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  from Jen Hubley
There's no nicer sound in the world than a hissing radiator this time of year. It almost makes me forget my favorite seasonal paranoia, which is that winter is when my heating and plumbing systems secretly plan to destroy me.

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I have come by this belief honestly: In the past few years, I have had pipes explode, turning my kitchen into so much sodden plaster and cracked tile (this was, of course, while I was on vacation) and my boiler poop out not once, but three times (naturally, when the thermometer had dipped so low, even the mercury looked sluggish about its job).

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My ultimate nightmare, though, is that the pipes will freeze and I'll be forced to choose between two alternatives: Call a handy friend and admit that I have no idea how to do basic home repairs, or call a professional and get soaked. (Hopefully, not literally.)

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