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Old 01-07-2010, 07:35 AM   #1
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Talking PEX and FREEZING TEMPS....

I need backup again......

I geta call from a good real estate buddy
of mine and he tells me he has a hell hole rental property in
town with pex pipes running all throughout the crawl space....

the door was left open on the crawl and the pipes are all frozen up

I tell him I will go buy him a salamander $300 at lowes and
take it out to the home and blow it down into the crawl space..
and I will leave it with him and the renters......

he tells me that he hopes that I burn the place down to the ground
for him, and I tell him that i am buying this salamander for him and what
happens is on his insurance, ....... not mine....

the property is located in about the meanest part of town, so I tell him
I am gonna chain that salamander to a tree or it might get legs and walk off...

does anyone know a better way to thaw out pex pipes than just
standing around watching a salamander all day long>>>>>>


god help me ,

I love it so......





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Old 01-07-2010, 07:38 AM   #2
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It will be interesting to see if the PEX holds up to this freeze!
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Talking Wirsbo will hold up

wirsbo will hold up fine,

been there and done that....


its all the other crap I worry about ......

in ceilings and chases that you cant get to.

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I will get to check it out myself, down to 13 next couple of nights. pvc is already dropping like flies.
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13 in Texas?
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13 in Texas?
We are in NE Texas, it comes down on us every now and then.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:37 PM   #7
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Last year in 0 degree weather, I had to replace a burst 1.5" copper line to a fogger for the car dumper at a coal plant. They lost a bus panel and the power to the heat trace went out. When that happens, they are supposed to close a valve in the plant, then go down to the basement of the car dumper house, or box and open a bleeder. Nobody did it, blammo, a bunch of splits in the copper line. I froze my ass off, because we had to go up about 25' above the ground in a stick lift. We had to wear harnesses, but mine wouldn't fit over my insulated bibs. It just happened again, but the power never went out. We fixed the burst 90 and turned the water on and discovered another burst elbow. It was about 15 today, but we worked in an roadway that's like a canyon, because there is a about a 40' limestone ridge that the train tracks are on, and the plant is on the other side. It's called the breezeway. It's an apt name. My battery sawzall wouldn't run, it was too cold for it. I had to use a hacksaw and cut thru the burst 90, then I was able to sweat off the two hubs. I sweat on another 90 while crouching in a widow ledge, with a lot of other pipes in my way, trying to not to fall, even though I was harnessed, and avoid burning my face on the 90 as I changed positions. We had to wait for the insulators to pull the rest of the insulation off, and I get to go back up in the bucket tomorrow. But, the industrial stuff is what I like, so I get the good with the bad.
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Salamander seems to be the best way to me. Easy money MM. I hate this time of year, because of that stuff. The people that live in trailers drive me nuts. "I thought my heat tape would last forever, that stuff needs changed?"
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Just hook up the thawing machine to the nearest stubout, and one on the other side of the frozen spot, oh wait, never mind, that wonder pipe will have to stay frozen.
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It might stay frozen longer but at least it's still water tight once thawed......

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Just hook up the thawing machine to the nearest stubout, and one on the other side of the frozen spot, oh wait, never mind, that wonder pipe will have to stay frozen.
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