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Old 12-06-13, 06:02 PM   #51
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Hmm, even though Ruben hasn't updated his profile, I'm fairly sure that he is now in Little Rock...
Well I didn't know that... I just went by location... although I did get a chuckle out of the location being "Winter Garden..."
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Why would warm plugs make a difference? I don't get that.

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Methyl hydrate(wood alcohol) is the main component of lock un-freezer also gas line anti freeze and can be bought in your local hardware store in a quart size for cheaper than either of the other two. Pour the excess methyl hydrate into your gas tank to prevent gas lines freezing. Do not do this if you drive a diesel, will cost you big bucks. Wipe a little petroleum jelly on the door seals/rubbers to prevent it from freezing to the door jamb. If your door locks unlock and the door wont open, thump gently around the door to break the ice free. Thick socks make good emergency mitts if needed to keep your hands warm. Do not use your emergency brake if you park on a hill, they will freeze on and cause major problems. Use a block of wood or a big rock instead on the down hill side of your wheel.
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Well I didn't know that... I just went by location... although I did get a chuckle out of the location being "Winter Garden..."
Yes, he now has a view of the Arkansas River. It's a whole new kind of winter garden.

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So, this is a little?
My daughter laughing her head off.

Get a broom.
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Love it. Why would you even try to dig your car out at that point!?
We call that "Monday".

It is -40C with the windchill right now.

We use Puerto Ricans as hockey pucks when it gets this cold.
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My daughter laughing her head off.

Get a broom.
It's sleet. A broom wouldn't touch it.

Even that small amount will have nearly frozen solid. I know. I went out with my dustpan and tried to clear the steps by my apartment. The top was easy, but there was still 1/16th of an inch of solid slipperyness on the step.

We have to help Ruben understand this strange new world he's in.
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Old 12-06-13, 06:31 PM   #58
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Aww I miss Ruben's adventures. Good to see you, Rube!
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Yes, he now has a view of the Arkansas River. It's a whole new kind of winter garden.

cool gif.
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cool gif.
See, that is 'beautiful snow'. No snapped branches, skiable, snowball-fightable, total hush kind of snow.
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Why would warm plugs make a difference? I don't get that.
...flooded. When it's cold enough fresh, dry, warm plugs seem to make enough of a difference. YMMV at -20*.

Also, having the holes open and cranking a little tends to get out the excess gas, too. It's not the strangest
thing I've done to start a beater car in really cold temperatures.
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My daughter laughing her head off.

Get a broom.
Having done my time in Alaska, I can see your inclination to claim winter superiority with the small amount of white stuff sitting on those stairs.

However, having grown up in the south and now living in Texas, the storms are called "ice storms" for a reason. Standard process is this: Start with a warm front. We had 86 degrees here on Wednesday. Cold front starts moving in triggering rain along with a rapidly dropping temperature. Rain turns to sleet or ice pellets putting down a nasty coating on everything. The sleet or ice then turns to snow.

So, most folks could probably deal with a little snow but there is a treacherous layer of ice under there. Removing ice is a royal pain. My cars were in the garage but my driveway has a half to an inch of ice with snow on top and you can't shovel it. You have to chip it. And, to make it just that much more special, temps are dropping into the teens tonight with a high around 26 tomorrow so there won't be much thawing going on. I think my driveway will remain a bobsled run for a day or so. This should be great fun when I try to drive to work tomorrow.

Rubin, in the future, park your car (assuming you can't put it in a garage) with the passenger side or rear of the car towards north or northwest, depending on winds. At least you won't get frozen out of your car and the layer of ice on the windshield won't be as thick.
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Old 12-07-13, 12:05 AM   #64
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... I'm fairly sure that he is now in Little Rock...
Yeah, Little Rock, AR


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I want to know who taught him the word 'sledge'.
Surely this word has never been a part of his lexicon heretofore.
That's is correct. Current cohabitant told me.



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You should have seen what those stairs looked like last Christmas Day. (Ask your neighbors) Imagine the snow so that each step piles up to the next step.
One tip, take a plastic dustpan and use it to clean off the sleet or snow as soon as possible. That way it will be easier to clear, there will be less to refreeze and it will be safer for all to go up and down the stairs. The dustpan is also good for cleaning snow off your car.
Oh yeah, I used dust pan on the car... and yes on the pics of last winter... like OMG.



