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Frozen Stiff

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Feb 15, 2021.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,649

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Power is out again. It’s 48 in my house now. Looks like water well is frozen stiff as well.

    shit like this is why this is about to happen:

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  2. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 2,623


    Only in the 30’s in the PNW but got a foot of snow. IMG_1447.JPG
    Kids were sledding down the road, so I dug out a roll of plastic and joined in.

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  3. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,711

    from Nebraska

    High today in Omaha is supposed to be -3... and -22 for a low tonight!
    It's been quite a while since we've had a severe cold snap like this. The 18" of snow on the ground is going to be around for a while!
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  4. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,552

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Let's see... Valentines Day and cold weather... sounds like there will be a bunch of babies in 9 months.:rolleyes:
  5. 28dreyer
    Joined: Jan 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,158

    from Minnesota

    Yes, it hit -20 for the first time last night.

    As for the last week or two, I think you should check your generator, I think you are reading your ammeter not you thermometer.
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  6. I do feel for you southern guys that aren't use to this, especially when the local infrastructure starts breaking down. In the Northern Red River Valley, we call days like this "Monday". Hasn't been above 0 since the 5th, and probably won't be again for another few days. Otherwise known as normal winter weather.

    Grand Forks, ND in 1966.

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  7. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,914


    I hope you guys who aren't used to this cold weather are checking the antifreeze solution in all of your cars, especially if they're stored in uninsulated/unheated garages. It doesn't take long in freezing temps to crack your water jackets or make your radiators explode.

    My '57 had straight water in it all summer to try to flush out the old engine, and I almost stored it that way, would have destroyed the engine.

    A few years back, my dad had his '65 GTO in his heated, attached garage, but in the stall furthest from the main part of the house, and the weak coolant froze and pushed out a freshly-installed frost plug. He was very lucky not to have damaged his block, usually the block cracks before the plug comes out.
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  8. mnjeff
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 98


    Yawn.....Contemplating putting on a long sleeve t-shirt, but probably won’t...
  9. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 21,008

    Staff Member

    yeah, maybe I should have said close to 20 below or something. I know that on my way to coffee with the gang sat morning my car said it was 22 below , and yesterday morning I went to visit my parents and my car said it it was 24 below.....
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  10. Belle53
    Joined: Aug 13, 2019
    Posts: 27


    yes , i believe it is them
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  11. 6inarow
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,297


    Cold enough to freeze the nuts off a plow around here.
  12. slim38
    Joined: Dec 27, 2015
    Posts: 446

    from Sudan TX
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    I work at a coal fired power plant here in Texas and we haven't been maxed out yet. Probably running 70% capacity. The grids been all over the place fluctuating constantly so cold weather is good for me. All the wind turbines 1/2 mile from my house are frozen solid. Stay warm fellas!
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  13. I'm about an hour south of Ryan. We have snow on top of ice so driving is a big gamble now because everybody is a newb. I haven't had any power outages but cell phone service is checkered and random. My son left his work last evening, headed for home, and only got 150 feet when another car slid across into his lane and hit right in the middle of his grill, hood, bumper like it had eyes.
    I've been back in Texas for 30 years and I've only ever seen the occasional dusting of snow in that time. At this moment I have an actual snowdrift blocking my driveway and my only shovel is a 5" wide trenching spade. Up north, 'drifts' like this are no big deal but here they're monsters. The city has no snow removal equipment. Maybe somewhere there's a front loader or Bobcat pecking away at a couple of parking spots. :confused:

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  14. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,573


    Well, a bit balmy here for the Eastern Great White, -4c! :)
    But and here, there's always a but.......we are expecting freezing rain overnite thru Tuesday into Wednesday! :(

    Enjoy the snow folks!
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  15. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
    Posts: 4,245

    Lloyd's paint & glass

    Hey that was uncalled for! I just wanted to look at your cars! All that "get off my lawn" and "I'm calling the cops" stuff wasn't very inviting :D

