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Old 02-17-2021, 04:38 AM
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Many of you have reached out to check on me...deeply appreciated 🙏🏼

We still have no power but did manage to get the gas fireplace up and running without electricity. Thatís helped a ton. We also just got cell service back...that was also out for a day and a half. No hot water and not enough water pressure to fill toilets. (Thatís been interesting). We have a gas cooktop so we are able to cook and boil water for dishes/sanitizing etc. Our food is all on the back porch staying fresh lol.

The city is barely at a limp, not much is open so getting provisions even if you wanted them is tough. The kids...I donít feel too bad for them. Theyíve managed to figure life out without ďswipingĒ or a ďhomeĒ button lol. I feel worse for the dogs than I do the kids.

Itís finally above freezing so hopefully all this damn ice will melt away...itís truly a full on $hit show here...the city is barely at a limp.

more later.

oh and I absolutely HATE the cold with a burning passion.
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My mother has a small RV park in New Caney and she says they have a few busted water pipes throughout the park and nothing open to buy PVC or fittings! She moved into the RV with it's gas furnace, fridge and gas water heater. I can't imagine being that cold and no power! I will take my hurricanes and no power in the summer any day, even with the mosquitos! Good luck and stay warm!
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We lost power at 6:30 PM Monday night back on at 4:30 this morning.

Whole House generator appointment soon!!!


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One of my oldest best friends lives in Houston, he was out of power the last 2 days and I haven't texted today to see if he is up yet. Their gas fireplace was working so they were sleeping camped out in front of the fireplace.
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Originally Posted by glenncal1 View Post
One of my oldest best friends lives in Houston, he was out of power the last 2 days and I haven't texted today to see if he is up yet. Their gas fireplace was working so they were sleeping camped out in front of the fireplace.
I was amazed how much that fireplace, that I never wanted I might add, helped take the chill off
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Hopefully you wonít be introduced to the term ďice damĒ as everything starts to melt. Homes in the south arenít typically built for these types of hard freezes. Good luck on thawing out.



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Glad to hear you are hanging in there. I almost commented on your FB post about coming to visit in FL but decided it would be bad form!
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Freedbaby, same in Dallas but we (personally) have been very fortunate with having electric and water uninterrupted. A ton of broken or frozen pipes around the 'hood and the plumbers are almost two months out with booking appointments - will definitely be a shit show when the thaw happens.

We are in the process of relocating to Austin and thankfully, our relo was delayed due to this storm system since most of our team members are without electric and water. As Marlin mentioned, homes and the infrastructure is not built for deep freezes like the last few days, that is 100% certain.

Stay warm and safe!
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For the toilets, fill a bucket with sink water and pour it in the toilet tank. That should make it operational. You don't want to know how I learned to do that...
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When the thaw happens there will be a ton of water pipes leaking. If any homes are empty it would be worth checking on them.
If no one turns off their main it will be hard for anyone to get pressure back.

Good luck.

Also if you can collect the melting ice it will give you a way to flush toilets.
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A buddy of mine in Houston is using buckets of water from the pool to flush the toilet. No need to fill the tank, just pour it in the bowl.
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
For the toilets, fill a bucket with sink water and pour it in the toilet tank. That should make it operational. You don't want to know how I learned to do that...
I know you mean well brother but that is some yankee chit right there..... if your water is frozen or supply interrupted due to a lack of power...there is no sink water

Better to have put in the sweat in the summer getting this into place -


I put in another day of sweat equity digging a trench and running piping for my new gas (propane) stove - a beautiful sight right now.



Hopefully we'll be out of the woods in a couple days.
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Originally Posted by HTJ View Post
I know you mean well brother but that is some yankee chit right there..... if your water is frozen or supply interrupted due to a lack of power...there is no sink water

Better to have put in the sweat in the summer getting this into place -


I put in another day of sweat equity digging a trench and running piping for my new gas (propane) stove - a beautiful sight right now.



Hopefully we'll be out of the woods in a couple days.
If your water is frozen you're screwed. Public water runs when the power is out, or always had for me. If you're on a well though and power to the well pump is out you are screwed.
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Originally Posted by brobin View Post
A buddy of mine in Houston is using buckets of water from the pool to flush the toilet. No need to fill the tank, just pour it in the bowl.
We do this at our lake house in the winter but we use lake water. So the ladies that are brave enough to come down for a winters day have a place to... Ö
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
If your water is frozen you're screwed. Public water runs when the power is out, or always had for me. If you're on a well though and power to the well pump is out you are screwed.
A bunch of public water here is power dependent - the water towers of our youth are fewer and fewer all the time. I was giving the wife crap for all of the cases of water stacking up in the garage - and then I had to use some of her water to heat and thaw out the valve on my water tank We also have a literal butt ton of veggies/meat/soups/chili/fruit etc that we've canned over the past months., and 3 well stocked freezers.
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HTJ,

If using for flushing only dump a gallon or so if RV antifreeze in it next time.
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Originally Posted by jtburf View Post
HTJ,

If using for flushing only dump a gallon or so if RV antifreeze in it next time.

Nah it's general purpose back up water for bathing, dishwashing, boil to drink etc. Ultimately it's going to be plumbed into the house piping - I think will have just enough pressure head to get a little flow at the sinks and fill a toilet.
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I don’t have the heart to tell our temp; but it is too hot to wash the boat barefoot!
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I'm going out back for buckets of canal water for toilets which seems to be in the most demand ... we have bottled water for most other things ... and so fortunate to have power!

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