Freezing Temperatures

I know for many of you freezing temperatures is a problem, and for some of you it’s not. Several people from Brazil have checked out the site and I would love to hear about your conditions! We here have a roller coaster of temperatures, for the next few days we will be in the teens. Unfortunately with our other business I had to make some decisions in regards to the temperature drop and we are now in violation of code. It really pisses me off when government passes the buck for 40 years and now we have to pick up the bill so I gambled and shut a fire system off, we wouldn’t have to have it but it’s there and you can’t go backwards in safety but every year we pay a couple of hundred dollars for it to be inspected and the local yocals inspect every year but the fact of the matter is that it has never worked and it has always been the wrong system! So now we are stuck flipping the bill after buying the business to fix it or remodel it out. So I shut it off and drained it, I’d rather have it some times than not at all. Yes this is me pissing about government regulations when they don’t have a clue. I would say more but I shouldn’t and I’m not going to for now but if I go to jail then I do. It’s a bunch of crap!

Anyway I had a disclaimer earlier saying that I may vent from time to time, that was part. Freezing is a problem, it is easily overlooked in hoses. My greenhouse has to be watered regardless of how much it rains outside and the livestock needs water as well, if the hoses aren’t drained they will freeze.

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This is a cup of coffee from this morning, the cup is horizontal yet the coffee doesn’t come out! That if a good sign that temperatures are below freezing and measures need to be taken!

I watered my greenhouse by hand today but every time I have to think about the temperatures and drain the lines. I know that over the next few days the temperatures will be between 10 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit so the horses got watered as well. The horses got watered for several reasons, one was to build up mass in the water trough, the other was just in case the hoses froze and I couldn’t get them water. I have three hundred feet of hose to get to the horses, it has never been a problem before but I have always been very careful to drain the hoses.

img_0157I am lucky here in some ways that all of the land slopes down, so draining the hoses just takes laying the hoses out down hill.

Today wasn’t terribly cold so I didn’t put the electric heaters in with the chickens but I will have to do that in the morning because everything they have will be frozen in the morning and will stay frozen until next week.

Author: millcreekhomestead

Just a stay at home Dad trying to become more self sufficient in a world getting more dependent. It’s easy to get lost in all the things of the world, sometimes the best therapy is getting your hands dirty and growing something good!

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