Every winter, I "dress" the garage door in heavy drapes topped off with a super thick velvet swag. It keeps some of the biting cold weather out, but truthfully, most of the sub-zero temperatures find their way around my best insulating efforts.
This year, I came up with the brilliant idea of making "door snakes" for the top and the bottom of the garage door. I decided to make four of them, rather than two, because I thought two eight foot snakes would be rather unwieldy.
I had quite a bit of left over canvas painters drop cloth from the ceiling project upstairs, so I used it to form the casing of the snakes. I cut four lengths about 8.5 feet long by 5 inches wide. After cutting, I folded the fabric in half, length wise, sewed the bottom and up one long side and turned the "tube" inside out. Using a canning funnel, we filled each 8 foot long snake with rice, folded the open end over twice and stitched the opening closed.
|Cutting the fabric|
|Sewing up the side|
|Turning inside out|
|Filling with rice|
|New snakes on the top of our door|
|At the bottom of the door|
When Miss Calamity and I climbed up to put the snakes in place on top of the garage door, I was shocked to find that there was an almost 2 1/2 inch gap at the top of our door! It was huge! No wonder we were always cold!
Already, the difference is tremendous. So many times, it is the littlest things that make the biggest difference. We often think that doing big things like putting in low e windows or getting a more energy efficient furnace will be the hot ticket, but in reality, it is often the tried and true methods of keeping out the weather that make the real difference. Hanging insulated curtains, putting in weather stripping, installing storm doors and windows - and yes, making door snakes, will ensure that "old man winter" doesn't get the best of you.