the home team might have lost last night, but i scored a huge victory.
i defeated the draft.
the kitchen window draft.
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 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!
round 3 goes to abby!
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.