Sunday, November 08, 2009

Help fixing a draft?

I recently purchased a home. While there are a lot of things wrong with the home and although it needs a lot of work, I think it is a nice home for my little family. It does need some TLC. One of my many current problem fixations is my drafty chimney: My wooden stove
I am not sure how to fix the draft. The stove was installed illegally by the previous owners, so we are not and will not be using it. There does seem to be a draft coming from either the chimney, the stove, or both. I need to fix this. Any ideas? The solution needs to be cheap (we just bought a house), easy (I need to be able to do it myself), and pretty (it is in my living room and people see it). A tall order, I know.

Here is a link to the Yahoo Answers question I posed about this. It already has one answer: plastic and duct tape. Would that really work? Any ideas of how to make that as pretty as possible?


cay said...

We watched the Mythbusters build an entire sail boat out of duck tape. And they sailed off. It didn't leak at all.

I would imagine the same would hold true for air you want to keep out.

You're welcome.

James the Great said...

You can do a lot with insulation.

If you're not going to use the stove, then you could stuff the insulation up into the chimney through the stove. That might help some.

There are all sorts of things that can be used to fill in cracks.

Plastic and duct tape are great ideas.

RileyScott said...

my wife and I have a drafty window in our bedroom. Last year we went to hom depot, and with less then 20 dollars got so insulation strips and heat sealing plastic sheets. You just heat the ends with a hair dryer and they seal to the wall keeping the air out.