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Old 09-08-2011, 04:19 PM
 
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I'll be coming in two weeks. What are all the winter tricks that need to be done?

Do I need antifreeze in my cars instead of coolant?

Do I need to let the faucet drip everytime it freezes?

Any other things I need to do?

THanks!
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, CO
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I'll be coming in two weeks. What are all the winter tricks that need to be done?

Do I need antifreeze in my cars instead of coolant?

Do I need to let the faucet drip everytime it freezes?

Any other things I need to do?

THanks!

Yes

No

Not really. Be careful on the roads and buy some salt for the driveway and sidewalks.
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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Do I need to let the faucet drip everytime it freezes?

seriously?
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:37 AM
 
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they tell us to do that here in Florida. It will be on the news every single time we have a freeze coming! Other wise the pipes will bust which doesnt make sense to me because they are underground!
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Centennial State
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Do I need to let the faucet drip everytime it freezes?

seriously?
Uh, yeah, he's serious. There's an apartment complex in Westminster, Colorado that strongly advises tenants to let their faucets drip during the winter to prevent pipes from freezing over and then bursting. Some of the old infrastructure in Colorado has to do that. Sometimes it's with the cheap places that were built to maximize profits. Most modern day apartment complexes don't need that anymore though.

For antifreeze, my biological family use 50/50 antifreeze and water for our vehicles. And buying winter tires is highly suggested, somewhat of a necessity if you're driving up to the mountains for some winter fun. Wouldn't want you to, for some absurd reason on the face of the planet, drive off a road in the mountains into the depths because you didn't have winter tires.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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they tell us to do that here in Florida. It will be on the news every single time we have a freeze coming! Other wise the pipes will bust which doesnt make sense to me because they are underground!
Check with your dwelling here. If it's built with Colorado in mind, the pipes are insulated in warm parts of your building. I only have to let water drip once it forecasts -10F.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Do I need to let the faucet drip everytime it freezes?

seriously?
You must not be a Colorado native or old enough to remember these type of things.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:01 PM
 
Location: In The Thin Air
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Make sure to always have a jacket or sweatshirt, a shovel and a snow scraper in your car. Not just in the winter, all year round.
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Old 09-09-2011, 05:06 PM
 
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Actually I grew up in parts of Northern Canada where it was so cold cars had to be plugged in at night. Temperatures were regularly 40 and 50 below 0 in the winter. Heck it was way colder when I lived in WNY. So yes I think it is a joke. Maybe a valid question in the mountains but certainly not Denver. I golfed last January. hahaha. The same people who think Denver is a "cold" place are probably the same ones who drive 20 down I25 as soon as a snowflake is detected in the air.
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Old 09-09-2011, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Make sure that your windshield washer fluid is kept full with the “blue juice” (you'll see it for sale everywhere).

In addition to Timmyy's suggestions, keep food and a blanket in your car. Just in case you get stuck somewhere. Yes, it CAN happen; sometimes highways get closed if the weather is real bad. Also, we used to keep kitty litter to use for traction if we got stuck; does anyone do that anymore?
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