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Re: Seasonal Cottage Plumbing

To: Jim Juhas <>, Shop Talk
Subject: Re: Seasonal Cottage Plumbing
From: "David C." <>
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2004 12:33:12 -0800
At 09:12 AM 11/14/2004 -0500, Jim Juhas wrote:
>What I'm curious
>about is whether the plastic systems are more durable for
>this sort of thing.

I wouldn't use PVC; I had some hose bib lines in my pump house freeze and 
they shattered along the entire length.   I had never had any problems with 
the lines in my pump house freezing before.  It's about 6 x 8', uninsulated 
frame construction with metal siding to match my shop.  I have a heat lamp 
inside on a thermostat plug, and it's always kept the inside warm enough 
for our relatively mild winters.  Last year I installed two freeze proof 
hose bibs through the walls and connected them to the interior 
piping.  Before it got cold I made sure the heat lamp was working and 
installed the foam hats over the exterior bibs.  What I didn't take into 
account was that the hose bib flanges were screwed to the wall against the 
metal siding, and the cold metal siding sucked all the heat out of the 
piping and froze the interior PVC lines for several feet.  Didn't freeze 
any of the main piping, fortunately.  This year I replaced the hose bib pvc 
piping with vinyl hoses and standard hose fittings and just disconnected 
them inside in the fall.  One of these days I have to get off my butt and 
insulate the shed and install heat tape and insulation just in case.

Dave C

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