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rjacandwc

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Yesterday Suffolk hit sub-zero temp... I went out at 8.30am where I start my day cleaning a care home. When I got there I was all ready to rip into action and would you Adam and eve-it!!! my washer was just icing up all over the first window... I tried a second window and third to find this problem just carried on... So. I went home, comfort ate a load of toast, had a cuppa, and a *** in the garden, waited for the sun to pop up a little more and then went back at 10am... I was out till 2.30 and earned around £70. So, all in all I was happy that i got my work done and I am on top of my work so far for this month.

 

just wondered how all you all cope in these situations and any hints or tips would be great?... I did here Meths are good to use???

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Guest colinvansmith

When its cold enough that water is freezing on the windows there isn't much you can do, in the past when i was trad i used to put antifreeze in my bucket which worked to an extent, but for the most part waiting it out is the only option

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Guest badbusdriver

If it is that cold, just stay home. Look at the forecasts for temperature as well as 'weather', i sometimes forget!. If you really need to get out, wait till later, after 10, like you did. Its better to get some work done than none at all. That has the added benefit of you being able to stay warm in bed for an extra couple of hours, which in turn may have other advantages, if your other half is home too.....!, ooh err!

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There was days last year that this was happening to us all through the day, even at 12, 1 oclock in the the afternoon. We just took the day off. It actually happened quite a lot last year, and like yourself if we could wait a little and just get started a little later, that is what we did.

 

Thankfully this has not happened to us this year, so far. But it does seems to be getting a bit colder, so hopefully we don't see too much of it.

 

Bring on the summer :-)

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Guest badbusdriver

Im wfp only, and have found water freezing on the glass is not really that much of an issue for me, certainly down to maybe -2. Velux windows can be more of a problem due to the angle, as the water runs down it slower so there is more chance of it freezing. My main worry is water frezing in my hose, esp if i am using a lot of it. The 1st house i plan to do tomorrow is also my biggest, and i will need all 100m. With that much hose lying on the ground, you really need to have the water running all the time, if i stop the water for a few minutes, that can be enough for it to freeze somewhere!. Another issue for me, as my round is spread far and wide, is how much the temperature can vary from place to place. If i look at the forecast for tomorrow, the reading i get is for the nearest town to my 1st house, which is about 2 miles away, it says 0 at 9am +1 at 12noon, which should be fine, but this house is near the top of a hill and quite exposed, so it may be -3 there!. Personally, if the forecast for where i planned to work was saying -4 or colder, i would probably not bother going out, milder than that, i would give it a go, esp if the work wasnt too far away.

 

By the way, i hope you dont tell your missus she is like a beached whale!

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i'm wfp but use 25ltr drums, first time i faced winter i had water freezing in the hose, and figured out that as the drums had been left in the van they were already practically freezing, icy ground soon made it freeze up. last year when we had all that snow, i had left them in the house o/night and were at more a room tempreture i never once had a freeze up even though the hose was trailing through snow, although i don't go out in daft temps maybe -2 at the lowest, but don't generally start unless it's past 0, but the ground is usually still frozen, so if you use drums, get them in the house

only other occasion it freezes on the glass is if it's a conny/room unheated

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Today I got to work about 6ish, the bucket was frozen up and all my jerry cans had ice banging around inside.

Then at about 11am my pump was froze up in the trolley, so sat their for 15mins warming it up with my hands.

 

I need to work regardless of temp, I'll stay out as to be honest it could rain the rest of the week and the two or three jobs I got done could pay a bill or two.

I wouldn't be doing anything exciting if I stayed home so may aswell stay out and try some work.

Plus theirs always one or two jobs that can be done, unless it's minus 8 lol

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Guest badbusdriver

Hmm, after my last post yesterday re my 1st house today, guess what?!, thats right, my hose froze up, doh!. Actually it was my downstairs pole that started the problem, the jets froze up, but because that then meant my water wasnt running, the hose froze up too. Cue an hour of faffing about trying to get things flowing again. Didnt have any problems after that though, well apart from spilling half a cup of tea on my lap at dinner time, and that aint relevant! :-(

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First window this morning the water froze on the glass then the jets blocked.Hate it when I don't get off to a quick start on a Monday morning.Put the gear back in the van with the engine and heater on.Got the trusty squeegee,bucket and red hot water into action.Managed to plough on for an hour and half until the temp had gone up a fraction then back out with the pole.Can't really complain though so far this winter.

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Guest badbusdriver

Yes i have thought of a heater, but it would have to be gas as my van is parked a fair distance from my flat, which in turn has a long path to the street. I have seen some small gas heaters on ebay, that use a 7kg bottle, apparently on lowest setting it will run for about 65 hours. Im a little concerned about ventilation though, so until i have sussed that, i will just have to work away as best i can.

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i've heard that parafin heaters are pretty cheap to run, from garden centres, my worry would'nt be fumes, more a left the iron on mentality thinking about if it falls over and sets the van alight! ridiculous.

have you tried throwing a quilt over your gear o/night? won't work for crazy temps but is good for typical ***hts, stops stuff freezing.

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Guest badbusdriver

I used a parafin greenhouse heater in my old van, the stink was awful, and that was with a proper factory fitted metal bulkhead!. No, the main problem regarding my hose freezing up is not the over***ht temperature in the van, and whether or not it is heated, it is having lots of hose unreeled and laying on frosty ground. Its ok if it is kept running, but, as happened yesterday, if for whatever reason, the water is stopped, it freezes up really quick. That is one of the only drawbacks to using microbore hose. Still, life goes on eh?, these things are sent to try us, etc, etc!. :-)

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you ain't kidding, just walked the dog and noticed the cars iced up for the 3rd time! supposed to be a mild one tomorrow, but unless we get a dose of santa-ana wind before dawn, i can't see me going far before dinner!

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Guest badbusdriver

You have my sympathies guys, not cold here in north east scotland, currently +6 and not looking to get much colder!. A bit windy just now, but thats goin to die away about 6am, so all i have to worry about is the possibility of a couple of showers in the morning, which is not too bad!.

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Guest DoubleACleaningServices

I had to put a heater in the van this morning all the hose from the tank to pump was frozen solid as was the 100m hose and that was in the van!

 

an hour on full power did the trick and i had an extra coffee while i waited in the warm!

 

:D

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Guest badbusdriver

You want to be a bit careful putting too much heat on cold equipment though buddy, that can backfire, with things cracking and splitting!. I have my vans heater rigged up to put heat into the back using some old vacuum cleaner hose, so if i have a longer drive to work, i can warm up the back nicely!

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Guest DoubleACleaningServices

It was the only option i had a busy day and custies were expecting me.

 

Now that sounds like a good idea extending the heater ducts, i may look into that.

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