Weatherizing 3 - Tools and Materials Weatherizing 3 - Tools and Materials


Tools - Weatherizing your home requires only the most basic tools. So any incurred expense will go directly into materials rather than additional tools. These are the necessary tools, found in any home toolbox.

  • Hacksaw with fine-toothed blade
  • Steel tape measure
  • Metal file
  • Scissors
  • Pry bar
  • Tack hammer

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  • Circular saw
  • Tinsnips
  • Drill
  • Plane
  • Hammer
  • Putty knife
  • Nailset
  • Utility knife
  • Caulking gun
  • Hair dryer
  • Screwdrivers

Since caulking is a major part of weatherstripping, acquisition of an air compressor with a caulking gun attachment would make this job go more smoothly and easily. If you do not have access to one, it can be rented.

Materials. The materials, of course, will depend on your assessment of your weatherization requirements. The following suggestions should cover most of your needs.

  • Threshold treatments
  • Fiberglass or oakum
  • Caulk
  • Window film
  • Finishing nails
  • Programmable thermostat
  • Wood dough
  • Masking tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Heating boosters
  • Stain
  • Insulating jacket for hot water heater
  • Sealer
  • Duct tape
  • Door-bottom seals
  • Plastic
  • Window glazing compound
  • Insulating fireplace baffle
  • Weatherstripping materials
  • Glass fireplace doors
  • Garage door weatherstripping
  • Foam pad inserts for outlets
  • Galvanized shingle nails
  • Pipe insulating tape

Once you have decided which materials best suit your situation (further reading in this section will aid you in this decision), you'll want to make a complete list before you shop. Take measurements of all the cracks that need weatherstripping doors and windows. Estimate the amount of caulking you will use. Note the number and sizes of openings you want to cover with window film. And jot down any specialty items, such as new thresholds, a programmable thermostat or a water heater blanket.

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