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Hazy shades of winter

Lucy looking at the sky with man working on frozen pipe
The blue tape like product you see in the picture here is designed to heat up when the temperature drops below freezing and then turn off when it warms.

Even though the instructions stated to not use it on plastic pipe I decided to give it a try on our gray water pipe to see what might happen.

I don't think it gets hot enough to melt the pipe material, but it did seem to help decrease the amount of time it takes to thaw back to normal.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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What? No more snow? I'm not sure I'd recognize the place!
Comment by Shannon Thu Dec 23 21:11:53 2010

Good catch Shannon....that picture was taken just before we left on vacation when we were trying to rig something up so the water would be available for you if it froze.

Too bad it didn't work as planned.

Comment by mark Thu Dec 23 22:38:27 2010
That's alright, I was perfectly fine roughing it. Like I said, I still had all my camping gear with me and could have melted snow if necessary. The thought and effort are appreciated though!
Comment by Shannon Fri Dec 24 02:25:07 2010

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