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Old Dec 12th 2008, 10:19 pm
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........thats just hitting Calgary? I went out and finally bought some snow boots and a block heater lead last night in preparation.

The snow started pretty much on the dot here in South Calgary, intreguid as to what -30 actually feels like, and perversely looking forward to it
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........thats just hitting Calgary? I went out and finally bought some snow boots and a block heater lead last night in preparation.

The snow started pretty much on the dot here in South Calgary, intreguid as to what -30 actually feels like, and perversely looking forward to it
I'm in Edmonton and I think its due to come here as it is going to be -30 tomorrow.

I'm just as intreguid as you at the moment.
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I got stopped walking into Wal-Mart this afternoon. I wasn't wearing a jacket and someone asked me if I was cold.

It was only -6 and I was only walking from the car into the store, and no I wasn't cold.
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What kind of lead does one need for a blockheater? Can it just be a bog-standard extension type thingie? It doesn't need to be heavy duty, does it? And just "normal" plug bits on either end ?
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Can it just be a bog-standard extension type thingie? It doesn't need to be heavy duty, does it? And just "normal" plug bits on either end ?
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What kind of lead does one need for a blockheater? Can it just be a bog-standard extension type thingie? It doesn't need to be heavy duty, does it? And just "normal" plug bits on either end ?
I got a specific lead from Canadian Tire, rated down to -40, was on $16.99, same as a similar lenghted normal outdoor lead
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I got a specific lead from Canadian Tire, rated down to -40, was on $16.99, same as a similar lenghted normal outdoor lead
My tractor's been plugged into a normal extension cord each winter, and been fine. I don't know if a -40 rated cord's any more expensive, but in my experience, if it is, don't bother.
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In Toronto, on the other hand, temperatures tonight was well above 0, something like 5 to 7º ("Its almost tropical!, I kept hearing on the radio). Around two weeks ago, I was eagerly waiting for a fantastic snow storm over here, and the media kept bombarding people with it, giving advise on how to avoid it. Just light rain came When will I see such incredible things! (I know they will come, I know... )
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I remember last winter being in Canadian Tire trying to find an extension cord for the block heater and they just looked at me as if I was mad, now I know any extension lead will do but why couldnt they just say that

I also remember when we got our car being told that it already had a block heater fitted. So back home in the garage looking car over we hunted high and low for the lead couldnt find it. Rather red faced we went back to Honda and said excuse me could you just point out where this block heater plug is we cannt find it. 20 minutes later and around four people looking under the hood they announced 'there isnt one'. We didnt feel so bad after that but were rather annoyed at the porkie - error was put right rather hastily by Honda.
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At the risk of invoking debate about "the block heater thread" - at what temperature does one require one? I don't think I even have one, not that I'd know what I was looking for.... but then it only gets down to about -10 here....
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At the risk of invoking debate about "the block heater thread" - at what temperature does one require one? I don't think I even have one, not that I'd know what I was looking for.... but then it only gets down to about -10 here....
Don't mention block heaters!!!!!!
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Don't mention block heaters!!!!!!
I heard the other day it can get heated regarding this subject
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At the risk of invoking debate about "the block heater thread" - at what temperature does one require one? I don't think I even have one, not that I'd know what I was looking for.... but then it only gets down to about -10 here....
According to the locals here at temps below -15, you don't necessarily need to use it but the idea is that it helps you engine to have some warmth and there for start easier and do less damage.

Having a mechanical engineering background I would advise erring on the side of caution and use one rather than not use one.
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Originally Posted by Novocastrian View Post
Don't mention block heaters!!!!!!
They haven't been mentioned for a while, just think of all the people who don't know the answer, and don't know about that thread....
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