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You will almost certainly save $100 on your heating costs by using film, assuming you install it well and stop drafts through the window seals. It may also make the home feel more comfortable, which can be the primary benefit. Also, properly installed film is virtually invisible. You hardly know it's there. In my former home here in Minnesota we put the tape ...


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Film in Nebraska would likely be worth it, at least for the worst offenders in terms of drafts. A tight storm window can boost a single-pane's R-value from 0.9 to about 2.0, which is actually comparable to many double pane windows. Coated storm windows can also drastically lower emissivity (by 75%) over plain glass ones, which helps a lot aside from R-values....


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Air has pretty good insulation value if you can stop it from convecting. If it convects, it transfers heat fairly efficiently. Fiberglass and rock-wool matt rely on this - the point of the strands is to create boundary-layer effects that prevent the air from circulating. That's why compressing fiberglass makes it insulate worse. Too wide a gap between ...


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You are correct that having a hot radiator on what's effectively a cold space - the porch - is very inefficient and, presuming nobody's on the porch most of the time, wastes a lot of energy. And you are correct that the hot water going into that radiator is being cooled in the process. However, it is unlikely that the water is going to any other radiators, ...


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The "article" you linked to is written by the manufacturer of STA-BIL, a brand of fuel stabilizer. So I would take the entire thing with an enormous grain of salt. I don't see how you can go wrong following the advice of the lawn mower manufactorer. Personally for my small engines I switch to stabilized fuel sometime in the fall so that it works its way ...


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If your HVAC situation permits it... The ability to have a source of heat that works during a power outage is a massive asset, especially if power outages are a serious concern (as they typically are on the long overhead feeds found in rural areas). Either a wall furnace (Empire-style) or a gas fireplace can be used; either way, you'll want a sealed ...


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Make an insulated, heated enclosure for the paint. Since the paint is already on a wire rack, just insulate the floor and enclose the bottom shelf of the rack. Use a lizard heater and a thermo-cube. Cut and notch OSB, rigid foam insulation and some scrap pegboard to fit on the floor below the shelf. Use scrap vinyl to make a serpentine channel on the ...


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If you have no space in a garage or shed (like me) then outside is your only option. I use a 20'x20' plastic tarp tied around my four patio chairs and table on my deck. They've survived 6 Minnesota winters. After a big snowfall, sometimes I'll sweep the snow off if it accumulates.


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You should consider something like this. These are just pieces I have laying around. All are common, easy to source and inexpensive. The fitting in your link will work as well, you would just follow with a valve and a air tool fitting. this is another way


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This question is about thermal mass/intertia. Suppose you are doing solar panels. The solar energy (from the panel's perspective) is exactly the same 1 hour after sunrise versus 1 hour before sunset. So why is the house so darn cold in the morning and hot in the evening? Because it takes time for temperature to change. Heat energy has to actually move,...


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Growing up in Iowa in the 80's and 90's, we would put plastic on our windows every year. I'm pretty sure they were all single pane windows, too, as it was an older farmhouse. As a kid, I don't know how much it helped with the cost of heating, but I know that the rooms where we didn't do this were often unlivable. Many of these windows, especially the old ...


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HVAC Open cold air returns Prep humidifier: Open intake, turn on water, set thermostat Change furnace filter Test furnace Electrical Shut off A/C circuit breaker If you have baseboard heaters, turn on any circuit breakers, test heaters Do you have a generator? Does it start? Do you have a plan to connect it if needed? Outside Clean out my garage so I ...


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Foam insulation can be injected into the stud cavities. A contractor will drill one hole in each stud cavity to inject the foam through. Then you can patch the holes and paint over them. You should also check any windows in the room. Look specifically at the caulking around the frame. If it's old and dry/cracked, remove the old caulk, use window/door ...


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It's a fairly standard quarter turn ball valve, for permanent repair, take the union loose, remove the valve and replace with like. No patch you can apply will properly seal against expansion propagating through the patch material or breaking the patch material off eventually. Any moisture underneath the patch allowed to freeze will spall it off of the ...


