BLOG UPDATE #16
- The SITE INDEX has been removed from the BLOG UPDATE page and is now a separate page on the site which is directly accessible from the CATEGORY list in the main HEADER or in the list on the right panel.
- The winter preparation tasks are complete and thus the comments are updated as follows:
- LTS is now in WINTER OPERATION MODE which means that all the in-line heaters for the water pipes have been activated, all the water trough heaters have been installed and connected and each of the PUMP/VALVE ROOMS have heaters installed and operational.
- WINTER is a tough time to handle on a farm so everyone can help in a small way, so please take a look at this list and do what you can:- Please do not touch or alter any of the heaters on the water pipes, troughs or in the valve or pump rooms, these are there for the sole purpose of protecting the pipes, valves and water tanks and are not for personal comfort. Any adjustment of the heaters may cause the circuit to break and pipes to freeze.- If you see a water trough, hose or pipe that is frozen (or has any indication it is not working) please let us know and we will attend to it ASAP. Do not attempt to fix the problem yourself, please contact any staff member who will then get a message to Tessa or Richard.- If you use a hose, make sure it is completely drained, properly coiled and put back in one of the heated rooms when you are finished and that all valves are returned to the same position as you found them. The heated rooms are the VALVE ROOMS in the MAIN Barn, Barn A and the LESSON Barn (White Stall Barn). For the PRIVATE Barn, the heated area is the washroom.- Please keep all the doors closed at all times, particularly those for the heated rooms and let us know if any of the doors are not working properly. The front entrance door to BARN A must be bolted shut during overnight periods or when the wind is extreme. (Will check to see if we can repair this door!)
– Do not turn off the lights in the valve rooms in the Lesson Barn and Bank (Pony) Barn during the winter months. There is enough heat from a lightbulb to keep these small rooms warm for a short period of time, in the event of a heater failure. This does not apply to the Main or Private barns as those rooms are too large.
-If you see a water trough that does not have enough water for the heater to be floating in the water, please advise the staff of the situation so that it can be corrected. If there is no contact between the water and the heater then the heater shuts off automatically.
The section of the LTSFM BLOG that relates to “winterizing” will be kept updated as best we can and YOU ARE WELCOME to post your comments there (not here as this blog update post gets changed frequently and the comments disappear)
If there is ANY DOUBT about what to do or what you have done, do not hesitate to ask for direction or assistance. A small mistake can mean a frozen pipe, ruptured valve or a flood. It is much better to be safe than sorry – so if there is any doubt, please ask.