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Old 01-18-2013, 01:50 PM   #11491
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It stopped snowing by 11 pm here - and began melting - which froze by morning. Only got an inch or so - but lots of ice until the sun came out!
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:51 PM   #11492
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How cold is it supposed to get? It's been down to below zero here and I've never known my car door locks to freeze.... ?
The problem is snow getting into the locks - followed either by freezing rain or VERY cold temps - which freezes the snow inside the lock into ice.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:05 PM   #11493
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The problem is snow getting into the locks - followed either by freezing rain or VERY cold temps - which freezes the snow inside the lock into ice.
Ok, that makes sense. Mine have still never done it, but I park either in a garage or in the sheltered spot between houses that is our driveway.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:42 PM   #11494
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They sell gadgets to defrost locks, but who buys one in advance? Saw one just the other day. They have a slim rod, about 2" long ... which the gadget heats up a little bit. You shove the heated rod into the lock and voila! On the other hand, without that, you have to hold your warm fingers over the lock until the fingers freeze and the lock UN freezes. But mine hasn't frozen in ages, so no gadget.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:05 PM   #11495
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Back in the old days, when everyone carried lighters, you could heat your key slightly and melt your way into the lock - BUT you had to get it out fast - before the key froze in place!
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:25 PM   #11496
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Whatever you do, do NOT breath on the lock trying to unthaw it. You risk getting your lips and/or tongue frozen to the lock.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:39 AM   #11497
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Back in the old days, when everyone carried lighters, you could heat your key slightly and melt your way into the lock - BUT you had to get it out fast - before the key froze in place!
That's the way I used o do it.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:11 AM   #11498
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Whatever you do, do NOT breath on the lock trying to unthaw it. You risk getting your lips and/or tongue frozen to the lock.
Ha! Does that really happen.
Imagine having to scream for help with your tounge stuck.
Arrrr.......uwow ine un un.. ny ung eer uck oo er arr goor ng I aren't et it ore.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:17 AM   #11499
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Ha! Does that really happen.
Imagine having to scream for help with your tounge stuck.
Arrrr.......uwow ine un un.. ny ung eer uck oo er arr goor ng I aren't et it ore.
I do not know anyone it has hapened to but I do remember hearing news reports warning people.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:23 AM   #11500
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Back in the old days, when everyone carried lighters, you could heat your key slightly and melt your way into the lock - BUT you had to get it out fast - before the key froze in place!
I once shared this tip with a nonsmoking co-worker, who responded "That's a great idea! I'm going to put a lighter in my glove compartment right now!" *



*Yes - she was blonde. Why do you ask?

Several days later, she told me (with suitable blushes) "I realized what I said. I'm carrying the lighter in my purse."*



*Yes - she was a blonde out of a bottle. Reassuring, isn't it?
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:45 AM   #11501
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Ha! Does that really happen.
Imagine having to scream for help with your tounge stuck.
Arrrr.......uwow ine un un.. ny ung eer uck oo er arr goor ng I aren't et it ore.
It really can and does happen. Extremely cold metal will instantly freeze the water on your tongue, sticking it to the cold surface.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:02 PM   #11502
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Well after being 1C yesterday afternoon, winter has come back. It is -22C with a windchill down to -35 right now and it will be -34C tonight with a windchill down to -41C.

Ugh is all I can say. Thankfully we're a month past the solstice and the sun is almost starting to feel like it has some heat again when it is out.
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It really can and does happen. Extremely cold metal will instantly freeze the water on your tongue, sticking it to the cold surface.
I see they all call ine un un for assistance.

In an alternate universe our secretary went to move her car on friday and the thermometer for the parked car read 61C.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:44 AM   #11504
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Beautiful, sunny day today. But windy! Very windy! There's a cold front coming through.
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It really can and does happen. Extremely cold metal will instantly freeze the water on your tongue, sticking it to the cold surface.
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