Seemed like a good idea at the time.

April 16, 2008

Gadget, Home 'Improvement', Lauren

We’ve talked about this before. One of the challenges of living in an old house is getting the hot/cold air to stay where it will do the most good. When we first moved into this house it was frustrating that in the summer it would be a million degrees upstairs where we slept and cold enough to keep meat in the basement. Some friends of ours, the Glanzers, were visiting and John and I came up with some mighty fine solutions the more beer we consumed. I settled on “cuttin’ a hole in that dang ol’ door to keep the cold where I need it, but still lettin’ the cats down to the litter box.”

And that is when I learned the very valuable lesson that you shouldn’t drink and then use power tools. I tried the first cut with a circular saw, which just left a nice, nibbled track across the door. Then I switched to a drill for the corners and the jig saw to cut the crooked lines.

Sure I had some regrets the next day (we can never sell this house with that door) but hey -it does work in the summer. At least it did before the cats got so fat.

Holy Efficiency, Batman!

UPDATE: Pfennig is alive and well. This is NOT a stuffed doorstop.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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8 Responses to “Seemed like a good idea at the time.”

  1. Kitt Said on:

    I’d put a little molding around the hole and make it “official.” Whoever buys the house might have cats, too.

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  2. Kathi D Said on:

    Time to get drunk and enlarge the hole, I’d say.

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  3. Brad Said on:

    I think you should cut a big ol’ hole in the floor and stick a fan in it. Then you could make the fan blow up or down, depending on if you wanted to move the cold air or hot air. Plus, it would be a fun challenge to figure out how to cut a hole through that much material. Plus, you get to buy a new fan!

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  4. Peggy Said on:

    Couldn’t you have just opened the door to let some cold air up?

    If the basement’s that cold, that’s where I’d make my sleeping quarters … year round … ahhh, cold!

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  5. Kristi Said on:

    Does Cricket have an agent? This feline is getting a lot of press. I’m beginning to wonder if something has happened to Pfennig.

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