Seal­ing doors and win­dows cuts cold wind

Matamata Chronicle - - Building - By CHRIS BENNETT

WIN­TER’S here and the cold air is whistling around all those gaps and cracks in door and win­dow frames.

Most homes need heat­ing in or­der to stay warm dur­ing the win­ter months and to burn cor­rectly, solid fuel and gas heaters need air­flow.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween this air­flow and a draught is that you con­trol this flow with the cor­rect place­ment of vents. Draughts on the other hand, are not con­trol­lable and they‘re an­noy­ing and un­nec­es­sary. How do we seal around doors? There are a va­ri­ety of draught ex­clud­ers rang­ing from door and win­dow draught seals to weather seals. The weather seal lifts when the door opens and low­ers when the door closes. Draught and weather seals are avail­able at your lo­cal Mitre 10 store.

Foam draught seal strips are sold in a va­ri­ety of lengths and thick­ness. The thick­ness is as im­por­tant as the length. This seal is pro­vided with an ad­he­sive back­ing and is stuck around the edge of the door frame so that when the door is closed it will make a seal to ex­clude draughts. If it‘s too thick then you may have dif­fi­culty in clos­ing the door af­ter it has been ap­plied, too thin and the wind will still whis­tle through. So choose the thick­ness care­fully by try­ing var­i­ous thick­ness of pa­per jammed in the door frame to get a mea­sure­ment. To seal the bot­tom of the door, use a spring loaded metal and rub­ber seal that you sim­ply cut to size and screw to the bot­tom of the door.

Usu­ally seals are avail­able in a va­ri­ety of colours, like bronze or sil­ver. Se­lect the seal that best matches your door. How can you seal win­dows? Win­dows are best sealed us­ing the draught seal tape. Mea­sure the thick­ness the same way as for the door. Be­fore ap­ply­ing to ei­ther door or win­dow, make sure that the sur­face is ab­so­lutely clean and dry and fol­low the in­struc­tions.

Fi­nally, one of the best draught ex­clud­ers ever can be made by stuff­ing one of the legs of a pair of ladies’ tights with soft ma­te­rial and then lay­ing it along the bot­tom of the door.

Peter Vossen Builders Mata­mata Swifts were de­feated 3-1 at home on Satur­day by high fly­ing Taka­puna.

The score may make this look like a com­fort­able vic­tory to the vis­i­tors but the re­al­ity of the match, as is so of­ten the case in foot­ball, was quite dif­fer­ent.

From a Mata­mata per­spec­tive, all three of Taka­puna goals re­lied heav­ily on over gen­er­ous of­fi­ci­at­ing, while the Swifts goal came from an open­ing cre­ated by a de­fen­sive er­ror. That was the na­ture of the game, with good goal­keep­ing and solid de­fen­sive play from both sides en­sur­ing the gen­uine open­ings went with­out re­ward.

The vis­i­tors played their best foot­ball dur­ing the first half, win­ning a num­ber of corners and tak­ing a two-goal lead into the break. The Swifts cre­ated enough early chances to be a goal or two ahead.

Mark Knell had an an­gled drive well stopped, while Harry Red­wood went close twice. His first ef­fort was swept just wide of the up­right while his sec­ond, and bet­ter, chance saw the Taka­puna keeper get down well to his right.

This save came as the half hour mark neared and the vis­i­tors broke for­ward and opened the scor­ing. The Taka­puna player who crossed the ball that was headed home was off-side when he was played through.

Worse was to fol­low for Mata­mata as they con­ceded a penalty right on the break. Danny Styles was the un­lucky Swift this time as his tackle ap­peared to be clean and well timed.

The sec­ond half was an­other well con­tested 45 min­utes of foot­ball. Both sides had chances be­fore Al­berto Romero handed Mata­mata a life­line. A slip by a Taka­puna cen­tre-half let Romero through one-on-one with the keeper and his side-footed fin­ish was em­phatic.

As Mata­mata surged for­ward for an equaliser they found the vis­it­ing keeper in fine form. He pulled off two fine re­flex saves. The first came from a Ged Parkin­son header and the sec­ond from a well hit Harry Red­wood drive.

The vis­i­tors had the fi­nal say with the last kick of the game and con­verted it ex­pertly.

While the re­sult wasn’t what Mata­mata was look­ing for, the side can take heart from the fact they con­trib­uted to an en­ter­tain­ing and free flow­ing match against one of the best teams in the league. In other games: Metso Mata­mata Swifts’ Re­serves lost 4-2 to Uni­col with Glen Carmichael grab­bing both goals. The Horse & Jockey spon­sored Swifts’ 3rds de­feated Ngaru­awahia 2-0 in an im­por­tant top of the ta­ble clash. Matt Mon­teith and David Hys­lop scored for Mata­mata and Josh Ver­straten saved a penalty.

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