I've got 3 more windows to replace , boiler to get cleaned , leaves to take
care of(just started to drop) , planters and other garden stuff to put away
and I'll be pretty much ready except for putting the plow in the garage and
putting the studded snowtires on my wife's '06 Elantra which I won't do till
after Thanksgiving....They are mounted on different rims so the switch is
easy....That's near the end of Nov. for those across the pond and north of
the border...LOL..My 4X4 truck is ready......Oops , got a little more
caulking to do as well...Burned my massive brush pile from trimming my trees
and clearing brush out back today...A nice wet day for it...Boy did it still
burn FAST...Glad I waited for a wet day.....
Last year I just used one of those testers, which claimed both car + truck
were good, but I'm a little wary of those - do they really work?
Yes, I need to do the same. Also around vent pipes etc. for dryer,
furnace and such.
I took the screens down and put the storm windows on just a few days ago.
Still got to check all the seals around the windows.
Oh, make sure your heating system + backup (if you have one) works :-)
Might be worth checking the roof, too - seals where rooflines meet, around
Put on extra layers, mostly ;-)
(house is late 1940's still with single-glazed wood-framed French windows,
and those darn things would have leaked air even when new)
Well enough if you use a margin for error. The really cheap ones can be
10-15F degrees off but if it reads 'good to -20' and your area never hits
0F, you'll be fine.
Oh, be careful if you do decide to flush and drain. Anti-freeze is both
tastey and deadly to cats. (Dogs too I think?), well other wild-life as
well. When I have to drain it myself, I take a bucket and then make sure I
flush/dispose it safely based on the area's rules. In Japan, you dropped it
off at the local auto places (free under 10L, they paid you a little if
dropping off more so I gather there is some recyle thing they can do with
it). Here in my area, they want you to take it to the storm drains and dump
it where pets cant get at it.
I'm a warmer climate as we don't have removable ones like that here.
*big note* If you have a fireplace and didnt have it cleaned in spring, now
is the time. (ours was done and we are now on a 2 times a year schedule due
to heavy use, so it gets done again in Jan then April or so).
Suprised me too, but that was what I'd been told in 1995. Folks then were
just draining it down the driveway to puddle and eventually hit a storm
drain. Folks did that too when I was a kid and would wonder why 'Fluffy'
never came home.
Yeah, I'm not aware of any disposal point at the dump (just batteries and
oil). I'm about 8 miles out from the nearest town, so there's no storm
In the past I've just dumped it in our woodland and covered it to make
sure nothing gets at it.
I hate 'em... need to re-do all the windows sometime, but we'd like to
keep the same style (all French style with what, little 6x8" panels) and
those seem to be a lot more expensive new. Will pick away at them as time
goes on, but we've got twenty-something of 'em to do...
Not yet. Both I & wifey want one though; I grew up in places with big open
fireplaces. Big project though as I'll have to add a second chimney (due
to location of current one), so that's a few years off :-)
Keep hearing horror stories about chimney fires - my parents went about
18 years without having theirs cleaned (burning mainly coal and Apple
logs). They were probably lucky :-)
Naw, had it done at the dealership as a standard thing based on milage and
last time was in 2005 (previous owner's records). They also did the oil,
and something with transmission checks and such. Part of the package deal
when I bought the car, covers annual state inspections and a lot of little
things like that for the first 5 years (2007-2012) under the expanded
Good info from all and thanks!
I picked up that I had forgotten (again) the HVAC filter. Don just pulled
the old one from the heating part and replaced it.
The other one i forgot, was mentioned elsewhere and i;ll add it in for those
that have this need and may have forgotten. As it gets colder, the bugs and
spiders (and mice etc) start looking for a warm spot. This is the time when
here in my area, wolf spiders start jumping across the carpets if we don't
lay down good barriers. There is no way to keep them from the attached
garage which then allows a level of access into the house. At this
intermediate temp here, they also like to come in from the chimney.
This is the time to spray all entryways well and around doors and to keep
doing it until we hit nights in the low 30's. Check roof vent screens to
ensure no ingress to the attic (I have no soffit vents).
Went 40 miles today to the cabin and drained all lines. RV antifreeze in
all the right places. Looked good. Drained the HW tank. Some years, I can
get in in winter, others not. Last year was heavy snow, and we had a long
wait for it to thaw out so we could drive up. Now it's time to do some
stuff around this house.
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