    Sitting at the breakfast table my wife said Texas has more snow than we do... that's some crazy shit man. If i could afford it, I'd move somewhere warm in a heartbeat :( my electric bill has been $500 the past 2 months.
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  16. in Minnesota, valentines weekend, actually was -28 below, with a wonderfully brisk windchill
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  17. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 2,952

    Corn Fed

    Don't houses in the South have insulation and windows made to keep the cold IN during the summer? Wouldn't they also keep the cold OUT in the winter? Of course, if there's no power then after a while it wouldn't matter.
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  18. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,570


    -9 with wind chill of -31 on drive to work this morning. Snow on the ground and still snowing.
  19. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,711

    from Nebraska

    I think the water pipes to houses are typically buried fairly shallow, compared to the colder climates. Extended freezing temps and snow on the ground could cause in-ground pipes to freeze?
  20. Not nearly as much insulation in the south. It is a simple matter of thermodynamics and economics. It takes a alot more energy to heat a house up 100 degs from an outside temp of -30 (as it was this morning) to 70 deg than it does to cool it down 30 deg from 100 deg out side temp. Plus, they don't bury key infrastructure like water pipes below the frost line like we do in the northern tier. The south's gas mains are also generally smaller and can't flow enough gas to support heating requirements in these temps. Extra insulation, burying pipes deeply and larger gas mains and pumps all cost more money.

    Other things your wouldn't think of are the oil and grease used in the gearboxes of wind turbines is much different in North Dakota than it is in Texas. So wind turbines that would spin away during a North Dakota winter shut down in Texas when the temps approach North Dakota values.
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  21. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,226

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Wow, hang in there fellas! I can imagine what the gas & electric bills will look like. A furnace must run damn near continuous to keep the inside of the home 'room temp'.
    If you're running a generator for power, please be mindful of carbon monoxide protocols.
    I got tired of losing power here everytime the CA electric grid gets overtaxed in the summer and they start with "rolling involuntary blackouts" or they shut down when the winds perc up in fire season.
    I bought a new generator to power the house. Its a 'dual fuel' that runs on gas or propane. Roll it out of the shed, hook up a propane bottle and plug in the house. No more dealing with gas cans and stale gas gumming up the carb.
  22. Unique Rustorations
    Joined: Nov 15, 2018
    Posts: 623

    Unique Rustorations


    This was last night. They don’t look that long from the pic but they are well over 4’ long now. No power all morning (just came back on). Lots of snow and ice. Feel bad for those without heat and frozen pipes...that sucks. Regards, Randy

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  23. Just another day in paradise.:rolleyes: IMG_7428.JPG
  24. I spent a couple hours clearing snow Wednesday in preparation for minor surgery Thursday. It has snowed everyday all day since! We barely got out of the driveway this morning to go to the Dr’s office. So now i have one functioning arm and over a foot of snow in the driveway! ( pic for sympathy:D) 0DA6193B-0299-4FDB-A17D-6B05826ABD1F.jpeg
  25. So you’re saying you need a umm, hand?

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  26. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,259

    from KCMO

    Hovering around -30 with the wind in Kansas City and they just announced rolling black outs to keep the grid going. Time to bundle up!
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  27. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,584


    Wind chill doesn't matter if you stay out of it. Picture from the Plymouth, WI newspaper is of a water tower we built in Elkhart Lake, WI back in January 1975. That's me in several layers of clothes, full welding leathers and a pair of surplus Mickey Mouse boots. Temperature was below 0 F. the whole time we were there. January 14, temp was -6 F. with a wind chill of -36. Scan_20210215.jpg
  28. egads
    Joined: Aug 23, 2011
    Posts: 1,000


    Wintertime in the Ozark's: minus 2 degree's, Gotta love it !! thumbnail.jpg 1.jpg
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  29. bigdog
    Joined: Oct 30, 2002
    Posts: 631


    The good news is in four months it'll be 95 with 100% humidity and we can all bitch about the heat!
  30. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,711

    from Nebraska

    Rolling blackouts starting here in Nebraska now, too. And I see they lowered tonight's forecast actual temp to -27.
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