Keeping the Precious H2O Flowing During Winter

The other day, we moved into our semi-perminent site.  Semi- because we’ll be there for 6 1/2 months.  The winter months and off season at Hart Ranch allow for less moving.  Come summer, we’ll be moving twice a month.

We already had our water hose freeze when it got real cold.  It’s been warm lately, but we figured now was as good a time as any to protect our precious H20.

So Mark spent about an hour making sure our water won’t freeze again.

It’s pretty self explanatory but the pictures are below.

But first, we’ve been discussing heat tape for a few months . . .

“We have to get heat tape so our water doesn’t freeze.”

“We need to order some heat tape.”  

“How long do you think we need the heat tape be?”  

“Did you order the heat tape?”

Well did you notice that each quote had the word “tape” in it??

Ummmm yeah, me too.  But heat tape is NOT tape.  Tape implies something that bonds or has an adhesive side to it.  Heat tape is NOT tape.

One of life’s mysteries I suppose.

Heat HOSE would be more appropriate…or heat STRIP.

Heat hose tape is plugged into an outlet and it becomes a heated strip that lays against the water hose.  Whoever came up with the name “Heat Tape,” I’d like to talk to you.  But really, I suppose I have more important things to concern myself with so….I’m sorry.

Back to the task at hand.

First Mark wrapped the water hose with tin foil…something about conducting heat.

Next he wrapped both the water hose and the heat tape in 1-inch foam insulation.

Here is another view. . .

How’s that for over-explaining something??

Pretty simple really.  Lastly, he duct-taped the foam to secure it even further.  Easy peasy.

But don’t forget to plug in your heat hose tape.


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