December Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford

Insulating water pipes under house.

To-Do #6: Insulate Exposed Water Pipes

A frozen and burst pipe is a very unpleasant winter surprise, so it’s a good idea to insulate water pipes in a crawlspace to reduce the chance of freezing.

Insulating water pipes:

  1. Chose foam pipe insulation that matches the diameter of the water pipes.
  2. Cut the insulation to length with a box cutter or scissors.
  3. Open the insulation along the split edge, and fit it around the pipes.
  4. Tape any joints in the foam insulation together.

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  • Stephen Ross Says:
    December 2nd, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I have a 1950’s Ranch home with detached garage. There only 3 joists (~20′ – 2×4) in the garage running side to side. Each of them are cracking at knot holes. What is the best way to strengthen/fix (sister another 2×4, or bolt 3″x2″ steel angle and bolt together)??



  • Mary Heleniak Says:
    December 12th, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Thanks for this info. I had no idea filters had different “sides.” Your site (and TV series) has helped this senior citizen more than you’ll ever know. Please keep up the good work. Merry Christmas!


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