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    Default Frozen manhole pump any ideas

    I live in northern michigan were its cold all winter. I went to use my pump today and the sucker was frozen solid. Last time I used it I compleatly drained it so there shouldnt be a whole lot of water left in it yet its frozen solid. I went as far as filling the primer with rubbing alcohol and its still frozen. Rather than draging it in and out of the house every night to thaw. Any other bright ideas?

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    Default Re: Frozen manhole pump any ideas

    cover in gasoline. light it on fire. no more pump. problem solved. Also cover it with a heavy duty trash bag to keep any water from getting into it after it is dumped out

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    Get some RV water system antifreeze (will not harm animals or plants) and add a few ounces to the pump after draining of water and replacing lower drain plug. The antifreeze will mix with the small amount of water left after draining and the pump will not freeze. In a pinch blue windshield washer fluid will work but will stll freeze if the temp drops below about 0 f.

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    Its already covered in gas when I filled it earlier. Damn I cant find my lighter.... Ill try rv antifreeze because even though I live in michigan usic tends to forget when they order washer fluid its only rated down to 32 degrees and unless I run the danger ranger all day long my windsheild will remain covered in grime

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    Default Re: Frozen manhole pump any ideas

    Make a solid box for the pump and have a hose to run to it. Then when idling run the hose from the tailpipe to the box and let the exhaust thaw out the pump.

    Just do this if in the bed of a pickup truck as less than wanted results if this is in the back of a van.

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    Default Re: Frozen manhole pump any ideas

    After spending countless years of yanking stuff inside, plugging glow plugs, tarping things, I finally came up with a solution that eliminated all those problems....I moved south. Lol

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    SAME HERE...No snow or ice in Texas !!!

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    windshield washing fluid

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