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HOW TO DRAW ON PICTURES ON ANDROID

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How to Draw on Pictures on Android
This wikiHow teaches you how to use draw or paint on a photo using an Android phone or tablet. You’ll need an app like PicsArt Color Paint or You Doodle to get started–you download either for free from the Play Store.

Method One of Two:
Using PicsArt Color Paint

1
Open PicsArt Color Paint. It’s the pink and blue icon with a white “P” in the middle.
If you don’t have PicsArt Color Paint on your Android, you can download it for free from the Play Store  .

2
Tap Start Drawing. It’s the pink button at the bottom-center of the screen.
If you don’t see Start Drawing, tap the left panel with the + at the center to start a new project.

3
Tap the photo icon. It’s the icon that resembles a photo of mountains with a “+” sign at its bottom-left corner. It’s at the top of the screen.
Tap Allow if prompted to give PicsArt permission to access your photos.

4
Scroll down and select a picture to draw on. This will open the picture in editing mode.
You can also tap the camera icon and take a new photo instead.

5
Arrange the photo. Tap and hold in the center of the picture to drag it to a new position. You can also edit and arrange the photo by tapping and dragging on the icons in the photo’s corners:
Ⓧ: Delete the picture.
⤡: Change the picture’s size.
⟲: Rotate the picture.
6
Tap . It’s at the top-right corner. This sets the image in place.
7
Tap the blue color wheel icon. It’s in the toolbar on the bottom-left of the screen. This opens the color picker.
8
Select a color and tap . You can tap a location on the color wheel to select a color and then tap on a location in triangle to adjust that color’s brightness level.
You can also tap a color suggestion at the bottom instead.
9
Tap the paintbrush icon. It’s in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen to the right of the color wheel icon. This opens the brush picker.
10
Select a brush. Swipe through the brush types until you find one you like. You can also adjust the sliders for each brush to change the size or opacity (see-through) of each brush.
You can tap the ^ icon in the top-right corner of the brush selector window to view the brushes full-screen.
Swipe-down on the brush selector to hide it.
11
Draw on your picture. Use your finger to draw on the screen. You can change the color and brushes at any time. You can also use other tools to refine your drawing.
Tap ↩ to undo any mistakes you make.
Tap the eraser tool to erase specific areas.
12
Tap →. It’s in the top-right corner. This takes you to the “Save and Share” page.
13
Tap Gallery. This saves the picture to your Android’s gallery.
Method Two of Two:
Using You Doodle
1
Open You Doodle on your Android. It’s the round icon with a multicolored paint palette inside.
If you don’t have You Doodle on your Android, download it now from the Play Store .
2
Tap Import. It’s at the top of the screen.
3
Tap Draw on Top of Photo. It’s the last option in the menu. A list of sources will appear at the bottom of the screen.
4
Tap your photo gallery icon. If you use Google Photos, tap Photos. Otherwise, look for Gallery or Photo Gallery.
5
Tap the photo you want to draw on. This opens the photo in the crop tool.
6
Crop the photo to the desired size. Drag the corners or edges of the rectangle to surround the part of the photo you want to use, then tap Crop at the top of the screen.
To select the whole photo, tap the first icon (the square with two arrows) at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
If you want to rotate the photo, tap the curved arrow the bottom of the screen.
7
Tap OK. It’s at the top-right corner of the screen. The photo will now open in the drawing editor.
8
Tap the brush icon. It’s at the bottom of the screen. A list of options for your brush will appear.
9
Customize your brush and tap OK. Select either a color or pattern to draw with, and then use the sliders to adjust size and opacity.
Tap Fill to select a single color from the palette, or select one of the pattern options at the top of the screen.
Drag the “Size” slider to the right to increase the brush size, or left to decrease it.
Drag the “Opacity” slider to the left to make the brush color or pattern more see-through, and right to make it more solid/opaque.
10
Use your finger to draw on the picture. If you make a mistake, tap the curved arrow at the bottom-left corner to undo your last action.
11
Tap Export. You will now have the option to save or share your edited photo.
12
Tap Save. A list of file types will appear.
13
Tap your preferred format. Select either PNG or JPG. The quality is similar, but it takes a little longer to save a PNG file.
14
Type a name for your photo and tap OK. This saves your edited photo to your Android’s photo gallery.
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HOW TO USE A TRAVEL PILLOW

