Bil Browning

Winterizing open thread

Filed By Bil Browning | February 17, 2009 3:00 PM | comments

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I'm stuck with workers at the house today and the internet access has been spotty at best. Not only did we put in new windows last summer, winterize.jpgbut we're finally getting insulation! W00t! The unfortunate problem is this is the 4th time they've been here - and this time they started at 7:30am. Everything had to get moved to the middle of the rooms, the dogs keep going nuts, the entire house is covered in plaster dust (we have asbestos siding so they had to do it from the inside), and, well, by this point I'm generally cranky.

But while it might be a pain in the butt, at least we won't have $450 gas bills each month. That makes me a lot less cranky - or it will! But if blog content is a little light today, it's because I'm cleaning up plaster dust like crazy. *grins*

So consider this an open thread. Obama just announced the stimulus package will include $20 billion to help folks winterize their homes. In fact, an Indiana program is helping us already - and they doubled the budget for our house after the upcoming increase was announced. So are you doing any winterizing or home improvements? Will Obama's increase tempt you into doing something? (Here's some tips on how to winterize your house.)

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Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | February 17, 2009 8:58 PM

Tell me you are wearing a dust mask please.

New windows are in the near future, and a new roof will be necessary due to the recent wind and ice storms.

Since we were powerless for a week, 4 days, and 2 days, because of storms in the past 6 months, I also plan to get a chimney cleaning firm to put the fireplace into usable condition, for the next time power is lost in winter, and a large generator.

For now......still cleaning up the downed branches and limbs.