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    Insulation for water filter ideas

    Hey all...

    Winter coming to Texas eventually, anyone seen anything other than a hot water heater blanket I can cover this huge water filter with. Moving here and the way they build these homes they installed it outside. Last thing I need is it freezing up. It seems to have good protection under the home's roof over hang. But it needs a cover. Any ideas?
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    You could build a wooden box around it, and line that with styrofoam. Make sure you have a hinged access panel, that has the styrofoam on it, but that it is cut so the panel opens when needed.
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    Did you say that's a new home? I would doubt that installing even part of a water softener outside would be against code for obvious freezing issues. I'd call you local building codes and find out if it's even legit to have it outside.


    If it is, then I would wrap it with thermostatically controlled heat tape and insulate it.


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    I think a combination of Farmgirl's and Dieselshadow's ideas would be your best bet. I assume the house is slab on grade.

    Geez; the original owner could have gone to McMaster-Carr www.mcmaster.com and got pre-made insulation elbows to do a neater job. They also have tees.
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    If you can make the box tight enough to the house, leave the house side open and insulate the other sides well, you would likely keep the enclosure above freezing with the heat loss through the house wall. I am baffled by that installation if you live in a climate that sees temperatures below freezing.

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    You know, never wondered about the HOA here saying anything, because of the bushes in front of it you really cannot see it. However, funny the plumber missed the fact that in a closet against that wall is the main access panel for the water coming in and could have put it there.

    Oh well.

    Thanks for the ideas, I think I will do a combo deal on it. I want zero issues with it...
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    TexKev:

    Sorry to hear you have a HOASS. Knock on wood our worthless HOASS is leaving us alone for the time being.
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    .....can you piss anywhere on your property and not have the neighbors call the cops?






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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    The real test is.....

    .....can you piss anywhere on your property and not have the neighbors call the cops?

    You laugh, but that is my mantra. I'm from Alaska and I'm a man. The world is my bathroom.
    Where I am, even the girls can do that! No HOA here. Of course, have one neighbor that wants to use binovulars and then call the sheriff when I do the nekkid rain dance.
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