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Old 09-21-2011, 07:12 PM   #31
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Ontario is a pretty big place and some of it is south of Detroit, while the majority of the people live north of Minneapolis (geographically).

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Old 09-21-2011, 07:24 PM   #32
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Raylo -

That photo reminds me to put the Jimmy in 4WD to move things around and check it out before the weather gets really serious. I only had it in 4WD once in the last 3 or 4 years, despite about 90+ inches last season but it was sissy snow.

Thanks for the reminder of the possible.

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This was winter 2007/2008. I was living in Cambridge, "Street Parking Only", driving a Jetta... I had a neighbor giggle at me swapping the snow tires on in November... it was PRICELESS watching that same neighbor attempting to dig out her FWD POS with nearly bald tires while I'd climb in and out of 8" deep ruts.





This is 2010/2011. We closed on our house in November, then mother nature proceeded to dump some of the most persistent snow on us in years... We had nearly 3' in the backyard. I had to snow blow and shovel at our apartment nearby, lift the blower onto my hitch platform, drive if over here and clear this area. Then I'd haul 40G buckets full of plaster, cement, and god knows what else outside... nothing like a sweat-drenched t-shirt in 20* weather surrounded by snow...



Here's one of my unloading the snowblower... ignore the timestamp, I never set it on the camera...


This is not a drift... snow was about 2-1/2' to 3' on the deck, yes, the deck is falling down... and yes I did shovel it off and setup a ladder so that I could chip away at the 6" tall ice dam


ice dam... it ended up leaking into the house, thank god I'm slow as molasses because I still had the interior wall apart, all I lost was $20 worth of insulation and some time


-2*F ... that's about -20*C




...and the whole reason I started to post, here's my Blazer (cousin to the Jimmy) out on the street after some light snow in 2008/2009... I got wise in 2008, sold that VW and bought something w/ 4WD for the next winter!
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:29 PM   #33
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Just trying to prepare early. Saw a couple thermostats out over the summer and have procrastinated enough. We've had a couple of just above frost temperaature nights here. I usually dont turn the heat on until October...I always say November but never make it. Ordered fuel oil today too.
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Sorry to be contrary, but the majority actually live South of Minneapolis. Millions in fact. Still very curious about where Red Squirrel lives though
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I work about 50 miles south of where I live. Driving thru moraine country in northern wisconsin the temps will take some huge dips. I live literally 4 blocks from the arrowhead shore of Lake Superior, and it keeps the area cool in summer and warmer-ish in winter. In January, it will be -12f leaving my house, and hit -35f on the way to work. At work (away from the lake) on a still morning, the small town will smell like a pine air freshener from all the wood stoves firing up at 4:30am. It averages about -24f in the mornings there from late December til late February. We had our propane vaporizer freeze up one day last winter...that was a COLD day in the shop.
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I feel your pain!! Were we live we only get snaps of cold like that typically in Jan. and Feb. Certainly not all season. -35 is -35 . At that extreme there is no difference in F or C.
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I know what you guys are saying. We hit 27 last year and they had to close the schools..
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I always forget my Celsius conversions. D'oh! Heh. They closed schools I think 3 times last winter...we had sleet really bad, then 50 mph wind gusts with a wind chill of -65 or something ridiculous like that. Our schools are decided by the bus drivers out in the rural areas...if they slide into the ditch, they close the schools.

Went over to my moms today and did pretty much the same to her boiler that I did to mine...only difference is mine's a direct vent and hers is a regular old chimney hookup. Hers is only 8-9 years old tho. Always amazes me to see the old 6" main trunk lines necked down to 2" pipes to enter the newer boiler. I keep trying to talk her into a digital programmable tstat but she likes her old dial type.
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Charlton Heston died, was it his gun they pried from his cold dead hands..or his T87 thermostat?
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For my wife's grandma, we put in a non-programmable digital, due to the mercury one was not reading temps properly. She actually liked it better, due to it was easier to read, than trying to decipher the setting on the dial.
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I think Ma just likes it because it's the same 'look' as what was there when they bought the place in '77. A newer version was installed with the new boiler, but no digital. She uses the excuse of not wanting to worry about changing batteries. Whatever makes her happy, I spose.
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You don't have to use batteries. There are other options.
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Wait a second. Master, did you say you hit 27 and they closed the schools?? As in +27 In my area the schools would be open even at -27. Working parents would'nt stand for it. The kids would have indoor recess though. The schools never close, however the buses won't run in the freezing rain or extreme snow storms. Teachers are expected to make their way in and urban kids walk in, so its usually just the rural kids who get the odd snow day. Our regional snow removal budget is huge and the Rds guys are quite efficient at keeping the rds plowed and sanded.
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Yea +27 f. No school. The school board didn't want kids out in the cold waiting on the busses. I understood why. The first cold snap was a week before that. I had to order coats online for my kids. Come to find out, Burlington coat factory did not actually sell coats in Florida..go figure.
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Hey Mr Squirrel, Where in the province to do live?
Timmins. It's been hovering just a bit above zero lately. They keep forecasting like 15 but it's more like 5 out. I was in denial for a while and the furnace was off but after the house dropped to like 13 degrees I decided I had to face reality: winter is coming.

I put away the air conditioner the other day.

To be honest, I'm looking forward for the permanent minuses. I'm getting tired of all this rain. I'll take snow over rain any time, at least my glasses don't get all spotty.

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