What Were They Thinking?

November 06, 2006
November/December 2006
A version of this article appears in the November/December 2006 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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As a HERS rater, I continually think about energy conservation. So when it came time to do the annual defrost of my beer fridge I thought to test the gasket to see if it was properly sealed.  I bought this refrigerator at a church yard sale for $5, and it works for about $2.50 a month.  Anyway, I used the dollar bill gasket test. (A dollar bill should be held tight if placed between the gasket and the frame when the door is closed.)  What I found was that the gasket was disintegrated, so I went to replace it. (I had to dismantle the door.) What I found inside the door (expecting some sort of fiberglass insulation) was single-faced corrugated board!  Thought Home Energy readers would like to see what insulation looked like back in the 1940s.

Ray Chapala
Chapala Consulting, Incorporated
St. Louis, Missouri
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