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jane w

10/11/2011 7:37:07 PM
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how to get the door no frozen in winter

hi every one, this is my third winter in brandon, i found my door always get frozen in some winter days, does any body have some good idea to get that better? i really want know about that, please give me some idea, thank you very much.

 
 
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RyanShelly

10/11/2011 7:38:14 PM
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Car or house

Do you mean for your house or your car?

Amused

10/11/2011 7:39:27 PM
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Keep

Keep the snow away from the door. Check the material that seals the door as it sounds like it needs to be replaced. That would keep the heat in the home and the cold and snow outside.

don brown

10/11/2011 7:48:48 PM
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house door

If it is your house door it is likely because you have a humidity problem in your house, try and get the humidity down, if it is a newer house it should have and air exchanger which helps but sometimes they don't keep up, a dehumidifier might help to reduce the moisture level as well, if it is just your doorknob that is freezing up WD40 could help a bit or use one of those donuts that go over the doorknob. If a doorknob is frozen one way to thaw them out is by using a hair drier.

don brown

10/11/2011 7:58:28 PM
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Amused

Good points, I forgot completely about snow blowing in and melting against the door, a storm door might help in that situation.

Northern Lights

10/11/2011 8:05:19 PM
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And if its the Vehicle door

When your vehicle door freezes, just pour some alcohol around the door frame. Last winter, I used Grande Marnier to defrost the door one day. But, otherwise, rubbing alcohol works great.  
 
And Jane, if its the house door, and you are renting, the Landlord needs to repair it. He can NOT technically rent to you, if you dont have 2 Exits.  
 
Edited by Zamora, 2011-10-11 20:08:56

weekend123

10/12/2011 2:13:36 PM
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good suggestions

if the problem is your weather stripping getting stuck then run a small amount of vaseline on your weather stripping and see if that helps.

PJ3770

10/12/2011 3:23:25 PM
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hmm

Do explain, im honestly intrigued, what do you mean 2 exits?  
 
*in regards to zemora's post*  
 
Edited by PJ3770, 2011-10-12 15:24:52

Gumby

10/12/2011 3:55:20 PM
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LMAO!!

  
Zamora said "When your vehicle door freezes, just pour some alcohol around the door frame. Last winter, I used Grande Marnier to defrost the door one day. But, otherwise, rubbing alcohol works great.  
 
And Jane, if its the house door, and you are renting, the Landlord needs to repair it. He can NOT technically rent to you, if you dont have 2 Exits.  
 
Edited by Zamora, 2011-10-11 20:08:56"

Grande Marnier!!! If I used that it'd take about 10 seconds and then I'd need someone to pour warm water on my tongue to get it off the door!!!

sharon kucher

10/12/2011 4:14:08 PM
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Zamora - 2 Doors?????

Zamora - Well if this was true the I believe all of Westaway Bay should be torn down.  
 
They are Manitoba Housing and only have 1 door.  
 
Some people living there have purchased their own rope ladders to use in the basements to get to a window!  
 
 
To get back to your door problem  
Do you have a screan door and and inside door? If not get a 2 door system.  
 
Edited by sharon kucher, 2011-10-12 16:15:58

rocket

10/12/2011 5:25:01 PM
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.

You must have an air leak. If you can see daylight from the other side you have a problem. I would ask the people at the hardware store for the solution.

Northern Lights

10/13/2011 10:30:12 AM
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2 Exits

  
PJ3770 said "Do explain, im honestly intrigued, what do you mean 2 exits?  
 
*in regards to zemora's post*  
 
Edited by PJ3770, 2011-10-12 15:24:52"

Mean you need a front door and a back door. There needs to be two exits, and if one of them freezes up, the landlord is in violation of this requirement. So, if her one door is freezing up, her landlord needs to do some maintenance, or else he is pretty much in violation of the Housing - Fire, health codes. IE, likely does NOT have an occupancy permit, so therefore the space may not be deemed Safe. Contact the Health Inspector, fire marshal, and have them come out first. Then deal with the Tenancy Board.

Northern Lights

10/13/2011 10:35:58 AM
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Well then

  
sharon kucher said "Zamora - Well if this was true the I believe all of Westaway Bay should be torn down.  
 
They are Manitoba Housing and only have 1 door.  
 
Some people living there have purchased their own rope ladders to use in the basements to get to a window!  
 
 
To get back to your door problem  
Do you have a screan door and and inside door? If not get a 2 door system.  
 
Edited by sharon kucher, 2011-10-12 16:15:58"

they likely have a large sliding window, which legally meets the requirements. (but with Brandon having the MOST LARGE MEN in all of Canada, I wonder if those requirements shouldnt be changes, so these big dudes can escape too. Maybe someone needs to challenge their housing codes.  
 
Perhaps you could contact the Minister of Housing, and let him address this concern. Unless someone complains, or files a Grievance, nothing happens. So put your fingers to work, and contact the higher ups. Not just the local office.  
 
It would be great to see the Provincial Govt meet the needs of the grass roots level .... housing is a huge concern, so do something about it.  
 

TV Gal

10/13/2011 10:38:18 AM
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...

  
Zamora said "
  
PJ3770 said "Do explain, im honestly intrigued, what do you mean 2 exits?  
 
