Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of having a frozen pipe after a harsh, cold winter? If so, you know how expensive and catastrophic it can end up. Here we will explain how to thaw a frozen pipe before it gets to be an expensive repair.
1. Turn off the main water switch in the pump-house and disconnect the attached water pipe to the house.
2. Then insert an ordinary garden hose into the water pipe as far as possible, up to where it was frozen below ground. (In my case this was where the pipe was shallow in 2 places, where it came from the pump house and also where it came into the house).
3. With an air mattress foot pump, then insert this into the free end of the garden hose and pump, which pushes all unfrozen water out of the pipe around the outside of the inserted hose.
4. With all water removed, then tape a 2L plastic bottle (with the bottom end cut off) to the free end of the hose, and fill this with boiling water from the kettle a number of times.
5. Hold up the filled hose to bring the hot water directly to the ice.
6. Continue multiple times if needed.
Things you may need:
Gilmour 6-Ply Farm Garden Watering Hose 90 Foot 76-9935
Drive Medical, Manual Pump for 14425 Air Mattress, 14426
Something you can also use:
Easy Heat 18′ Automatic Pipe Heating Cable AHB-118
DIY Easy, Saltdough Prints!
Valentine’s Day has already creeped up on us and is this weekend! I have found an easy project for the little ones or anyone for that matter. This project is quick, easy and fun! If you can’t think of anything for that special someone, friend, or family member, This is the route to go!
Things You Will Need:
- Mix All Ingredients In A Bowl.
- Mix Very Well All Together.
- Make Sure All Ingredients Are Mixed Into A Ball.
- You Can Judge If You Need More Water.
- Shape The Ball of Dough Into Whatever Shape You Like.
- Put Your Design, Handprints, Footprints On Top Of The New Shape.
- Place Your Shaped Stone On a Cookie Sheet.
- Bake at 200 Degrees F for 3 Hours.
- Make Sure It Is Dry and Cooled.
- Paint The Stone If You’d Like!
- Let It Dry.
- YOU’RE DONE!
If you are like a lot of people living in the suburbs or on a farm or lifestyle block, you probably have several 2 cycle engines such as a weed eater, chainsaw, blower, etc. Most of these engines take different mixtures 1/50, 1/32 etc. All the instructions tell how to mix one gallon, however, you usually only need a tank or two at a time, and a gallon will go bad before it is used up. Nobody needs several gallons of bad gas mixed at different ratios; the solution is to mix a tank at a time.
Always stabilize your gas before you start. It will keep the gas fresh for longer periods of time and protect your engines from gumming up. One example is STA-BIL, however, there are many others available.
Sta-Bil Concentrated Fuel Stabilizer 32 oz. 22214
Use a measuring device for small amounts, 2oz- 1oz- 1/2 oz and 1/4 oz. There are many available. You will also need small mixing containers, 1⁄2 gallon (1.9 L) and quart measuring cups will take care of most of your needs.
Norpro, 2 Cup Plastic Measuring Cup 3036
If your engine calls for a 1/32 mixture that is 1 oz of oil to 32 oz of gas, or 1/2oz of oil to 16oz of gas, or 1/4 oz oil to 8 oz. gas, mix only what you need at the time.
Find a piece of cardboard or plywood and list all your equipment on it.Include the ratios that they require, and the recipe for a tank of gas. Put this on the garage wall; this will keep you from looking up the manual each time you use it.
This is only my second year experiencing the freezing temperatures Illinois has to offer and I am still trying to adapt. A big thing for me last year was the slick icy sidewalks and the ice all over my car I was lucky enough to get to scrape off every morning! This year I wanted to try a few DIY tricks which should help to solve these issues for me this year.
DIY Sidewalk Salt
What you will need:
1 Teaspoon Dawn dish soap
1 Tablespoon Rubbing Alcohol
8 Cups of hot water
1 Large bucket
What to do:
- Grab your bucket and mix the Dawn dish soap and the Rubbing alcohol together really well, until completely combined.
- Add the hot water **caution** and continue to stir until everything is completely combined.
- You are now ready to use your Sidewalk salt! All you will need to do is pour the mixture over any areas that would typically freeze over with ice.
This mix will not freeze and best of all it will NOT eat away at your concrete like the salts can!
DIY Ice Melt
What you will need:
What to do:
Grab your bucket and ingredients
- Mix 1 part sugar and 1 part Epsom salt (You can use however much of the products needed to cover the trouble areas)
- Sprinkle over the area you wish to melt the snow/ice
** This mixture will not hurt plants, ground, birds, dogs, or cats!
DIY Frost Proofing Your Car
What you will need:
1 spray bottle
What to do:
- Fill the spray bottle with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water.
- Spray down your car windows before you go to sleep or just after you get home to prevent the ice build-up on the windows!
** The vinegar contains acetic acid which will raise the melting point of water which prevents it from freezing! If you forget to do this before you go to sleep, no problem, spray the windows down in the morning and it will melt the ice away.
Enjoy your winter a little more hassle free with this quick and easy DIY tips!
I know that I am always annoyed with where to hang my scarves. I want my closet neat and tidy but my scarves have no place to go. If I just throw them over a hanger, then they are on top of one another and it’s hard to get just the one you want without taking off ALL the scarves. I have found the perfect resolution to this annoying problem. Y’all are going to be kicking yourselves for not thinking of this. And the best part is you need only two items to complete it! Inexpensive items at that!
Supplies: Clothes Hangers Shower Curtain Rings Steps:
- Place the shower curtain rings on the clothes hangers.
- Place scarves through the shower curtain rings.
- Hang in your closet.
You can purchase all the necessary items to make this easy hanger at Ruralking.com or your local Rural King location.