posts tagged with the keyword ‘winter’



It’s been two days of cold weather.

What do I define as “cold weather” exactly?

It’s “cold weather” when I have to enter my car in the morning by crawling through the back door because all the other doors are frozen shut.

On a good day I can get out of my car at work using the driver’s side door instead of exiting via the back door.

I haven’t had a “good” day yet.

But hey, I should only have to deal with this for about 6 more months before it warms up.


Heat Gun vs. Blow Torch

It’s winter. If you live in Wisconsin that means you may have to decide between a heat gun and a blow torch for many tasks around the house. I’ve written this brief guide to help you out based on my heat gun and blow torch usage in the last week.

Frozen door knob on garage. For this task I choose the blowtorch. The door knob is metal so I figured it could take the heat of the propane blow torch just fine. Also, since there is no power outlets on the outside of the house, it would have meant running power from the kitchen, and that wasn’t appealing in any respect. Blow torch wins.

Frozen water line. There is a water line running into the refrigerator from the basement. The line is a small plastic tube and it’s close to the outside wall of the house so it freezes easily. For this task I choose the heat gun. Power was readily available, and there were too many flammable or melt-able items near the water line to risk using the blow torch. Heat guns wins.

Frozen gas tank door. This was a tough one… I would have preferred to use the heat gun, but the lack of power outside forced me to use the blow torch. While this worked, I was slightly nervous about putting an open flame to the fuel tank door. A few quick swipes provided enough heat to get the door open though, and it all ended well. Blow torch wins, but Heat guns would have been preferable.

As always, caution must be exercised when using either a heat gun or a blow torch. They can both melt things (including you!) and they can both set things aflame.

Respect your tools, and your heat sources, be careful, be safe, and hopefully you’ll have no problems.

Enjoy the next 6 months of winter!


Snow Day!

Still snowing in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. I will attempt to move some of the snow using my “snow flapper” but it’s electric and the long extension cord is in Maritime’s practice space in downtown Milwaukee. Also, the dentist called and canceled my appointment for today. Bummer. I still need to get to the bank, but may have to postpone that. Office Holiday Party is tonight, roads should be cleared up by then, and tomorrow shooting another interview for the documentary.

For all you people who like to freak out when it snow… now is the time to do it.


Dec 1st, 2006 - SNOW!

I hoped, and wished, and waited… and it looks like the snow is finally here…

Of course I still need some bindings…

Burton Air 161

But we’re getting closer…


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