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Post  fredvon4 Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:30 pm

Yes sir Kari...know the drill had several different vehicles when we lives in the below zero north... usually a battery heater, block water heater, and hot oil circulator...and a small Gen set to run them for a few hours if power out....Military still has to report to duty despite very cold weather...very rarely in my career did the post commander declare roads are code black ---report later in the day

But you are correct, be easy on Power steering and brakes until fluids can warm the rubber hoses that will crack or break very easy if too cold
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Post  66 Malibu Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:17 pm

Hey Fred,
Based on what I saw on the Weather Channel today, You may want to bring in any brass monkeys you may have.. LOL !!
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Post  rsv1cox Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:46 pm

What are you guys talking about, block heaters, synthetics.

Some of the coldest temperatures ever in the USA have been recorded in New Hampshire and my old 1937 iron block 60 hp Ford V8 always started sans garage. Later, my '47 Plymouth too.

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Living one time in WV Kari, I think Fred knew all that stuff. Smile
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Post  Cribbs74 Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:03 pm

6V too!
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Post  Ken Cook Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:21 pm

We had a serious amount of ice yesterday. Now were expecting more tonight into tomorrow. I can't say I'm enjoying it. The snow from 3 weeks ago is still on the ground and while it semi warmed up today, it's still pretty darn cold. More snow expected later in the week, I can't wait.
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Post  rsv1cox Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:02 pm

@Cribbs74 wrote:6V too!

Yes, and mechanical brakes.  

Worked 10 hour weekend days starting at 14 years old at Toddy Clements chicken farm shoveling you know what for fifty cents an hour after school and weekends to buy them.  Ford cost $80, Plymouth a year or two later not much more.  

BTW, I walked the three miles there and back in snow and sun until I was 16 and got my license.
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Post  NEW222 Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:22 pm

Still here in teh deep freeze with extreme cold warnings for well over a week. Daytime temps around -22 F and nighttime still hitting -45 F and below with teh wind chill. And to top it all off, I have two local friends competing in the Irondog Snowmobile race in Alaska and the temperatures there are much nicer than here. Go figure!
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Post  944_Jim Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:24 pm

@fredvon4 wrote:very rarely in my career did the post commander declare roads are code black ---report later in the day.

We got our notification for tomorrow around early morning today.

I'm an hour west of Tuscaloosa, AL. Probably three hours west now, given the in-toen road conditions.
No snow plows in east central Mississippi...late reporting tomorrow except for essential personnel. Our roads were 3" deep/ wet sleet-covered by mid-morning today. By late afternoon all the ruts were starting to freeze. My friend's truck was tracking wherever the ruts led, not necessarily where the wheels pointed. I know the bridges got slagged (not sanded or salted) last night. So I try to avoid all bridges for the next few days to prevent "early windshield retirements."
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Post  KariFS Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:28 am

@fredvon4 wrote:Yes sir   Kari...know the drill had several different vehicles when we lives in the below zero north... usually a battery heater, block water heater, and hot oil circulator...and a small Gen set to run them for a few hours if power out....Military still has to report to duty despite very cold weather...very rarely in my career did the post commander declare roads are code black ---report later in the day

But you are correct, be easy on Power steering and brakes until fluids can warm the rubber hoses that will crack or break very easy if too cold

Ah, sorry, yes, forgot you have lived in other places too besides Texas Very Happy

Block heater is about the only thing I use. In modern cars those are not always immersed in the cooling system, just bolted on the block, pretty much useless, sometimes they just confuse the car’s computers. I would like to have an oil pan heater and also a heater under the battery with some insulation around it. Ice-cold battery does not give out power, but it does not like to accept charge either.

When I was in the Army, we still had Soviet-built equipment. Kinda crude but very reliable. I was a tank mechanic, specialized in T-72. It had huge batteries (periodic removal, service and reinstallation through the driver’s hatch was a pain) and for back-up it also had pneumatic starter to crank up the supercharged 39-litre dohc V-12 Diesel. Pre-heating was by a fuel-powered burner that would burn probably a couple of gallons per minute and sounded like a jet engine. The engine was dry-sump, and the oil was heated in the tank by water circulation. It also had pre-lubrication with an electric pump that you’d have to turn on and watch the pressure gauge before hitting the start button. When that beast of an engine cranked up and came to life, it rocked the entire tank. Magnificient machine! Not the greatest tank as such, especially in today’s standards, but fascinating in all its crudeness and simplicity. It was built nuke proof, and that meant there were not a single transistor or a modern diode on board. Everything was mechanical. The radio was built using tubes and weighed about 150lb lol!

Before the days of block heaters and synthetic oils it was a common practise here to cover the nose of the car or truck with a felt or tarp all the way to the ground, and a couple of hours before the start, take a pan of hot coal under the oil pan. Batteries were kept indoors to keep them warm. Much easier nowadays Smile

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Post  rsv1cox Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:21 am

My old school thermometer that records high and low temperatures by pushing a blue bar with the rising or falling mercury. Registered zero degrees this morning, coldest of the season. I have seen it register seven below and a high of 110, in error as the sun hits it. According to legend in this part of West Virginia the high temperature has never hit 100.

