BMW 650 GS Givi Top Case

When I bought my 2005 BMW 650 GS Dakar, I quickly realized I was going to need a top case for carrying some of my gear. The question was, do I go with the BMW case that is made for the bike or do I go with a 3rd party…

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Melted Snow in Attic After Blizzard

The blizzard we had on December 20th, 2006 was probably the worst I’ve seen since living in Colorado Springs. The 10 minute average wind speed hovered around 45 mph for 3 hours and wind gusts frequently exceeded 55 mph. It was one nasty storm that caused a lot of problems…

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Cold Air Infiltration Into House Under Subfloor

Over the last couple years, I’ve wondered why our master bedroom was on average about 10°F cooler than the rest of the house during the winter. At first, I thought it had to do with poor insulation or that the central air registers in that bedroom were not supplying enough…

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Insulating Furnace Ducts in Crawlspace

Once again, Melody homes did yet another crap job, this time “forgetting” to insulate the duct work for our central air furnace which happens to run through a ventilated crawlspace. The duct work spiders off into many different directions to supply heat to our house, of which about 100′ runs…

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Colorado Blizzard on December 20th, 2006

This was another one of those infamous Colorado blizzards that snuck up with about a 1-day warning. The first forecasts from a few days earlier didn’t mention anything about a significant snow storm, only that we may get a couple inches of snow and some moderate winds. Then on Tuesday,…

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Sealing Furnace Ducts with Mastic

When we first bought our house, I found the ducting leaked a lot of conditioned air into non-conditioned spaces. We were loosing quite a bit of energy by unintentionally heating parts of the house no one lived in, and was probably making it comfortable only to the bugs and other…

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Cold Air Blowing Through Wall Outlets

Air infiltration occurs when outside air finds its way inside your house. Most people notice this in the winter when cold air blows through a wall outlet on an exterior wall. Or in the summer when the hot 100°F air finds its way into your cool inside living space. You…

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