Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Don't buy a home in the winter.

This year, I'm adding on to our humble abode. It has become increasingly popular (since the ice hotels) to create structural (Stan's word) dwellings and additions to structure from ice and snow.

Things can be left in the yard and forgotten through 5-6 months of frozen goodness.
A lot of "sins" can be hidden under 3 feet of snow. I won't find all of my shovels 'til at least May. Let's not forget "Spring Soup" trauma. I know "new addition" can be a tease in words and pictures, but - come May - you might be saying, "I thought this was 2,200 square feet and is that a '56 Buick in the back yard?!!". "How many dogs did they have?" and "Does that hole go all the way to China?" might, also be common phrases heard just before the garden thaws for seeding.

You can plainly see the importance of spring thaw before you sign a note on new living quarters. Be good to your neighbors, polite to your dog(s), and never - NEVER - buy a home in the winter.

7 opinionated prattle:

Stan said...

Your notes brought yet another great concept to mind. The majority of our beautiful snow goes to waste, it is is time to take advantage of this renewable resource, we just got several more inches so I know it is renewable. What if you built a small building, 10'x 10' and double wall it with about one foot between the walls. Blue board insulate the walls and ceiling. Instead of piling up the snow, take all the excess snbow and pack it into the walls of the building including the floor. You would have a "walk in" cooler that would last the majority of the summer - no more ice chests, no more ice purchases - is that a great concept or not?

Heidi said...

When do you start constructions dad? It would be handy come May.

JD Plumma said...

Always thinkin' - aren't you? Maybe, with 24" between the walls and hard-pack the snow in or wet it so it freezes solid, it could last 'til June. You know hotels and large AC systems in big buildings used to ship ice blocks in from frozen areas for their cooling - blowing over it through ductwork.

Stan said...

I am not one that is always susceptable to change, but is it my imagination or does the new blogger have a few bugs? This morning, I checked my site and had no problem. Checked yours, down for maintenance so I checked all my sites. Those using the "old" blogger all came up, those using "new" blogger wre all down. I patiently waited, checked a fourth time and your site came up so I left a comment pertaining to "swamp coolers", it would not post because the site was down for maintenance again. It has just now come back on line (maybe)so it has been almost two hours since my first attempt. What is your opinion? Have you noticed any other difficulties about the "new" blogger before I make a committment to converet?

JD Plumma said...

Only a pain to sign in and publish a comment on an "old" blogger site and having to sign in with an email address.

Shana said...

A Snow cooler...now that is brilliant...to make it last all summer we could burrow into the side of the bluff and make a dug out...then support and pack the snow and blue board...In Alaska that may keep all year.

Stan said...

Good idea Shana, I had not thought of a cave, the bluff sides would be perfect, we could use the excess dirt as fill and level the area as well. By boarding up the walls, we could dig access holes to get the snow to fall in the holes for summer coolant - great concept. I know two guys that could do the digging, one dug out a switch back trail up the bluff and the ovther shovel out a level spot for his camper - they could probably dig us a cave in less than a week. If for no other reason, it would make a great fall out shelter in the event someone decides to drop a bomb on us - now I sound like a "Bircher" - great research name, there use to be several "john birchers" in the Homer and A.P. area -

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