Last week Matt finished installing our final new window, so we now have a full set! They are fantastic, and we’ll tell you more about them soon. Yesterday I used the Great Stuff low-expanding foam to insulate between the window frames and the rough openings. Here it is curing, yet to be trimmed (easily done with a razor blade or a serrated knife).
I had already done four windows a few weeks ago, but was waiting on the final window to do the last batch. The cans of foam are pretty much one-time-use since the foam will cure in the straw and block it, so it seems more efficient to do several windows at once. Boy does that insulation make a big difference. It was getting cold outside and some condensation was forming on the inside of the nailing fins. I could even feel a cold breeze coming in around the edges of the window frames. After the insulation, no more cold air! It was just in the nick of time. We woke up this morning to this:
Wilbur was the first one outside to check it out. He loves it!
Early in the day we had maybe an inch of snow on the ground. Seattle doesn’t usually get snow that sticks, so this is pretty exciting for us.
Amazingly, it stayed cold all day and the snow kept falling. We ended up with a few inches of fluffy, dry snow. Here it is piled up on the fence and sticking to the old picture window.
Rob knocked on the door and invited us to come play outside with several of the neighbors. We had a blast making a 6 foot tall snowman. “With a
corncob pipe coffee bean mouth and a button mustard bottle nose and two eyes made out of coal beer cans.” Classic. Oh and his neck tie is made of a piece of old wiring we recently pulled out of the wall.
Rob is hoping it will get on the news. Several people gave us the thumbs up as they drove by at 5 mph. Now we are warm and cozy in our mostly insulated house. Even in the middle of winter, it is uncommon for the temperature to drop below freezing here, but it will be in the 20s and maybe even the teens this Thanksgiving week. I’m so glad we got the house buttoned up just in time.