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  • Lake Blue Ridge Dam

    Posted Under: Parks & Recreation in Blue Ridge  |  December 19, 2010 4:28 PM  |  450 views  |  2 comments

    TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) sponsored a Open House on December 11, 2010 for the community to see first hand the rehabilitation work that is taking place on the Lake Blue Ridge Dam.

    More than 500 people braved the cold temps, and being that my husband Terry and I are both really big Lake Blue Ridge enthusiasts we decided to see first hand how the work was coming along. 

    TVA provided a tent (with heat thank goodness) with lots of  historic photos of the dam construction in the mid 1920s and provided  special viewing stands to see first hand the being done on the lake side and also allowed people to walk on the road the crosses the dam to see the work being down on the downstream side of the dam. There were many TVA staff to answer any of the visitors questions.

    Reservoir Level  

    April 1, 2011 is the scheduled date to begin filling the reservoir. In order to ensure the safety of workers while they complete all elements of the dam rehabilitation, TVA drew down the reservoir to an elevation of 1,620 feet about sea level, which for the past three  months, there have been about 90 feet of water in the reservoir. Full pool is about 1,680 feet during the summer and the winter pool under normal conditions is usually about 1,660 feet.   Rehabilitation objectives 

    TVA undertook the Blue Ridge Dam rehabilitation project to accomplish the following goals:

    • To ensure safe operation of the dam.
    • Eliminate deep drawdowns of the reservoir, which have historically occurred every five years.
    • Repair the buckled penstock (which occurred in the 1930s) and to stabilize the intake tower, which are core structures for proper operation.
    • Reinforce the upstream and downstream faces of the dam to provide greater strength in case of seismic event.

    Even though the schedule date of April 2011 is set to begin filling the reservoir, TVA will continue to have Old Highway 76 across the dam closed for the two-year duration of the project due to the construction activity and heavy equipment at the site.

    And the good news is that the project is on schedule!!!! 

      Project Updates

    You can sign up for e-mail updates on the progress at www.tva.com/river/blueridge.htm

    Information on how TVA manages Blue Ridge is at www.tva.gov/river/lakeinfo/op_guides/blueridge.

    For daily operating information, visit  www.tva.gov/lakes/brh_r.htm

    For homes and land on Lake Blue Ridge, please visit www.ledfordproperties.com

    Partial information for my blog was provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority

    Patty Ledford



  • Winterize your N Ga Mountain Cabin/Vacation Home

    Posted Under: How To... in Blue Ridge  |  November 2, 2010 6:02 PM  |  225 views  |  1 comment

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    Winterize your N Ga Mountain cabin/vacation home! If not..this is what CAN happen!! (edit/delete)


    Winterizing your cabin/vacation home is an important step to make sure that it stays cozy and dry as outdoor temperatures dip. 

    Failing to winterize your home can result in problems like water leaks, bursting pipes, and structural damage. 

    These tips are provided to aid you, the homeowner, in winterizing your home/cabin.  While no one can guarantee against frozen/broken pipes,  it is  important that you take steps to prevent that from happening.  The purpose of winterizing your cabin/vacation home is to remove water, which can freeze, from within the pipelines and other areas on site. 

    •1.    Winterizing your cabin/vacation home requires you to shut off your home's water supply at the main valve.  This water valve is usually located in the basement or laundry room of your home.  After this valve has been securely turned off, open (or turn on) all inside faucets-kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, tubs, showers and laundry room basin-all outside faucets, (also, be sure to remove the garden hoses from the outside faucets).  Leave faucets open to drain away any lingering water that could freeze and break fixtures later. 

    •2.    The next step is to drain the water heater. 


    Special precautions must be used in draining and filling an electric hot water heater.  Electricity must be turned off before draining or refilling the hot water tank!!!

    To drain your hot water heater, simply connect a hose to the drain at the bottom of the heater and allow the water to run into the floor drain.  If you do not have a floor drain, extend the hose to the outside of the house.  Once the heater has been drained, be sure you close the valve at the base of the heater. 

    •3.    After all the pipes are drained, they should be protected.  You can protect "exposed" pipes by wrapping them with insulation or, in cases when the water cannot be totally removed   from the pipelines, a heat tape can be used. 

    •4.    The traps in the toilets, all basins, tubs/showers and laundry tubs should be protected from freezing.  To protect your toilet, you should first flush it (with water supply turned off)-this will clear the tank of any water.  Next sponge out any excess water remaining in the tank.  Dip out some of the remaining water in the toilet bowl, and then add a dilution of propylene glycol anti-freeze, as this is non-toxic, in the bowl. DO NOT USE the type of anti-freeze that you put into your car or truck.  Also, the reason you leave some water in the toilet bowl is to adequately seal the traps so sewer gas will not enter your home through the drain ways.  Also pour the non-toxic anti-freeze into all drains in your home.

    These are just a few steps to take to hopefully prevent any nasty and expensive surprises from frozen water pipes.  I have also been told by several people, from plumbers to builders, that you should leave the heat on a low setting, anywhere from 55 to 62 degrees (for this area located in the North Georgia Mountains).  You can also check with a licensed plumber for more information to safe guard against the chances of frozen pipes. 

    I have included a few pictures of a cabin with water damage!!!!

    This information is not a guarantee against damage, but just a little FYI to maybe help from having a big mess.

    Thank goodness this cabin has been returned to it's former beauty....

    Patty Ledford
    ERA The Real Estate Connection


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