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Old 12-21-2009, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Cashtown, PA
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My husband does too...that is what makes him so sexy

Hmmm the description you mention sounds like something I saw in Mother Earth News many moons ago.

That might be a thought when we get our land in Maine - will build a much smaller house and have to admit the idea of warming the water via a system running through a woodstove is alluring. Sigh, and by that time you will have noodled out the design and tried it out!

Thank the gods for men (and women!) that know what end of the hammer to use and other useful things
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Couple Forgoes Furnace For Winter - Project Economy News Story - WMTW Portland (http://www.wmtw.com/money/22011197/detail.html - broken link)
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FALMOUTH, Maine -- With the temperatures dropping most of us are turning up the heat. But believe it or not, there are some people who haven't even fired up their furnace.

A couple from Falmouth is doing just that. They are taking part in a nationwide challenge asking people to reconsider their comfort zones.

Daniel Filene's home doesn't have heat. That is because it doesn't even have a furnace.
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:54 PM
 
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We've had the furnace running for the past month or so. There is a wood stove but it's not very efficient, and the house is very drafty. Our landlord said that during the three coldest months, his oil bill was $500/mo! We have space heaters as well.

When it was windy out the other day, I was standing in the kitchen and I felt a draft. I figured out that it was coming through the light switch for the ceiling fan...I have no idea how that happens...
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I figured out that it was coming through the light switch for the ceiling fan
You can get inexpensive gaskets for switch plates at most hardware stores.
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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You can get inexpensive gaskets for switch plates at most hardware stores.
That sounds like a plan, thanks for the tip!
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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You can get inexpensive gaskets for switch plates at most hardware stores.
Or rubber gasketing from an old inner tube works good too.
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:30 PM
 
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Or rubber gasketing from an old inner tube works good too.
Great idea, but that's something we don't have. Looks like the hardware store it is.
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Old 12-22-2009, 04:16 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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Or rubber gasketing from an old inner tube works good too.

The submariner in you just keeps coming out.
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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The submariner in you just keeps coming out.
It shows?

hmm, they told me when I attended the 'Transition to Retiree' class that for every decade we spent in uniform it would take half that long to finally work out of our systems.

So lets see here 1978 to 2001, 23years/2=11years, so by 2012 the demons should be fully exercised out of me.

You think that scavenging old parts, rebuilding and re-using them is a bubblehead trait? I was rather hoping it would be mistaken for 'green', you know 'help the environment' and reduce waste.

I had decided to stop posting photos of our woodstove, as I can see where it would be just a slight bit bubblehead.

Didn't someone say that making things or fixing things was somehow 'sexy'? Why can't this just be my sexiness shining out?

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Old 12-22-2009, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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>>> You think that scavenging old parts, rebuilding and re-using them is a bubblehead trait


I would call it making repairs as quick as possible with what you have at hand.
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