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first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaHomeowners should winterize outdoor pipes and lawn sprinklers soon. A few precautions now can save a lot of time and headaches later.Freezing temperatures can cause the water in an exposed pipe to expand. If the water expands too much, the pipe bursts.”With home irrigation systems, you probably wouldn’t know you had any pipe damage until you turned it on for the first spring watering,” said Kerry Harrison, an irrigation specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Most in-ground sprinkler pipes will be OK. Only the top 2 inches of the ground will freeze in most of Georgia. Pipes should be well below this level. Other irrigation components, such as backflow-prevention valves, are at ground level, though, and could be in danger.If there are any exposed valves or pipes around your home, tape them up or “use a good old sack to wrap them,” Harrison said. Home-improvement stores have many tapes, foams and gadgets to keep these pipes warm on cold, winter nights.The tips of sprinkler heads can hold water. When frozen, they can rupture. The whole sprinkler system holds water, too, even when it isn’t being used. Don’t forget to drain the system, Harrison said. If you don’t drain it properly in the winter, your sprinkler could be a geyser when you turn it on next spring.”Arrangements should have been made in the installation process to have a way to drain those lines that would hold water through a buried valve in a pit,” he said.If you’ve bought a home with an installed irrigation system, find this drain valve. Some systems are equipped with automatic drain valves.Don’t forget about outside water hoses. You can do two things:* Leave the hoses hanging outside. But disconnect them from faucets.* Disconnect, drain and store hoses someplace with a constant temperature. This will prolong the life of hoses.If you leave hoses undrained outside in the winter, don’t move them or touch them in freezing weather. You could be the one to break them. Frozen hoses are fragile.Private water users and rural residents with wells should check out their main water pump. Usually a quarter-inch pipe connects to the pressure switch. If it’s metal, it likely won’t freeze. But if it’s plastic, it might freeze and burst. This could cause the water pump to fail or continue to run and cause some major winter repairs.If all these precautions fail and a pipe bursts, there’s still one thing to remember. “Know where your main water cutoff is,” Harrison said.last_img read more

Jeremy Siegel says stocks can look past tough Covid winter into 2021

first_img(This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only.)Longtime market bull Jeremy Siegel told CNBC on Tuesday that equity investors should be able to look past the current intensification of the United States’ coronavirus outbreak, with daily cases frequently setting new record highs and hospitalizations also rising. Health experts warn it’s about to get worse, too.“The next three months are critical, but remember … stocks are the longest-lived assets, and they look years and years into the future,” Siegel said on “Closing Bell.” “Three tough months, four tough months, once you have a brighter future, which I think 2021 is, boy that is really powerful.” Jeremy SiegelDavid Orrell | CNBC – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Syracuse unable to stop Wake Forest penalty corners in 4-1 loss

first_img Comments In Syracuse’s last four games, the first half has ended scoreless for the Orange. Against No. 16 Wake Forest (8-6, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) on Sunday, No. 9 SU (8-5, 1-4) was the first on the board. It would be the Orange’s lone goal in the 4-1 loss in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. SU started the first half strong, going against a season trend. In the first half, the Orange had six shots, and only two came off of corners. One of those shots found the back of the cage. The goal came before the nine-minute mark, when sophomore Carolin Hoffmann found the back of the net. Her unassisted goal was her first official goal of the season. Hoffmann previously scored during a shootout at the end of the Penn game a few weeks prior, but because of the nature of a shootout, it didn’t count as a goal. The second half saw a drop-off in SU’s offensive production. Syracuse had three recorded shots on three penalty corners and no shot attempts in open play.While SU was unable to capitalize on its penalty corners, WFU did the opposite. The Demon Deacons used penalty corners to set up all four of their goals. Shorty after SU scored, WFU was awarded a penalty corner. Anne van Hoof shot, but was blocked. Quickly a second corner was awarded, but once again, the shot off it was unsuccessful. A third opportunity seconds later had more success when Jule Grashoff scored, tying the game at 1-1. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFive minutes later, WFU lined up for a second penalty corner. Once again, the Demon Deacons scored when van Hoof found the back of the net and sent SU into the locker room, down one. It didn’t take long for Wake Forest to expand its lead in the second half. A penalty corner shot by Grashoff was blocked, allowing van Hoof to get the rebound and score. van Hoof scored the final goal as well, also off a penalty corner near the end of the game. Of Wake Forest’s eight penalty corners, four made it past the SU defense. The Orange will play in Syracuse on Friday for its last ACC game this season against Louisville. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on October 14, 2018 at 3:25 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected]last_img read more