maine houses are typically poorly built, poorly insulated, and old. this translates to drafty as fuck with the heat retaining value of a cardboard box. maine is also a state of "cottage industries", or people building useful shit out of their homes for fun and profit. several communities have neighborhood build days, where you volunteer your time to build interior storm windows for your house, and then help with a less fortunate neighbor's build. several companies will also do the work for you, and you just pay them standard cost of materials/labor/profit. i was willing to do this..until i called and they are all booked through spring. the midcoast green collaborative, island institute, and art tec all offer online instructions on how to diy your storm windows, so off to the home depot i drove.
- shrink wrap and tape: $3.11
- foam tape: $5.97
- tape: $3.74
- screws: $.74
- 1"x2"x8': $11.64
all the instructions i found sum up to this: build frame slightly smaller than window opening, attach 2 layers of shrink wrap, tape edges, add foam tape, shove into window. good in general, but more than a few steps were rather confusing. i don't purport to write the clearest directions, but jeebus. here's my attempt.
measure window. write down dimensions to the nearest 1/8th inch. then measure the window again. theeeen just for good measure [hahh..] do it again. verify you are getting the same number you have written down.
now it's time for math. *cue dramatic music*
homemade chalk paint leftovers from my dresser redo. weeeeell its plaster in paint. you can imagine how well it kept over the past 10 months.. looots of stirring, some shaking, and attempts to not dislodge the solid goop at the bottom resulted in relative success. nice matte frames with a minimum of lumps.
then for the true test of your measuring skills: cram the frame into the window. there should be a 1/4" gap around each side, which equates to about room to smoosh a fingertip into.
so there you have it. probably the longest most verbose post ive ever written, with a lot of overly detailed pictures and explanations. go. build things. save yourself some heating costs.