and wouldn't prevent freezing anyway.
We have had 5 days above freezing at our house. The snow is melting like crazy, we are 40 degrees above normal. very unusual for us to be this warm in January. We shoveled off the Georgetown yesterday so it wouldn't all turn to a block of ice, since we do have a lot of winter left.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:47 PM   #18
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whine alert;

snow/ice/sleet predicted for our area, and as far south as Nawlins...even down in to Pensacola!

thankfully I'd already scheduled a day off tomorrow...whew! All it takes a a 1/4 inch of snow and/or ice here and it cripples us. Plus with all these pines, ice takes down power lines.

Plenty of firewood for the house, and we have a generator. The 5er's still buttoned up, nice and cozy inside with an oscillating ceramic heater running.


But, it appears the night time below freezing temps END after Wednesday night!

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Here in Alaska we have to use a sillcock, instead of a regular faucet. the water valve closes through the wall in the heated space. no foam covers needed, and wouldn't prevent freezing anyway.
We have had 5 days above freezing at our house. The snow is melting like crazy, we are 40 degrees above normal. very unusual for us to be this warm in January. We shoveled off the Georgetown yesterday so it wouldn't all turn to a block of ice, since we do have a lot of winter left.
I'm not sure just how the foam spigot covers work,but here in DFW Texas they're about the only thing we have to prevent the spigots from freezing short of putting heat tape around the spigot which I have never heard of or seen anyone do. They seem to work for me with our temperatures and they fly off the shelves when freezing temps are forecasted.

As stated before,the majority of homes here are build on a concrete slab,therefore no basements or heated spaces. My home does have self draining spigots,meaning they drain any residual water left in the spigot after the spigot is closed.
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Right on - here in DFW it's currently 28 with a low of 18 tonight. Warmer tomorrow.
OMG! I feel so sorry for you! We'll be in the neighborhood of 40 tonight and all day tomorrow. 40 BELOW!!!! I pray people and animals will be okay.
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