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Old 05-21-2012, 10:46 PM   #16
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I do have a cottage which they do belong to my parents and during winter time when we close up for the season as long we drain the water properly and fridge is empty and cleaned properly we can able turn the electrqiue system off.

Useally we turn it off mid October then turn it back on mid April and we did make a note when the last KWH number and twice we called the POCO to fix the meter it was creeping even thru I verify the main source is 100 % off so they fixed that no charge.

I know someone will ask moi if I have sump pump there., the answer is no we don't have sump pump at all due the cottage is on the peak of the hill area so it is not a issue.

I do check it in middle of winter time if I do show up in Wisconsin otherwise we have one family member check it on for us.

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Old 05-21-2012, 11:16 PM   #17
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I do have a cottage which they do belong to my parents and during winter time when we close up for the season as long we drain the water properly and fridge is empty and cleaned properly we can able turn the electrqiue system off.

Useally we turn it off mid October then turn it back on mid April and we did make a note when the last KWH number and twice we called the POCO to fix the meter it was creeping even thru I verify the main source is 100 % off so they fixed that no charge.

I know someone will ask moi if I have sump pump there., the answer is no we don't have sump pump at all due the cottage is on the peak of the hill area so it is not a issue.

I do check it in middle of winter time if I do show up in Wisconsin otherwise we have one family member check it on for us.

Merci,
Marc
Do you RV Antifreeze the pipes and traps? I used it and took quite a while to get it so that water was decent again but it sat that way for about four years while we did some work on our home and lived somewhere else. Probably did not have to use it because we blew out the water lines really well with a compressor but wanted to be sure we did not have trouble.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:25 PM   #18
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Do you RV Antifreeze the pipes and traps? I used it and took quite a while to get it so that water was decent again but it sat that way for about four years while we did some work on our home and lived somewhere else. Probably did not have to use it because we blew out the water lines really well with a compressor but wanted to be sure we did not have trouble.
Oui we do that with RV antifree for drain trap plus the toilet but for the rest of the water lines I did redesign it so all the water pipes are pitched so it can be drained at one common location and be done with it quick no compressour is needed.

Once ya good with the way you setup it will only take half hour and ya are all done with it.

On the Electrique water heater I add a tee fitting so open the top and open the drain up and it will drain pretty fast.

I took the oringal plastique fitting out and put in 3/4 inch ball valve for two reason one is easy to indentify if that is close or open second thing if some reason if slow drain I can able stick a peice of copper wire which I save it and that will open up a bit and get the lime scale off pretty fast.

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Great idea I could probably do something similar there are two pipes that are low areas of everything where the tank water heater used to connect. Just adding a drain on the hot and cold could drain everything. I think the only valve I would have to disconnect is under the dishwasher and fridge lines. Winterizing the fridge lines was the worst.
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Great idea I could probably do something similar there are two pipes that are low areas of everything where the tank water heater used to connect. Just adding a drain on the hot and cold could drain everything. I think the only valve I would have to disconnect is under the dishwasher and fridge lines. Winterizing the fridge lines was the worst.
That one reason why my parents do not want dishwasher or frige with water line there.

I know it is nice but it will be pain in butt to drain it my next door have dishwasher but we came up a idea is that we add a drainable valve in there so use the pie tin to catch it when you open up the drain valve and of course you may have to run the dishwasher for couple second to make sure you get all the RV antifreeze thru.

Fridge with icemaker that will be little tricky IIRC my next door have a small compressour and what he do is pressure the line a little and cycle the ice machine to purge it out ( I don't know how he do that very fast so hard to say exatally what he done with it )


Also with my parent they asked me to get anti gel for fuel oil tank in case they have to run in winter time so that is not a issue for me due I have diesel truck so I know excatlly what to deal with it.

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That one reason why my parents do not want dishwasher or frige with water line there.

I know it is nice but it will be pain in butt to drain it my next door have dishwasher but we came up a idea is that we add a drainable valve in there so use the pie tin to catch it when you open up the drain valve and of course you may have to run the dishwasher for couple second to make sure you get all the RV antifreeze thru.

Fridge with icemaker that will be little tricky IIRC my next door have a small compressour and what he do is pressure the line a little and cycle the ice machine to purge it out ( I don't know how he do that very fast so hard to say exatally what he done with it )


Also with my parent they asked me to get anti gel for fuel oil tank in case they have to run in winter time so that is not a issue for me due I have diesel truck so I know excatlly what to deal with it.

Merci,
Marc
Hoping that I don't have to winterize this again fridge was a pain compressor was too too much PSI and worried about breaking a line. Just disconnected all the lines and let them drain. and we did the same with dishwasher there is a valve under there we just open it to drain water. Dump some antifreeze inside it run a few min. Luckily everything worked out and nothing froze during those four years. We have finally fixed the major issues and are starting to deal with some small stuff.
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I wish I was going away for a month. I would do the exact same thing just to test my POCO.

I was out of power for a week in September, yet the bill for that month was within 1 dollar of last month's bill. POCO swore up and down "oh no, it's not estimated, we measured". Lying bastids ....

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