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  • How to Create Your Own Frosted Glass Sign

    My shower has plain glass doors, which I can't stand and I've been thinking about replacing them with frosted glass. Do you think I could try one of these techniques as a solution?

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  • Insulating curtains that cut heat losses through windows by 50%

    Yes, I had cut everything according to the instructions and there were no holes in the vapor barrier. I made sure to plug the openings and ensure that there were no gaps. Before trying this, I had used the plastic film kits that you can buy at any hardware store. Although, due to the fact that most of my windows are aluminum framed sliders (with no vertical surface at the bottom to apply the tape), I had built wooden frames to fit within the opening, then covered those frames with the plastic and used rope caulk or foam weatherstripping to plug any gaps. Not the most aesthetically pleasing look, but it helped, although there was a little bit of condensation on the metal frame near the bottom but nothing near what I've been experiencing. I've attached a pic (MasterBed.jpg) to show the fr...

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    Yes, I had cut everything according to the instructions and there were no holes in the vapor barrier. I made sure to plug the openings and ensure that there were no gaps. Before trying this, I had used the plastic film kits that you can buy at any hardware store. Although, due to the fact that most of my windows are aluminum framed sliders (with no vertical surface at the bottom to apply the tape), I had built wooden frames to fit within the opening, then covered those frames with the plastic and used rope caulk or foam weatherstripping to plug any gaps. Not the most aesthetically pleasing look, but it helped, although there was a little bit of condensation on the metal frame near the bottom but nothing near what I've been experiencing. I've attached a pic (MasterBed.jpg) to show the frames that I've been using. I live in Michigan and up until about a week ago, we've had a very mild winter. In the last week, though, it's been more normal: highs in the 20s and a few times the lows in the low teens and even single digits. Now of the three windows that I've been testing these curtains in, one is the laundry room and another is a bathroom which is right off the laundry room. But the third room is my daughter's, all the way on the other side of the house, which is a ranch by the way. The aluminum framed windows in the bathroom and laundry room are not the most efficient but the window in my daughter's room is fairly new. My furnace humidifier is set to 25%, so it's not overly humid in the house. Since I started having the problem, I've experimented with these curtains to try to figure out a solution. So last night, I tried something different for each of the three rooms. For my daughter's room, all I did was hang the fleece from the curtains from the brackets for the vertical blinds. I knew this would create condensation but I wanted to see the result, and while there was some, it wasn't anything like what I had been experiencing. For the laundry room I extended the vapor barrier (duct taped extra strips on the existing panel that I had originally cut...I know, very hack-like!) on the sides and bottom and then "pressed" it all into the opening. The result was some condensation and a little bit of frost near the bottom portion of the frame, but nothing near what I had before. For the bathroom, I removed the back panel of fleece and then also extended the vapor barrier and pressed the curtain into the opening. This produced only a small amount of condensation, definitely something I could live with. I'm uploading a number of pics that I took this morning (around 6 AM, 15 degrees at the time) for you to see. It seems to me that not having the vapor barrier cut to at least the same size as the opening for the window is the problem, at least for my house; no matter how I folded the fleece to plug the opening, obviously a lot of warm air was getting through to condense on the windows. So I think I'm going to try the solution that I used for the bathroom on the other two windows and see what happens. If it's a good result, then I'll use it for the other windows. The bathroom and laundry room windows have venetian style blinds on them, so I put velcro strips on the upper batten and had to attach that to the opening between the blinds and the window. A tight fit right at that point but nothing I can do about that. I did make sure the curtains were not tight against the windows the rest of the way down to the sill.

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  • Insulating curtains that cut heat losses through windows by 50%

    I have mostly older windows in my home and made a couple of these curtains. Made a noticeable difference in the rooms that I installed these, but to my horror, when I rolled them up, there was a ton of condensation on the windows and even ice near the bottoms. I used polar fleece and 2 mil plastic drop cloth (doubled over on each window) and followed the instructions; the curtains fit snuggly into the openings. Any ideas?

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