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Post by Timeout on Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:18 am

Inspired by Rotary's winterization project, I decided to check my own windows this morning. To my dismay, three still had just screens down on the storms...oops! I thought they were all closed.

I'd love to hear whatever simple tips people have for keeping the cold out...
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Re: Winterization

Post by KevinNSaisi on Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:22 am

Body heat... Hug someone you love. Smile
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Re: Winterization

Post by Timeout on Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:29 am

Lol...okay Kevin, never mind...actually laughing makes you warm too...
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Re: Winterization

Post by KevinNSaisi on Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:21 pm

Turn down the thermostat and put on some old tyme comedy. It is good for your health and good for your warmth. Smile
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Re: Winterization

Post by xmashen on Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:30 pm

Well, when I'm feeling chilled, I like to read TRR because it usually makes my blood boil (and I suppose it's a sort of comedy as well).

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Post by Timeout on Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:31 pm

You guys are cracking me up...lol...I'm not getting any work done with the insulating...
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Re: Winterization

Post by T on Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:33 pm

We "winterize" here by opening the windows. Very Happy

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Re: Winterization

Post by Timeout on Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:34 pm

Sort of like acclimating??
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Re: Winterization

Post by Timeout on Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:42 am

Received a great piece entitled Energy Conservation Tips from Dead River. It's pretty much what I was looking for with ideas on air leaks, insulation and conservation.

Right now one of the things that has changed in the market is that OPEC used to be able to drive up the price of oil by cutting production...that is no longer as effective because it cuts too deeply into their profits. The price of oil is dropping due to reduction in consumption levels, which has created a glut on the market. The most important thing we can do to keep oil prices down is to continue conserving, including driving less or combining trips, winterizing and changing habits.

I have recently realized more fully how much work I still have to do at my own house. The Rotary's Winterization project has given me back much more than the very few hours I put into it. There is another winterization set for this Saturday from 8-12 noon. If interested in helping, meet at the Hope Association building at 8 a.m. Gary Haines of Dead River is the contact person.


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Re: Winterization

Post by Guest on Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:44 am

I pre-bought at $4.52.... Crying or Very sad

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Post by Timeout on Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:48 am

Wow...I'm glad I couldn't afford it at the time... See? It's much easier to be broke. I'm sorry Bug.
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Re: Winterization

Post by m on Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:44 am

Read an interesting article about keeping pests out in the winter in the SJ on Sunday. Suppose some of the ideas would help with keeping the cold out also.
Turning down thermostat while gone for the day and at night is one thing I do. I live in an apt. but I try to make sure my bbhw heat is running efficiently also.

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Re: Winterization

Post by Timeout on Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:54 am

My windows used to rattle and you could feel the cold air blowing through. 2 summers ago a friend found eight aluminum combination storms at a yard sale for $40. They weren't the perfect fit but...add in $12 for a case of caulking and $5 for screws and the house is much warmer. I was able to remove the old wooden storms and put the aluminum up by myself with the help of a stepladder and a screwgun...time consuming but very easy (okay, I did fall off the ladder and into the lilac bushes once).
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Re: Winterization

Post by Timeout on Sat Nov 01, 2008 11:49 pm

Still working my way around the interior perimeter of my home, applying caulking to the crack line under the baseboard where the cold seeps in...about a million miles left to go...I keep telling myself I won't have to do as much next year. Then I tell myself it's kind of an artsy project and that distracts me for a while. Eventually my right index finger starts to hurt from smoothing so I step back and admire the clean white line which appeals to my perfectionist tendencies. By then I'm filled with joy and looking forward to laying some more track tomorrow...okay I might be exaggerating that last bit but as strange as it may sound, I really do enjoy it...Tom Sawyer probably could have collected money from me for a chance to whitewash his Aunt's picket fence.
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Re: Winterization

Post by 911Dispatcher on Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:21 am

I used my $1200 (bribe) times three from Palin to move into a rental that was cheaper to heat, does that count as winterization or socialism?
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Re: Winterization

Post by Timeout on Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:49 am

Rope caulk...not all that it's cracked up to be. Today I did a window check and the rope caulk has pulled away from the windows due to contraction from cold. Now I'm putting painter's caulk and making a nice mess for myself in the spring to clean up when I want to open the window again...there has to be an easier way.
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Post by Timeout on Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:05 pm

Okay, someone told me that if I'm feeling a breeze, something else is creating a draw...yikes! Pick a spot! So I walked around the summer kitchen and felt the breeze coming from the attic hatch. Put some felt on that but there's still cold air coming in the three light cans in the ceiling...can't really cover those with anything, now what?
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Re: Winterization

Post by Timeout on Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:07 pm

Lol...I don't think I've come very far since Louise Dickenson Rich lived in Rumford Point and wrote about getting through the Maine winter...
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Re: Winterization

Post by steve on Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:46 pm

Timeout wrote:Lol...I don't think I've come very far since Louise Dickenson Rich lived in Rumford Point and wrote about getting through the Maine winter...

Timeout, are you living in the same house that she did? If so, that would explain the air infiltration. lol!

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Re: Winterization

Post by Guest on Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:03 pm

The rope caulk sticks well to my fingers, but not to much else. I recently bought some sticky-backed rubber caulking. Like the rope caulk, I found it all draped on my windowsills after a couple of days. So, now I've tried chewing gum.....so far, so good.

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Post by Timeout on Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:04 pm

Ah, chewing gum! Say, that would be a good project for the kids...
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Re: Winterization

Post by xmashen on Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:18 pm

ok, this is gonna be gross, but.... here goes.....I used to pick my nose and shove it in the cracks near the windows (and also occaisionally stuffed small pieces of food that i wouldn't eat (like liver) in the crevices. My parents never noticed (nor did they comment on the great heating savings I had created).

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Re: Winterization

Post by Timeout on Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:21 pm

very creative...I used to squish the canned peas under the kitchen table but I don't think there was a benefit to anyone except the dog.
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Re: Winterization

Post by xmashen on Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:27 pm

i used to HATE canned peas, but now, for some GOD ONLY KNOWS WHY reason, i like them again.

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Post by xmashen on Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:29 pm

but back to winterization. We tried these things in our office, little ropes of dark grey styrofoam that were really very easy to work into the crevices and actually made a huge difference.

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