I haven't posted in a while here since it's been a pretty hectic few months for me and my family. My wife went back to work after her maternity leave, I injured at work, left one position and started another, birthdays, Christmas etc..
Despite all that I've still been doing a few prepping things but nothing that really deserved a post of it's own in my mind.
Most importantly I installed a new entrance door in my basement. We have a little stairway that leads to the basement and the door looked like it was an old barn door. It was made out of planks and had an old latch for a door knob. This latch was literally a hole in the door that lifted a metal bar on the other side. Needless to say it was pretty drafty so I usually just covered it over with a vapour barrier and sealed it off in the winter.
I had been wanting to replace it for a while but since new exterior doors can be expensive I put it off and did other things that were less expensive or could be purchased a little bit at a time like insulation.
My wife and I reorganized our finances a few months back which gave us a bit more flexibility so I decided that with winter on it's way it was time to replace Old Windy.
I decided to go see a local manufacturer of windows and doors, Leo Groulx who's now in his 80s and recently had his 60th anniversary in business. He's semi-retired now and his shop mostly consists of he and his son. He said he sometimes calls in his old employees to help out but they were all retired!
I decided to get a door with a sliding window despite the lower insulation quality. My basement is old and the windows are small so it gets pretty dark. This way we get a little bit more light down there and I can open it in the summer to let in some fresh air.
It took Leo and his son about a month to build my door and he charged me $385. When I picked it up it was so "fresh off the line" that the caulking was still soft! Christmas was coming and I appreciated the personal service so I handed him $400 and asked him to keep the change.
Hopefully this will help us save a bit on our natural gas bill which is running about $160 a month now (way too much in my opinion).
As for all the other stuff I've done...after writing a few paragraphs about a door,I just realized that maybe I can write a post for each of the other things I've done recently so that's what I'll do!