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Home and Garden Edition, 2014

Insulation project provides fast pay-back; parishioners worship in warmth


Orin Pierson / Petersburg Pilot

Volunteers have been working on this insulation project since April. Ray Ochoa takes a momentary break from installing a layer of insulation to wave to the camera. By hand cutting the insulation and making odd size pieces fit, the crew wastes almost none of their materials.

When Father Thomas Weise returned to his apartment at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church after a trip to Wrangell last winter, he was greeted by a chilly sight.

"I came home from Wrangell and the water in my tub had frozen," Weise said. "I'm like 'why is my tub frozen?'"

To find out Weise took a look underneath the building. That's when he first saw the bare joists supporting the floor and decided it was time to improve the building's insulation, starting from the bottom up.

Instead of hiring a contractor, Weise decided to save money by putting his knowledge of cold-climate constructi...

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