Gary's Third Pottery Blog

When the going gets tough, dragons gonna get going....

Gary's third pottery blog

WRITE TO ME! Come see me! Open studio HERE! November 25-26 (11-4 each day); Aurora Art and Design, daily until 12/24; Cooperstown Art Assoc. daily until 12/24; Ellis Hollow Community Fair, 12/10; December 10, Little Red Wagon at the Space at Greenstar. All material on this blog unless stated otherwise is copyright Gary Edward Rith 2016

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

the gizmo

As some of you know, we had below zero temps for a few days and half of our water pipes froze. The house is 150 years old and nicely restored and the basement is not too scary. Actually, the original part of the house has the monster sized furnace and is always temperate, and that is where most of our pipes are. But the studio additon is younger, about 70 years old, and not as solid or as well insulated. It was the studio pipes that froze. Those pipes go out from the main basement in a cleverly built tube which has its own heat vent. Super smart, having the pipes warmed by extra hot air from the furnace, but something went wrong. If we ever have extended below zero temps I will leave the tap running, but nothing had frozen in 5 years.
Anyway, you cannot get at the pipes without tearing something apart, but there is that nasty hole in the wall pictured there. So I devised a clever hair-dryer-light gizmo on a ski and slid it into the hole and dang, can you belive, I got things thawed properly???
Clever: c'est moi :)


cookingwithgas said...

you are clever and Penny knows it!

gz said...

holy dogs more like!!!
I assume that is a celebratory dog dance!!
My house was built about 1860-65.
The extension was built in 1972 and that is the weak point! (I extended the extension a little in 2006 and that is warmer!!)
They even put a flat roof on it!!!!
(a pitched roof is the long term plan)

Shortstuff said...

That was way clever, that gizmo, and it looks like Penny is doing the "I have a smart dad" wiggle.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Penny does the HAPPY DINNER DANCE every day. cracks me up and makes for a good phot shoot :)

Lori Buff said...

I'm surprised Maude did not have to come home & fix it. Good job, Gary!

k.a. barnes said...

We should all be so excited for dinner.

CiCi said...

It must be a guy thing. And yes, you guys are pretty clever sometimes. A couple weeks ago the pipe to the shower was frozen. So hubby did the hairdryer thing and in a half hour we had water. Whew.

Michèle Hastings said...

nifty idea! now you just gotta catch that varmint in the walls.

Jay said...

Here's to good old fashioned American ingenuity.

Unknown said...

"Your hairdryer, not just for drying pots anymore". ;)

Reverend Awesome said...


Busy Bee Suz said...

We shall refer to you as: McGuyver!!!
Penny is not the least bit shy is she?

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Penny has a totally loveable belly :)

Liz said...

you have a freakishly long and scary garbled spam comment here. Its kinda funny though.... But more to the point, That hairdryer/light gizmo is the bomb! hairdryers are the potters best friend!

Unknown said...

Ah yes, the hair dryer :) remember them well. lol :) One has to do what one has to do. I am suprised that that gizmo has not been on a TV infomercial. lol lol :)
Love the photos of Penny, waiting for her "Yappy Meal"! lol lol :) She is such a "ham" for the camera. Gotta love that girlie dog, she is the best! :)
Spike would probably get beaten up by the mouse! lol lol :)

Susan as Herself said...

Ingenious contraption. Whoo!

soubriquet said...

If only I'd known!
I could have referred my winter call-outs to you!

Now I'll have to add a ski to my plumbing toolkit!

I'm not at all surprised, though, at this latest ingenuity. Nobody who makes pots like you do was ever going to be beaten by a frozen pipe in an inaccessible place.

kate et jim said...

You've got a serious bunch of wires going on there Gary!

Only once did we ever have to use a hair dryer when we put heat out here in/on the 'back porch' room. Never had to use a ski

cindy shake said...

You are a smartie! Thank goodness you didn't duct tape a blow torch to the extension!! You know how many people up here in Alaska burn their houses down trying to thaw pipes the jackass way?!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Ingenious! Are you sure you're not really an engineer?!

Top pottery blog 2015

2014 winner

Me and Missus Tastycakes

Me and Missus Tastycakes

ME, the TV interview :)

my etsy gallery

my second blog, 2008-2009

my first blog, 2006-2008


Blog Archive

About Me

My photo
I am a full-time studio potter, sculptor, and dog walker, married to superhawt Missus Tastycake.