Thursday, March 20, 2008

#196 - Strip Tease

Installing Weather Stripping Around Doors and Windows

Yeah, I should have done this one last fall when all the SMART people were doing it. But, in my defense, it was cold out then and I might have caught a chill. So I decided to wait until we got a nice, warm 75 degree day. The kind of day when you don't mind opening the doors and windows to do some strippin'. And boy did I! I stripped the hell out of the house.

Weather stripping is beyond easy to use. If you can successfully wield scotch tape, you can strip. The stuff is pretty cheap, although it does come wrapped in plastic and, truth be told, I believe it's all made of plastic. Is foam plastic? I don't know. I know it's easy and quick. It took me all of a an hour to go through the entire house. You should totally do it now, while you're thinking of it. Unless it's cold out. Or you're tired. Or you're in the middle of a Scramble game. But do try to get to it soon. Definitely before it gets too hot to work outside.


Most online sources say that you can lose up to 10% of your heat or A/C through cracks and leaks around doors and windows. I didn't find a lot of cracks, but the ones I did find were pretty large and I could feel air rushing around them. I'm gonna take a total WAG here and say 3% savings on my heating and A/C. I guess we'll see the next time I run the riot numbers.

Difficulty Level: 1 out of 5

Holy carp and walleye, this couldn't have been easier. In fact, it was kinda fun. Especially if you play stripper music while doing it. Although the neighbors complain when you pole dance at the mailbox. Well, some of them do.


leslie said...

Erin, If you find this more 'risque' than the olive oil post, you can delete. I think it's a kick...bump...grind...kick...

The Stripper by David Rose is a classic!

Green Bean said...

I've so been meaning to do this but somehow I thought it was too hard and I've been trying to motivate my husband to do it. Now that I know I can do it, I'll definitely give it a go - unless I feel a bit sleepy or it feels warmish outside or something. ;-)

arduous said...

Clearly I've lived in California too long (or maybe it's that I've been a renter too long) because I can honestly say that I have no clue what stripping is supposed to look like or what you are supposed to do. I'm not entirely sure I had even heard about it, thought when you mention it it sounds vaguely familiar. So yes, I know nothing about stripping. Unless you are talking about the dirty kind. I know all about that. Just kidding! I don't! Or do I.... ;)