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Laura

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Posted on Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:42 am  

Oh sorry that was me posting Smile
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Posted on Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:46 am  

Guess, I could get a stationary bike and pretend, LOL.

What other things are you guys doing? I put plastic up around the porches to keep cold air out.

I am really thinking about doing the windows, but I always hated that when grandma did it.

I used to reverse my dryer vent to keep the heat inside when I live alone in a small trailer, sounds cheap but it worked.
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Posted on Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:18 pm  

Forgot to mention that I put a knee high over the end of the dryer pipe so you guys did not think I had a house full of dryer lint, LOL.
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Posted on Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:26 pm  

Smile even if you didn't put a knee high in at least your home would smell good! lol
never thought of the idea about reversing the dryer vent. the apartment we are in now is very very cold even in the summer time which it was nice then. now our poor cats have icicles dripping off their tails. not really but it seems like that sometimes. i think i'm going to a fabric store and getting some heavy duty material if not thermal to make some curtains in addition to getting plastic to put over our windows. my mom got us a weiner dog stuffed animal that's long to put at the bottom of our front door to prevent cold air leaking through the bottom. i can't remember for the life of me what those things are called, it's only 7:30 am here and baby is babbling at me.
my hubby loves wiener doggies. we'll see if this one does 'his job' Wink
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Posted on Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:04 pm  

It worked Debtstinker, You are gonna dry the clothes anyway, so why send the heat to the outside. Our dry vent now is by our main water line, I think it keeps that area warm enough in the winter sometimes to keep the pipes from freezing, beats being out there is freezing weather with a hair dryer trying to thaw them. It happens very rarely, but from time to time it will and we have our pipes well insualted. I don't trust heat tape, my grandmother's trailer burnt using heat tape.
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Posted on Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:35 am  

I feel gas and heating oil is way out of control .I try not to travel only when really have too.I keep tank ful and car tuned up to try and have better gas milage.heating is another thing I'm struggling there its hard to keep house cozy with children who like to run in and out.I put plastic on window and unused doors.have 1 electric heater to help heat draftier areas but then that where my electric bill is hit hard.that why I struggle in this area. any ideas I would like to hear them.
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Posted on Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:13 pm  

Tuning up your car will definately give you better gas milage. As far as the kids running in and out, tell them you are gonna knock a few bucks off there allowance each time they go in and out and this will get them thinking about it. Use the couple of bucks that you knock off to go towards the electric.

Some grocery stores are now using fuel perks, I can't use them yet because we don't have the gas stations that accept them around where I live. They promise to get one soon, I hope, that would be nice, sometimes I have up to 30 cents off a gallon and lose out on it.
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Posted on Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:56 am  

I know!! here too we can't use those perks either and i'm like what on earth?? I don't shop at the one store that offers them very often, only when i need baby food as this store is the only one in our area that sells what he needs, he's a highly allergic child and very sensitive to foods. hmm perhaps we could generate a system where we could sell those perks?? that would be nice, 30 cents off a gallon now a days will save you some bucks.
I remember a funny story kinda off topic...but in the winter time my dad would start up our old 1980 ford pickup and that's what would get us to the top of our 1 1/2 mile hill to the school bus stop...and i remember him saying "don't breath or the windshields will fog!!" he was so adament about that, now i think that old pickup must be a gas hog as he still has it!
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Posted on Sun Dec 09, 2007 12:39 pm  

If you come up with a way, please let us know where to sell them, LOL. I build up a ton of them.

Off topic: I was giving them to a freind but that friend did some very disturbing things, I went into the grocery store and had them change my card over and washed my hands of the situation completely. Soooooooo mad about the whole situation right now and probably will be for a long time to come.
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Posted on Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:32 pm  

Prpper car/vehicle tune up
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Brakes

Your brakes should be equalized so there is no pulling to one side. If the brakes on a car are uneven, it may be more likely to skid on icy roads. As well, if while braking you notice unusual squealing or grinding, or the brake pedal is taut, mention this to your mechanic, as repairs may be needed to ensure optimum brake performance.


Cooling system

If it hasn't been done in a while, have your cooling system flushed out with a good chemical cleaner and put in fresh antifreeze. Make sure your radiator, belts, and hoses don't have cracks or leaks, and that the radiator cap, water pump and thermostat are working properly. While it may seem odd to worry about your cooling system in the cold weather, you car can easily overheat in the winter. Plus, your cooling system impacts your heating system, so if it breaks down you'll have no heat inside the car!


Battery and charging system

Your battery can leave you in the cold, so have it checked. Cold weather is hard on batteries and starting your vehicle in cold weather requires a fully charged battery. Be sure connections are clean and tight and there is no corrosion around the connectors. Your battery might also not work because your charging system isn't working well, and the battery isn't getting charged properly. So have your mechanic check both the battery and charging system.


Engine

A diagnostic check-up of the engine can be a good pre-winter investment. If you're due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Faulty wiring, worn spark plugs, a sticking choke or emission control devices that need attention, can all cause problems when starting your car.


Exhaust system

Check the muffler and tail pipe system for carbon monoxide leaks into your vehicle. Leaks into the vehicle shouldn't happen regardless of season, however, it is particularly important in the winter when the windows of a car are usually closed.


Heaters, defrosters and wipers

You should always ensure your windshield can give you clear vision of the road and traffic around you. Have your car's heaters, defrosters and windshield wipers checked to make sure they are fully operational. Install new winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid (one that is rated to -40ÂșC should do the trick). Make sure you have enough washer fluid too because on messy, snowy days you can easily go through a couple of litres.