How to Use a Travel Pillow
A good travel pillow can make a world of difference on long trips. Ideally, the pillow will provide support for your neck or body so that you can sleep in a relaxed position, even on cramped, uncomfortable plane rides. Choose a pillow that suits your sleeping style and try different positions to find where you are most comfortable.

Method One of Two:
Traveling with a Neck Pillow

1
Try your neck pillow before buying it. Neck pillows don’t typically come in different sizes, so the only way to know if it will fit comfortably is to try it on. If possible, put your neck pillow on before you buy it, or keep the receipt and try it on before your trip. You should be able to rest your head on it without bending your neck uncomfortably, and the material shouldn’t pinch or chafe on your neck.[1]

2
Inflate your pillow if necessary. Inflatable travel pillows can be a convenient way to save space when traveling. If yours is inflatable, blow into the air tube until the pillow is round and firm. Seal the air tube once you’re done by replacing the cap.[2]
Some inflatable pillows self-inflate. Typically, this involves turning a valve which will then cause the pillow to slowly inflate, but check your pillow’s instructions to see how yours inflates.[3]
Non-inflatable travel pillows are typically filled with foam or microbeads. While they are less convenient for packing, you may find that they are more comfortable.

3
Cover your pillow in a T-shirt or scarf to make it softer. Some neck pillows, particularly the less expensive inflatable ones, are made of plastic and may not have a very comfortable surface. Use a thin, soft piece of clothing like a T-shirt or light scarf to cover your pillow and make it more comfortable.
You can also buy a removable cover for your pillow. Just make sure it fits your pillow before buying it.
4
Place the pillow around your neck. Most neck pillows are U-shaped and will fit around the back of your neck with the opening over your throat. Some have straps that cross the opening to keep it in place.[4]
If your pillow is not U-shaped, it may be designed to fit between your shoulder and head. This type limits which direction you can rest your head in, so it’s best for sleepers who don’t change position much.
5
Recline your seat. Most neck pillows are designed to support your head as it falls back or to the side. This position can be more comfortable if your back is slightly reclined. Gently recline your seat, being careful not to move the seat too quickly or too far towards the passengers behind you, until you can lean back comfortably.[5]
6
Cover your eyes. Even on nighttime flights, the plane is likely to be full of small electronic lights that can make it difficult to sleep. Eye masks are relatively inexpensive and often sold at drugstores and beauty shops. Some travel pillows, such as the GoSleep, come with an eye-mask. You can also improvise one by putting a T-shirt or hoodie over your head for more comfortable sleeping.[6]
7
Rotate the pillow for different sleeping positions. If you have a U-shaped pillow, try turning it around so that it supports your chin as your head falls forward. If you have a pillow that fits on your shoulder, try switching shoulders to find the most comfortable position.[7]
8
Place the pillow on the tray table if you want to lean forward to sleep. If you tend to sleep on your stomach, you may find it more natural to lean forward instead of reclining. Try putting your travel pillow on your tray table and resting your head on top of it.[8]
U-shaped pillows are ideal for this, since they provide a space to put your face while resting your forehead directly on the pillow. Otherwise, you will have to turn your face to the side, which may become uncomfortable after long periods.
Method Two of Two:
Using a Body Pillow
1
Travel light to save more space for your pillow. Body pillows tend to take up more space than neck pillows, even when they deflate. The more room you have in your suitcase and your seat, the more comfortable you will be with a body pillow.[9]
Body pillows range in size, but some may be as long and wide as your torso.
2
Wear loose clothing for comfort. Body pillows often work best when they are propped against your legs or shoulders. Wear loose, comfortable clothing to avoid too much pressure or compression on your body when using the pillow. If you tend to run hot, dress light so the body pillow won’t cause you to overheat.[10]
3
Inflate your pillow if necessary. Some body pillows inflate and deflate for easy storage. You may have to inflate the pillow by blowing into it, or it may self-inflate with the push of a button. Look on your pillow’s packaging or label for instructions on inflating it.
If you find that the pillow is too firm for comfort once inflated, you can deflate it slightly to create a softer surface.
If you are not worried about space, you may prefer a body pillow that is not inflatable, such as one filled with foam or microbeads.
4
Attach the pillow to your seat or seatbelt if possible. Some body pillows, like the Travelrest, attach to your seatbelt, while others, like the FaceCradle, may connect to the seat behind or in front of you. Keep your most comfortable sleeping position in mind when you choose a style.
If your pillow attaches to the seatbelt, move it up to where you can comfortably lean your head against it.
If the pillow attaches to the back of your seat, position it so that you can lead forward at a comfortable angle and rest your head against the pillow.
5
Lean forward or sideways onto your pillow. Most body pillows are designed for leaning forward or to the side to let the pillow support your weight. Find a position that is comfortable for you and leaves your neck as straight as possible.[11]
Your body pillow may have a J-shaped curve on each end. The larger curve will fit over your shoulder, and the smaller curve can be tucked under your opposite arm to help keep it in place.
Some body pillows are designed to rest on your lap or tray table and support your upper body while you lean forward.
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Neck pillows are smaller and more convenient than body pillows. However, body pillows are typically more comfortable and cater more specifically to certain sleep needs, such as needing to sleep leaning forward.
If you are traveling with children, consider buying a fun, animal-shaped pillow designed for young passengers, like Trunki Yunki or Critter Piller.[12]
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HOW TO TEACH A CHILD TO KNIT

