Tag Archives: Winter

Snow is on the ground

We finally have snow on the ground. I got to shovel the driveway – its big, and put on the brand new snow tires. And we got a Christmas tree (although its only 2 feet tall). We’re officially ready for Christmas now. We also watched the Kensington Santa Claus parade, that was nice.

Photo 115As we go to Ontario for Christmas, I think our car is going to be PACKED on the way there and no different back as we bring home more stuff from my parents place.

We’ll have presents and instruments on the way down and instruments and all the stuff we left there on the way back. Well, some of it, won’t have room for all of it. I’m excited! Nice to have cold temperatures and snow, looking forward to the next blizzard to really test out the snow tires.

We did get stuck already though with the all seasons as we were tree hunting. Got half way up a backroad hill that was only driven up previously by what looked like a small tractor by the looks of the tracks left behind. Its great trying to get down back roads after a fresh snow fall, gotta keep your speed up and hang on 🙂 Kinda like snowmobiling, cept on a snowmobile you gotta keep your feet up and hang on.

Having fun being in PEI so far, can’t wait to see what the rest of the winter brings!

Just a blah blog

snowincanningtonCouldn’t think of anything specific to blog on. Its been rainy and cool here, and we’ve been turning the temp down in the house, downstairs since during week days, we only use this space like 2 or 3 hours a day. My office is upstairs where I keep it quite a bit warmer most of the time. We’re waiting for some snow, it would be fine that it was cloudy with precipitation if that precipitation was snow! Hopefully soon. btw, the pic above is from Cannington, the winter of.. 2005. Matts Alero there, and my (beloved) VW Golf. Man that golf was great 🙁 I’d love to get another vw! Something about those cars! We made a snowman, Lindsey and I that night – you can see the head overtop the alero. Love getting huge piles of deep snow. I miss the winters in Cannington where the roads were completely covered half a foot deep or more. You either had to plow through it or wait until morning some time to see if the plow comes by. We had to walk a few times to church on a snowy sunday morning because the snow wasn’t plowed yet.

Lindsey worked the ‘night’ shift yesterday, noon till 9 or so, and was off again this morning for a regular days schedule so I’ve been sitting in an empty house alot.

Last night I was able to spend time working on my CMS (content management system). I’m making a centralized one because I couldn’t find anything open source ‘out there’ that would do what I needed. Most CMS’s are far too complex for what I need. Mostly when people are editing websites, they need a minimum of options: Add text, upload pictures, resize pictures, edit text, make some links… really thats all they need. They don’t particularly need to make new pages, create new editor logins, or install plugins – besides, if they needed those features, I would probably be charging more and have something like Drupal or Joomla instaled 😛 . No, what i need is something UBER basic, edit page with CKeditor, save, edit another predefined page… SO… I’m building it myself.  slowly getting there. With the progress I’ve made, I should be able to get it ready for next year, that would be swell, and make the management of my sites much easier and prettier! btw, thats what I spent all last night doing  😛 Checking out ckeditor 3.0

Hey, I need a logo for mine! If I had any ambition, I might make mine freely available to others, though from that standpoint its VERY minimal and people would be asking for so many extra features that they can already get from other great sources, ie mentioned above.

And what else…

Looking forward to going to Ontario – hope the internet is good. My dad only has twice dial up. We’ll see how well that works 😛 I’m not real used to anything other than high speed!

I often thing (changing subjects) that I communicate so much on line for work, through emails, after work with friends via facebook, instant messenger, txting etc, that I hardly ever verbally communicate.  We must talk SO much less as a population then they did 20 years ago I think.  You don’t call your friends up on the phone to hang out anymore, you txt them. What does that mean? I dunno, just thought that I rarely speak anymore 😀

Homemade Weather Sealing – from cereal boxes!

Ok, I have no idea if this has been thought of before but I promise, I thought of this today ;).

The Problem:

PICT0064We are currently in an older home that we can’t do much to ourselves (renting) and we have some big old doors going out to a sun porch that we won’t be heating for the winter. The house is quite bent out of shape and therefore all the gaps in the door are uneven (see image), and in spots are quite wide and other places very tight.

Commercial solutions that I’ve seen won’t work. I do have some foam backing road inserted in places but you need to purchase multiple sizes to deal with all the different size gaps 🙁 I don’t want to spend that much, plus the foam stuff is hard to squeeze it, and its really meant for more permanent solutions. Most other commercial stuff has a sticky size or double sided tap which we don’t want to use since its only seasonal, it has to come off in the summer without leaving any marks.

So, the solution is simple and free. We constantly throw out cereal boxes, and the cardboard in them is nice and thin and easy to work with. So, here are the steps below for creating your own seasonal weather stripping for rarely used doors (and some options further below for doors you do intend to use occasionally)

1) Find some old cereal or cracker boxes

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2) Cut it length-wise into 1.5 to 2 inch strips (Bigger gap? Cut wider strips, 3 or 4 inches as needed, and they will flex to fill the gaps)

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3) Fold in half length-wise with a ruler or table edge

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4) Insert into any gap that you have. As you can see below, the first image shows the form road I had in the bottom section of the door, and the second shows the cardboard squeezed in. It will fill any size game there assuming you’ve cut it wide enough, and friction will hold it in place!

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5) Keep stacking them one on top of the other all the way around the door – remember to hold your hand over the joints and sections to find any drafts and adjust as necessary!

Some improvements on this idea are:

  • Want to create long strips and be sure there are no gaps between sections? use masking tape to join all the sections you created to make a big long strip.
  • Use double sided tape on one side (the long side if you have a long side) and stick it to either the door or the door way, this allows you to open and close the door without the cardboard falling out and since the board is springy, it will always fill the gap.

Some cons here:

  • If you’re using this on a door you use often, it may fall out (without double sided tape) or wear out (its just cardboard that you were going to recycle anyways 😉 )
  • May not look as nice –  but hey, its free
  • If drafts are strong or there is moisture prevalent, you may want to think about a commercial product. I suppose you could do a similar thing with an old ‘crazy carpet’. It would be wanter resistant and provide nice long strips though it might not fit into small spaces as well, oh and its usually a ‘crazy’ colour.. but again, its free 🙂