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Dec 10, 2010 -

Grateful For a Second Bed

I have to share this picture:

I’m glad I have that bit of insulation left from doing the skirting since the chill from that window is significant. Temps are nice and high this week, hovering around zero, but it’s still cold beside a single-pane window! As a bonus, the insulation will block out the light in the mornings.

Before anyone comments, that’s a double thickness of insulation; there’s a silver layer towards the outside, too. 🙂

That mattress is pretty bad and it’s going to be cramped, but I’ve made it as comfortable as possible since I’ll be there for a while. *sighs* Reminds me of my student days, living in one room. I just keep telling myself that at least I’m not sleeping on the floor!

I do have a plan for making use of the loft while it is out of commission…

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Nov 27, 2010 -

Good Deals

Today’s project was to come home with a dehumidifier. I’d done my online research as to what was available to me and Canadian Tire had the best prices, with two brands, Lancanster and Whirlpool. My experience with Lancaster heaters is that the brand is crap, so Whirlpool it was. Store availability in Penticton was nil for Whirlpool, while Kelowna had a few available. I really didn’t relish the four hour round trip drive, but I’m not going to get any further in the renos without reducing the dampness in here.

The Penticton Canadian Tire is right on the route to Kelowna, so I decided to stop in there first, just in case the online inventory was wrong. Well, they had a unit set aside for pick up by store closure yesterday and only just put back on the shelf!

Whirlpool 35 pint dehumidifier

I couldn’t believe my good fortune! While in the store, I also got some tinted window film for the loft. There was a sale going on and the store was swamped, but I had no problem getting customer service the three times I needed it today. I thought I’d crossed over into the Twilight zone. Seems like there are some Canadian Tires with decent service.

The dehumidifier is going to kill the proverbial two birds. My mini conduction heater, Lancaster brand, has died. A dehumidifier also gives off heat, so what I will do is move the big, good quality, heater to the study and use the dehumidifier to heat the front of the rig. As an added bonus, the dehumidifier draws a maximum of 500W, meaning my amp usage will drop from 6.25 to 4. Every amp counts!

The next thing on my list was a new computer chair. I tried out all the chairs at Staples last time I was in Penticton, fell in love with one that was on sale, and made the mistake of thinking I could order it online to have it delivered. Turns out, it’s a discontinued model not available on line. I went back and the chair was still there, but at full price this time, $239, vs. the $169 it was at last time. So, I went through all the chairs in my price range again, but couldn’t find one I liked. I was narrowing down the choices when an associate finally came over to check on me and I explained what I was looking for. She took me directly to the chair I liked! I shook my head at the price and she said “We’ve only got two left and we want them gone. How about $98, plus tax, assembled?”


Ahem. I told her “Sold!” and happily wheeled the chair down to the car where I had fun squeezing it into the front seat.

I ran a few more errands and then headed home, absolutely exhausted. The holiday shopping season has commenced, so I will be staying out of stores until early 2011!

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Nov 17, 2010 -

Painting Put on Hold

I’ve put the kibosh on the decorating until I get a dehumidifier in here! While I was in Montreal, there was enough condensation in the study to make the paint run down one of the walls. That cemented it for me; I need to wait for that paint job to cure, then start all over again. If the study was too damp for the paint to cure, then there is no hope for the loft.

Bringing in a dehumidifier is a last resort thing for me because of how big and power hungry those things are. One thing that has brightened the scenario is learning that dehumidifiers give off a bit of heat, meaning that I might be able to run it and one heater only and not go over my available amperage.

My intention is to set it up in the loft; that’s the only place where I’d have room for one and there’s a plug nearby. The next issue is going to be getting the water out of it. I don’t like the idea of making holes in my exterior walls or my floor, so I am considering simply routing the hose out of a window.

The dehumidifier purchase as soon as I see a good deal for one after my next pay day. That will give me time to find the smallest and most energy efficient model. I’ll keep using the Dri-Z-Airs in my shower and cabinets.

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