Around here it occasionally gets cold enough to damage plumbing
but the temp has to drop to 15F or lower for several days before
there is a plumbers bonanza. It's my understanding that in colder
parts of the country, folks setup the plumbing system so that it's
easily drained and also configured in such a way that compressed
air can be used to blow out any residual water. It seems to me that
a plumbing company could have a service where they could justify
the expense of a large high volume air compressor like those used
for jackhammers and go from one customer to another to clear their
lines or blow a nontoxic antifreeze mix through a system. With all
of the foreclosures going on, the creditors would probably have an
interest in some sort of mothballing service.
you never want sewer gas to be allowed in your home!!
sewer gas can have gasoline, natural gas and other explosive vapors
besides bad stink.
the cost of antifreeze is low, the cost of fixing the damage can be a
plumbers are the ideal people to winterize homes. costly but
knowledgable. and on the hook to fix stuff they miss, come spring
locally they have been busy winterizing closed car dealerships.......
and closed stores in general. this will probably get more common after
the first of bthe year when more stores go belly up
When I was a little guy, we used to vacation in the
Adirondaks. Fishing, and get away from it all. The cabins we
rented had no insulation. I'm sure they had to be drained
and had the pipes blown out for winter. Many in the finger
lakes, likely the same way. I've been to some homes where
the driveway is vertical, and I've had to pray for safety on
the way in, or the way out. Winter? Forget it.
There are a few of those vertical driveways on the west side of Irondequoit
Bay, but they're year-round homes. A couple have 149 steps to get down from
the street. "Honey - we have to tip the movers $500 each...." :-)
I've never hit one, but they're the reason my gardening has come to almost a
complete halt. Don't bother with suggestions for keeping them away. I've
tried absolutely EVERYTHING. The only thing that will work is not legal in
my neighborhood, unfortunately. I've come home from my band gigs at 2:30 AM
and found 8-10 of them standing in my driveway, looking at me like "What do
you think you're doing here?" Last 4th of July, I was carrying my handgun
when I came home, and I could've gotten a perfect head shot if it had been
earlier and people were still setting off fireworks.
My sister used to live in the edge of the city. One neighbor
of hers didn't like the woodchuck (groundhog) in the yard.
There was unspoken agreement, every now and again he'd pop
the latest woodchuck with .22RF using shorts or CB caps or
whatever. Some of the ligher loaded rimfire are barely
audible. I've heard that if the muzzle is a foot or so
inside the (open, silly) window, it keeps slight bit of
Unfortunately, other people's houses are much too close to use any sort of
rifle here. And a .22 would just annoy the deer, although I know for a fact
that within a few hours, someone in this newsgroup will share an exception
that's as likely to reoccur as it is for Mick Jagger to stop by my house for
My wife sprays "Liquid Fence Deer and Rabbit Repellent". It does work.
It smells like rotten eggs when sprayed on, but the smell dissipates
within a minute or so.
The deer have left the sprayed plants alone, and after a while, the deer
learn that there is nothing appetizing there, so they don't even come close.
Well, the deer were there before you were. And since humans got rid of
the natural predators, and only replaced predation in part with
automotive depopulation, it isn't surprising the population is spiking.
Funny thing about humans, they have anti-predators known as
Tree Hugging Democrats. They prevent predation which causes
all kinds of pesky animal species to invade human habitats
after the animal populations increase exponentially.
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