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DaveK
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From: Sterling, VA
Registered: Dec 99

posted 02-26-2003 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DaveK   Click Here to Email DaveK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We recently moved to a new house but haven't sold our old house yet. So I left my '68 Cougar in the garage at the old house until I could get the garage in the new house squared away. Last week, my old neighbor called me and said "You have a ton of water running out of your garage." The first thing I hope for is a broken pipe in the garage. That way, at least the main living spaces wouldn't be damaged. As my luck would have it, the person who installed the wash tub in the laundry room decided to use plastic supply lines with compression fittings for the faucet. Apparently, the exterior wall where the pipes run for the wash tub got cold enough to freeze or the plastic supply lines shrunk enough to let the compression fittings pop off. So I had a considerable amount of water running in the empty house.

So I get to the house at about 10 pm and shut the water main off. There is probably a 1/4" of standing water in the kitchen adjacent to the laundry room. Naturally, the oak floor in the kitchen is ruined as well as the carpet in the adjoining dining room and family room. The water managed to soak through the floor into the garage and the drywalled ceiling and a ton of blown in insulation came crashing down.

Fortunately, my cougar was on the other side of the garage and only got dripped on from the wet ceiling. Unfortunately, though, my lawnmower may be toast as well as my brand new Millermatic 135 mig welder. They both got pretty wet. Hopefully, our homeowners insurance will cover replacing those items if they did get damaged.

Anyone else have any problems due to the cold weather?

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 02-26-2003 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sorry to hear of that, Dave. I'm glad it wasn't worse.

We have some window trim we need to restain from two water leaks from ice dams, and I don't look forward to looking the house and yard closely when everything thaws. This has been a severely cold winter here.

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CJ
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From: Galloway, OH 43119
Registered: Dec 2002

posted 02-26-2003 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CJ   Click Here to Email CJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My kinda close call goes like this. I was outa town one day. The wife called me and said our 5 yr old son fell on his bottom in some water in the bathroom. Luckly he had some cushion on his butt to break the fall. Anyhoot, the sink hot water feed line broke off and started flooding the bathroom and guess what is located right below the bathroom. You guessed it, the garage. My 70 Kat rcvd only some drippings, but I spent a couple of days later wiping and oiling. tools. Found out that previous owners put toilet feed lines under the sink.:rolleyes

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CJ
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From: Galloway, OH 43119
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posted 02-26-2003 10:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CJ   Click Here to Email CJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Previous post correction :rolleyes

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CJ
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From: Galloway, OH 43119
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posted 02-26-2003 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CJ   Click Here to Email CJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry! It's late.

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