Pimp My Blower Door Kit: Blower Door Makeover

May/June 2012
A version of this article appears in the May/June 2012 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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April 30, 2012
In these tough economic times, it's appropriate to invest time in repairing and maintaining things, to make manufactured goods last longer and to save money. Besides, it feels good to repair something yourself, and working on something makes you value that item more—and teaches you something about your equipment, too. So in that vein I recently purchased a jalopy of a blower door kit that was in desperate need of TLC. The machine in question was probably 15 years old; it's a Model 3 blower door made by the Energy Conservatory, with lovely Dwyer Magnehelic gauges. I plugged it in, the speed control worked, and the fan moved air. What could be wrong, I thought, as I handed over the cash, grinning at the deal I had just struck?

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