Winter brings new challenges to the homestead — 10 Comments

  1. hi. could you do as fire hose drying towers do? it doesn’t have to be very high. say you thread a rope through an eye screw and pull one hose end up and anchor the rope. then you walk along the hose with the hose on your shoulder. when you get to the end it is drained. or does it have to be perfectly dry? i don’t need a height for our hose, used not in winter, but i walk it to drain it before i put it away.
    deb harvey

  2. Frost 8′ down. I’d never survive… You’ve been an inspiration to me for years!

  3. Nancy,

    Yes, we do have a sled! And hills. So send Lee on up! We even have a strong rope.


  4. C Phelps,

    Now that’s one thing we’ll try to find, for sure! I’ll start looking this week. Thanks for the tip!


  5. Robin,

    Thanks for the thought, but the frost goes deeper than 8′ here and I can guarantee that the heat from below ground would never keep water from freezing at 35 below here in Minnesota.


  6. We haven’t received any snow in the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area. My concern is with the lakes NOT freezing we’ll probably get something like what you have in the photo in the next few weeks.

  7. My hubby uses a similar setup to clear out the plumbing to our outdoor kitchen for winter shutdown.

  8. At a RV supply store I bought a garden hose “cleaner”. It’s used to blow out the water lines in a camper for winter storage. It is a brass item about 1.25 inches long; on one end are male garden threads and on the other is a air value like on a car tire.

    As I understand your hose use in the North land, you hook the female end of a hose to the water source, run the hose nearly to Canada, and put the male end in the animal water tank.

    Afer your done, hook the hose cleaner to the female end of your Canada bound hose, and blow air through it until the water is out.

    The item cost about seven dollars here in lower Michigan.

    Hope this is a thought you can use.

  9. Hi Jackie.
    I have heard of a way to keep tanks thawed, but have never tried it. It involves burying a piece of pipe, vertically, down past frost level, under your tank. Then the heat from the ground will keep your water thawed. Kind of like a root cellar I guess. Not sure of the size of pipe you would have to use. Would be interesting to see if this would work.
    Stay warm !

  10. Lee says if you have a sled, he will come sledding but does not want to drag his sled all that long walk. From Illinois. Also he will bring a heavy rope so Will can pull him up the hill. Really it is beautiful and I wish it would snow here. One thing I loved about living on Kodiak Island was the snow. It was wonderful…