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How to Teach a Child to Knit
Knitting is a skill that people of all ages can enjoy. If you know a young child who’s interested in learning the craft, choose knitting materials that they can comfortably handle. Show the child a few basic stitches and help them knit a few sample squares. When the child is ready to knit on their own, start them on a basic project so they can gain confidence.

Method One of Three:
Setting the Child Up For Success

1
Select yarn that’s easy to work with. Pick a yarn that’s comfortable and thick enough to handle such as a high-quality wool. Consider using light-colored yarn so the child can see the stitches easier. Don’t teach with a thin or glittery yarn, since it can be difficult to see the stitches.[1]
Choose a yarn that’s thick enough to hold between your fingers easily. Thin yarn is more likely to become tangled and the child might drop stitches more often.

2
Let the child choose needles that are easy to handle. Use any size of needles as long as they work with the size of the yarn. For example, if you have thick worsted wool, use larger knitting needs such as US size 7. You can buy metal, plastic, wood, or bamboo needles so ask the child which type feels the most comfortable and use those.[2]
Bamboo and wood may be more comfortable to work with because they’ll warm up between the child’s hands as they knit.
Some children prefer thinner needles while other kids find that thicker needles are easier to grasp.

3
Keep the teaching session short enough to match the child’s attention span. To determine how long to make the lessons, add 2 to 5 minutes to the amount of the child’s age. For example, if you’re teaching a 5 year old, keep lessons between 7 and 10 minutes long.[3]
Limiting the sessions will help the child focus and will prevent them from getting bored or disinterested.

4
Show the child how to finger knit. Before you introduce the knitting needles, teach the child how to hold the yarn and knit a basic chain using just their fingers. The child will get used to handling the yarn and will gain confidence when they see that they’re knitting a chain.[4]
You don’t need to have the child make anything using the chain. Instead, they can simply practice weaving with the yarn and you can see how well they do with following basic instructions.

