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Feb. 6th, 2007 10:41 am
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borough plumber dude has come and gone.
--the records show they were here in January 2005 for the same problem - "if you plan to stay here, you need to take care of this."
--long-term, his recommendation is to rip up the porch and backfill, which is the same thing our neighbor told us last night.
--it looks like someone tried to fill the porch with spray foam via the hole that the pipe comes through - unsuccessfully, of course, since you'd need probably 75-100 cubic feet of foam.
--short-term, he recommended trying heat tape and filling the hole with some kind of insulation.
--i got the last package of heat tape from the local home depot, where i was told that it's out of season. Tell me, who needs heat tape in Pennsylvania in summertime? That's the only time they actively stock it.
--heat tape has been taped to the pipes (despite its name, it is not sticky in and of itself, and requires electrical tape for attachment purposes)

I am now cold, covered in spider webs, and have no options for hot beverages, unless i want to heat up some diet pepsi. yes, i could venture out for hot caffeine and a shower, but it is Todd Todd Fucking Cold (TM) out there, and I'd like to be able to move tomorrow, thankyouverymuch.

two side notes:
1. while searching for plumbing stuff online this morning, I discovered that someone bought the Hechinger's logo, paired it with the hechinger.com domain, and is now running an online hardware store. from a business perspective, it's a smart deal, because hechinger was a known and trusted brand for a long time. from a personal perspective? i feel like someone exhumed the body of loved one and is parading it around on the interweb for profit.
2. all things considered, i'm damn proud of myself for how i'm dealing with the current plumbing crisis. no panicking, just severe annoyance that i can't shower and/or make coffee, and crankiness at the money this is going to end up costing us.
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Date: 2007-02-06 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fuzzybutchkins.livejournal.com
No no no no. Shhhh. No jinxing.

Date: 2007-02-06 05:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] little_star
i don't believe in jinxes but i'll delete the above comment if it makes you feel better :)

Date: 2007-02-06 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fuzzybutchkins.livejournal.com
nah, leave it there. that way, if the pipe does go, there will be proof of who to blame, and I will personally come up to Red Hook and poke you with a spoon.

Date: 2007-02-06 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sirwalterhere.livejournal.com
once you get the pipe moving and it's this cold just leave a trickle of water running in the highest bathroom... we had to do this in an old farm house because the pipes would keep freezing...and in our horse barn... it's not good to let them frozen for a long period...

can you get a space heater in that space.... just have to heat it enough to get the water moving... blow torch for quick periods of time... also try a hair dryer... and yes heat tape is good to have on anytime temp is lower than freezing...

if pipes stay frozen for too long they can bust

Date: 2007-02-07 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkest-mind.livejournal.com
I'm still reading on Bloglines but "Todd Todd Fucking Cold" just made me spit my tea on the floor. I haven't thought of that statement in YEARS.. and I do wonder what ever became of Todd-Todd.

Date: 2007-02-11 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] okayokayigive.livejournal.com
I don't even remember who Todd-Todd was...but all I could think of that morning was standing outside AHS on a similarly bitterly cold day and therefore, it was a Todd-Todd Fucking cold day...

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