Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Day Without Reflectix®

is a day without retinal burns.   Do not look directly into these pictures.


This is technically a heated bay, so it stays about 4°F. warmer than the outside.  At 45° this is excellent, but at 15° ... well, the math is foggy but you get the idea.  How much 100 proof vodka would it take to keep 100 gallons of water from freezing at 15°F?  [This is not rhetorical.  Please submit your answers below in Celsius and metric.  Show your work.]  We hope the Reflectix will nudge the equation in our favor.


We did the door earlier in the season.  Here's my contribution:
Pardon my slinky.  This one is not stinky, on account of not having a blackwater tank.   Stop me if you've heard this one ...  we installed another valve that allows gray water to flow into the (already emptied and cleaned) black tank for extra storage.

As for the insulated bay floor, I'm skeptical.  It's better than nothing.  There are lots of things it's better than, but it's still inadequate.  This bay is also heated, though, so we'll get some help there - thanks, fossil fuel!  I'm glad you're a renewable resource.

This one is for Annie's little cold head.  There ya go, Little Head!

What else?  [looks around]

This is the basement window of a "house" (an immobile structure that some people take shelter in when their RV is broken).  The window covering shattered completely this summer, and apparently no longer exists outside my memory.  Any ideas for replacements?

I made this picture small because it doesn't deserve to be bigger.  Our furnace's lowest setting is too hot, and I put this on the thermostat to fix that.  It won't;  please submit your thermodynamically-sound reason below, using Newton's own words.

I still have a little left ...

... aaand, it's gone.

While the sun shone, I hit the tow dolly with a few shots of Rust-oleum® which I like to pronounce like Maus-oleum®.

If you live somewhere like New Mexico or heaven, you might wonder, without real curiosity, what is the blue stuff I keep seeing reflected in the photos?  I wondered for a long time, too, until I realized.  It was the sky. Please help me.

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dirtyduck said...

kitty doesnt wanna be reflective!! love the look on its face:)

lol whats this(below) and how do you come up with these things???

"This is not rhetorical. Please submit your answers below in Celsius and metric. Show your work.] "


The Good Luck Duck said...

I am sufficiently insulated, thank you! No, I said Thank You!

It's scary, isn't it? Before I started blogging, only I knew what happened inside my headbone.

Carolyn said...

How about 200 proof vodka? That would be easier.

(I was afraid to say anything in response to this post 'cause I was feeling obligated to do the math)

The Good Luck Duck said...

Yeah, I guess it would be easier to figure 200 proof, just harder to find! I should have hesitated to ask the question, because how lazy is that?

Cage Free Family said...

We made pretty good use of reflective insulation too... caaaaan't say it helped that much when the temps went below freezing, I have an exploded hot water tank and no intact water pipes to show for it ;-p

Some of our fulltimer friends use heat tape...

sorry...never learned celsius or metric ;-p

LG61820 said...

I can't think of another blog that makes me laugh out loud, thank you!

Tne previous owner of my immobile house replaced a basement window with plywood. When it finally rotted thru I replaced the plywood with plexiglass. I hope to sell before the plexi rots, or shatters or fails in any other way.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Yikes, Cage Free! I'm sorry to hear that. But, also glad to know not to put much store in it.

When I was about nine, there was a big push for metric in school, because we were converting at any moment now. That proved to be an exaggeration, looking back 40 years.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thank you, LG! I'm flattered.

Yes, SELL SELL SELL. Although your plexi solution will probably last longer than the plywood. The glass behind the Reflectix is still intact, but the breeze it lets in is like the beach on the Arctic Ocean. And, since we're still heating that place, too ... It used to have a snazzy plastic "outer window," but I haven't found a replacement around here.

Carolyn said...

Just put the Reflectix on the *inside* of the basement window and call it done.

Maria B said...

Don't worry about the blue stuff, Rox, you will soon be living in places where you will see a lot more of it than you get to see here. Your world will be brighter, your moods will be brighter, and Annie's little head will be warmer. All of these excercises in insulation will be great practice for the nowhere-near-freezing temperatures you can choose to live in during future winter months :-)

¡Vizcacha! said...

Carolyn - *inside* you say. I'll have to reconsider this. My rationale was this: outside it was sunny and bright, inside it was cobwebby, dark and gross. Did I use the wrong criteria??

Maria - yes, this must be true. IT MUST. Thanks for the reminder.

Blars said...

Insulation over the thermostat will just make it slower to respond, letting it get colder before the heat comes on and hotter before it goes off. Another source of heat nearby, such as a lamp, would make lower the effective thermostat temerature.

¡Vizcacha! said...

Blars, you are exactly right. So, eventually we got around to the festive xmas light strategy, which works more or less. Sometimes both.