Monday, October 26, 2009

The Silver Lining

The world is preparing to turn cold. The splendor of autumn belies the fact that the forest is battening down the hatches and sealing off openings to the outside. Antifreeze is being manufactured and pumped into the system. Self contained and protected, the forest trees will survive the long frigid twilight of winter.

The little cabin has gotten its final layer of winter protection. The rigid insulation sandwich is done. The silver lining is a radiant heat barrier. One side of it faces down to the outside and the other faces upwards to the cabin floor. Radiant heat can't come in and can't go out. That is the theory anyway.

The water and sewer lines are wrapped in a pink swaddling blanket and boxed in with the rigid insulation. The floor is now even more sealed off from the outside. And a mouse is sealed inside there some where. I can hear it scurrying around. There are still three potential escape routes if it is not trapped inside the wrong segment of floor joists. They tried to move in before the occupancy permit was granted and may suffer the consequences.

The bead board sheets come next. The joints will get wood trim and any tiny openings left will be caulked. Mr Mouse your last call is arriving soon. Get out now while the gettins good.

When I sit at the dining room tablette to sup and enjoy the view I do not want to hear any scurrying sounds beneath my feet.

Get out now Mr. Mouse while there is still time to build yourself a new house for the cold days to come. I won't even mind if you help yourself to the construction scraps. There's even plenty bits of insulation you can have.

This is fair warning. When I move in the Spot family is coming with me. They eat mice like you for breakfast.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

The silver lining looks very formal. You are a neat and tidy worker. Very impressive. Obviously the mice think you are building a mouse motel. Those little rascals. The Spots will take care of them.

Siria said...

You are too funny! Seal it up good because they will find the one tiny opening you forgot.

Anonymous said...

Your good kitties will get psyched at the thought of actually doing what they were meant to do rather than sitting around lazing all day like my cats do.

Still beautiful foliage out there.

Christopher C. NC said...

Lisa I am going to have the nicest underbelly of a cabin on this mountain, minus the mice.

Siria I am determined. It helps that it is a pretty basic flat space except for around the sewer line box.

Grace the kitties are excellent hunters around the resident gardeners house now. Sadly, even they can't keep up and a mouse has gotten back in the house. I have to go underneath again and try to find where they breached my defenses.

chuck b. said...

I don't know, you could end up with a cozy cabin haunted by a mouse.

Gail said...

Good luck Christopher! I've had the misfortune to have a mouse stuck in the walls! Mouse traps do work! That is a neat and tidy underbelly of a cabin! gail

Lola said...

Oh Wow, the under belly shines like a new penny. Looking great.
I love that view out the window. Just think when all is done & you sit there having that hot cup of coffee. What a glorious thought.

Anonymous said...

I was also taken with the view outside the window. When you are sitting there with your coffee someday, you can smile at this "before" picture.
Poor Mr. Mouse. He hasn't a chance with 3 cats - or does he? The newest Outside Clyde mystery.
(ps I assume Collar is now back in the picture?)


Anonymous said...

I love how the silver lining reflects the light under there, like a mirror! Even white, or your light yellow, will not give that kind of illumination. Maybe you should paint the siding silver metallic! Poor little mouse, hope he doesn't become the subject for an Edgar Allen Poe-Outside Clyde Hallowe'en tale. :-)

sweet bay said...

Ugh, you don't want a mouse trapped in there. I've heard stories... :(~

When our house was in its original place a black snake lived under there and took care of any mice that managed to get in. Very convenient!

Christopher C. NC said...

Chuck I am willing to risk the Haunted Mouse.

Gail if a mouse gets stuck it is out of reach of a trap. It can't live too long or it has to chew its way out which would put a hole in my nice new rigid insulation.

Lola next fall for sure I will be sitting there in the morning enjoying that view.

Bev, Collar has not wandered off yet. She is just the last to come when called and wants to be outside the most.

Hmm, a shiny silver ceiling? I'm thinking. Frances that mouse story might be more Tom and Jerry.

Sweetbay I do a see a big black snake up here about once a year, usually when it is shedding and is all kinked up. last time was at the top of my drive. For all I know the snake could be in there now too. That would be worse than the mouse when it finally expired.

Layanee said...

Why wouldn't Mr. Mouse want to move into Cozy Cottage? It looks so inviting.

SteveK said...

The shiny side down will reflect back the radiant heat from the ground, but unless you have an air gap between the reflective foil and the flooring, you won't gain any benefit from radiant heat losses through the floor. Without an air gap you have conductive, not radiant, heat loss and so the barrier (on that side) won't stop or slow the loss of heat. The insulation itself will have benefit - just not the foil barrier.

Nice work, though!

Christopher C. NC said...

Layanee Mr. Mouse and all his friends want to move in to the cozy cabin. It is my job as landlord to evict them for being a public nuisance.

Hi there Steve. So much for that theory. I will be putting bead board panels directly on to that shiny foil rigid insulation. No air gap will be built into that next layer. I don't want the extra work and it would just be another floor available in a mouse condominium. The top side does have an some air layer between the floor joists and the foil side of the rigid insulation. R-30 insulation is in the joists and that is held up with insulation wires creating a gap between the pink insulation and the rigid stuff between the joists. I'll get some radiant heat savings, but it seems from your link not enough to be thrilled about. The R-value was never based ont he foil anyway so it don't matter.

What do you know about drywall?