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I managed to keep most of my rig from freezing, but the input line from my tanker to the float box is frozen solid. it's a 1.5" ridged plastic line. any suggestions on how to thaw it out? its warm enough that the outside section will probably thaw by the time I want to boil tomorrow, but the inside section being out of the sun wont thaw for a few days.
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Old March 28th, 2019, 08:17 AM
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Gently use a heat gun or hair dryer. keep moving, do not hold it in one place. A better way is to use heat tape on it, wrap it around or tape it along the bottom, either way.
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Gently use a heat gun or hair dryer. keep moving, do not hold it in one place. A better way is to use heat tape on it, wrap it around or tape it along the bottom, either way.
Heat tape works well, but don't wrap it overtop of itself or it will burn right through the insulation and short out or cause a fire.
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Can you take it apart and get it inside? We've done this with piping before or you put it on the warm steel roof in the sun and it thaws quickly.
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Dr Perkins is correct. If you wrap the heat tape, do it in a spiral wrap, do not have it overlap at all. Then an insulation jacket works well. For my main line to my sugarhouse I have a 1.5" Spiraflex hose, with a heat tape in an insulation jacket for 2" pipe. I used commercial rather than homeowners heat tape. The Com one is 7 watts/lineal foot, the other usually 3 or 3.5 watts. Even though it has a t-stat, to keep the pipe at 37 F, I only plug it in when I get a frozen line, it only usually takes 30-45 minutes to get flow.
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I managed to keep most of my rig from freezing, but the input line from my tanker to the float box is frozen solid. it's a 1.5" ridged plastic line. any suggestions on how to thaw it out? its warm enough that the outside section will probably thaw by the time I want to boil tomorrow, but the inside section being out of the sun wont thaw for a few days.
I use a torch, once it starts seeping it thaws itself. I have a couple 1" pump lines with sags

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