Taming the wind

November 8, 2008

Cheap, Eco-Freaky, Home 'Improvement'

It was a very strange day, what with not talking and all.  Samith came over to borrow our truck, and I think I said five sentences.  Strange.

Anyway, it was a fairly productive day.  I worked on my accreditation stuff for school, did a little housework, and taped off the downstairs guestroom.  You heard me right – tape.

Ignore that strip of whatever that’s hanging down.

This house is seventy-five years old, and the windows (at least the ones that aren’t painted shut) are drafty.  This one faces north, and today was windy, so you could really feel the wind blowing. Last year I used that rope caulk, but I didn’t like it very much.  Tape seemed easier.  I taped the edges of the storm window, then the edges of the actual window.  It was funny, because when I got to the end, I had a little wind tunnel at the lock.

It’s really windy right there.

I taped that off, stuffed some cloth around it, then hung towels over the windows in there, shut the door, then stuffed a towel under the door.  (Lloyd says, nothing says White Trash like towels stuffed everywhere.)  Yessir, there’s a lot of dead air between me and the outside.

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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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7 Responses to “Taming the wind”

  1. Lauren's dad Said on:

    What’s the R-value of masking tape?


  2. Deanne Said on:

    But I don’t think white trash use blue masking tape…


  3. Brad Said on:

    Will you be installing your womforters again?


  4. Beth Said on:

    Whew! And that blue stuff is pri-cey.

    (That’s intended to be said in Bill Engval, Larry the Cable Guy, or Jeff Foxworthy’s voice. Your choice.)


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