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post #431 of (permalink) Old 12-20-2012, 05:27 PM
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Re: Look, you know, our draws are not rigged they are just unlikely. (pt3)

Originally Posted by star View Post

It was 5 when I got up this morning at dawn. Now it's something like 10. It's supposed to get up to 36 today, but it's hard to believe. At least the sun is shining brightly; the sky is brilliant deep blue; and there's not a cloud in the sky.

But you remind me of living in Houston when the threat of freezing temps would make us cover plants and turn on all the faucets so that the pipes wouldn't freeze. Because of the high water table in Houston, all the water pipes in the house are above ground and in newer construction run overhead so if they burst the house floods. I still remember one man in the neighborhood explaining to me patiently and patronizingly as men so many times speak to women that running water froze more readily than still water. I tried to argue with him, but you know that's useless so I went home and turned on my faucets anyway. Next morning they are trying to thaw their pipes with a hair dryer.

I don't keep water running. I bought pipe insulation from places like Home Depot or Lowes. In Calgary, the water pipes are usually OK inside the house with heat running but in the basements, they are vulnerable. And the insulation is excellent for preventing bumps. I had a granite coffee table, a flat sheet of granite top on a small base plus a kitchen island with eating extension in the house in Calgary. Dangerous when there were a horde of toddlers (Jr. and his cousins) at that time. So I wrapped the insulation on all sharp/protruded corners/edges in my house.

In one of the family gathering, my nephew was so happy running around the kitchen and he ran right into the granite counter with his cheek making contact. (I still had the slow motion video kept replaying in my head) His head bounced back because of the insulation and fell backward with his head hitting the floor. Glad the floor was hardwood, not tile in the kitchen. He just bounced up and kept running. Nothing cracked. It all happened in less than 5 seconds.
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