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... Did you make a snow angel Rube? ...
No, I made a snowball... and my fingers started to hurt so I quit. Later I was told to keep gloves *on* while playing with snow.
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My New Problem

The car is now parked 2 blocks away. It was not possible to drive up-hill back home. Had to ditch it 2 blocks down and I feel very uneasy about it.

I walked there to check it like an hour ago. Now there are 5 more cars at the bottom on the hill, also stuck.

This sucks because it means that during most of the winter, I'm gonna be walking on the snow a lot.

As per a RubeStory in the making, I wanted to use one of these to de-ice the hill... but the locals think is not a good idea:

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Having done my time in Alaska, I can see your inclination to claim winter superiority with the small amount of white stuff sitting on those stairs.

However, having grown up in the south and now living in Texas, the storms are called "ice storms" for a reason. Standard process is this: Start with a warm front. We had 86 degrees here on Wednesday. Cold front starts moving in triggering rain along with a rapidly dropping temperature. Rain turns to sleet or ice pellets putting down a nasty coating on everything. The sleet or ice then turns to snow.

So, most folks could probably deal with a little snow but there is a treacherous layer of ice under there. Removing ice is a royal pain. My cars were in the garage but my driveway has a half to an inch of ice with snow on top and you can't shovel it. You have to chip it. And, to make it just that much more special, temps are dropping into the teens tonight with a high around 26 tomorrow so there won't be much thawing going on. I think my driveway will remain a bobsled run for a day or so. This should be great fun when I try to drive to work tomorrow.

Rubin, in the future, park your car (assuming you can't put it in a garage) with the passenger side or rear of the car towards north or northwest, depending on winds. At least you won't get frozen out of your car and the layer of ice on the windshield won't be as thick.
I have also dealt with ice storms.

Sounds like you are having a ****ty time down there with this one.

Now... back to teasing Ruben.
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As per a RubeStory in the making, I wanted to use one of these to de-ice the hill... but the locals think is not a good idea:

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Of course not. Then they can't call their employer and say that they can't get to work.
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They rescheduled today's Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade. I was all set to lead about 50 people on Little Rock's slowest and shortest organized bicycle ride, but with the most smiles per mile... the parade. It's now scheduled for next Saturday the 14th. You're welcome to ride with us if you like.

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Wow look at that alt bike!! And the gingerbread....person!
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So, this is a little?
That is indeed a little, a very little. I woke up this morning to twice that and thought, hmm, thought we were all going to die according to the news, we didn't get anything.

Also your first picture looks wrong. Why all the coat, boots, hood up, talk of your gloves being still in the car, etc? That looks like just long sleeve shirt weather to me. If I was just going out to get into the car just to thaw it out, I might think of swapping the shorts I am wearing in the house and putting long pants on in that.

Until it hits single digit temps, I'll still just be wearing a flannel shirt as a jacket when I go anywhere. Currently 21 and I have to clean the cars off to move them around for family to come for my daughter's birthday and go get pizzas later. Probably won't even bother putting the flannel shirt on for that as it's not really that cold out yet to bother
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One thing to be aware of is if you can source some ammonia nitrate or urea nitrogen fertilizer they make great ice melters as they work colder than regular salt. Even calcium chloride is better.
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After an hour of digging and chipping ice yesterday, another hour of chipping ice away today, throwing down some kitty litter and some paver sand, I managed to get my car uphilll out of the driveway after a dozen attempts so that I might be able to get to work tomorrow.
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-30 in Edmonton. The friction coefficient is excellent. Good luck tomorrow Will.
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Well... day two: More neighbors have left their cars down hill. Also, since the trash pick up truck cant get here, the complex's trash bin is starting to overflow.
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After an hour of digging and chipping ice yesterday, another hour of chipping ice away today, throwing down some kitty litter and some paver sand, I managed to get my car uphilll out of the driveway after a dozen attempts so that I might be able to get to work tomorrow.
Letting about half the air out of the driving tires, temporarily, will help as well.

Used to do that all the time down in Odessa TX sandland. Also gets me over snowy passes that are supposed to be closed to unchained tires.

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