Lights

Check to make sure your all your lights are working, front and back, and make sure your headlights are aimed properly. During the harsh weather conditions you can find in the winter, like blizzards, strorms and freezing rain, you'll be happy that you can see and others can see you on the road.


Oil and filter

Dirty oil can give you trouble in the winter, so change the oil and filter before the cold weather sets in. Other filters need attention too - fuel, air and transmission all need attention. When getting your oil changed, check out your owner's manual to see if it suggests you change the oil with one that is rated for the cold weather.


Tires

Check your tires monthly for wear-and-tear and proper pressure in the cold weather. Without proper maintenance, your tires could cause you to lose traction and control of your vehicle in the winter. As the weather gets colder, tire pressure decreases, so make sure your tires are properly inflated to the levels recommended in your owner's manual. Also, check your tires to make sure they're not worn, bare or damaged.

If you install snow tires, you'll improve your traction and your vehicle's handling through the ice, slush and snow. Install four, identical tires so that your are not mixing tires of different tread, size or construction.
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Posted on Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:36 pm  

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Here are ten tips to help you prepare your home for winter:


1) Furnace Inspection

Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.
Stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly.
Consider switching out your thermostat for a programmable thermostat.
If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly and when water appears, close them.
Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.

2) Get the Fireplace Ready

Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.
If the chimney hasn't been cleaned for a while, call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote.
Buy firewood or chop wood.
Store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.
Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.
Check the mortar between bricks and tuckpoint, if necessary.

3) Check the Exterior, Doors and Windows

Inspect exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes; seal them.
Use weatherstripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering the home and caulk windows.
Replace cracked glass in windows and, if you end up replacing the entire window, prime and paint exposed wood.
If your home has a basement, consider protecting its window wells by covering them with plastic shields.
Switch out summer screens with glass replacements from storage. If you have storm windows, install them.

4) Inspect Roof, Gutters & Downspouts

If your weather temperature will fall below 32 degrees in the winter, adding extra insulation to the attic will prevent warm air from creeping to your roof and causing ice dams.
Check flashing to ensure water cannot enter the home.
Replace worn roof shingles or tiles.
Clean out the gutters and use a hose to spray water down the downspouts to clear away debris.
Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from the home.

5) Service Weather-Specific Equipment

Drain gas from lawnmowers.
Service or tune-up snow blowers.
Replace worn rakes and snow shovels.
Clean, dry and store summer gardening equipment.
Sharpen ice choppers and buy bags of ice-melt / sand.

6) Check Foundations

Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from the foundation.
Seal up entry points to keep small animals from crawling under the house.
Tuckpoint or seal foundation cracks. Mice can slip through space as thin as a dime.
Inspect sill plates for dry rot or pest infestation.
Secure crawlspace entrances.

7) Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Some cities require a smoke detector in every room.
Buy extra smoke detector batteries and change them when daylight savings ends.
Install a carbon monoxide detector near your furnace and / or water heater.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work.
Buy a fire extinguisher or replace an extinguisher older than 10 years.

Cool Prevent Plumbing Freezes

Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
Drain all garden hoses.
Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.
Drain air conditioner pipes and, if your AC has a water shut-off valve, turn it off.
If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees.

9) Prepare Landscaping & Outdoor Surfaces

Trim trees if branches hang too close to the house or electrical wires.
Ask a gardener when your trees should be pruned to prevent winter injury.
Plant spring flower bulbs and lift bulbs that cannot winter over such as dahlias in areas where the ground freezes.
Seal driveways, brick patios and wood decks.
Don't automatically remove dead vegetation from gardens as some provide attractive scenery in an otherwise dreary, snow-drenched yard.
Move sensitive potted plants indoors or to a sheltered area.

10) Prepare an Emergency Kit

Buy indoor candles and matches / lighter for use during a power shortage.
Find the phone numbers for your utility companies and tape them near your phone or inside the phone book.
Buy a battery back-up to protect your computer and sensitive electronic equipment.
Store extra bottled water and non-perishable food supplies (including pet food, if you have a pet), blankets and a first-aid kit in a dry and easy-to-access location.
Prepare an evacuation plan in the event of an emergency.
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Posted on Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:16 pm  

These posts cover about everything you need to know for winter, very thorough, good stuff to know.
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Posted on Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:33 pm  

I see so many home fires in the winter time on the news and it is all stuff that can be prevented with some common sense.

Have a friend who lost his son to carbon monoxide poisoning. These deaths are sad any time of the year, but weather related and around the holidays are a yearly reminder of his death.

Hopefully you have all had your furnaces checked out, it only costs about $40 for a furnace check up to make sure that it is working okay. It is a lot cheaper than the emotional price of a death that could have been prevented.

House fires due to candles is another one that can easily be avoided, they have candle warmers on the market now that involves no flame, if you like the candles then purchase a candle warmer, you can find them in stores for about $15, they make nice gifts too.
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Posted on Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:33 am  

oh yes, there are many fires Sad many from forgetting that something's either turned on or we forget to unplug things. like today my sister kept the hair dryer plugged in, while that may not disturb many it sure disturbs me. you just never know what could happen. we have a brand new furnace, just had the furnace man out here actually to check it. and I LOVE candle warmers. I think it doubles the life of your candle. we have three cats and they can get quite smelly. when they do we wipe them down with baby wipes much to their chagrin, but still that smell lingers in the house. also when we change a poopie diaper that smell will fill the air too so we rely heavily on our candle warmers. but try to make sure that they're unplugged or certainly off when we're not home.
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Posted on Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:12 am  

I love my candle warmer, but they seem to kill a candle life, they sure dont last as long scent wise do they? I have some I need to pitch, sure wish I had another use for wax. The wick is buried in all of them.
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