WildSnow Weekend – Clever Window at Field HQ


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | September 28, 2014      
Sawsall -- a tool you can't do without.

Sawzall — a tool you can’t do without.

Hands are rarely idle at our high camp, WildSnow Field HQ. This summer we’ve been building a spring house. It’s actually a temporary shelter for our water tank tap, but “spring house” sounds more rustic. We spent the weekend making a small dent in the project. The task was to install a window for solar gain so it will stay a bit warmer during the day.

Friends stopped by at noon and we enjoyed lunch on the deck in the midst of peak fall colors. Then we worked until thunderstorms shut us down at 7:00 pm.

The 12 square-foot spring house gives Lou a chance to use his $40k inventory of contractor tools. He’s proud of the fact that he’s worn out three Sawzalls over the years. He recently bought the most powerful one available and it cut thru the 1/2 inch plywood sheathing nicely. Too bad it also cut halfway thru one of the framing studs before he could let go of the switch. “Yeah,” he said with a smile, “This thing is FAST!”

The used window, a $20 special from Habitat for Humanity, is made by Pella and has an enclosed Levalor blind behind the third layer of the triple glaze. Don’t know if we’ll need that feature for privacy in the spring house (is NSA watching us draw water? Wait, is that a drone hovering out there!?). Lou is so intrigued with the clever window that he is going back to buy its twin to install in the privy. With a flick of the plastic tab, he’ll have privacy on the throne when he wants it.

Fall in the Colorado Rockies - beautiful!

Fall in the Colorado Rockies – beautiful!

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Mi Casa es Su Casa– A Worthy Notion

¿Dónde van a esquiar?”–Ski Touring Torres del Paine

Canaletas (couloirs) de Chile!

Lou 2’s Chile Travels – Final Chapter: Lonquimay to Baños Morales

Shisha Pangma Avalanche Takes Dynafit Athletes Zambaldi & Haag

Ptor Spricenieks — “Dreamline” Retrospective Film is Worthy



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4 Responses to “WildSnow Weekend – Clever Window at Field HQ”

  1. Andy Carey September 28th, 2014 7:15 pm

    Boys and their toys 🙂

  2. Lou Dawson 2 September 28th, 2014 8:02 pm

    I used to go for the Porter Cable Tiger Saws, based on advice from a production plumber. When I wore out the last of those I bought the biggest baddest Bosch they had at Lowe’s, it’s been perfect. Rivals a chain saw for cutting down trees if you can get a long enough blade. Toys! Lou

  3. Wookie September 29th, 2014 1:32 am

    Advice you didn’t ask for: You can significantly increase your solar gain by painting those blinds matt black and keeping them closed. If they are as I imagine them – there is a small space between them and the glass. Ensure that there is a gap at the bottom of the blinds where air can get in, and make a nice-sized gap at the top as well – perhaps by removing one of the blind slats. This will cause the air in the space between the glass and blinds to heat significantly – and you should get a noticable air flow as well. It should heat a little building like that to comfortalbe temps – if the insulation and sunlight are enough.
    Improve on that system even more by replacing the blinds with a big, heavy, black rock. This will store the extra heat and release it overnight, but it could be a pain to hang up or mount from below.
    Theres tons of stuff you can do like this. The internet is full of great ideas for DIY. I designed a house using these methods as part of a university project years ago – and we were able to keep a nice-sized home at 20 degrees C (about 72 F) the whole winter in southern Germany – without solar cells.

  4. Window Man November 20th, 2014 8:03 pm

    I wish I could find windows at habitat for humanity. The manager at our stores have the $189 in mind. I keep telling them that I can buy from lowe’s for less…but they don’t listen. Fun shelter.

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