Got Frozen Pipes? What To Do To Get Water Flowing Again!

Frozen PipeOne of the biggest challenges that we face in the winter at our little mountain abode is dealing with frozen water pipes. Our cabin is constructed very similar to an RV in terms of how the plumbing is run. If we don’t pay very close attention to the temperatures, we have learned that we’ll wake up to the unpleasant chore of thawing frozen pipes.

Our plumbing is comprised of what I believe is called PEX tubing. The pipes are made of a flexible plastic material which is really easy to work with but it comes with its own set of problems when it becomes necessary to thaw them out. The main one is that we can’t really apply much heat to them or they become soft and melt.

Today, I’m going to be sharing some tips about things that have worked for us on how to thaw frozen pipes. We’ve had our share of experience with this over the years and I’m hoping that the lessons that we have learned might help you in some way. Keep in mind that I’m merely sharing tips that have worked for us. If you’re having a hard time getting your pipes thawed, the best thing to do would be to call a plumber so they can get your pipes thawed out before they crack or burst.

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Utilizing Water Storage Tanks In Rural Areas

When we first made the move from the suburbs to the boonies, one of the first challenges that we were faced with was how we were going to store enough water for our family’s needs. Our new home didn’t have a well and as fate would have it, it was situated in an area where people commonly stored their water in very large plastic water storage tanks.

Fortunately for us, we were able to make arrangements to get water from a neighbor who did have a well. All we had to do was figure out a way to get the water from his well to our water tank. The solution was to buy one of those 425 gallon plastic water tanks that are designed to fit into the back of a pickup truck.

My husband then bought a wrecked truck from the junk yard and removed the cab and front end. He then pulled out his cutting torch and welder and made a very functional water tank trailer. You can find large plastic water tanks for sale at most farm stores. As a matter of fact, that’s exactly where we bought ours.
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Why Everyone Needs To Own A Battery Charger

Choosing a battery charger for your car, boat, or RV can be confusing process. There are so many choices out there that how is one to choose? Over the past several years we have purchased several different types and some have worked out and others haven’t. We’ve learned quite a bit along the way and hopefully this article will help you avoid some of the mistakes that we’ve made.

I really think that everyone should have a charger at their home or in their shop. Even if you aren’t mechanically inclined, you should own one. They are simple to use and they can really be a life saver when you go out to start your car and realize that you left your lights on from the night before.

In it’s most simple form, a battery charger is a device that takes household electricity which is at 120 volts AC (alternating current) and converts it to 12 volts DC (direct current) which is what your vehicle’s battery needs.
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How To Choose a Generator That Will Be Perfect For Your Needs

cartoon Man with question about which generator to buyOur family lives off the grid which simply means that the power company doesn’t supply the power to our home. We make our own!

Over the years, we have accumulated a lot of experience with portable generators. This article will explain the process that we went through in selecting the perfect generator for our needs.

This article is not intended to be a tell all about all types of generators. It is, however, a good bit of helpful information should you ever find yourself shopping for a portable generator.

Eight years ago our family decided to make a major lifestyle change. We left the hustle and bustle of life in the suburbs to live in a place called Bly Mountain which is in beautiful Southern Oregon and we’ve been living off the grid for eight years now. In the beginning, we bought some solar panels with the hope of generating enough power for our needs from good ‘ol Mother Nature.

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