5
Teach the child to use a knitting knobby or loom. If you don’t think the child is ready to hold needles and begin knitting, start them on another tool that will make them familiar with yarn. Buy a knitting knobby, knitting spinner, or knitting loom from a craft supply store. Show the child how to weave the yarn around the tool to create basic knit patterns or swatches.[5]
These tools are great if you’ve offered the needles to the child, but they kept dropping them.
Method Two of Three:
Teaching Basic Stitches
1
Use knitting needles to teach the child the knit stitch. Once you think the child is ready to use the needles, cast on and knit a row of stitches for the child. Then, show the child how to insert the needle into the stitch to create a new knit stitch. Have the child watch you do this 5 to 7 more times.[6]
Go slowly and ensure that the child can see you insert the needle and loop the yarn around it.
2
Let the child try the knit stitch. If the child wants to try knitting, hold the child’s hands in yours so you’re both holding the needles. Knit a few stitches together before letting the child hold the needles. Encourage the child as they try to insert the needle and loop the yarn.[7]
If the child doesn’t want to try to knit without you holding the needles, don’t force them to. You can always take a break and try again later.
3
Show the child how to knit the purl stitch. Once the child is successfully doing the knit stitch without any assistance, show them how to do the pearl stitch. Instead of inserting the needle inside and behind the existing stitch, show the child how the needle goes down and in front of the stitch. Slowly knit 5 to 7 purl stitches with the child watching you.[8]
4
Sing a rhyme to help the child remember the stitches. If the child is having a hard time remembering how to handle the needle when making a knit stitch, sing this rhyme and show them the movements that go with it:[9]
In through the front door (Insert the needle through the front of the stitch)
Around the back (Loop the yarn around the needle)
Out through the window (Use the needle to pull the loop through the stitch)
And off jumps Jack (Slide the old stitch off of the needle).
Method Three of Three:
Beginning Simple Projects
1
Knit a garter stitch square with the child. Teach the child to garter stitch by knitting every row. Take turns knitting rows of stitches so you create a basic 6 inches (15 cm) square. Knitting back and forth with the child will give you a chance to guide them and correct mistakes.[10]
The child can use the finished garter stitch square as a tiny placemat, toy blanket, or rug for a toy.
2
Show the child how to read patterns. If the child is at least 6 or 7 years old, show them what a standard knitting pattern looks like. Tell them what a few of the symbols and abbreviations mean. If you’re looking at a pattern chart, show the child how to read from the bottom to the top.
Don’t worry if the child doesn’t completely understand the patterns. If they’re learning very simple projects, they won’t need to rely on a chart.
3
Select an easy project for the child to work on. Once the child is ready to work by themselves for a while, choose a basic project that only requires knit or purl stitches. Choose a simple design such as a washcloth, scarf, swatches, or a doll’s blanket. Check on the child occasionally to see if they need your help.[11]
Ensure that the child can finish 1 simple project before moving on to another one.
4
Help the child troubleshoot mistakes. It’s inevitable that the child will make mistakes as they’re learning to knit. Instead of simply fixing the mistake, show them they made the error and what you can do to fix it. The child will learn how to avoid that mistake and will understand that they can move beyond their mistakes.[12]
5
Be patient with the child. Children learn at different rates so follow the child’s lead. If the child is very interested in learning how to knit, they may pick it up quickly. Never force the child to practice knitting if they don’t want to learn. Instead, help the child and instruct them when they come to you to work on stitches.
Remember to encourage and praise the child’s successes. Kids want to feel proud of their accomplishments and are more likely to stick with something if they feel supported.
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Beginning Simple Projects
Yarn
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HOW TO DATE SHY GUYS

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How to Date Shy Guys
Are you wondering how to take things to the next level with that shy cutie? Shy guys can be perplexing— they may not openly let you know they like you or ask you out, so you’ll have to be willing to make the first move in order to date them. Once you’ve broken the ice, work your magic to get closer to a shy guy. No matter what happens, you’ll need to reel in your expectations–a shy guy may be a little different from other guys you’ve dated.

