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Cold winter woes!

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Thursday January 17, 2013

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Caption: My son holding a space heater aimed at our friend's hands while he replaces my well water pump at 4 degrees above zero F. When done it was wrapped in heat tape and thick layers of insulation, then covered with a metal tank. We were without house water for 4 days. It sure makes a person deeply appreciate modern electric conveniences!

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16. minnesotamom
11:40 PM GMT on January 21, 2013
chuckling.....Ingrid, this was for all you nice warm people in southern states, to show you how the other half lives for 6 months of the year!! :D
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15. cyril8
6:06 PM GMT on January 21, 2013
LOL, Kathy, you know how to make one feel cold!!
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14. minnesotamom
5:08 AM GMT on January 20, 2013
Thanks for your comments, Dave and Karen! :-)
I grew up till I was 12 with no running water in the house but it's been many many years and this wasn't a fun memory to resurrect. :P We hauled water from a friend's, in bottles and pails, for drinking and the bathroom. I'm just grateful I don't have cattle or horses anymore that had to be watered!! It was a really good thing they did it that day---it started snowing that night and snowed for the last 2 days and now the temps are plunging fast to way below zero.
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13. Butlerdidit
8:41 PM GMT on January 19, 2013
This is a harrowing tale. Glad it's fixed. No water for 4 days--at least you weren't sweating much! Here's hoping for an uneventful rest of winter.
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12. WurzelDave
8:33 PM GMT on January 19, 2013
Can't imagine no water for 4 days!
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11. minnesotamom
11:29 PM GMT on January 18, 2013
Thanks so much for all the well wishes, Mindi! Yup, they got the pump changed in less time than I thought it could be done, and we're back with water again---thank heavens!! It's snowing today so we're getting a nice "warm blanket" over us right before the temps plummet again Sunday. :-)
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10. BEME
4:17 PM GMT on January 18, 2013
AH SHUCKS!! THAT SUX!! I know how you feel Kat,,we've had our fair share this past year of things breaking down,and trying to find ways to solve the problems! Also can relate to this when I lived in Maine,and how things always seemed to go wrong in the dead of winter! A BIG YUK!!! I hope you have water back now?!!! HAPPY BLESSINGS AND BETTER DAYS TO YOU GIRL!!!! Want me to ship our 54 degree temps up to you?? That,or you need to turn into a Snow Bird come winter!!! :-) WARM HUGS!!
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9. minnesotamom
12:38 AM GMT on January 18, 2013
chuckling...loved your term "frostbitey", Gene! :D
People on city water and gas have it good most of the time compared to those of us out on our own in the country, Duane. Count your blessings! :-)
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8. RenoSoHill
11:35 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Maybe there is a blessing to being on city water with all the "anti-bug" stuff anyway
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7. Clabo
10:52 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Ouch, I'm getting all frostbitey just *looking* at this...
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6. minnesotamom
10:29 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Thanks for your note, Kathy. Yes, it's above ground---this is a deep well jet pump, not a submersible that's down in the well. And no it didn't freeze--old age got to it (17 years of use). It's all wrapped with heat tape and thick layers of insulation then covered, so it won't freeze. The old one had been acting up for the last 3 months and finally just gave up the ghost a few days ago. Just wish it would have happened on a warm summer day instead of in dead winter.
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5. ChrisAnthemum
10:22 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Kathy, is your pump ABOVE ground? Did it freeze and that's why it burned out? Our well pump is most of the way down in our 385' well and requires trained people to remove and service or replace. If yours is where you can easily access it, at least you saved some $ by not having to call a professional. Or maybe your friend knew how to draw it out of the well in addition to how to replace it? Every cloud has a silver lining! Hope things go well for you henceforth!
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4. minnesotamom
10:11 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Isn't that the way it goes though, Gil? Everything seems to just wait till it's bad weather to cause problems!! Yes, we're really grateful to our friend for coming to our rescue---neither of us know anything about replacing a water pump so he was a real blessing! He had it all planned out and the switch went really fast.
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3. gilg72
10:05 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Wowser! That's a terrible thing to happen.
Why can't this things break down at a more decent temperature? Always happens at the extremes for some reason.
Glad you got your son & friend there to help you with this ordeal.
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2. minnesotamom
9:34 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Thanks for your note, Kim. It sure is an adjustment and you really become aware of how much we take it for granted when we turn our faucets on!
I forgot to mention that they had a pup tent set up over it for most of the time so they were pretty warm but then needed more room for changing some parts over from the old to the new so they had to take the tent off, leaving them at the mercy of a good stiff wind that measured down to -26 below zero F.!!
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1. ruralartist
9:28 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
That's certainly a hard one! No water in winter, that is.
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