I’m Sure It’s A Foolish Idea

Fish and I made a quick trip outside after the 3rd game of the day to take a few pics – note emphasis on the word “quick”. The wind is howling from the north-west and it is not warm. I did manage to catch a couple of dark blobs in the water which you should interpret as very large seals. I wasn’t about to stand around and persuade them to pose for close-ups. 🙂

One of the things this wind has done is generate some thoughts which resulted in a conclusion I decided to share with the world. You can forward nominations for the appropriate science prizes to the various committees in your spare time.

To set the stage: first of all I’ve blathered ad nauseum about the sunporch project (this is important context) and in my last post I mentioned my solution to the porous back door (being one of those survival space blankets).

This morning I was watching the early game in that north-west wind and felt a strong, cold, draft. The source was my front door which I have been telling people for years I hate. That isn’t really true. I don’t hate the door – I hate the way it was installed.

It is a big, heavy, metal door with what I guess are decorative panels on either side enclosing single pane windows. The thing doesn’t hang properly, doesn’t close properly, can’t be sealed effectively, and is a giant pain in you know where.

This door points directly towards the direction of the coldest winds we get – which means these winds visit me in my house. lt didn’t occur to me until I was sitting in the draft that I had a second survival blanket in the house just waiting to be hung in the basement. (cue light bulb over my head) I put it up over the front door. Problem solved. I then ordered another one for the basement.

I didn’t have a chance to think about this some more until later – I spend most of the time between games catching up on all the things I didn’t do while I fussed with the sunporch. When I did my mind wandered down a strange path.

  • The survival blanket keeps out the wind, the cold, the heat and (because one of the layers is waterproof) the rain.
  • It adds a fraction of an inch to a surface, requires almost no space for storage or shipping.
  • It is very easy to put in place and it does not make a mess.
  • It costs a whole lot less than pink insulation.

Admittedly some fine-tuning might be required but couldn’t we move on from bales of cotton candy when we build or renovate houses? Even I, with my wonky hands, could have done a better job with my project if I’d ordered a bunch of these blankets. 🙂

You’re welcome.

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