Here are a few tips that some of you might find useful...
I have a short piece of garden hose with a spray nozzle that I keep near my
utility sink. I use it for rinsing out coolers, washing the Pug and many
other tasks. I found out years ago that if I turn on the hot and cold
faucets with the hose nozzle closed, the pressure difference between the
hot and cold will cause luke warm water to come from any cold water faucet
in my house.
This weekend, I'm visiting my parents in New England and my dad asked me to
clean his gutters. Of course, it's cold out and there's ice mixed in with
the leaves. At my house, I have both a hot and cold hose bib, so getting
warm water to melt the ice would be no problem. Alas, Dad only has a cold
Well, Dad happened to have a spare quick-connect hose fitting, so I screwed
it onto his utility sink faucet and turned on the hot and cold faucets.
With no hose connected, it acts like a closed nozzle. I then went outside
and turned on the hose bib. The water started out cold but less than a
minute later it warmed up to a nice, comfortable, ice melting temperature.
I donned a pair of disposal vinyl gloves and proceeded to melt the ice and
clean the leaves from his gutters.
So, to recap...
1 - Keep a short length of garden hose near your utility sink...it's great
for rinsing things.
2 - Blocking a faucet's output and opening the hot and cold valves can
force warm water to a cold water hose bib.
3 - Vinyl gloves keep your hands warm and dry even in cold weather.
I hope that a few of you find these tips useful.