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I should have started winterizing before winter got here

Some weeks ago, I bought some plastic to cover all the leaky windows. It's the kind that you apply to the window using a double-sided tape, and then use a hair dryer to "shrink" the plastic to a tight seal. If you do it well, there are no wrinkles and you cannot even see the plastic.

The first thing I did was cover the window on the back door. It's a window consisting of many small panes of glass, which means many more seals that can leak - and all of them do. It's obviously been caulked a zillion times and one of the panes appears to be plastic, so someone got creative when one pane broke. It had plastic over it put on by a previous tenant, but that plastic was yellowed and loose and completely ineffective.

So I replaced that plastic right away. I felt so proud of me for being economical. But it was such a production that I never got to the other windows. For some reason, the house was designed to make sure that no hair dryer cord would be long enough to reach any window even from the nearest outlet. Strange architectural requirement, but I am almost positive that it was included in the instructions to the electrician - assuming that they used an electrician. Anyway, we were having some mild weather, so who thinks about it?

When yesterday they forecast a gusty wind that would create a wind chill of -30F, I suddenly got the urge to do the other problem windows.

But I didn't feel very well and even with the Boy's help (he's the tallest among us these days), we got only one window shrink-wrapped.

I have three more windows to go and there's bits of plastic and tape everywhere. It's a terrible mess. But I paid quite a bit of money for this plastic and I am going to get 'er done , as Larry the Cable Guy says.

But I am beginning to wonder if it wouldn't have been smarter just to pay the higher heating bills.

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scheng1 wrote on January 8, 2015, 8:23 AM

Now I am glad that over here in Singapore, we always have hot and humid weather.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 8, 2015, 8:32 AM

With a wind chill of -30F I do hope you get it all done soon.

ison1 wrote on January 8, 2015, 8:36 AM

Hello Anja. I've applied that plastic to windows before. I found it quite satisfying shrinking it taut with a hairdryer

VinceSummers wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:13 AM

Here I was thinking your radiator cracked. I'm glad it was nothing so serious as that. But with the cost of heat these days, it's pretty nearly as serious, isn't it?

WordChazer wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:20 AM

It's never smart to pay higher heating bills. Good luck with the winterising.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:59 AM

Oh I wish you luck. Thankfully I got my windows done a couple of months ago. It does help a lot.

Kasman wrote on January 9, 2015, 6:57 PM

We recently had new double-glazing fitted so we don't have that problem. You really should have started earlier - you would be finished and sitting in a warm and cosy house right now if you had!

seren3 wrote on January 10, 2015, 6:24 AM

Nelda Hoxie suggested bubble wrap. She said it sticks well to the inside and is easy to pull off. But - go get 'er done!

Sheilamarie78 wrote on January 15, 2015, 3:03 PM

No, you're doing great. Get the tall person to help you finish. Extension cords are handy things.