draft defeated

7 Dec

the home team might have lost last night, but i scored a huge victory.

i defeated the draft.

the kitchen window draft.

windows of doom

our lovely crows’ nest has but two heating vents, in the bedroom and the living room, leaving the kitchen to fend for itself.

add to this, two windows that don’t seal and freezing wind and the term “icebox” seems more appropriate than ever. let the home-improvement battle begin:

abby vs. the drafty kitchen windows

round 1: stuff towels into cracks and under window before closing. doesn’t look classy, but seems to work, until it rains and the towels get drenched and the wind is still seeping through.

round one winner – windows

round 2: go to lowe’s (check), navigate the endless aisles without any assistance (check), pick up “window sealing” kit (check), assemble on blasted window (check)

this seems to work well – and using the hairdryer to tighten the plastic is a fun science experiment – but just as i am putting away my tools (read: hairdryer and kitchen scissors), i hear it . . .

the knock.

the window which doesn’t fit in the frame knock-knock-knocks with every gust of wind.

the next day finds me paranoid that someone is in the house every time the wind blows.


round 2 winner – windows.

round 3: take it all apart and try again. this time stuffing the gapping window with some foam strips (my back up plan to window sealing kit extraordinaire). then do it all over again – tape, plastic, hair dryer, SUCCESS!

foam for the (win)dow


round 3 goes to abby!

all wrapped up

while it may look like we wrapped the window in saran-wrap, we can already tell a difference in the kitchen temperature. good thing, too, because I was about to pull out the camo duct tape.

cheers to a quiet and warm winter.


8 Responses to “draft defeated”

  1. RH December 7, 2010 at 10:46 am #

    Man, does this remind me of our first apartment in Nashville on 18th Avenue. We did the same thing with the corner windows in our bedroom. It was a battle for sure! Well done, young lady. Well done.

  2. little sis December 7, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    cheers to you and many more years of home improvement victories!

  3. ashleynashville3 December 7, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    three cheers!!!

    i desperately want to do this to my sliding glass door in my living room. it’s not quite drafty, but it’s so large that all the heat is escaping out of the window and the cool air is pushing in.

    we are in a fight.

    • dearabbyleigh December 7, 2010 at 11:32 am #

      you can defeat him! also think about getting a heavy curtain for winter that will keep some of it in!

  4. Jen Gingerich December 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    Our first apartment in in West Virginia was the same way. HOT in the summer and FREEZING in the winter. Didn’t help that there was an entire wall of old crank windows. It was beautiful and that was about it. We did the plastic & hairdryer trick and it helped a ton.

    • dearabbyleigh December 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

      hey jen! how are you? i bet jake is growing so much!
      glad to know you’ve been there and done that. now if there was just a way to keep the hot out in the summer . . . :)

  5. michelle December 24, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    oh how familiar!! our home is on the newer side but the windows are drafty as can be! I’ve added the foam insulation tape which did the seals. Added batting (quilter’s) to the tracks that allow the windows to go up & down – those were just leaking air! And still had to put the plastic on them to keep from turning the heat up 5 degrees to compete with the dreaded wind!
    what kindred spirits!


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