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Cold and damp... and condensation!

A project log for Esot's Trenches

True tales (Trigger Warning!)

esot.eric 09/19/2017 at 17:0311 Comments


Allegedly my home town is known for being cloudy year-round. And I recall the same... Lately, it seems the last few years, we've been repeatedly breaking dry-spell records... *months* at a time... wasn't unappreciated, from the perspective of living in a van...
Today everything is damp... my socks... damp... my pants were hanging up... they're damp. My blanket... my pillow... damp. My shirt... damp.
Was cold enough last night to need heat. Still haven't replaced the heater core... but relying on it for house-heat means running the engine... and I think the ducts need cleaning, as I smell antifreeze or something when using the vents. No small task.

Tried an alcohol fire last night. Very risky, using old cat food cans... but seemed to work. But not sure it did anything for the damp.. its "smoke" is largely water.
Feeling kinda miserable,  frankly... and once this season begins, got about nine months of it non stop.

Heater core? Proper Fireplace? South?
I knew it was coming, was frankly shocked how long it held off.
Spose I can survive damp, and cold too... and cats grow winter coats... wonder 'bout them electronics. 

Mixed thoughts on potential solutions... this is a small space, not leaving a window cracked feels suffocating, but would let out heat and in damp. 

Then mixed-use heating... if this happened just a few days ago the heater core would be logical, as I'd idled my engine most of the day while binge-watching... but twenty bucks a day for electricity (even with a heat side-effect) was definitely a luxury that can't happen every day. Otoh, im a bit into electricity... as you may know... so projects would be the same.

Then there's cooking... I don't. Haven't invested in, nor hacked together, a stove, yet... friggin hot chocolate to warm my bones was nearly four bucks. And cold chicken noodle soup was fine when it was 80deg... but sounds awful right now. So a stove... could also be used for heat... bought a carbon monoxide detector, so a sturdy alcohol burner would probably be somewhat safe-ish... but co*2* is also bad if it displaces too much o2... which would be more likely with, now, three o2 to co2 converters in this small space with windows not cracked, trying to keep the heat/dry in...

So now I need a friggin' o2 level detector too? Maybe I should order one of those air quality/pollution monitors someone 'round here builds?

And how much ventillation is enough, yahknow? The doors aren't air-tight, there are various holes (mostly in the floor) etc... but then thinking about those holes and the idling engine... oy! I'm going back to bed... time to hibernate.

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Condensation everywhere! Oy! Didn't see that coming...

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esot.eric wrote 09/20/2017 at 03:53 point

hah, very likely ;)

PM me!

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Starhawk wrote 09/20/2017 at 04:12 point

Point. Sorry, wasn't thinking. I deleted that comment, and I'll switch to PMs tomorrow - it's late here... I'm on the other US coast, sort of.

Catch you later.

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esot.eric wrote 09/20/2017 at 01:47 point

and who the heck thinks the design for the alcohol can makes an ounce of sense?! Has no one ever tried to pour this shizzle?! Highly flammable liquid everywhere!

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davedarko wrote 09/19/2017 at 17:53 point

what about driving south?

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esot.eric wrote 09/20/2017 at 01:29 point

might so-do... the oregon coast was beautiful earlier in the summer, but betting it doesn't get much warmer till lower cali. So inland then... might happpen. Deserts! Yay! And the whole finding places to park thing is really quite exhausting... guess we'll see.

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esot.eric wrote 09/20/2017 at 01:54 point

and toilets... and yahknow all my project stuff is in storage... easy enough to grab what I need and put stuff away that I don't when near the storage unit... not so much if I go south... I hear SF is similar weather/heatwise and that's something like 900 miles south

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Starhawk wrote 09/19/2017 at 17:19 point

Oy... you're reminding me of both Edinburgh (where it rained until the umbrella got saturated and "leaked") and Seattle...

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esot.eric wrote 09/19/2017 at 17:48 point

hah! Saturated/leaking umbrellas! Where I'm from the joke is that it's easy to spot the locals, they don't even bother with umbrellas...

We took several vacations where the weather was the same (stupidly?)... I'd forgotten... there's definitely a difference when you're out all day in it (e.g. doing touristy stuff) vs. a normal day between a couple/few heated destinations.

(And a weird realization, suddenly... always thought it a bit wasteful that folks live places where air conditioning runs all day... yet here I am where heat runs all day, and never thought twice about it)

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Starhawk wrote 09/19/2017 at 17:57 point

Wasn't even raining that /hard/ -- here in America we'd probably call it a heavy drizzle. Of course the bagpiper busking on the corner (no, really -- and in full traditional regalia, at that) just figures it's a typical Wednesday or whatever ;)

The problem was that, for all three days Mom and I were in Edinburgh, the rain /didn't stop/. So the umbrella never really dried out... and got soaked through to the point that it was shedding water inside itself.

Worth knowing, we weren't always dirt poor. This was during Mom's seven years (or so) of earning half-decent money as an attorney... $65/hr is nothing to sneeze at, even if it is a bit low for a lawyer... and then c. late 2007 she got forcibly retired by a medical condition... please don't ask, she doesn't like anyone talking about it -- she's not you know proud of what she's got or anything...

...just curious (and possibly nosy), what state/province and country are you in, Eric...?

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Starhawk wrote 09/19/2017 at 17:57 point

It wasn't even raining that /hard/ -- here in America we'd probably call it a heavy drizzle. Of course the bagpiper busking on the corner (no, really -- and in full traditional regalia, at that) just figures it's a typical Wednesday or whatever ;)

The problem was that, for all three days Mom and I were in Edinburgh, the rain /didn't stop/. So the umbrella never really dried out... and got soaked through to the point that it was shedding water inside itself.

Worth knowing, we weren't always dirt poor. This was during Mom's seven years (or so) of earning half-decent money as an attorney... $65/hr is nothing to sneeze at, even if it is a bit low for a lawyer... and then c. late 2007 she got forcibly retired by a medical condition... please don't ask, she doesn't like anyone talking about it -- she's not you know proud of what she's got or anything...

...just curious (and possibly nosy), what state/province and country are you in, Eric...?

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esot.eric wrote 09/20/2017 at 01:45 point

heh I can understand her position/sentiment...

I'm in WA... where is fluid, these days... found a spot that's been decent for a couple weeks... was actually quite nice when it was warm.

I lived on a boat when I was real young (kindergarten) so I should be able to reacclamate the cold/damp... right?

And looks like I should consider insulation. The flame heats the roof nicely, but it gets cold again really fast when it goes out. Might also help in direct sun when this thing is an oven.

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