No sweater thick enough
December 11, 2006 2:07 PM Subscribe
I have a double sliding glass door in my bedroom that leads on to an enclosed porch. These doors are slightly bowed outward away from each other, which leaves a gap about the thickness of my finger in the middle. In Beijing, in December, with prepaid utilities and heating that's barely adequate to begin with, that's not a good thing for my wallet, conscience, or bodily comfort. So how can I McGuyver this gap shut?
posted by saysthis to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm lucky, because unlike most Beijing residences, where there is a prepaid heating fee for the winter that's controlled by the building committee, my natural gas water heater doubles as the radiator for the house. That means I can turn it off when I'm not home/awake and potentially save a lot of cash and resources. And it works - the other rooms in the house, especially the smaller ones, are almost roasting after I turn that baby on. But my room, well, like I said, has this big gap in the door that lets in all the air that enclosed porch is supposed to be an insulator for, and it's cold in here. My desk is next to that door and the only way I'm able to move my fingers to type is the electric heater that I have aimed at me right now. Of course, that thing sucks more electricity than if I were growing pot, and my meter is visible to my neighbors, and they've asked me exactly what it is I'm doing in here that takes up so much power.
So that's where I'm at with this gap. I'm buying thicker curtains tomorrow, but short of replacing the entire door (it's a rented apartment and the landlords are an old Beijing couple who I'd have a big argument about sweaters with; and I'm already wearing one), are there any "passive heating" solutions you can think of?