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Old 08-26-2011, 08:34 PM   #1
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Hi;
We're expecting at least TS winds and lots of rain from Irene on Sunday, so I turned the freezer to its coldest setting. Then I had the idea to put the meat in bags with lots of ice in the freezer.
My thinking is that if the power goes out, the meat packed in ice will stay colder longer than if it were just lying on the freezer shelf.
Also, the ice adds some bulk (heat capacity) to the freezer, thus making it more full, and a full freezer will stay cold longer than a half empty one.

Is this a prudent step, or won't it help any?

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Yes. Use potable water in bags or containers. But do it ASAP. Filling your freezer with a bunch of liquid water will raise the temp for a little while. I started adding water to mine on Tuesday.

Also fill your bathtubs and any extra rubbermaid containers you have so you can still flush the toilets.

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Weather channel did a trick and proved that exact point...if you take ZIP lock bags filled half and stack them plastic wonton containers again half filled and let then freze into tomorrow..basically that is how the frig works its the freezer that is the mechanical setting with a damper door for the setting on the frig bottom section.if you limit the trips into the freezer the milk side should stay cold
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Yes. Use potable water in bags or containers. But do it ASAP. Filling your freezer with a bunch of liquid water will raise the temp for a little while. I started adding water to mine on Tuesday.

Also fill your bathtubs and any extra rubbermaid containers you have so you can still flush the toilets.
Thanks for the advice on filling tubs.
I don't think our bathtubs will actually hold water for long... stopper doesn't work, and don't have a plug that fits well. Maybe another trip to HD tomorrow to pick some up. I don't think rubber drain stoppers will be sold out... ha!

I have a trash barrel set out under where the water will be cascading off the gutter (we didn't have our gutters cleaned recently, but it wasn't my decision to have it done...). That will provide some water for flushing.

I bought several jugs of spring water earlier in the week, so I think we're OK here.
I don't really "expect" an interruption in the city water supply, but 2yrs ago their pump station got hit by lightning, taking out both the POCO and back-up generator power, so we had an outage that lasted for about 6hrs or so.

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I've got 300 gallons of rain stored (non-potable) and several 16 gallon tubs full of water.

Good luck to all and keep your fingers crossed.
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I've got 300 gallons of rain stored (non-potable) and several 16 gallon tubs full of water.

Good luck to all and keep your fingers crossed.
Yea; I'm hoping that barrel will keep some of the water from getting into the basement...
I have at least one more barrel that I am going to fill from the hose tomorrow and let it sit outside.

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Yea; I'm hoping that barrel will keep some of the water from getting into the basement...
I have at least one more barrel that I am going to fill from the hose tomorrow and let it sit outside.

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I actually disconnected my rain barrels today and hooked my gutters up with long extensions. The rain barrels fill up in 10 minutes of hard rain and then overflow.
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If you minimize opening the freezer door, the food will stay frozen for at least 2 days.
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If you minimize opening the freezer door, the food will stay frozen for at least 2 days.
yes. Don't even open it at all. I will duct tape mine up.
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Ice works, but dry-ice works better

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yes. Don't even open it at all. I will duct tape mine up.
It's called the, " Duct Tape" diet.
The slogan is, "Not just for mouths anymore".
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We always have water when the power is out. Water is gravity fed from a water tower. Does it work different on the East coast?
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Great tips guys~!
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If you keep ice in your freezer all the time it increases the efficiency.
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We always have water when the power is out. Water is gravity fed from a water tower. Does it work different on the East coast?
How do ya reckon that water gets up there?

You're still dependent on power operating a pump. Water towers actually are more for maintaining water pressure consistently as demand varies throughout the day.

In a system pressurized by a water tank, the pressure is a function of the height of the water. So the municipality maintains that water height by filling the tank up to an upper limit once it reaches a lower limit, thus allowing the pump to run at one speed and turned on and off as needed.

In a systemp pressurized directly by the pump, the speed of the pump controls the pressure, and modulating pump speed constantly as demand varies is less practical than simply maintaining a reservoir at a certain height of water.

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