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Old 11-09-2010, 05:57 PM   #1
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I picked up a small seasonal camp in Northern Maine. When I say small, I'm talking 20' x 28'. The foundation is on posts with an uneven dirt floor, ranging from 1' to 3'. The building is surrounded by 3' pine skirting panels.

The plumbing consists of 1/2" pvc servicing 1 shower, 2 sinks and a toilet. All lines are in the crawlspace hanging from the floor joists. Water pump is located in the crawlspace also. I will be wrapping all lines with heat tape and pipe insulation.

I'm curious what steps I can take to seal of the crawlspace better to assist in the protection of the plumbing. I have placed 1" blue board beneath the exterior skirting, yet plenty of drafts still exist. I've been giving some thought of trying to box in the main area where the pump is. I see that most people are using foam board to do this. My problem is that due to the uneven ground, it would be very difficult to cut each board to fit tight. I'm thinking some type of hanging blanket insulation would be an easier method. I'm thinking of using individual water tank insulation blankets with an R11 value. The vinyl covering should help from the elements. Any thoughts on this? Any better ideas?

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I picked up a small seasonal camp in Northern Maine.
Ayuh,... Are you gonna try living in it full time,..??
I've got 1 like that over Downeast way..

If not,....
Drain the plumbing, 'n turn out the lights when you leave...
You'll Never keep it from Freezin'...

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Ayuh,... Are you gonna try living in it full time,..??
I've got 1 like that over Downeast way..

If not,....
Drain the plumbing, 'n turn out the lights when you leave...
You'll Never keep it from Freezin'...

No, it is clearly a seasonal camp. Draining it is a no brainer. Just looking to help protect things during those cold nights that I'm there.
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Ayuh,... With mine,... I carry water in the winter... Plumbing stays drained from October to May...
The toliet gets used, then flushed with lake water, then redoped when I leave...
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