The mercury hasn’t seen seventy in a week. Nights have been in the forties to fifties, and are forecast to stay there. In other words, it is cold.
I know, some smartass is going to tell me that it has already snowed this year where they live. Fuck you! I have spent the last three months performing moderate to heavy physical labor in an environment where the average temperature has been 95, with humidity of at least 60%, frequently wearing a sleeved rubber apron and full-face respirator. Every fucking day. Surviving that required some thinning of the blood.
Now, it is cold.
I am using the one room that has walls and a ceiling. But there is no door. A furniture pad is suspended in the doorway, but is a foot too short. There are cracks where the drywall sheets meet, and I haven’t insulated the attic portion above that room. Even so, a single electric heater has managed to keep the temperature in the room reasonably comfortable. It runs almost constantly to do so, and I worry about what will happen as the outside temperature continues to drop.
I should probably install the door and put one level of insulation in the ceiling. I plan to blow in several inches after all the ceilings are in, but I have learned that regular rolls of fiberglass are less expensive per square foot and r-factor than blown-in. I will add blown to fill in any voids and to increase the r-factor, but the first layer is going to be rolled.
Drywall Dude is supposed to start the master bedroom tomorrow. Hopefully, it will go quickly. I would like some privacy (nothing personal towards DN), and I need a place to put the stuff that currently lives in the office so I can finish getting it ready for walls.
I plan to order the mini-split heat pump system tomorrow or Wednesday. I will forego the installation kit. For a savings of $2 per foot and a total line run of nearly 200 feet, I think I can cut and flare the copper tubing myself. Hopefully, I will get all the lines tight and evacuated properly before releasing the freon pre-charge into the system. The local HVAC folks get over $100 a pound for 410.