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Ask a leader water questions here

Postby Denob » Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:53 pm

Feel free to ask water related questions here.
One of our volunteer topic leaders will be happy to answer you.
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Postby dollyndrew » Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:12 am

I read somewhere a while back that there is a widget / tap thingy you can buy on amazon to open the external faucets on shopping malls. Ambiguous much? Trouble is I can't remember what it's called.

Assistance s'il vous plait.
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Postby Denob » Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:17 am

I am sure you could find something to do this.
Most shopping center faucets use a triangular shaped key, which could likely also be built.
Be careful though as some shopping centers will have metered water and may not take kindly to this practice.
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Re: Ask a leader water questions here

Postby Goldie » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:16 am

It is a " Sillcock Key " . Canadian Tire has then.
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Postby dollyndrew » Sat Dec 07, 2013 6:26 am

Thanks Goldie! And, of course - I wouldn't dream of doing this if it wasn't absolutely desperate!
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Re: Ask a leader water questions here

Postby Freedom65 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:32 am

Where is the least expensive place to buy a water filter in Nova Scotia, is berkey the best? Paul
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Postby Denob » Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:33 pm

Freedom65 wrote:Where is the least expensive place to buy a water filter in Nova Scotia, is berkey the best? Paul

Not really sure what local stores might be charging. One thing you will come to realize is that a lot of your prepper supplies will have to be mail ordered, and there are lots of places to choose from.
As for Berkey being the best, I have my doubts, although they are a high quality filter. The problem comes when you look at viruses.
There is a lot of information, and misinformation about the size of viruses. Some websites selling filters claim that the smallest viruses are about .5 microns, while others claim .0004 microns. Obviously, someone is wrong.

For my water filtration, I chose the Aquapail 3000. This will filter 3000 gallons of sewer water (more for cleaner water) and actually KILLS bacteria and viruses, which makes me feel better knowing that it doesn't matter what size they are, and I won't have a filter full of "buggies" to worry about when it comes time to dispose of it.

The one drawback is that you can't just replace the filter, once used up, the whole thing has to be replaced.
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Postby MrsPrepwPets » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:35 am

Denob wrote: Some websites selling filters claim that the smallest viruses are about .5 microns, while others claim .0004 microns. Obviously, someone is wrong.

For my water filtration, I chose the Aquapail 3000. This will filter 3000 gallons of sewer water (more for cleaner water) and actually KILLS bacteria and viruses, which makes me feel better knowing that it doesn't matter what size they are, and I won't have a filter full of "buggies" to worry about when it comes time to dispose of it.

Bacteria run 2-8 micrometers (microns, un) at widest points, some rods/bacilli in the 0.2 un size.
Viruses run 20-300 nanometers (0.02 to 0.30 un) with some classes hitting 450 (but they're squishy; like saying a jellyfish is 1'x6' so shouldn't it through a 10" net).

Nanometers are 1 x10 to the -9.
Microns are 1 x 10 to the -6 (three magnitudes larger).

Surface-scraping geek going back to her rock now...
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Re: Ask a leader water questions here

Postby Denob » Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:55 pm

Well, there you go then.
Thanks for the info!
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Re: Ask a leader water questions here

Postby frugalcanadaprepper » Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:17 am

This year I intend to put together a rain catchment system collecting water from my roof to provide for my water needs. My biggest concern is going to be winter and having things freeze. While I intend to heat the area where my storage tanks + plumbing will be, I can't exactly heat my entire roof to melt snow to get the water. Anyone want to make some problem solving suggestions? Winter bites and so far all I'm thinking is melting buckets of snow on the wood stove which seems very inefficient.
Thank you in advance to all who make a reply.
When I get the whole shindig up and running I promise to post a youtube vid for everyone to dissect. Lol.
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