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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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Ready, Set, Caulk!

Apparently, the caulk gun is the tool of choice for correcting common leaks in the areas that require cosmetic care. These are the areas around windows, doors, fireplaces, trim work, paneling...basically anywhere you have two joints meet.

During the audit, I learned that trim is used to cover the imperfection in drywall and other joints. The imperfections let a lot of air flow in, under, and through. In the winter, you can find these easily by wetting your hand and moving it along the trim areas.

Mark and Jon, my energy rating experts, recommend using a clear caulk in these areas so that I did't need to do any touch up painting. They demonstrated the technique so that I wouldn't have areas with an unsightly glob. They also recommended a water clean up variety.

Oh, yes. The technique...

Wrong way!
Right way! Thumb on stop flow tab.

Get familiar with the metallic stop flow tab on the caulk gun. Cut the tip of the caulk applicator on a 45 degree slant as small as possible, if necessary increase tip opening in very small increments. Work at eye level--so have a stool nearby. Do not slant the caulk tip, as is shown in the first photo, but keep it pointed directly into surface and drag at an even speed. This allows enough caulk to fill in any wide gaps. Have a wipe cloth handy. Prepare for many squats and stretches.

Finally, USE THE STOP FLOW TAB!

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