Part One of Three:
Taking the Initiative

1
Show interest in little ways. Some shy guys need the green light to know that you’re interested. Whenever you see him, be sure to smile and say “hi.”[1]
If you see him from across the room, hold eye contact for a little while and smile. Doing so may give him the courage to come over.

2
Approach him one-on-one. Even the most outgoing guys can be overwhelmed when you’re constantly surrounded by a group of friends. Take the pressure off by stepping away from your pals to chat him up.[2]
A shy guy will be more likely to engage with you one-on-one.
If your friends are around, ask them to meet you later so you can talk in private. Then walk up to your shy guy with a huge smile and say “Hi.”

3
Ask open-ended questions to keep conversations going. Greeting one another and making small talk will only get you so far with a shy guy. Take conversations deeper by using open-ended questions that require more than a “yes” or “no” answer.[3]
For instance, you might ask, “What brings you here tonight?” to learn more about why he’s at an event. You might ask, “Where’d you get that awesome t-shirt?” to get him talking about a favorite comic book character.

4
Suggest low-key activities to warm up to one another. Once you and Mr. Shy get on friendly terms, suggest a time for you to hang out together. These should be low-key get-togethers under “safe” conditions, using something that connects the two of you.[4]
For example, if he’s a stellar math student and you’re struggling, you might ask him to tutor you. If you both live in the same neighborhood, you might ask if he wants to walk home from school together.
You can also ask what some of his favorite things to do are, then choose one that you can do together.
Part Two of Three:
Building a Connection

1
Chat side-by-side rather than face-to-face. Guys in general are more receptive during shoulder-to-shoulder activities as opposed to head-on ones. Try to reduce the pressure and help him get comfortable with you by talking and doing activities side-by-side.[5]
For instance, you might chat him up when you’re both serving food at the local soup kitchen.

2
Connect through shared interests. Your shy crush will be more relaxed when he’s in his “zone,” so find things you have in common. Use these interests to deepen conversations or bring excitement to your time together.[6]
For example, if you both like Stranger Things, consider binge-watching the show or going to a convention together.
You’re more likely to win him over if the interest is genuinely mutual. He’ll be able to tell if you’re pretending to like something just to get close to him.

3
Invite him out to a no-pressure small gathering. Calling it a “date” just might freak out a shy guy in the early stages, so ask him out to lighter, small group gatherings. Maybe ask him to come with you and friends to a concert or a festival happening in your city.[7]
Keep these gatherings intimate— you don’t want him to be overwhelmed by too many people, but you also don’t want him to feel too anxious about a one-on-one date just yet.
4
Up the stakes by hanging out one-on-one. After you’ve gotten to know one another, initiate plans for a real date. Plan the date around your personalities, so you both feel comfortable.[8]
Consider going to a movie for a first date with a shy guy, because there’s no pressure to talk or make face-to-face chit-chat.
If he’s not the mushy type, resist the urge to plan a romantic candlelight dinner. Instead, go for something light-hearted and casual, so you can both be yourselves.
Part Three of Three:
Advancing the Relationship
1
Get comfortable with some silence. At first, you might be unnerved by the many silences that come with dating a shy guy. You might need to repeat something to yourself, like “Silence is not a bad thing” to avoid rushing in with empty or unnecessary conversation.[9]
Over time, you might find that you enjoy the shared silences between you—it can be a relief to not always have to talk!
Silence is perfectly okay and natural in relationships.
2
Give him space as needed. If your boyfriend is shy or introverted, he may need time alone to recharge. Don’t take this personally—it’s nothing against you. Just establish a way for him to let you know when he needs a little space.[10]
He might put on some headphones when you’re together to demonstrate a need to pull away. Or, he might grow quiet and withdrawn.
If this happens, you might ask, “Why don’t I go in the other room and give you some space?” or “I think I’ll go hang out with my friends for a while. Call ya later, okay?”
3
Allow him time to warm to your friends. Avoid situations in which your friends “grill” him with questions. This might make him retreat back into his shell. Also, ask him in advance if he’s okay hanging out with a group of your pals. He may feel more comfortable if he can bring a friend along, too.
Remember, just because you love your friends doesn’t mean your guy will. Give him some time to warm up to them instead of assuming that he’ll like them since he likes you.
4
Don’t draw attention to his shyness. You might think it’s cute when your crush acts shy or blushes, but he may be mortified inside. Avoid calling out his shyness, whether in a group or when you’re alone. Just overlook it and act like whatever he’s doing is totally normal.[11]
For example, never say “Aww, you’re really shy!” or “You’re blushing!”
Calling attention to his shyness will make him feel self-conscious and maybe make him not want to hang out with you.
5
Plan to take the lead with intimacy. One of the tough things about dating a shy guy is having to initiate intimacy. Hugs, kisses, and other forms of affection will likely have to be prompted by you in order for them to happen. Your guy may be too shy to make the first move.[12]
Don’t worry about possible rejection! If you’ve been spending a lot of time together, your shy guy will likely be thrilled to take things to a new level.
You still need to ask for consent, though. When you’re both clear-headed and sober, ask, “Is it okay if I kiss you?” before moving forward.
6
Be patient. Dating a shy guy might feel agonizing. You might constantly wonder if you’re on the right track. You might also get frustrated when it takes him longer to open up. He will send you signals in his own way to let you know that he’s into you. Give it time.[13]

