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3 hours ago, mattie g said:

Re: "winterizing"

I've honestly never done anything to prepare for winter around here. It just doesn't seem worth it. Gas stays in the lawnmower, water doesn't get turned off, etc.

Anyone want to convince me that I really should be doing something to prep for winter?

Nope. I dont even winterize out here at the beginning of winter. I MIGHT close off my hose bibs if they are calling for an extended period of very cold weather. But generally I dont even do that.

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Cold blast in 96 got me when I was still living in Front Royal.  Not a phone call you want to get while at work.  "Hey, there is water shooting out of the wall in the basement!"  That basement wasnt heated at the time, though.  Since then, I am always mindful to cut the water off and drain the spigots.  Frankly, it should be code for all construction to include frost-proof spigots in this region.

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5 hours ago, mattie g said:

Re: "winterizing"

I've honestly never done anything to prepare for winter around here. It just doesn't seem worth it. Gas stays in the lawnmower, water doesn't get turned off, etc.

Anyone want to convince me that I really should be doing something to prep for winter?

This is exactly "what I do".

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4 minutes ago, C.A.P.E. said:

This is exactly "what I do".

I empty the gas from all my equipment and run them dry. It keeps the rubber fuel hoses from corroding. I also had a chainsaw that seize up from vapor lock once and wouldn't start, but that was before I knew about fuel stabilizers. That might be enough these days but I hate replacing those tiny hoses and fuel filters so I still run them dry at the end of the season. And I turn off the water. It's too easy not to do.

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15 hours ago, ravensrule said:

It’s ok i was born in Baltimore but I’m a Yankees fan. I have 27 rings. :facepalm:

Its okay, been a Pens fan since the 90s.  Not like I just switched over cause the Caps sucked.

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4 minutes ago, nw baltimore wx said:

I empty the gas from all my equipment and run them dry. It keeps the rubber fuel hoses from corroding. I also had a chainsaw that seize up from vapor lock once and wouldn't start, but that was before I knew about fuel stabilizers. That might be enough these days but I hate replacing those tiny hoses and fuel filters so I still run them dry at the end of the season. And I turn off the water. It's too easy not to do.

I have bigger things to worry about currently. No beer in the fridge. :o

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5 hours ago, mattie g said:

Re: "winterizing"

I've honestly never done anything to prepare for winter around here. It just doesn't seem worth it. Gas stays in the lawnmower, water doesn't get turned off, etc.

Anyone want to convince me that I really should be doing something to prep for winter?

Should drain the gas, or at least add fuel stabilizer.  Ethanol fuels separate due to absorbing ambient moisture, and the water sits at the bottom of the tank and is first ingested into the engine.  Gas also can go stale over time and become gummy and muck up the engine.

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9 minutes ago, nw baltimore wx said:

I empty the gas from all my equipment and run them dry. It keeps the rubber fuel hoses from corroding. I also had a chainsaw that seize up from vapor lock once and wouldn't start, but that was before I knew about fuel stabilizers. That might be enough these days but I hate replacing those tiny hoses and fuel filters so I still run them dry at the end of the season. And I turn off the water. It's too easy not to do.

I use my mower through mid December to mulch leaves, and it's back in service mid to late March, so never had a problem. I use my leaf blower pretty much year round. No issues there either. As for shutting off water to outside faucets, never been an issue for me. My crawlspace is isolated from outside air year round, and temp/humidity stays pretty constant. Cross ventilation is completely unnecessary and is terrible in the summer.

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Lower Eastern Shore seasons

Summer:  July August September Octbober

Fall: November December Janurary

Winter: February 1st - February 15th

Spring: February 15th March April May June

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6 hours ago, mattie g said:

Re: "winterizing"

I've honestly never done anything to prepare for winter around here. It just doesn't seem worth it. Gas stays in the lawnmower, water doesn't get turned off, etc.

Anyone want to convince me that I really should be doing something to prep for winter?

First winter back in the DC area and in my current townhouse (2013-2014), we had the pipe to the rear hose bib burst not once but twice, flooding our basement.  (Long story short -- rear shutoff was mislabeled.)  Inadequate insulation in our late-1980s construction, among other issues.  

On the plus side, we got an insurance-funded new basement floor and paint job.  On the minus side, our homeowner premium went up right away.  

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18 hours ago, ravensrule said:

It’s ok i was born in Baltimore but I’m a Yankees fan. I have 27 rings. :facepalm:

I grew up in northeast Ohio and have witnessed the Indians lose two World Series Game 7s in extra innings in my lifetime.  1997 and 2016!!  That hurt.  I think 1997 was slightly worse because they had a 2-1 lead vs. the Marlins that year going into the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 7...Jose Mesa came in and blew the save allowing the tying run, and the Marlins then won in the 11th.  Then of course the Cubs won in 10 in 2016.  At least vs. the Cubs, they were facing a heavily favored opponent and Cleveland's pitching was already highly short-staffed through the post-season (their #2 and 3 starters were out due to injury)...they literally had nothing left and had overused their bullpen by Game 7.  Still convinced that if they had Carrasco (#2 starter) available, they'd have dispensed with the Cubs earlier in that series...but them's the breaks (literally...Carrasco's hand was broken at the end of the regular season on a line drive).

