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Name: Julie A Carda

After studying dance in Europe, Julie returned to the United States and graduated from Creighton University. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville with a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the past twenty years, she has taught high school and college courses, and facilitated workshops on the healing arts while occasionally writing for academic periodicals. Her quest to acknowledge world religions and the desire to expose the similarities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal Source of love in all people. Besides writing fiction, Julie is co-creating a Space of Love through advocacy for Kin Domains.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cold Air Return to Nowhere

Our first large project was to seal the cold air returns in our unfinished basement. Around each return, we applied the expandable caulk called "Great Stuff". Because we'll have so much of this type of sealing to do throughout the house, we invested in a commercial dispenser. The dispenser runs about $50 and the can of product about $10. By using the dispenser, we can control the application much easier and have less waste. The product doesn't have a lingering smell or out-gasing. It gets tacky, and then dries pretty within the hour or less.

As we worked our way across our unfinished basement, we discovered a few cold air returns left open from the floor above that didn't go into an actual return duct. Mark Loscutoff, our certified home energy rater, worked along with us to determined these had just been left open after a previous owner had done a remodel of the rooms above.

To solve this energy leak, we filled in the open spaces using Thermopan, which is a foil wrapped cardboard, the adhesive Great Stuff, and staples.

The basement area will have much more work, like special wall insulation for unfinished spaces, but we must wait for warmer temperatures.


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