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Frozen water line HELP

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:43 pm

:help: The over flow line from my spring comes from the spring cribbing down to the trough. In the real cold weather the trough froze over and the line froze back up to the cribbing and now I have no overflow. I can get to the bottom of the line as it is open but can't get the ice up the hill to melt out. I tried using my truck exhaust but that hardly touched it.. Any ideas? :cowboy:
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Postby SASH » Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:51 pm

How long is it? Do you have power nearby or a generator? I might try some heat tape if you've got a place to plug it in.
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Postby Big Muddy rancher » Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:56 pm

SASH, the line is shallow buried running up hill about100 feet. No place to bury heat tape and a long way from power. I was wondering about my pressure washer an feeding it with some hot water from 5 gallon jugs. a, then shooting it up the line. :cowboy:
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Postby SASH » Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:01 pm

SASH, the line is shallow buried running up hill about100 feet. No place to bury heat tape and a long way from power. I was wondering about my pressure washer an feeding it with some hot water from 5 gallon jugs. a, then shooting it up the line.


Boy that is a bit of a pickle. Sometimes when we are out on construction sites and need to draw frost, we lay down a layer of coal about 6" thick and get it burning. It works really well. If you had access to some coal and know where your pipe is, I'd lay it down a strip of coal about 2' wide and light it. Don't know how practical it is but I bet it would work.
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Postby Mike » Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:21 pm

Big Muddy, Sounds like a mess you have there. If there are no elbows at either end of the pipe I would get just the right amount of dynamite and see how far you can shoot a slug of ice! :nod:

Using the "RIGHT" amount is another question though.

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Postby Big Muddy rancher » Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:37 pm

GEEZ Mike with friends like you who needs enemies. :D I have heard about guys like you but mostly read about them on the OBIT. page. :roll:
I could wait till it really warms up but could use the little pasture that the over flow empties into. :cowboy:
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Postby Northern Rancher » Fri Feb 25, 2005 3:12 pm

Get an old watertype fire exstinguisher and pumphot water down the line . I can give you the phone number of a guy up here could probably give you some ideas-Vern Klassen-236-4525-he's the guru of frozen waterlines.

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Postby Clarence » Fri Feb 25, 2005 3:25 pm

If you can get to both ends, and if it is steel pipe you might be able to thaw it out using a welder. Use fairly low apreage and use about a #4 wire betweenwelder and one of the ends of the pipe. Of course you would need either a generator or a generator welder. I have thawed pipes out that way several times.

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Postby Tom S » Fri Feb 25, 2005 3:50 pm

BMR,
Had something similar happen years back. Nothing worked in our situation. Laid out some black plastic pipe for the remainder of winter over ground. Worked. Later used the pipe for something else.
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Postby Les » Fri Feb 25, 2005 5:06 pm

have you tried a steamer? shoots hot steam down the line and in about one minute it is thawed. I have used it on lots of frozen lines and it works great.

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Postby Robert » Fri Feb 25, 2005 5:58 pm

How big of a water line is it? chances are it isn't froze back in very far.
We had a 2 inch line freeze solid a couple years ago, so we hooked up a sump pump and pushed a garden hose up the frozen line as the sump was running. Nothing cuts ice faster than running water.

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Postby Mike » Fri Feb 25, 2005 6:07 pm

Here you go Big Muddy, get you some "Iceworms", turn 'em loose in that pipe and in a few hours the water will be runnin'! :shock: :wink:

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http://www.nichols.edu/departments/glacier/iceworm.htm
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