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Insulated waterline box construction

insulated box from ground to trailer

It got well below freezing last night without affecting either water line.

That's big news for us and might indicate an end to breaking a hole in the top layer of ice on the storage tank when we need water on cold days.

The insulated box that goes from the ground to the trailer has a small door so we can access the water hose spigot when needed.

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I assume you two have been having problems with frozen water lines? There aren't many things that are more frustrating. Hopefully that solves your problem and you don't have any more issues with it.
Comment by Heath Thu Dec 1 20:09:30 2011
Well, I don't know if you would say we've been having problems with frozen water lines. That makes it sound like we had a water system and it's been failing. We've just been slowly building our water system from scratch. :-)
Comment by anna Thu Dec 1 20:23:10 2011
I can see your insulated box working for short periods of barely below freezing temps, but have to wonder if it will be effective if it gets down into single digits and below for an extended period. If that's likely in your location, your fix plus just keeping a faucet dripping may well suffice. Another possibility is to install an electric tape with thermostatic switch inside the insulated box,just to be sure. Don't ask me why I'm concerned, but you know what they say about fools learning from their mistakes...
Comment by doc Sat Dec 3 18:16:53 2011

Doc --- We'll have to wait and see. We don't tend to get single digits for extended periods around here --- just a smattering of nights like that scattered through the winter. Our usual lows are more in the twenties and sometimes teens even in the dead of winter.

Mark's box like this worked great beside the water tank despite that cold, but it's also lying along top of the earth, which has a mitigating impact. So, we'll have to wait and see....

The good news is, the line is very accessible if it freezes and bursts (and it doesn't seem to really burst --- we've been letting the same line freeze up for a couple of winters and it usually just freezes and thaws.)

Comment by anna Sun Dec 4 15:01:19 2011

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