Yup, it's cold here.
Minus 9 degrees this morning. That's Fahrenheit.
It was forecast to be Minus 1, but for what ever reason, it's a bit colder.
That lower 8 degrees makes a difference on my 1890 house.
So, I went to do a wash this morning, and the pipes to the washer are frozen.
It's happened before. It's not like I can leave the washer on "trickle" setting.
And to fix it, pretty much I need to rip out the kitchen floor and re run the pipes indoors and not underneath the floor, which would mean some kind of crazy plumbing re-routing.
So, I just live with this happening every now and again.
Anyways, I have a small, powerful fan in the basement rafters, blowing into the small opening where the pipes run under the kitchen, and I just wait for the ice in the pipes to thaw...and hope the pipe didn't crack anywhere.
On the same subject, for years, when the wind blows, I can feel cold air seeping in via every wall outlet and light switch in the house, and every little hole and crack, and around the windows.
I fix each window draft as I work in that area, but it's a major fix due to 120 plus years of repainted wood trim and what not.
So, right before the real cold hit here, I had an idea.
I went out and shoveled snow up against the house foundation, right up to, and over, the Aluminum siding someone installed like 40 years ago.
It was a lot to shovel, seeing as the siding is a good 3 feet or more above the ground for most of the house.
But I'll be darned!
Most of the cold drafts went away instantly. My oil furnace is kicking on half as much as it was before I shoveled.
Why didn't I think of that years ago?!?
Come spring time, I will spray foam insulate the entire house beneath the siding.
And some good news..I have a New Jeep. it was a 3 hour drive straight south of here to find an almost rust free jeep with 132,000 miles on it's engine. I got the guy down to 2 grand. It has a lot of new stuff and seems to run good.
It's a 97. I was hoping for a 94 or 95, but there not many out there that are not complete rust buckets.
This 'new'Jeep does have some quirky stuff going on with it. Nothing terrible. And it's nothing I need to fix in Minus 9 Degree weather, either.
And that's the news for today.