My gosh, some of my windows had some big gaps and it is no wonder the house felt a bit drafty. While caulking the windows of an older home takes some time and physical energy, I think it worth the effort. Caulk is cheap and works great for all kinds of water/weather proofing jobs. Based on what windows Mom and I got caulked, you should be able to caulk the average size window exterior (30 in. x 36) with about a 1/3 of a large tube of caulk. DAP brand caulk was much easier and faster to use and get a clean “bead”, compared to the generic version caulk from Home Depot. I recommend you spend the extra quarter per tube for DAP caulk rather than get the cheap generic caulk. I used a cheap $2.00 caulking gun and Mom used a contractor grade gun and there did not seem to be a lot of difference in the quality of our work.
For me I got a bit better at caulking in practice and then my body got tired and I just wanted to finish the job no matter how it looked. Cualking your windows should not be a huge job for some one that is physically capable and somewhat fit. If you are disabled, caulking can be a bit of a challenge. Now we are looking for the correct paint color to touch up around the caulk.
True value has a great deal on some of that expanding foam $2.99 a can this week. I picked up 3 cans though I only used about half of one can filling in the bigger cracks around the house. One thing bad about the cans is they tend to clog up, I found using a bit of acetone to clean the nozzle worked very well. My hope is the can foam won’t go to waste.
A tool every prepper needs is a good ladder you feel safe using! While my multi-function ladder is a bit heavy compared to most ladders. I have used it cleaning out rain gutters to replacing light bulbs in my shop and I’m very pleased about the ladder’s functionality doing jobs around the house.
Dehydrating veggies: Mom got the roma tomatoes drying and I got all of the celery cleaned up and most of the leaves dying. Home grown celery, knocks the socks off (flavor-wise) compared to any store bought celery I have used. I dry most of the leaves and cut the celery stalks as needed through the summer. The new/old Magic Chef dehydrator is working great since we have learned it’s little bugaboos.
I know many people are afraid to try different methods of preserving food because they fear wasting food. I have screwed up on preserving many items and I have had a few little victories. Now is the time to try new ways of preserving foods as you have the local mega-mart as backup. If you screw up and thing work less than well. Simply chock it up to learning and move ahead to the next thing.
I started out with food for two weeks goal at first, and keep slowly expanding my preps and skills. Now I spend more on tools and supplies to get repairs and maintenance jobs done around the house. Lumber is a low cost item to prep right now. Fiber/MDF panels are under $10.00 per 4 x 8 foot sheet and 8 foot 2 x4s about $2.50 each. My plan is to add a few full size panels plus have the big box store cut a couple panels same size as my windows just in case I need to do a quick window repair.
Last but not least, I’m trying to coax my cat back indoors and mouse the house. Tucker, the peke is hell bent on chasing the cat. So far Smokey is starting to feel more comfortable and moving around the house at night, now that Tucker is restrained by the baby gate blocking off part of the house. Between closing up holes in the exterior walls and getting Smokey the Cat patrolling the house, we can get rid of the the mice we have seen around the house. I did catch one mouse using the sticky mouse trap.