Simple Pleasures Often Overlooked: Part 2


| 2/23/2015 12:12:00 PM


Tags: Winter Weather, Emergency Recovery, Water Supply, Simple Pleasures, Allan Douglas,

A photo of Allan DouglasI placed the light where I thought it would do the most good and plugged  it in to the extension cord. There is one exterior outlet on the mobile home and that was my intended power source, but when I got the cord run to it over firewood piles and through the porch filled with straw bales and construction lumber, I found that the outlet cover had slid down the siding and partially blocked the outlet inside so that the end of an exterior extension cord would not fit. It was 4 degrees outside: I could not budge the cover now. I needed an alternate power source. 

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There is an outlet inside the garage that serves as a lumber shed, but that was too far away. There is a 100-foot extension cord in the small barn where I store yard maintenance equipment, but after the ice storm, the padlock and the door will be all iced up. My only viable choice was to run the cord inside the workshop though the sliding glass door. The cord will keep the door from closing and that will let some bitter cold air inside, but it can’t be helped at the moment.

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I plugged the cord into an interior outlet, went out to be sure the spotlight was on, then closed up the hatch. There was enough gap around the edges to allow the cord to pass through with the hatch closed. Probably one reason the pipes iced up. I made note to duct-tape the cracks of that hatch along with the vents each fall.

I was inside tending to the dogs when Marie telephoned a few minutes later. While I was talking to her I heard a strange sound. Investigating, I realized the bathtub tap I’d left turned on was gurgling and spitting. That didn’t take long! I soon found that Mom’s water was back on as well. Water at our home, however, was still out. I left the light on in the shop crawlspace just to be sure it didn’t freeze up again. We did leave taps trickling over night, but that hadn’t been enough.




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