Welly wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:35 pm
Running an errand in a RWD lightweight pickup? what's not to like about that!
PeterN wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:01 pm
I don't think our water supply has frozen up for at least 30 years
Our works toilet: Frozen.
Our fancy new Boiler at Home: Frozen 32mm
Still got heat though, the condense is being collected manually
I read this on MX5 forum earlier today...
"...... Next to car
sat my condensing boiler, still churning out heat to keep the house warm, and just enough local heat to keep the garage above freezing.
I was mighty glad I had taken the precaution of drilling a small vent hole in my boiler condensate pipe just below the exit from the boiler.
It had already half-filled the drain bowl placed under it due to the outside pipe freezing solid, and had kept going.
I've already shown this trick to several neighbours, and they are all grateful for the tip-off. I've heard of no-end of people who have had this problem, and my plumber mate says he's fed up of having to either thaw out condensate pipes, or fit new boilers if they have been damaged by the internal water build-up so caused.
If you have either a 'Combi' or condensing boiler (both can be similarly afflicted) then I urge you do like me - drill a small vent in the pipe just below the sump, and let the water escape when the ouside pipe freezes.
You will have to monitor the receptacle you place under it and empty as necessary, but it's a darn sight easier than either thawing out the pipe outside, or suffering boiler damage and a freezing house!
When the danger of freezing has passed, simply block the vent hole with a small self-tapper and PTFE tape - works for me....... "