Friday, December 18, 2009

Igloo Update

For all those people out there who have two properties, it doesn't take long before upkeep and maintenance on the other property begins to take focus away from the primary one. I'm sad to report that my igloo has some serious structural deficiencies.

Last weekend it rained slightly and reached 32 degrees. The result was that my igloo has bowed in appreciably on the north side. It has also shrunk. When I built the igloo, it was a little over six feet in diameter and a little over six feet high. Now the height is probably closer to four feet and with the wall bowed in, I have probably lost two to three feet in diameter. The door, which was never big to begin with is just barely tall enough for me to wiggle in on my belly.

My spacious igloo is feeling a bit claustrophobic. But the kids still love it. One of the neighbors told her husband that he wouldn't be granted a Dad of the Year award until he built his kids an igloo. :)

With the shrinkage, I'm now considering how my next igloo could be improved. Maybe made out of ice? Or maybe if I packed the snow tighter? Maybe I could make it bigger to allow for shrinkage? And of course all of this means I'm not thinking about the House of 42 Doors. I suppose its a good cautionary tale on why I probably shouldn't buy a rental property until after I have the House of 42 Doors fixed up. Maybe sometime in 2025.

[Ms. Huis Herself says: You can see bowed-in side here.]

1 comment:

Ragnar said...

Even when I was a kid my mind was already pretty construction-centered ;-)
So when I built my igloo, it was different.
At first of course I wanted to build a standard one made of big blocks stacked to a dome, but the snow was too powdery. So I got a different idea. I grabbed plenty of scrap boards we had around and started to build forms. I didn't want to cut anything, so I ended up with a 2 feet tall square structure with maybe 5 or 6 foot sides (probably 5). Then I packed to forms with snow and added plenty of water. Overnight the snow and water froze to solid "icecrete" walls and I could remove the forms. The roof wasn't actually icecrete though, it was wood covered with a thin icecrete veneer on top. It lasted pretty long and we had lots of fun!