Sealing doors and windows cuts cold wind
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.