Monday, January 6, 2014

POOL NOODLE FOAM PIPE PROTECTOR FOR FREEZE

They say necessity is the mother of invention?  Well, in prepping the farmhouse for our polar express cold snap this past weekend, I went to the store to get some of those foam pipe protectors for the empty spots.  Of course, with our local media pushing this as the end of the world, the stores were out of bread, bottled water, batteries, and of course, foam pipe protectors.
What to do what to do...




I looked around and saw these pool noodles, you know, the ones you float on in pools?  Side note, they are really fun in a pool, but I digress...





I picked it up and saw that there was a hole down the middle.  Hmm, I wonder if it will cut easily?




Yes!  It's super easy to cut!  Just cut them to the length you need and then cut a slit up one side.





Voila, it worked like a charm (and honestly, seems a bit better than the standard foam protectors).  I covered the gaps where I needed them (those other parts were covered too after the photo was taken, ha).








For wrapping the outside pipes and faucets, it worked great as well.





Even the little sections where maybe you didn't have any before but want to put some up just to be on the safe side, it is perfect to cut into small pieces.   







22 comments:

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

Excellent repurposing! Now I feel the need to go buy pool noodles and hoard them for pipe wrapping purposes! Hope y'all are staying warm :)

Tammy said...

Brilliant And you probably got them for a great price this time of year, too!

Dani said...

Clever - and cleverer ;)

The Singing Gardener said...

That's pretty damn clever

Kate said...

Yep! Those will work and I've seen them as cheap as $1 a piece in the Dollar Stores...could probably make 3 or 4 pipe insulators out of 1 noodle too! Sure beats paying the HIGH PRICE for one at Home Depot or Lowes!

The Stay @ Home-Gardener said...

They look so much more Dapper than regular wrap!

Sandy said...

1st Man,

Great idea!!! We did find this insulated foam tape at Home Depot 2 years ago and we use it all the time. We put a plastic bag wrapped around the faucets, then tape from top to bottom on the faucet. When spring comes we just cut the tape in one area and pull, everything comes off and there's no sticky stuck left.

Tomato Thymes said...

Cool idea.

Linda said...

Next year, I will buy those when they go on sale at the end of the summer.

1st Man said...

Ha, it's not a bad deal that's for sure. We're trying to stay warm but heck, it's only low 20's...I know others are enduring much much colder. You stay warm too!

1st Man said...

Yes, definitely a good deal. Thanks!! :-)

1st Man said...

Ha, thank you dear lady!! Happy New Year!!

1st Man said...

Ha, thank you much, as always. ;-)

1st Man said...

Yes, Dollar Store is a great place for them. And yes, there was an article I saw on the news here about stores charging high prices for the pipe insulators.

1st Man said...

LOL! I never thought about it but they do look spiffier don't they? And hey, one can find all sorts of loud colors if they are so inclined, ha. Hope you are warm!!!!

1st Man said...

I'm thinking that when the cold is gone and it's not outrageously hot (you know, the month or so we get here, ha) I'm going to crawl around under the house and put new stuff on all the pipes. I might have to look for some of that foam tape. Great idea! Hope you are staying warm and safe!

1st Man said...

Why thank you much!

1st Man said...

Great idea, there are a myriad of uses for them I'm sure. And I DO love a good sale, ha.

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

Genius!

1st Man said...

Ha, thank you much. Necessity is the mother of invention huh? LOL! Thanks for stopping by!

Nichole Mercado said...

Real Genius. It's funny how I'm having this exact conversation with a friend from pool service phoenix as I read your blog -- thinking of the many benefits of Pool Noodles. The possibility seems endless.

1st Man said...

Thank you!