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HOW TO PREVENT FROZEN WATER PIPES

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How to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes
Water expands when it freezes into ice. Unfortunately, water pipes (usually metal or plastic) don’t. This puts a frozen water pipe in danger of bursting, causing a costly mess. The good news is that you can prevent pipes from freezing in the first place by keeping them warm. If you’re leaving for an extended period of time in the winter, you can and should drain your water lines. On the other hand, if a deep freeze hits your pipes before you can take action, you can thaw them safely.

Method One of Three:
Keeping the Pipes Warm

1
Wrap heater tapes around the pipes. Buy UL-endorsed tape with a built-in thermostat. This safety precaution will prevent the tape from overheating You can either wrap the tape around the pipes or run them along the length of the pipes. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to use the tape.
While you can lay insulation over some tapes, others might cause the insulation to catch fire. Always read the safety information before installing the tape.
Alternatively, you could use a heated reflector lamp in a dry enclosed space. On cold nights, check the light to see that it is working.[1]

2
Insulate all water pipes from cold moving air. Wrap pipes in foam rubber insulation designed for pipes. Make sure that there aren’t any gaps between the pipe and the insulation. Miter any strips of insulation that meet at the corners of pipes. Secure them with duct tape. Keep the foam dry as you insulate.
Insulation alone doesn’t prevent freezing. It only slows down the transfer rate of heat to cold.[2]
3
Insulate and heat the drain lines. Apply foam rubber insulation in the same way you insulated the pipes. Pay attention to bathroom and kitchen sinks. Don’t overlook lines in crawl spaces and cold basements. On especially cold days, direct a heat lamp on the drain P-trap.[3]
If you’re concerned about a fire hazard, keep the cabinet doors beneath the kitchen and bathroom sinks open to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.[4]
4
Open the tap on cold days without power. If you lose electric power, let the water run no faster than a slow constant drip. This is cheaper than repairing a burst pipe. First, start a slow drip on the hot side faucet, then a faster drip on the cold side faucet. There is no need to run a lot of water. Bathrooms can be cold, as long as they aren’t freezing.[5]
5
Use a thermal convection-powered hot water recirculation valve. This doesn’t require electricity to operate. It bypasses the drain and continuously circulates warm water through the waterlines. Turn the water off at the main source before installing. Remove the valves under the sink with a mini hacksaw. Use the included connecting joints to attach the valve to the copper fitting from the wall. Secure the fittings to the pipes with a wrench. Switch off the valve whenever you don’t want the water to circulate.
This method requires that the valve be installed at a higher level (usually the second or third floor) than the water heater.
Circulating water throughout your system non-stop will also increase your water heating bill.[6]
6
Use a RedyTemp. This device uses an internal water contacting temperature probe to monitor the water temperature inside the pipes. Disconnect one end of the existing faucet supply lines. Attach them to the RedyTemp. Connect the two faucet supply lines that come with the device. Plug the unit into a standard wall socket and set the desired temperature set point.
Gauge the effectiveness of your chosen set point by opening cold water faucets upstream and feeling how cool or warm the water is coming out the tap. Adjust the set point accordingly until optimized. You’ll achieve an optimized set point when cool or warm water stays in the cold water pipes or the portion of pipe requiring protection.
If you own a tankless on-demand water heater, you’ll need the TL4000 series model rather than the more common ATC3000. During off seasons when you don’t need circulation, lower the temperature set point.[7]
7
