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 Posted: Thu Feb 18th, 2021 04:08 am
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Bill Samek
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The news is making it look like things are terrible in Texas. Everyone is freezing and you have no electricity, heat, or water.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
If you live in Texas or know any of our members who live there, please check in and let us know how you are doing. Is it as bad as it sounds in the news?


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 Posted: Thu Feb 18th, 2021 04:43 am
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Brutal. The MPs got down to 3 below. I think 4 million lost power. Pipes broke. Power off for days. Cities opened warming rooms. City service calls
up 10X. Mostly alarms, slip and falls, and broken pipes. Last time it got this cold was 1983.

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 Posted: Thu Feb 18th, 2021 05:09 am
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In the lower RGV, it is spotty. One neighbourhood has power, another does not. Wal-Mart supercenter is dark, gas station on corner has power. A mobile home park, mostly Winter Texans, out of power since Monday, 8am. It has no rhyme, nor reason to its effect.

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Not from Texas but I hope everyone down there makes it through ok...

Layers and lighting fires to keep warm. Melt/boil snow for water. 

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We are blessed to have power. The biggest problem here (about 80 miles east of Dallas) is the snow on the roads. We must have got a foot of snow total and it won't start melting until Saturday. The lake is frozen over. No snow plows, no mail, not many people driving. Few businesses are open. My wife's sister had rolling blackouts during the -4 degree night. But we are doing better than a lot of people, at least in this area.

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I am one of the lucky one's to have not lost power but have been without water since Tuesday. It's the people without both for the past 4 days who are really suffering.

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Is it as bad as it sounds in the news?

Yes.  I was extremely lucky here in the Dallas area that I never lost electricity.  Unfortunately, it was cold enough in my drafty house that I had to wear longjohns and a knit cap indoors for a couple of days.  Thankfully, I had purchased an old reflective dish heater at a flea market last fall that got pressed into service.  I just received an email from my 80 year old sister in east Texas that finally had her electricity turned on after 70 hours.


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Very fortunate here in the Austin area (Round Rock).  Got back from Mardi Gras meet with several major Live Oak limbs down, including 2 on the incoming electrical house power line.  Was able to safely remove and have had power and water the entire time so far except for a two minute outage sometime while we were gone.  Many in same neighborhood not so fortunate.  Heard they got power back yesterday.  Daughter on other side of town without power until yesterday as well.  Praying and keeping fingers crossed as thaw is expected tomorrow.  

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I hope all our fan friends are well in the Texas area. A kerosene heater requires no electrickery to heat your home. K1 kerosene is about $4 a gallon.Here is my 10k btu... I run it all the time
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Hope everything gets better fast. Cant imagine that cold weather without what it takes to deal with it.

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We're doing fine here in Temple TX. have about 2" of ice covering 6" of snow on the old wood deck. I finally was able to clear a path to my shop. I have a Mini-Split Heat Pump in the shop and it keeps it around 62 degrees. Heat pumps don't seem to work well at the single digit temperatures we've been having. I went out this morning and started my 20 year old pick up after being parked for 7 days and was shocked when it started right up and got the ice cleared off the windows. Reminds me of growing up in Iowa!
Our youngest son recently moved to Denton TX (near DFW) and leased a nicely remodeled small house with a new Heat Pump system, Gas Demand Water Heater, laminate floors and new sheet rock. When the temperatures dropped he called and said he didn't have any hot water. Since the water heater is located in the attic, I told him to check it out since it probably had frozen water lines and that's what it was. He got them thawed out just before the power went out and everything seemed to be going ok for him until Tuesday night when he woke up to water coming through the ceiling from a burst pipe in the attic. He called his landlord who now resides in NY and he said shut off the water and kill the breakers. He did and drove down here saying a lot of the journey on I-35 was one cleared lane. 

I guess we have a boarder for awhile until they can remodel the house again. He also discovered they had not connected the Emergency Heat Strip in the furnace and a safety on the Water Heater that would have shut off the water had it detected a leak in the pan beneath it.

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Ok here in Humble, without power for three days, but heat with a wood stove. Have antique gas heaters (propane) if the stove can't keep up. Been without water since Sunday, have insulated lines blown under the house, in spite of draining them & blowing compressed air through them to get rid of residual water. Garage is heated with propane & have a genny for the well when I can fix my lines. Cells & internet have been non-existent. What was formerly rural America will be OK. Thanks for asking

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Take care Guys!  We’re used to the cold weather up North here, but it stinks when the houses were built for warm Texas weather. Hopefully you’ll all get back on line soon. 

