Summer loving

Hello!  Happy Monday!  How’s it going???  Hope you all had a great weekend.  Mine was good.  Something I didn’t mention on here but I just returned from spending the summer in the Pacific Northwest.  My weekend was spent driving back and getting my house back up and running.  Let me explain what that means…

When the semester was over in May I unplugged my house, packed up everything I needed for the summer, and hit the road.  So what exactly does “unplug my house” mean you ask?  Well, exactly as it sounds! ha! I unplugged the electric and water from the RV type hook-ups, unplugged the solar panels and propane gas.

unplugged

unplugged

*sidenote* the Rubbermaid containers are my homemade compost bins.

Anyways, when I got back all I had to do was plug in the electric, water, solar, and propane tanks.  I opened up the windows to air out the interior and I’m up and running again.  It took approximately 30 – 45 minutes for my micro fridge to cool down again and about  the same amount of time for the AC unit to cool the whole house.  =)  pretty good in my opinion!  In case your curious, I still paid my rent to “park” my house in it’s location but didn’t pay any electric since I wasn’t using any.  It was a pretty economical way to leave the house for the summer.

Everything was good when I returned other than the skirting on the west side of the house.  This is the side that gets the intense afternoon & evening sun.  The skirting was falling off the house because the velcro just didn’t have any more stick to it.

skirting is falling off

This same thing happened last year as well and I replaced the Velcro.  It was working, however, it’s hard to compete with temperatures over 100 degrees. =(

Since I’ve replaced this already with heavy duty velcro and it’s obviously not working I think I’m going to have to switch to some grommets and fasteners like this:

 – it’s a metal turn fasteners.  Another option is more like a “button” and similar to this:

 and here is the fastener part. 

 

Both of these would have to be drilled into the upper Hardiplank (wood) part of the house above the metal wheel well.  I was trying to avoid this as I hate to put holes into the exterior envelope of the house but I think now it’s a necessity since the velcro is failing.

What option do you think is best?  Are there other options I’m not thinking of?

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