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  • #588
    Uvajed
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    We are rural, live in ‘Eskimo land’ as my daughter likes to say. I’ve researched hand pumps, on the list. But, regarding those 55 gallon rainwater drums (I don’t have them yet). What to do with them in winter when the temps reach freezing, or worse, -20°? It’s not like you can move them unless you have heavy equipment, or transfer the water to manageable containers.

    #54924
    kymber
    Member

    Uvajed – where are you living?

    #54925
    Uvajed
    Member

    @kymber wrote:

    Uvajed – where are you living?

    East Central Wisconsin

    #54926
    kymber
    Member

    bahahahha! sorry – when you mentioned “Eskimo land” i thought you were way up north!

    #54927
    roolu
    Participant

    I have seen on other forums a storage shelf built just for those drums. It holds 3 drums per shelf unit, and they are stackable. Goes right along an enterior wall. Keeps water handy and uses little space. A gal with a handy carpenter husband could whip one out in no time. use one to gather water from rain, transfer the water to the indoor jug IMHO. A bit of a chore, but doable.

    #54928
    D_Loki
    Participant

    Living ‘up north’ like you do, the best advise is to drain the barrels each fall. They will be damn near impossible to move full and you won’t need them for watering in the winter or the spring (as the snow melts and saturates the soil). By NOT draining them you risk damage to the barrels. If you MUST keep them filled for emergency water, either move them to a garage, wrap in water heater bag, or use electric heat tape as would be used on roofs to prevent ice build-up. Make sure the valves are clear or removed as these are the most expensive replacement part that can be damaged by freezing. Also make sure the barrels are not filled to capacity. Leave no more than 3/4 of the barrel full to allow for expansion of the ice. Just my few ideas.

    #54929
    Uvajed
    Member

    @kymber wrote:

    bahahahha! sorry – when you mentioned “Eskimo land” i thought you were way up north!

    My daughter, retired Army, was in Iraq and it was 130° when she made that comment. She’s in Kentucky now, and still hates the cold.

    #54930
    IceFire
    Moderator

    Why would a gal need a handy carpenter husband, when she can lear to do it herself? My Mama always told me “Learn to do it yourself, honey, because either:

    a) there’s never a man around when you need one (my Dad was a career Navy man, and usually out to sea when “stuff” happened); or

    b) you can’t get him to do it anyway.

    Mother is a VERY wise woman!

    #54931
    rattfink
    Member

    @Uvajed wrote:

    My daughter, retired Army, was in Iraq and it was 130° when she made that comment. She’s in Kentucky now, and still hates the cold.

    Small world. That’s where my family and I live (in Louisville).

    #54932
    Uvajed
    Member

    rattfink, they’re in Oak Grove, north of Clarksville, stationed at Ft. Campbell.

    #54933
    kymber
    Member

    @Uvajed wrote:

    @kymber wrote:

    bahahahha! sorry – when you mentioned “Eskimo land” i thought you were way up north!

    My daughter, retired Army, was in Iraq and it was 130° when she made that comment. She’s in Kentucky now, and still hates the cold.

    Uvajed – thank your daughter for her service!!!

    #54934
    mmpaints
    Participant

    How to keep the rain barrel from freezing. yep, that’s tough. I keep my rain barrel insulated the best I can with straw bales when it starts getting cold. I tried building a box around it and isulating it with newspaper but that didn’t work as well as the strawbales do. When it get’s -20 tho, they freeze here anyway. Since my root cellar is still not finished, I can’t say I keep one in there but when I do get it finished, I’m gonna put one down there with a hand pump on it.

    #54935
    D_Loki
    Participant

    After some serious thought about this, and since I am planning my own rain barrel system for this spring, I came up with an idea, but it is not without added cost or the need for some plumbing experience. If you were to place another barrel inside (be it garage shed or house), plumbed to the outside barrels and installed a small circulating pump you would not need a heater of any kind. The outside water would be cold (say 35-40 F) but it shouldn’t freeze. It might be more work, involve putting a hole in a wall, using a small amount of electricity, but if it were necessary for your rain barrels to remain ice free, it might be worth it to you. I would still insulate the outside barrels as well for added insurance.

    #54936
    roolu
    Participant

    @IceFire wrote:

    Why would a gal need a handy carpenter husband, when she can lear to do it herself? My Mama always told me “Learn to do it yourself, honey, because either:

    a) there’s never a man around when you need one (my Dad was a career Navy man, and usually out to sea when “stuff” happened); or

    b) you can’t get him to do it anyway.

    Mother is a VERY wise woman!

    Wise indeed!

    #54937
    kymber
    Member

    IceFire’s Mother was a very wise woman….and passed it on to IF….nice to chat with you the other night IF…and you had jambaloney in fits of laughter!!!

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