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Stan Adams wrote: Ok here in Humble, without power for three days, but heat with a wood stove. Have antique gas heaters (propane) if the stove can't keep up. Been without water since Sunday, have insulated lines blown under the house, in spite of draining them & blowing compressed air through them to get rid of residual water. Garage is heated with propane & have a genny for the well when I can fix my lines. Cells & internet have been non-existent. What was formerly rural America will be OK. Thanks for askingJust out of curiosity do you have copper pipes or PVC? I am just wondering which is a bigger problem with the cold?

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Well I am up here in the frozen north near Calgary Alberta  Canada We just got out of the Polar Vortex that is now gripping a lot of the US. The average high for  about a week was -22F If you factored in Wind Chill sometimes it reached -49F and no that is no typo !!!!!   Good news it is going to be 50F on Sunday What a wild swing of temperatures !!!!!
Forgot to mention...    stay safe .... stay warm  out there Thinking of all of  you down there


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We lost our furnace on January 6th and are still without heat today.  Space heaters work great and we’re getting along fine. About a week of -10 to -20 temps was too much for our space heaters but warming up now.  

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Don Tener wrote: Stan Adams wrote: Ok here in Humble, without power for three days, but heat with a wood stove. Have antique gas heaters (propane) if the stove can't keep up. Been without water since Sunday, have insulated lines blown under the house, in spite of draining them & blowing compressed air through them to get rid of residual water. Garage is heated with propane & have a genny for the well when I can fix my lines. Cells & internet have been non-existent. What was formerly rural America will be OK. Thanks for askingJust out of curiosity do you have copper pipes or PVC? I am just wondering which is a bigger problem with the cold?
Hey Don, I am in a very old house on blocks so it is open air underneath. My pipes froze in 1990 (galvanized) & I went back with PVC. PEX seems to endure better than anything, but it was not available in ‘90.

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I'm in the plumbing business and things are getting crazy as we start to thaw.  Due to Covid issues we were already having long lead times on water heaters.  I have heard of issues now where entire apartment communities have had the water heaters burst as they were installed on exterior balcony closets.  Things are gonna be bad for quite some time as our warm area state deals with this unprecedented weather.  Fixin to get real.

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Stan Adams wrote: Don Tener wrote: Stan Adams wrote: Ok here in Humble, without power for three days, but heat with a wood stove. Have antique gas heaters (propane) if the stove can't keep up. Been without water since Sunday, have insulated lines blown under the house, in spite of draining them & blowing compressed air through them to get rid of residual water. Garage is heated with propane & have a genny for the well when I can fix my lines. Cells & internet have been non-existent. What was formerly rural America will be OK. Thanks for askingJust out of curiosity do you have copper pipes or PVC? I am just wondering which is a bigger problem with the cold?
Hey Don, I am in a very old house on blocks so it is open air underneath. My pipes froze in 1990 (galvanized) & I went back with PVC. PEX seems to endure better than anything, but it was not available in ‘90.
I have often wondered about the durability of the different types of pipe. My house was built in 1953 and it still has the original copper pipes. But extreme cold is another thing all together. It is just sad to hear what everyone is going through.

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We are pulling for you!. prayers coming your way all...the news is all doom and gloom about Texas, but my clients in louisiana and west mississippi are unable to get home, they are in hotels or cant get to work at all....stay safe all of you!

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We're in Abilene and just had the last of our pipes thaw out today. Our house is plumbed with PEX tubing. Pretty much every line in our house froze for the majority of the week. We didn't shut water off at the main (don't even have the tool to do it) or drain the lines. We just left faucets open to drip as lines thawed.

This isn't the first time we've had lines freeze, and I'm glad we have PEX. Homes down here just aren't insulated for the cold. PEX has enough flexibility to allow for the expansion from occasional freezing. I wouldn't want to put it through those paces on a regular basis, but my understanding is, if it is installed properly with little to no stretching, it can withstand the abuse.

We were without electricity for 50+ hours and the temperature in our house dipped into the 40s even with a fire going. We're blessed to have our power back and water for the most part.

Appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers!

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we live just outside San Antonio we had about 5-6 rough days with no power and water most of the time. We got water back yesterday and study power as well so we are doing ok now.

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Daniel OToole
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We cold

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We never really lost power at my house for any extended period of time, however many around us have been out since this all began, still are. Water out in Lufkin all generators burned up , several prominent business men here secured some new generators for the city , trucked in yesterday, water back up last night. Just not prepared for extreme cold here. Thank you for your concern. 

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