Friday, January 16th, 2004
9:59 am - Baby, It's Cold Outside...  
I really can't stay...
      Baby, it's cold outside...
I've got to go away...
      Baby, it's cold outside...

It was -8°F outside when I went to bed last night, and it was -8 when I got up. It was also 49° in my kitchen, despite the heat being on. There are three reasons for this last. First, there are no baseboards in my kitchen, and there's no available wallspace to install any. (Although now I'm wondering if there are any small enough to fit under the toekick of the kitchen cabinets. Need to look into that.) Second, the side door needs new weather stripping to stop the drafts, which I just noticed the other day, and will take care of this weekend.

The third reason is that the arrangement of the baseboards in the rest of the house wasn't designed properly. What they did was run baseboards around the entire perimeter of the house, without considering the size of the rooms. Thus the backroom, which is about 12' x 11' has 23' of baseboard in it. Since it's also the first room on the circuit, all the heat gets dumped in that room, leaving little for the rest of the house. The kitchen is at the other end of the house, so the the only heat source is what little drifts in from the dining room. They did it that way because there was less work involved, because they could do long, straight runs rather than putting in the proper size, then going down through the floor, across the basement, back up into the next room, etc. Feh. Anyhow, lots of thing to think about for weekend and summer projects.

Went to volleyball last night for the first time in almost a month. The session was full, which was nice for a change, and there were even a couple of newbies. I played pretty well, although it helped that I was on a team with the two best players in the group. We also had one of the newbies, who did well enough considering it was her first time playing ever. Blake tutored her as we went along, and she picked things up pretty quickly. We lost the first game, but after that we kicked ass and won the rest of our games. Go us!
Current Mood: chilly
Current Music: "Baby, It's Cold Outside" -- in my head.
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Jesse: snowmanjesseh on January 16th, 2004 - 07:58 am
I've had that song in my head for two days already! Sorry it's cold inside for you, too.
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msbellemsbelle on January 16th, 2004 - 10:25 am
Cold kitchens are no good. I think I would cook everynight to warm it a bit. Definately something to think about, but can you really change it?

YAY! VOLLEYBALL! Glad you had a good time and good for going.
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DXMachinadxmachina on January 16th, 2004 - 10:53 am
I normally do cook at night, it's just that last night I ate out. I have an electric radiator there which does a decent job of warming things up, but I am loathe to run it when I'm not there. Actually, it's usually not a problem. Even last year with all the snow, I never had to haul out the electric radiator.

As far as changing it, I think that if I eliminated about half the baseboard in the back room so that more still hot water made it to the end of the circuit, it would help a lot. I need to do some calculations to see just how much baseboard each room really needs.
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arlissarliss on January 18th, 2004 - 01:53 pm
Our older house had forced air oil heat, and was retrofit with electric baseboard rads in the 70s. The people who did the work installed the rads on interior walls, thanks so much, so they didn't have to drop lines from the attic. So we have a couple of uninsulated exterior walls with windows, and overly warm walls on the opposite side of the room. Thank goodness for ceiling fans running all year, which help to move the heat around a bit.
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