Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Day 86 -- Weather tightening the basement, dishes, and dishes...

Christmas afternoon when I went to turn off the water to do the sink I noticed the big window -- which I had a piece of board insulation over -- was clearly now the biggest source of air leaks with the casement windows now sealed up.

Since it is slow at work, I planned to take a long lunch Tuesday since it would be almost freezing...with the rest of the week struggling to reach 20. Great Stuff is supposed to be 40+, but gotta work with what we have.

Tuesday morning I thought up (why didn't I think of this before?) getting a cheap $10 indoor/outdoor digital thermometer to put the "outside" down by the well pump...and then to get a $10 Christmas light remote control (capable of 1800 watts) for a milk house heater. Setting the heater at 750W would give me plenty of margin of safety. So I picked those up with a can of regular Great Stuff at Lowe's on the way home.

Those all went in the basement at lunch time.

Thought it was interesting how some Rhodondendrons go more limp than others in response to the cold.

Since I can start doing dishes and have more than will fit in a dish drain, and I haven't oiled the butcher block yet, I put down a garbage bag to go under a towel to protect the surface.

First time in like forever I'm cooking at home again...this goes in the fridge for the night, I'll cook it tomorrow while I'm at work.

Thinking maybe I put the thermometer & remote in the bathroom, so when I pee in the middle of the night and see it's below freezing I can kick on the heater...

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