Adjust the thermostat. Set the home or structure’s thermostat to at least 55 °F (13 °C). This will keep the temperature well above the freezing point of water. It will also allow enough warm air to circulate to the attic and behind walls, where pipes are often located.[8]
Method Two of Three:
Draining Your Water Lines
1
Locate the main water supply. This consists of two parts. You should find one part near the meter on the street side of your house. The location of the second part depends on where you live. If you live in a warm climate, look on an outside wall or in an underground box. If you’re in a colder climate, look in the basement.[9]
2
Turn off the main water supply. First, open all faucets in the house. Then, shut down both parts of the valve. Make sure that the water flow coming from the faucets stops after a few minutes. If it doesn’t, re-check both parts of the valve and tighten them as best as you can. Call a plumber if you can’t shut off the valve or if any part of the valve breaks.
If you receive well water, turn off its electrical switch to prevent the well from pumping water inside.[10]
3
Shut off secondary supply valves. Take this step if you have automatic outdoor watering systems that prevent you from shutting off the main water supply. Look for round or oval handles. Turn the handles clockwise (“righty tighty”) to close the valves. Shut off valves to appliances involved in significant drainage. These include:
The dishwasher
The washing machine
The ice maker on the refrigerator
Look for this valve either under the sink or in the basement.[11]
4
Inspect the supply lines. Look for leaks, rust, cracks, and other evidence of damage. If any areas are damaged, replace them with hoses coated in braided stainless steel. These are more durable than rubber hoses. Call a plumber if you need assistance.[12]
5
Treat the sump pump. Add a battery backup to the pump in the event of a power failure. Pour water into the pit. It should drain the water by itself. If it doesn’t, make sure the pump is plugged in and the breaker is switched on. If it’s still not working:
Make sure the motor is running normally.
Check the pipe for evidence of freezing or clogging.
Clean the discharge line.
Call a plumber if all else fails.[13]
6
Disconnect watering implements from your outdoor spigot. This includes the hose and the sprinkler. Disconnect everything in the winter or before the temperature in your area drops below freezing. The water inside the hose can freeze and back up into the spigot until it reaches your pipes. Any pipe that freezes can burst.
You can also replace your spigot with one that prevents the water inside the house from reaching the cold exterior. These frost-free spigots are level with the connecting pipe.[14]
7
Treat the exterior spigot. You can protect it from causing problems in one of three ways:
Wrap it in foam rubber insulation.
Open the spigot to drain any excess water from the connecting pipes.
Replace it with a spigot that shuts off the supply of water to pipes in the walls.[15]
8
Call a plumber. If you live in an especially cold climate, ask a plumber to inspect your work to make sure you left no loose ends. Have them also drain the water heater. For an added bit of precaution, you could also ask them to empty water left in drains and traps and replace it with non-toxic antifreeze.[16]
Method Three of Three:
Thawing Frozen Pipes
1
Locate the frozen pipe. Turn on each faucet one by one. If none of your faucets works, the frozen pipe is close to or right at the main water supply, usually located on the street side of your basement or in an uninsulated crawl space. Run your hands every few feet along the pipe to find a section that feels very cold. This is the frozen section.[17]
If water flows from some faucets but not others, the problem might be in a pipe connected to a specific faucet or a pipe on one side of the house. Check pipes in uninsulated walls first.
Keep all frozen taps open until water starts to flow. Then, lower the water to a trickle.[18]
2
Check the pipe in the area of the freeze. Some plastic or copper pipes will split. This will flood the area when thawed. If the pipe looks burst or has a slit in it, call a plumber immediately. Turn off the water supply, as well as the water heater.[19] If there are no splits, begin the thawing process.
