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Sep. 30th, 2008

I'm kind of preparing for the economy to take a great waffling Cleveland Steamer before I get too far into the plans for the house construction. I had wanted to do a garage this year, but after getting a couple of estimates that started at $30k, it was pretty obviously not gonna happen. To even consider something like that is gonna take a refi, and there's no way in hell I'm gonna jump on that hydrapony right now.

And really, who knows where we're gonna be this time next year? We could be suffering in a post-apocalyptic miasma, or we could all have flying cars and remote sexbots to pleasure our essentials. I suspect it will be somewhere in between, prolly a little rough in the moneybags and a lot of whining.

Figuring I'll be hunkering down for the winter and putting foam insulation in a lot of the windows. It's not exactly pretty, but an R-10 pinkboard eats a hell of a lot less heat than an R-1 equivalent single-pane window, and I'll sacrifice the view of the neighbor's house for a cheaper heating bill.

A few weeks ago I brought home some pinkboard with the plan to make molds for pavers. I think I may sacrifice them to the greater good of winterizing instead.

Now is not the time to be planning for the future.

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g33kgoddess
Sep. 30th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Methinks I'm going to do the plastic thing on our windows this winter. At least the downstairs ones. Our house leaks heat like a sieve through the windows.
lio
Sep. 30th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
On the contrary, now is exactly the time to be planning for the future. BE PREPARED, as the Scouts always say.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 30th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
I've always wondered what bubble-wrap's insulation value is. At least it's translucent.
magicmarmot
Sep. 30th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Depends on the bubble wrap.
g33kgoddess
Oct. 1st, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
The only problem is that people would keep popping the bubbles for fun, then it wouldn't be insulate-y any more.
magicmarmot
Oct. 1st, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
That's why you get the chlorofoam-filled ones.
lio
Sep. 30th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
While you're at it, tell this to the people in office. Seriously. I've sent several emails myself, today.
quetz
Sep. 30th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'm betting a lot more on the miasma than I am on the flying cars. Still, you might take a thermal image of your house to see where'd be the best use of insulation dollars.
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