By christabelwatts - posted on November 25, 2013

Draught-proofing at the Repair Cafe

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Photo credit: Ann MacGillivray
During November we held DIY workshops in conjunction with Transition Southampton and their Repair Cafe at SOS Hardware, in Bitterne Park Triangle.

On Saturday 2nd November there was a ‘Sew and Save’ curtain-lining workshop, where people brought along their unlined curtains and we helped them make a cosy thermal lining for the curtains to keep the cold out this winter. Thick curtains are an effective low-tech way to prevent heat loss at home, not just from windows but also external doors, and by lining them yourself rather than buying new ones you save even more money.

On Saturday 23rd November there was a ‘Repair Cafe’ draught-proofing workshop, with practical DIY demonstrations and free giveaways of materials. These included self-adhesive draught-proofing tape to stick round windows, doors and loft-hatches, reflective radiator panels that go down the back of your radiator and reflect the heat back into the room rather than heating the outside wall, door and letter box brushes to stop cold air coming through gaps in the door and secondary glazing film for a short-term cheaper alternative to double glazing. For more information on these measures and more, we have handy DIY guides available here. For some local coverage of the event, have a look at the article on the Bitterne Park info website.

To see what events we have coming up, have a look at the project page on our website. If you would like to book a workshop for your community group or would like help draught-proofing a community space, please phone: 02380 336172 or email: to find out more.