:Bawling: Well, I am getting too close to cold weather for my physical comfort. I am not prepared for cold weather, and I am not prepared to prepare for cold weather. To explain: My dh and I purchased a trailer home for 1500 dollars. We got what we paid for-we sunk another 1500 into redoing the entire plumbiing system. (and I just found a leak.......lol) . That was all our savings. We saved for a month to have the furnace serviced and get it up and running. This place was open to the elements and every cat in town for over 2 years. We spent less than 20 bux and got the smell out (thank you kids and pets) but never even thought about the underside of the house. Well, that's not exactly true. I have been fussing about insulation for 2 months. However, I never thought about the existing ductwork. Wish I had-we have just found at least 3 places where it is pulling away from the flooring and several more where it has holes that go all the way thru. I am taking estimates now on getting it repaired, as to get it replace will cost more than I can save in a month. Why is it that I never thought about the ductwork? I have no idea. It should have been one of the first things I looked at. I guess it is time for me to overcome my fear of small spaces and crawl underneath my home to see what else needs my immediate attention. ICK! I hate small spaces. I don't go under things that weigh more than I do. I know it's irrational, but what if it falls on me??? And how in the world do I even know what I am supposed to be looking for? What was I thinking??? Now I am really scared of upcoming winter. With DH being laid off for 3 months and it being all we can do to keep food on the table and heat in the house over that period, where do I get the funds to fix the heating system? I cannot in good conscience keep on running the electric space heaters. And I begin to suspect that I may need to replace the furnace as well. (it only runs if set at 70 or above-I prefer to keep it set at 65) The only positive thing I could find out of this is the following: If we insulate along the backs of the skirting like we planned, at least we are trapping the heat that escapes thru those holes and can use it to prevent the water feed pipe from freezing. (the rest of them are inside the house). And since heat rises, it will eventually come back into the house. I just worry about how much extra fuel we will consume while we save for repairing or replacing the ductwork. What to do???