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Friday, December 21, 2012

Operation Remote Cabin Insulation

Fifteen sheets of rigid foam board insulation were delivered to our incomplete Irish Creek Homestead last week so it would be ready for us when we arrived to complete the remote cabin job. Some of our advanced dog mushing participants can testify to how cold it was to sleep up in the attic of this cabin during last year's adventure.  Not this year! 

We arrived in the dark a few days ago and began our adventure by loading it all on the top of the Toyota to be transferred to our parking area where it would then be off loaded and loaded back on to our snowmobile tow-behind sled.  It would have been wonderful to have used the sled dogs to transport this insulation, however, with such limited time available, we opted to have Kristen stay home with the dogs and week old puppies while we made the quick trip up.

Pike, our friend's extremely friendly Chesapeake, loves snowmobile rides as much as our sled dogs love to be hooked up to the sled. Sorry, but Pike had to stay behind.

We parked at a friend's place, loaded the insulation on the snowmobile sled and then made the five mile journey into the cabin. Neil then made a second trip the next day to retrieve the puppy pen that will house some of the puppies during our February adventures. We were successful in completing both tasks in only a day and a half. The remainder of the time spent was to check out the solar energy system at our new house and for me to try to make my very first phone call using our cell phone booster system. I was successful!

Rigid foam board insulation is not quite as easy to work with as I had remembered. Either that or I just wasn't using the proper tools to cut it. There were blue insulation flakes everywhere!

All edges and cracks were filled with spray foam; 15 cans to be exact.

And we're done!

Our returning participants (you know who you are) will be happy to know that when the temperature was 72 downstairs, it was a whopping 63 upstairs, with the hatch open. When the hatch was left open only a few inches, it dropped to 54 degrees over night. Much better than the 27 degrees that was noted on one night last year.

To learn more about our warm and cozy remote adventures please visit our website at Points Unknown.

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