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Enlargement can be attained by two independent left clicks of the mouse.

If you will kindly read the entry in the previous post the title above will be self-explanatory.  To see all posts with the most recent first (after the introduction) click on the “blog” tab near the top-left of this page.

A neighbor on the other side of our road experienced the surprise of having no water from her well this morning.  Depending upon how well insulated a well head is in this part of Florida – freezing can happen in this kind of weather.

Though my well is properly insulated I take an extra precaution.  I run an outdoor electric line from an exterior outlet to near the well site and then  put a shop light (electric with a conventional light bulb) on the surface and drape old sheets to build a makeshift tent over the well assembly so that the heat from the bulb will help to keep the temperature up.  So long as the bulb does not burn out – it provides significant protection.

When water freezes, it expands by about 9%.  This exerts tremendous force if the water is confined which can do a lot of damage.   Among the things that can be ruined is the pump and hose of a pressure cleaner stored where it gets very cold – e.g. a storage shed.  One should be sure to blow out the water from the line leading from the pump to the spray wand.  The pump can be ruined by the expansion of water inside as it freezes.  There is a simple product sold in hardware stores where a lubricant/anti-freeze chemical (in a pressurized can) can easily be injected into the pump to protect it during the cold season.  In my opinion, it’s well worth the peace of mind.

Ordinary garden hoses left outside can split if they are left with water inside and the nozzle at the end of the hose in the closed position.  In weather like this I make sure my hoses outside are water free.