*in regards to zemora's post*  
 
Edited by PJ3770, 2011-10-12 15:24:52"

Mean you need a front door and a back door. There needs to be two exits, and if one of them freezes up, the landlord is in violation of this requirement. So, if her one door is freezing up, her landlord needs to do some maintenance, or else he is pretty much in violation of the Housing - Fire, health codes. IE, likely does NOT have an occupancy permit, so therefore the space may not be deemed Safe. Contact the Health Inspector, fire marshal, and have them come out first. Then deal with the Tenancy Board. "

You need two exits but they don't have to both be doors. One exit can be an openable window of the proper dimensions.

jane w

10/14/2011 3:39:35 PM
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Mar 2011
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how to use the air exchanger?

thanks every body. i will think over every suggetion. but i want know how should I use the air exchanger? Should I keep it on all the time? Or just a couple of hour everyday?  
and i worried, If I keep it on, will the house exchanged to the cold air because of using it? because sometime when i use it, i found the house air became colder.  
sorry, i am a new comer, i really don't familier about that. thanks

shooterguy

10/14/2011 4:18:08 PM
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Jane

we run the air exchanger all winter. THey are designed to heat the incoming air as the inside air is being exhausted out the house.

don brown

10/14/2011 7:21:24 PM
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hello Jane

Welcome to cold Canada. You mentioned about it becoming colder in your house with the air exchanger running and that happens at our house as well, an air exchanger will only recover 85-90 percent of the heat that is leaving your house so, if the air in the house is 20 degrees C and the outside air is minus 40C the heat that is gained back will still leaves the incoming air at a temperature below freezing, some systems do have a alternative heat source which warms the air up to a more normal temperature.  
I will also mention that the humidity in your house, in the winter, can cause it to feel cold if it is either to high or even to low, with you mentioning about the door freezing I imagine that your humidity level is a bit on the high side, there should be a number scale on your control for adjusting the humidity in your house, and they usually have a comfort range for the outside temperature which is very important.  
 
Sorry for rambling on but if you have any questions, when it gets really cold outside, just send me a PM and I'll try to answer them.

NA

10/14/2011 11:30:17 PM
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rkd5.9

I think you are supposed to drink the Grande Marnier first and then wait for nature to take its course lol  

autumnkisses

10/15/2011 10:07:12 AM
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humid

this happened to us for the past few years in our rental that we just moved out of..it was, suprise! a manitoba housing home!  
We had a problem with humidity in our home and although we did have an air exchange, it never worked properly. An easy way to tell if your house is humid if you don't know, is by super foggy windows that leak water on the inside..and if you're tropical plants were thriving like mine were lol.  
We had to blow dry our door many times to get it open and then chizzle the ice chunks off with a flat head screwdriver once we did get the door open.  
If you are renting then get the landlord to come over and fix it, possibly get them to purchase a dehumidifer for your home. If you own, all the above things that everyone mentioned are awesome.

Northern Lights

10/15/2011 10:10:21 AM
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TV Gal

  
TV Gal said "
  
Zamora said "
  
PJ3770 said "Do explain, im honestly intrigued, what do you mean 2 exits?  
 
*in regards to zemora's post*  
 
Edited by PJ3770, 2011-10-12 15:24:52"

Mean you need a front door and a back door. There needs to be two exits, and if one of them freezes up, the landlord is in violation of this requirement. So, if her one door is freezing up, her landlord needs to do some maintenance, or else he is pretty much in violation of the Housing - Fire, health codes. IE, likely does NOT have an occupancy permit, so therefore the space may not be deemed Safe. Contact the Health Inspector, fire marshal, and have them come out first. Then deal with the Tenancy Board. "

You need two exits but they don't have to both be doors. One exit can be an openable window of the proper dimensions. "

I believe I SAID THAT ! Care to read thoroughly before slamming me hon. It would be appreciated. ...... Thanks. ...ZAM!!!  
 
Edited by Zamora, 2011-10-15 10:16:34

jane w

10/16/2011 2:57:01 PM
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Mar 2011
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thank you

thank you very much, now i know i should open the air exchanger all time,and maybe i should buy that kind donut for locker too. there's another question, don't you feel it's very noisy it's runing? i really don't like that when i am sleep.

don brown

10/16/2011 5:44:44 PM
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noise

Sometimes the air exchanger can become noisy because of two reasons. Ours sometimes is noisy because it needs to have a good cleaning, they sometimes suck in fine grass or small leaves and this plugs the exchanger core where the heat transfer takes place, you can vacuum it out if it is just dry material, but they can also be washed if they are really dirty, just be careful if you are going to wash it, best NOT to use hot water or detergent, we wash ours out with a garden hose and run the water very slow, also be careful removing the core from the unit.  
 
A second thing that can make it noisy is that the motor needs oiled, ours said that it was pre oiled and would not need to be oiled but it did become worn and when I replaced the motor the salesperson from the company said that it was good policy to oil it once a year with a very light oil, he suggested a sewing machine oil.

jane w

10/18/2011 8:03:53 PM
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Mar 2011
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DON BROWN

thank you very much, i very appreciate. hope this winter will be much better than last one. thanks.

don brown

10/18/2011 8:35:32 PM
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jane w

Your welcome, and I'm also hoping for a slightly nicer winter, but only time will tell.  
 
Stay warm.


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