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There is a removable clear caulk you can buy from most home improvement stores that you can use to seal that window and peel the stuff off. I bought some from Menards at $2.50 each on sale. Caulking guns can be bought for a couple of bucks.


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What you are looking for is duct seal. You can pick it up at most home centers. This will seal the external conduit, where the power line enters the house. For sealing the studs, you could get a can of insulating foam (Great Stuff or another brand). The Firestop type would be your best bet. Any place wires penetrate your siding, you should seal them with ...


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Varies with climate/temperature and specifics of the faucets/plumbing. We've had heated basements for a long time, so nothing all that new here. If they are frost-free sillcocks, probably nothing is needed, but you'll save a bit of energy and add some insurance with an insulated cover over the outer part. I have seen these freeze in a heated basement under ...


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Blow it out with air. Over simplified example: the ends may freeze first, then when more freezes in the middle it has nowhere to go. There is a gadget for this if you want to use a compressor. Essentially an adapter "air compressor male to hose fitting". These adapters are available in several configurations notabley male and female hose bib such as: ...


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In most cases, vents are there precisely to be open in the winter (and all other seasons) and plugging them up may result in various problems depending on which of various roles they serve, including but not limited to combustion air supply for fuel-burning appliances, keeping the roof from forming ice dams, preventing mold and mildew, etc. As such, even ...


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Yes, you need to winterize them. That looks like a backflow-prevention device, which prevents water from the lawn from flowing back into the city pipes (in the event of a loss of pressure). Typically, when I lived in TX, my winterization procedure was to shut the inlet valve (the green-handled valve on the right side of the device in your picture) and turn ...


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You are doing a great job! With the system clean and open no bad bugs can grow. Second, with the system turned off, if there is a leak, there will be much less pressure on the lines. Last some might say that on a motor not regularly run, there will be no oil, so when it starts there will be massive metal on metal contact. Well not with hermetic compressors, ...


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PEX stands up pretty well to freezing. It's amazing what you can do to it and how it recovers. Freezing isn't a problem for PEX. Still I would recommend draining it during the winter via a drain spigot at a low point in the plumbing. Depending upon the plumbing configuration, you may have to "blow it out" using compressed air.


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IF you can drain it of all water, that would be good. Since this is often difficult, or requires major disassembly to achieve with any confidence, non-toxic RV antifreeze is another option to prevent damage.


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Sounds like your new windows are much better than your old ones, and the house is now much tighter than it was. This is a common problem in well sealed houses. We have Anderson double pane low E windows, and they fog up inside when we boil things on the stove in the winter. The best solution is natural ventilation. Try leaving the window open a crack ...


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How about permanently mounting lift-off hinges or something similar to the window frames, and using the mating part on the plywood to secure the boards to the windows?


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There should be no permanent cosmetic damage unless you have something seriously wrong with your liner (in which case the damage is already done). Replacing water is very rarely the solution for algae. In practice you can just leave it until next season. Of course make sure it's winterized — i.e., if you're in a freeze zone ensure all lines, pumps, ...


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Turning on the sprinklers after the main water feed has been shut off will not adequately drain you lines before freeze weather. In rare instances some sprinkler system installations may have been setup with slope on the distribution lines out to the very tail end of each line. That tail end would also need to be accessible to be opened to let all the ...


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For outlets, there are pre-cut foam gaskets that fit under the faceplates. You could leave those or remove when you go, as you prefer. For windows that you will leave closed all winter, shrink film window sealing kits cover the whole window (best to put them all the way to the outside edge of the frame) and are fairly clear and non-obtrusive once shrunk, ...


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The question I would ask is, was the shutoff value in the basement off? If the valve in the basement is shutoff it does not matter if the hose had a nozzle or not. I do not know where you are located, but if the temperature is above 45, turn it on slowly and see if it leaks, but if the shutoff valve was turned off, I think you are in good shape.


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The whole purpose of the Woodford Model 17 faucet is to have year around use without bursting. Per their website: The freeze-less Model 17 is designed and intended for year-round residential irrigation purposes regardless of outside temperature. This faucet will not rupture from freezing when the valve is shut off and the hose is removed. The Model 17 ...


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