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Post  getback Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:46 am

Sunny but 29F now was 23 feels like 18F overnite . Sorry i don't get the T-stat Bob mine finally died well works but not right LOL says its about 40 outside where it is . Its 40 + yrs old round one Big ! Very Happy
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Post  OhBee Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:38 pm

Another @#%% snowstorm here. STILL coming down hard!. Plows already manged to plug end of driveway 4' deep!....and it ain't over yet. At least its no longer below zero!
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Post  rsv1cox Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:06 am

Yup, snowing here again today.

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Post  OhBee Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:07 pm

Spent the day shoveling another 8" of white crap!....and 4' high berms plowed across my driveway and sidewalks.  Just once I'd like to be out there and catch one of those SOB plow morons. They blew it right up against the back of my wifes new truck,and winged it halfway up into my yard! Must be why they do it at 5:00 AM!.
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Post  getback Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:15 am

I think spring may come/came early this year . Been in the 60s last few days and calling for more next 10 day's ! That's just fine with me as long as it don't turn back // time to get some veggie seeds and setup inside grow !! https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/24fae0dc77bec30bae9f7d475a05a170959dd5405c7cb7f30ba086008e0510af#detailIndex5 Cool Cool Cool
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Post  Coxfledgling Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:29 am

Yesterday and today here in wales, UK, within a few miles if Snowdon, on the north side of the valley, south facing, it's not raining ! So it's a good day 😊, nice and sunny with half a "Simpson" sky, but the breeze is a little chilly.

Going to be a lovely weekend, dry, little wind and lockdown.

Such is life....

Stay safe out there, be patient don't become one, stay safe
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Post  Oldenginerod Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:26 pm

Last day of summer here tomorrow.  What summer?  It's hard to know what to believe.  Yesterday one news report said that we received 1/3 of our average summer rainfall, then just after that another report said that we had the wettest summer on record.  What?
All I know is, we've had only about 1/2 a dozen of what I would consider "hot" days (and I don't like hot days, so I'd remember).  I also know it's still green and lush, the lawn still needs mowing weekly, the roadside grass has just gone nuts and the local civic council isn't keeping up.
On January 26th we celebrated Australia Day, normally when it's stinking hot, but this year we celebrated in the rain.  February around here always means bushfires, but things are just too damp to burn Beers Night times have been chilly- only about two nights all summer that we used the air conditioner.
It certainly makes it hard to believe the so-caller "experts".
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Post  balogh Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:35 am

We are a small and flat country yet with extremes these days. A week or so ago minus 26C was measured in the North East of Hungary (which is about 100 miles from South West of the country Very Happy) on a cold night, and 2 days ago I measured plus 20 C in the early afternoon. Anyway, spring is around the corner, that is the best news so far this year..
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Post  NEW222 Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:41 pm

Time for a little thread update. How's the weather you ask... Why, great, could it get any better? I think so! Last week and before, we were in the high 60's and low 70's. Today it is currently 29 and with the windchill is 16. But mother nature decided to give us another reminder of who is in charge last night, and it is not us! Expecting another 4+ inches today and tomorrow! It was all gone and starting to get green, even cutting lawns for the first time this spring last week. Had to drive to the city this morning for a doctors appointment in whiteout conditions and slippery roads.

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Post  NEW222 Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:44 pm

Just checked the warnings and I was wrong. We can see between another 6 - 10 inches of this beautiful white stuff. So much for running engines outside again for a few days....
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Post  rsv1cox Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:51 pm

Nicely said Chancey,  Mom nature is indeed in charge.  

For us here in West Virginia it's warm temperatures and mud.  Time to get going.  Remember this from last year.......

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Well, I tried to burn it off last winter during a heavy snow.  Despite dry pine kindling and kerosene green wood will not burn.  After three tries I gave up.  Not wanting it to sit in the middle of my yard all summer I'm dragging the lot over to another burn pile waiting to burn it up in smaller batches.  
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I did between rainstorms mow some of the lawn, first time this year.
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Post  NEW222 Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:01 pm

Yeppers, I remember that one with the tree trimming. Darn. That is an awesome wiener roast pile in the making! The parents of a good friend do the same. Save up for a year and usually every August we light it off for some good times.
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Post  OhBee Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:39 pm

We had our token 3 days of spring in Mn. Now its back to cold,windy ,and intermittant rain....till the end of the month so says the extended forecast!.....we havn't had our usual April snowstorm.....YET!
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Post  Oldenginerod Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:14 pm

About a week ago, after a couple of warm days, we decided that it was time to light the burn pile which had accumulated over Summer.  Turns out the timing was about right.  Weather has turned particulartly nasty in the past few days.  

A few windy days a month or so back had knocked down multiple branches.  This pear tree was particularly hard hit.
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Our local municiple council is doing their best to discourage buning for "environmental" reasons.  The truth is, we can still burn, just need to pay them heaps of money for a permit.  They encourage "mulching" our green waste, or using the bin.  Well that will work for about a ton of waste, right?
They're even trying to reduce the use of wood burning heaters in homes.
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Post  rsv1cox Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:48 am

That's nasty Rod.  I hope that you can save the tree.  That's a pretty bad wound on the front, but I see that you left it open.  Years ago they used to sell spray cans of a tar like substance to treat those breaks, but now they recommend just leaving them open and letting the tree heal itself.

My son lives right.  He just found this $650.00 non-running Troy-Built mulcher for $40.  Cleaned the carburetor and it runs like new.  Got a chipper opening for small branches, a hose for debris and a vacuum.

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