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Old 11-19-2016, 05:18 PM   #1
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Iced faucet

At 6 this morning when I got up temperature outside here at home was 16°F. This produced an immediate uh-oh. I hadn’t winterized. Been in and out doing little prep things. Night temps the last week were in very high 20’s, but I was gambling could make it to next Tuesday when we leave for a few days.

I go outside expecting the worst. First things first: Good news is shut-off valve to toilet was off. Checked the water pump, it was also fine, no leaks. No leaks under cabinets. Got up off my hands and knees, turned around, and that’s when I saw the 14-inch long curved kitchen sink faucet head lying down on the basin lid. There was solid ice visible at all exposed openings. This factory-standard swivel faucet screws down to the base with a plastic nut. Leaks are prevented with O-rings. Ice in the line pushed up and cracked the plastic hold-down nut, which then popped the faucet right off its base. The actual faucet may look like plastic but it is brass. No damage there.

Think the previous day I didn’t latch the trailer door shut. This may have been enough to influence air temperature at the sink overnight. Well, in any case I happened to have a tube of Weld-On #16 plastic cement, so I gave it a shot. “Good outdoor weatherability. Used by professionals for years.”

Think I will put a little ceramic heater in the trailer and run it tonight. Maybe I won’t be installing a neat-o new chrome faucet after all.
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Old 11-19-2016, 06:31 PM   #2
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Myron,
You are a risk taker, I give you that....glad it wasn't something bigger.
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Old 11-19-2016, 06:36 PM   #3
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16*F overnight! Glad I live in the Great White North. Hasn't even been close to freezing here. Yah, yah, I know, we get a lot or rain. But recent rain has been what we call the Pineapple Express. Tropical rain, lots of it, but warm.

Hope the repair holds. Your experience will probably nudge a few others who haven't yet got round to doing the winterizing thing.

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Old 11-19-2016, 06:54 PM   #4
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I've had great luck with Bondic for these types of repairs. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 11-21-2016, 04:47 PM   #5
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I waited a good 24 hours-plus before re-attaching the glued-up plastic spigot nut to the kitchen sink and testing for strength. Weld-on #16 tube said give it that time to cure.

Hoo-hah, No leaks!
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Old 11-21-2016, 05:19 PM   #6
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Old 11-21-2016, 06:33 PM   #7
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water freezing

We left the Midwest( Nov2nd) just in time if we would have waited we would be having frozen pipes also .I see the weather is terrible for towing a trailer through the Midwest this last week . It took us about 8 days to get back to Naples Fl. This was visiting friends on the way .
Now here is my Question if one is caught in a freezing situation do you empty your tanks and blow out the water lines or can you continue with the furnace on ? Let say you know you will be in warmer weather in a few days ? We never had propane before so not knowing what to expect . Living in SW Fl. has its advantages in the Winter .
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If you have the foam package it will give you some margin for error. With the heat on at night and towing during the day in above freezing temperatures you should be fine. All of the water lines are inside and exposed to the heat until you get home.
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Turn up the heat and drive.
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water freezing

We got the thermal windows and insulation package but no bottom foam living in Fl. I didn't think we needed it ? I just walked back to the trailer its cold inside probably in low 40's tonight
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