Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:58 am

My 2006 Chevy Aveo (with 199,000+ miles on it) was purchased new in November of 2005. It still has the original factory battery in it and it has been cranking just fine. Never misses a beat. My car is not garaged. Should I chance it when its -15 to -20 degrees, or is it time to replace the battery before the bitter cold gets here?
Last edited by lsayre on Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:51 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:35 pm

Hell,Larry,with action like this,who needs Vegas? :lol: The Rabid,Hidden Gambler Crazy Guy in me sez:"Oh Hell No! We'll go for it,We've made it this far !".....Meanwhile,the Supposedly Decent,Genuinely Caring About Larry's True Welfare Come Monday A.M.Guy sez:Larry,let's go get a New,Decent Battery before this one that's served you so long and so well suffers a Complete Catastrophic Crap-Out Failure in the Sub-Zero Temps.....Ehh,I may be Crazy,but I'm goin' with the Good Guy Opinion and asking you to be good to Larry and go get a new Battery before this one gets You 8-) You are a Wild Man,My Friend !
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:39 pm

Hambden Bob wrote:Hell,Larry,with action like this,who needs Vegas? :lol: The Rabid,Hidden Gambler Crazy Guy in me sez:"Oh Hell No! We'll go for it,We've made it this far !".....Meanwhile,the Supposedly Decent,Genuinely Caring About Larry's True Welfare Come Monday A.M.Guy sez:Larry,let's go get a New,Decent Battery before this one that's served you so long and so well suffers a Complete Catastrophic Crap-Out Failure in the Sub-Zero Temps.....Ehh,I may be Crazy,but I'm goin' with the Good Guy Opinion and asking you to be good to Larry and go get a new Battery before this one gets You 8-) You are a Wild Man,My Friend !


We just spent a few hours cleaning out the garage so for the very first time in the nearly 13 years that we have lived here both the wife and I can park our cars in the attached garage. It was either that or a new battery. My wifes car has always been garaged. Mine has always sat outside, until today.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:46 pm

It's a wonder the two of you didn't go "Early Cabin Fever Crazy" and set up the Volleyball net once we rose to 30* or so ! Good for you,Larry! Christ,Man,Take Care Of Yourself,Your Worth It,Dammit ! :up: :clap:
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:09 am

lsayre wrote:My 2006 Chevy Aveo (with 199,000+ miles on it) was purchased new in November of 2005. It still has the original factory battery in it and it has been cranking just fine. Never misses a beat. My car is not garaged. Should I chance it when its -15 to -20 degrees, or is it time to replace the battery before the bitter cold gets here?


I do not like running things to the point of failure if that means I will be stranded, but if it still starts fine it will probably be fine for a while. I rarely get more than 5-6 years out of a battery. For yours to have lasted this long I imagine you drive the car often and for long distances.

I just replaced the 5 year old battery in my plow truck. It would start fine above 0, but at -15 it barely turned over.
Rob R.
 
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:26 am

hcarlow wrote:Our good friends who lives next door says enough is enough and they are moving to Florida as soon as they can sell their house . All of us are retired so maybe it's not a bad idea . Not sure which is worse cold and snow or hot and humid with bugs and snakes . I hate snakes .


HA...the neighbors across the street from us moved up from FL about 7 years ago when they got sick of the hurricanes. That was the year they had about 5 roll through. Since then FL has not had any bad storms while we have had two hurricanes, 3 blizzards and one earthquake. I kinda think they have a dark cloud following them around.

They want to move back down, but since they bought at market height and with the stupid money they put into their house they will lose about $100k if they sell now.
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:13 am

Sting wrote:
Run the appliance as low as you can to maintain dwelling temp - longer circulation times = not herkey jerkey on/off pump cycles = are the key to efficient and comfortable operation


This is exactly how I run my hand fed furnace. My primary air is usually untouched thru a burn cycle with a steady draft pressure it gets steady amount of combustion air.. Steady combustion rate makes for the most efficient use of the available oxygen. I believe this is the holy grail of efficient burns and heat transfer with a hand fed appliance.
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:16 am

Oh Momma,Big T.! This Guy Sounds like a Lightning Ground Rod for Bad Weather ! Well,we've got the warmth before the Storm. It's 33* with minimal wind. Gas up the cars,and due to a bit of Freezing Rain called for first(N.E.Ohio),get everything ready for that. Bring it on ! :punk:
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:23 am

Gotta go with that Sage Advice,Lightning! As the Bitter Cold tries to invade towards the Core of the Structure you're Heating,you want to apply the needed Push-Back,so to speak,so as to not get behind against it. Burn as you need,but do stay ahead of the Conditions you're combatting. To me,it takes much less time to get behind,so allow more time for pushing the Heat outward prior to the Hard Cold and 20-40 MPH winds that have been called for ! These are just my thoughts and experiences. No debates for me,a cold body is an unhappy body ! :doh:
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:30 am

Hambden Bob wrote:As the Bitter Cold tries to invade towards the Core of the Structure you're Heating,you want to apply the needed Push-Back,so to speak,so as to not get behind against it. Burn as you need,but do stay ahead of the Conditions you're combatting. To me,it takes much less time to get behind,so allow more time for pushing the Heat outward prior to the Hard Cold and 20-40 MPH winds that have been called for !

Whole heartedly agree, I'll be opening up that primary combustion air for a hot steady burn!! We'll be making our gain on the offensive side! :D
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:33 am

Staying ahead is good. It's always easier to stay warm than to try and get warm after you're cold. During ice storms, in the past, when I've expected the power to go out, I've been known to crank the heat up (when burning oil) to 80 or 85 degrees to get the mass of the house and it's contents up. If the power does go out, the house tends to stay warmer, longer.
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:42 am

True Story in my Eyes ! When it's that Cold,think as much ahead as you can to provide survival ans as many options as possible.
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: lsayre On: Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:06 am

Well, now that the cold weather is upon us, it appears that we might get a few degrees of reprieve. Should be about 4 to 5 degrees warmer than the worst of the earlier forecasts.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: Lightning On: Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:08 am

My forecast says -9 for tonight! High of 3 tomorrow.
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Re: Batten down the hatches Ohio! Cold weather on the way!!!

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:11 am

Lightning,....did you get the preemptive clean out done?
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