austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky

As I've mentioned ours is a somewhat older house, so it's got various things that need fixing, most of which can be given a temporary fix that will last a little while and then maybe followed up on when someone really competent is on the scene. One of the temporary things was the side door. The striker plate for it had gotten loose and pretty much broke off, and the wood underneath it was so worn out by age and use that we couldn't secure it again. The temporary fix was to take the striker plate off, which made the door frightfully loose, and to look for a plate with a longer base that could maybe be secured.

After really too much of this I finally went to the hardware store with the old plate and explained my need. The guy was fairly sure they had a plate with a longer base and so they did. With screw holes several inches farther away I was able to put the replacement plate in place, and that should last us a good number of years, at which point we'll probably have to replace the whole door frame because an even longer plate would be hilariously oversized.

Another item is the storm windows. We've got the older-style windows that hang screens or storm windows, and all the storm windows which weren't painted into place were down in the cellar. The kitchen window and the breakfast nook still had screens in place and I thought the horrible, horrible cold December we were having was just awful and maybe it'd be a little better if we put the storm windows in. It took some work in, of course, the cold to get the screens off, and a bit more to figure which storm window went to which of the breakfast nook windows, but I did get them securely in place and that does make the first floor a lot less drafty and a good bit warmer.

Also between this, now, the house smells more like wood smoke. We believe this is because with the house being a little more airtight the furnace is drawing air through the chimney and the remains of past fires are floating through the house. It's not a bad smell but until we had a satisfactory explanation it made us worry there was something else we had to work on. That's what happens when I try fixing our house.

Trivia: The Reo Speed Wagon when released in 1911 was advertised as selling for ``Only $750 ... Most trucks which do what this truck does, cost from $1,200 up''. Source: R E Olds: Auto Industry Pioneer, George S May.

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