Billy Idol is a Chicken Fried Steak
Or, What do all those Replacement Window Stats Mean?
Stats, Technical Jargon, TLA’s (Three Letter Acronyms…LOL), they can be a great help in evaluating and comparing products.
But, intimidating, too.
Especially when it is an expensive one time purchase and none of the numbers mean ANYTHING to you.
In college at Texas A&M, I worked weekends and nights as a cook in a busy Fajita joint called Padre Cafe.
The kitchen was hot and smoky from grilling meat and caramelized onions and, of course, my first day was on Game Day!!! 6 hours and over 1000 meals to crank through.
The lead cook, who looked like a wiry Charles Manson, was pacing the blistering hot line like a caged tiger with a 10 inch very sharp knife held in a greasy death grip waiting for the rush to start.
The tape player railed at top volume Heavy Metal music or the Ramones.
As the new guy, I was put on fryer.
“Manson-Metal-Dude” looks over at me, while he’s flipping the tape in the player, and says, “Billy Idol’s a Chicken Fried Steak”, sneers, jams his knife up and down in an “Air Guitar” motion and pushes “Play” so I’m left pondering what the hell that means.
I figure it out.
Every time he pulled a new ticket, if he looked in my direction, and made that same knife wielding Billy Idol Sneering Air Guitar motion…. I was supposed to make a Chicken Fried Steak.
Billy Idol Impersonation = Make Chicken Fried Steak!!!
Communication at its best. We rocked that night, and I smelled like beef fajitas that entire semester ( I quickly got moved to grill).
So, let’s see if we can figure out those mysterious Replacement Window Stats like “U-Factor”, “SHGC”’s, etc. mean.
First, U-Factor. You may be more familiar with a measurement of insulation called the R-Factor. It’s related. The U-Factor is the inverse of the R-Factor. That is, 1/R, or One divided by the R-Factor.
R-Factor measures conductive heat loss and is technically:
(Temp Difference x Area x Time)/Heat Loss.
The larger the number, the better, walls are usually 13-23.
But, those measurements are in a lab, only measure for conductive heat, and don’t account for radiative heat that goes right through fiberglass, and on a windy 20 MPH day, a leaky wall performs no better than just the studs.
In Texas for windows, in Climate Zone 2, we look for windows with a U-Factor of .20 or less, and Infiltration (Draftiness) of less than .3 cu ft.
It’s a lot of info.
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Relax. Have us set you up, and enjoy some good meals with the money we can save you.
We’ll cover Infiltration, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient in another post.
Oh, and by the way, I was telling this story to Bob Laws, a partner in a $4M restaurant renovation in Houston who had made his money doing movie catering.
He had catered the movie “The Doors” about Jim Morrison with Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Billy Idol, etc directed by Oliver Stone. He had two catering trucks get stuck in the sand as Oliver Stone kept driving in the desert looking for the perfect light.
He thought the story was funny because, on top of everything, Billy Idol was a vegetarian.