But hey...Cavs won the NBA championship in 2016 so at least there's that, haha!!!

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42 minutes ago, Always in Zugzwang said:

I grew up in northeast Ohio and have witnessed the Indians lose two World Series Game 7s in extra innings in my lifetime.  1997 and 2016!!  That hurt.  I think 1997 was slightly worse because they had a 2-1 lead vs. the Marlins that year going into the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 7...Jose Mesa came in and blew the save allowing the tying run, and the Marlins then won in the 11th.  Then of course the Cubs won in 10 in 2016.  At least vs. the Cubs, they were facing a heavily favored opponent and Cleveland's pitching was already highly short-staffed through the post-season (their #2 and 3 starters were out due to injury)...they literally had nothing left and had overused their bullpen by Game 7.  Still convinced that if they had Carrasco (#2 starter) available, they'd have dispensed with the Cubs earlier in that series...but them's the breaks (literally...Carrasco's hand was broken at the end of the regular season on a line drive).

But hey...Cavs won the NBA championship in 2016 so at least there's that, haha!!!

Being a Cleveland sports fan has to be the most brutal thing in the world. I feel for you. 

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2 hours ago, nj2va said:

Send the bat signal! @Scraff will be right by

 I’m currently up to my eyeballs in bourbon barrel imperial stouts. What do you need? I got you and @C.A.P.E. B)

 

Eta: or this.

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14 hours ago, clskinsfan said:

Nope. I dont even winterize out here at the beginning of winter. I MIGHT close off my hose bibs if they are calling for an extended period of very cold weather. But generally I dont even do that.

Thanks. That’s how I feel, though maybe I’m playing with fire. Perhaps next year I’ll do it and see if it’s worth the time spent.

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40 minutes ago, mattie g said:

Thanks. That’s how I feel, though maybe I’m playing with fire. Perhaps next year I’ll do it and see if it’s worth the time spent.

Your 325’ of elevation screams winterize to me.  

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It’s looking like another great March!  Marches of 2011-2017 were mild enough to have my stone fruit (cherries plums, peach) trees and kiwi vines leaf-out and bloom - only to be hit with a late freeze that killed off all the flower buds.

Last year only one plum tree emerged from dormancy early enough to be effected by the last freeze/frost.  Everything else stayed dormant through all cold spats.

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11 hours ago, Scraff said:

 I’m currently up to my eyeballs in bourbon barrel imperial stouts. What do you need? I got you and @C.A.P.E. B)

Eta: or this.

(Pic of special edition can of Heineken cat piss)

So many BB stouts, so little time...Wegmans seems to offer up a new one every couple weeks, and I'm losing count. I've noticed, too, that Weggys is carrying more red wine aged in bourbon barrels, and even saw a white wine aged in tequila barrel. New and interesting ways to hasten/complicate the weekend buzz.

Heineken, though...UGH. I know it's a go-to, everyday beer for many, but it's always been pretty skunky to my taste buds and nose. :thumbsdown:

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25 minutes ago, vastateofmind said:

So many BB stouts, so little time...Wegmans seems to offer up a new one every couple weeks, and I'm losing count. I've noticed, too, that Weggys is carrying more red wine aged in bourbon barrels, and even saw a white wine aged in tequila barrel. New and interesting ways to hasten/complicate the weekend buzz.

Heineken, though...UGH. I know it's a go-to, everyday beer for many, but it's always been pretty skunky to my taste buds and nose. :thumbsdown:

I’ve never been a Heineken fan, but thought I would try a 6 pack of the new 0.0% ABV. Wanted to cut down on alcohol and calorie intake for good portions of the week. Honestly it’s decent. Might even taste better than regular Heineken. Coming from someone who consistently has 4-5 cases of awesome craft beer around the house, it’s a nice alternative for beer flavor without the shitty next morning feelings. That’s reserved now for weekends only. :lol:

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12 hours ago, ravensrule said:

Being a Cleveland sports fan has to be the most brutal thing in the world. I feel for you. 

And lest I forget "The Drive", "The Fumble", "The Shot"... :lol:

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2 minutes ago, Scraff said:

I’ve never been a Heineken fan, but thought I would try a 6 pack of the new 0.0% ABV. Wanted to cut down on alcohol and calorie intake for good portions of the week. Honestly it’s decent. Might even taste better than regular Heineken. Coming from someone who consistently has 4-5 cases of awesome craft beer around the house, it’s a nice alternative for beer flavor without the shitty next morning feelings. That’s reserved now for weekends only. :lol:

On your recommendation...I may re-try the "Heineken Zero."  :D  I don't usually keep that much craft beer around in bottles/cans, but do enjoy the "build your own six pack" option from Wegmans on a weekly basis. We also tend to keep one or two growlers of the "good stuff" from several nearby microbreweries. Again...so many good beers to try, so few brain cells left to sacrifice.

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I'm hoping I have a chance again this year to start a thread for an April snowstorm three days out (you KNOW it's gonna be on the FV3 this year) that ultimately degrades into flurries for the entire subforum.

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7 minutes ago, North Balti Zen said:

This kind of cold in six days into March is dumb. Especially since there is no snow to go with it. Really dumb.

This weather really sucks this time of year. C&D in March...Utterly useless. I don't want real warmth either. Just normal. High temps in the low to mid 50s would be perfect.

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