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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Thu, Jun. 24th, 2004 06:15 pm
So I have this window next to my desk (which, btw, is a corner desk), and every day at about this time, the sun shines through the little holes in the blinds right onto my monitor. It annoys me to no end.

I don't really have the option of moving the monitor because the keyboard tray is right underneath it (and it would be a royal bitch to try to move that). So I'm thinking of covering the window with something that I can put up/take down easily.

The question is what, and how? I'd rather not poke any holes in my walls (although I am allowed to poke little ones if I want), and I can't really rip out and replace the blinds.

grr.

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midendian
midendian
Adam
Thu, Jun. 24th, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)

I've always used foil. Generally you don't even have to tape it on -- you can wrap it into the window frame well enough that it just stays there.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Thu, Jun. 24th, 2004 11:30 pm (UTC)

Tinfoil? I'll have to give that a try ... thanks for the suggestion.


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midendian
midendian
Adam
Fri, Jun. 25th, 2004 10:20 am (UTC)

Yeah, regular ol' foil, shiny side towards the outside. Expensive brands work better as they're generally thicker and stay formed better.

I did this all the time at my parents' house in Phoenix. I had several computers running 24x7 in my room, which had a large east-facing window. With just blinds it would heat up to ~90deg in the morning and stay there during the summer (where it was 115 in the day, 95 at night) -- this was with central air trying to push it down to 75. With the foil, it kept the temperature well under 90 in the room.

One year I tried putting it across the wall, instead of actually on the window, which left a few inches gap between the foil and the glass on the inside. Do not do this. It starts greenhousing in there and the foil gets really hot, and probably hot enough for the glass to break. Luckily I noticed it and fixed it before any window shattering. It wasn't as effective as directly against the window anyway. Not that SLO gets this hot unless you have a south-facing window or something (which I know you don't).


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Fri, Jun. 25th, 2004 10:30 am (UTC)

It's still probably something to be careful of ... it's a northwest-facing window which gets direct sunlight for most of the afternoon ... and in Atascadero, it regularly gets up to 100 in summer in the afternoons.


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