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Forum topic by RetiredCoastie posted 12-11-2009 04:21 PM 1567 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RetiredCoastie

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12-11-2009 04:21 PM

Got a call from a neighbor yesterday saying that water was pouring out of my garage / wood shop. Took 30 minutes to get home, fire dept had already shut off water at the street. Laundry room in the house was flooded as well as the garage. Delta bandsaw totally soaked. Cleaned up water in laundry room, was able to shut off water to outside water bib, found that a two foot section of pvc pipe in the garage ceiling wasn’t insulated when the house was built 9 years ago. took my wife and I 8 hours to clean up all the standing water, pulled out all wet insulation above garage and have a box fan and portable heater blowing into garage ceiling to dry it out. Squeegeed out water from garage floor. Wiped off band saw and sprayed with WD40 and will try to save it. I’ll be inspecting all my other woodworking tools for damage from the high humidity in the garage now.

I’ve called a couple of water damage cleanup companies to give me estimates on pulling down drywall and insulation and drying out the structure inside laundry room and re-insulating and new drywall (take about two days to get them out because of all the other houses ahead of mine), probably cost about $5000.00 with $1000.00 deductible.

I would like to say thanks to LJ Saksman and my neighbor for the help they gave my wife and I.

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger!

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops


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KayBee

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#1 posted 12-11-2009 05:40 PM

Sorry to here about the new water feature. At least your neighbors caught it. A friend went on vacation for three weeks and came back to an indoor swimming pool in their basement. Hope there isn’t too much damage to your tools.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 12-11-2009 06:21 PM

Greetings Coastie: Man, that really sucks !!!! Nothing like dealing with broken water pipes. Been there and done that. What a mess they can make, not to mention all the set-backs it brings. I’ve been through it, so I know where your coming from. Hope you’re back in business before too long. Good luck.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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cabinetmaster

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#3 posted 12-11-2009 06:24 PM

Been there done that too. It ain’t no fun. Hope you get back to normal soon. Get plenty of oil fro the tools. They will need it.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 12-11-2009 06:32 PM

Water pipes in the ceiling in a 9 yr old house in Washington???

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#5 posted 12-11-2009 06:33 PM

Had a similar thing happen last year. Copper pipe going to outside faucet burst. Luckily it was caught before much damage. There was a shut off 24” inside the basement wall that I had not thought to turn off before the freeze. Makes sense, but is more of a problem due to it happening when the weather is that low.

Make sure you take care of yourself working it out in the weather and not get sick.

Steve.

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 12-11-2009 06:46 PM

The house that I own now supposedly has pipes that won’t freeze(yea right)!! I take no chanches, and I insulate the outside faucets and put a foam faucet insulator on them. So far—- so good!!!!!!!!!!!

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#7 posted 12-11-2009 06:49 PM

You folks are all great….......... I was heading out to the shop to get on my project, but this dang computer keeps holloring “You got mail”. So I sit down, have more coffee, and read…......... I might get there soon.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#8 posted 12-11-2009 06:57 PM

Oh shit, that reminds me, I gotta shut the water off to the out side taps right now!

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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GFYS

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#9 posted 12-11-2009 07:02 PM

Frostless Hose Bibs have the valve located 8-12 inches interior of the exterior wall.

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RetiredCoastie

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#10 posted 12-11-2009 07:03 PM

Thanks folks for your encouragement. My shop will be down for about a month. It’ll give me time to catch up on some fishing rod projects I’ve got.

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#11 posted 12-11-2009 07:15 PM

Yep Mics_54, those are installed in my house but where it broke is in the ceiling about 20’ away from the bib. I also find it crazy why the builder would run a water pipe in an uninsulated area, they did insulate the pipe where it runs in the wall and a few feet in the ceiling but just before it transitions into the heated part of the house it wasn’t insulated the last 2 feet of exposed run.

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#12 posted 12-11-2009 07:23 PM

btw pex (cross linked polyethelene) pipe is more resistant to freeze damage. I still wouldn’t put it in the ceiling or exterior wall cold space if avoidable. Water pipes in exterior walls and ceilings (attic spaces) is a bad idea especially in garage/utility/non-living spaces as people tend to allow these spaces to get cooler to save energy. Water pipes should be in interior walls, beneath the slab or surface mounted (insulated to eliminate condensation on cold water pipes).

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