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Old 02-15-2021, 11:33 AM
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Remember the Alamo! (In snow?)

Last time this happened was '85. We were at 9f earlier. I know that's balmy for some of you, but here that's crazy. I spent time in Arkansas and Virginia so not bad for me, but my wife can't take it. LoL. The neighbor was trying to get ice off his windshield yesterday and was trying to wipe it down with a rag and isopropyl but it was really slow going. I had to take him a plastic razor to help out or he would have been there forever.

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Old 02-15-2021, 11:43 AM
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Old 02-15-2021, 12:26 PM
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I've been caught by early snow before putting my scraper in the car. Credit card will work well for de-icing. Of course if thin enough so will heated sprayer on X5.

I use brass blade scraper for frost. I have a 12" wide "snow broom" for snow
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Old 02-15-2021, 07:51 PM
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I had about a quarter inch layer of ice on my E53. I wonít even bother with her, until she thaws out.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:53 AM
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I had about a quarter inch layer of ice on my E53. I wonít even bother with her, until she thaws out.
You guys got more ice than we did I think. Though we are getting more sleep and ice tonight according to forecast. The power failures are bad too. Hope you and your family are staying warm and safe.
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You guys got more ice than we did I think. Though we are getting more sleep and ice tonight according to forecast. The power failures are bad too. Hope you and your family are staying warm and safe.

Weíre going nearly 24 hours no power. Weíve had the gas logs running all night. We camped out. I was dripping the faucets, but it appears the hot side did not have adequate flow, so as of right now my hot is frozen. Gee whiz!

Some here have had no power or water. Itís a rough situation right now.

E53 related: I hope I had a high enough methanol content in the cooling system. Because if not, you can probably bet the system is ruined. But who cares about a vehicle when your house is freezing up.

Oh well.. Soon we will see better days.
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In parts of Chicago 17" of snow in two days. Pulled 3-4 people of being stuck but broke tow rope on the last one so fun is done.

Driving through alleys is "at your risk" with polished ice ruts with the center the height of the last car that made it through clearance. All the side roads are similar they didn't plow the last storm of 10" either so roughly 25" of snow since the roads were cleared.


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E53 related: I hope I had a high enough methanol content in the cooling system. Because if not, you can probably bet the system is ruined. But who cares about a vehicle when your house is freezing up.

Oh well.. Soon we will see better days.
Fingers crossed for you. Vehicles are far less critical than the homestead for sure.

Power restored to most of SA today but of course it's snowing and 29f outside so we'll see if that lasts. Red has been in the garage since she came back from the detailer. Fully charged battery and then hit the battery cutoff switch a week ago. She's spoiled.

My BiL also had a hot water pipe burst. Fortunately it was in an accessible area and he got it fixed same day. Hope yours is easy to get to as well.

Andrew, I'm sure the north is laughing at us. Our grid (like everything else) is run by a bunch of idiots. If we had what you guys deal with down here, the city would shut down completely. People here don't think ahead or plan for anything other than the status quo. Which reminds me, I need to start looking at generators after all this is over.
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Fingers crossed for you. Vehicles are far less critical than the homestead for sure.

Power restored to most of SA today but of course it's snowing and 29f outside so we'll see if that lasts. Red has been in the garage since she came back from the detailer. Fully charged battery and then hit the battery cutoff switch a week ago. She's spoiled.

My BiL also had a hot water pipe burst. Fortunately it was in an accessible area and he got it fixed same day. Hope yours is easy to get to as well.

Andrew, I'm sure the north is laughing at us. Our grid (like everything else) is run by a bunch of idiots. If we had what you guys deal with down here, the city would shut down completely. People here don't think ahead or plan for anything other than the status quo. Which reminds me, I need to start looking at generators after all this is over.

Yeah, it looks like she should be thawed out by Saturday afternoon. Iíll fire her up, and let her idle for about a half an hour, and then assess the impact that the freeze had on her.

Iíve been known to be stubborn. Maybe it paid off this time. I went to all of the faucets, and wide opened the hot valves. Then vacuumed them little by little, with the cold flow valves. Over a couple of hours, a drip, went to a full flow. Thank God! I just pray, that the lines have not been compromised.

We were literally off the grid! LoL.. A generator sounds nice! Itís just the whole house types are extremely expensive. Crystal, I can tell you for a fact, our neck of the woods were completely shutdown. No electricity, No water, and Nat Gas was running low. I havenít heard that type of silence, since I can remember. In a way, it was actually peaceful.

Well, we will be hunkering down again tonight. Another hard freeze is coming through. See yíall on the other side.
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We put in an outside plug and wires into out load center years ago where we can pull out a portable generator and hook up backfed though a 30a 240 breaker If we loose power.

It would take an hour to get up and running but we could have our furnace running pretty quickly.

We only used once when a storm knocked down our power line up or house and they came to reattach. They cut the power for half a day it was nice to have the fridges and furnace running.

Our generator is 5kw or 20A and can run pretty much our whole house save the electric dryer you don't need a fully automatic natural gas powered generator for $10k, a $500 unit and $50 worth of cord and plugs will get your house mostly operational.

Also: an SUV is an excellent back up fuel tank holding 25 g of the liquid gold should you need to run the generator for extended periods.
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