3
Heat the area around the frozen part. Use an electric space heater, a hair dryer, or a heat lamp in a reflector to prevent a fire. Exercise caution when placing heat-generating devices. Never leave these devices unattended for any amount of time when in use. If you have a problem, call the plumber.
Space heaters, heat lamps, and reflective lamps can generate high temperatures, which might cause flammable materials to combust. If you need to place a heat source under the kitchen sink, remove all chemicals first.[20]
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Community Q&A
Do I have to let the hot and cold water trickle in freezing temperatures? Answered by wikiHow Contributor
If your water pipes are insulated as shown in the article, you do not need to let them drip, but if they are exposed to freezing temperatures, yes, let both the hot and cold drip.
Will the spigot freeze if you have that water turned off? Answered by wikiHow Contributor
If you turn off the water, you must then drain the water spicket by turning to the left to eliminate any water that may be holding in the line and after draining, you can close it 95% back to the right. After the freezing temps stop, and your turn the water back on, you will see the drip and tighten to close the spicket.
Do all indoor faucets need to be on drip, or just one? Answered by wikiHow Contributor
The short answer is yes. You may be able to open the last faucet in the run, but the pipes from the main run up to each faucet may still freeze.
Will keeping the water running stop pipes from freezing? Answered by wikiHow Contributor
Yes, but running water too slow will still cause it to freeze. It’s best is to install heat tape on outside exposed areas.
Is setting the heating and hot water to come two hours in the morning and two hours at night enough to prevent frozen pipes? Answered by wikiHow Contributor
No. If the environment around your pipes is at or below freezing, the pipes will begin to freeze as soon as you stop setting your heat and hot water. Just because you set your heat two hours in the morning does not mean it can’t freeze in the third hour. As a result, the temperature around your pipe will quickly fall to the surrounding temperature, even if you run water for a few hours in the morning/night.
Is it possible for pipes to freeze if they are buried? Answered by wikiHow Contributor
Yes, but it depends on the depth of the water line and the depth of the frost line (how deep the ground freezes in your climate). For example: If your frost line is at 12 inches and your waterline is only a few inches under the ground, it may freeze.
What will happen if I shut the off the water and turn off the heat?
Answered by DonazP
Because water is still left inside the water piping, freezing can still happen.
Is there a way to circulate your water in your water lines instead of letting it run away? Answered by wikiHow Contributor
You can use a hot water loop, but you still have to keep your pipes insulated. More info here: http://contractormag.com/plumbing/cm_column_62

Does turning on outside spigot help the pipes to not freeze? Answered by wikiHow Contributor
Yes. It keeps warmer water flowing through the plumbing system, thus not giving the water enough time to freeze in the pipes.
Our cabin will be empty all winter with no one there. I will drain the house as well as possible, but I’m worried about where the line from the well into the cabin is exposed. Any ideas?
Answered by IceFishingChampion
If you place a ball valve before the well pump, close it, and inject air into the system, it should blow out any water left in the line.
Tips
Consider hiring a licensed plumber if you have any reservations about following the steps in this article.
If the plumber won’t guarantee their work, seek professionals who will. Refuse to pay if the work is not performed correctly.
Warnings
Never use any kind of open flame. It may burst your pipes.
Things You’ll Need
Pipe insulation
Heat tape
Reflector heat lamp
Hand-held hair dryer
Thermal convection-powered hot water recirculation valve
RedyTemp
Wrench
Mini hacksaw
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