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February 2nd, 2008

Colds and Flu's

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    I have noticed that alot of people are getting sick with colds and flu like bugs, Me and my wife have not had a single virus or flu bug in the past 12 years, even though our grand children always have something and I am around sick people on a weekly basis. We were aware of the poisoning properties of Chlorine due to some studies I did on water  treatment because of our well being contaminated due to  the no-till type farming in our area. So we had city water put in and I had it tested, not telling them that it was from the tap at home, and the guy thought I was playing a trick on him and that I got the water from the commode, because of microscopic particles of toilet paper in the water. So I wasn't drinking that either. So we have been strictly on steam distilled water. No Chlorine to break down the immune system, so it stays stronge, No pesticides and chemicals from the farming practice's and no toilet paper in the water, or the new chlorine resistance protozoa that have been discovered lately. and remarkably no illness in my family. If your immune system is strong, your body can fight off these bugs easier. Happy Drinking.

I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.
I don't exercise at all. If God meant us to touch our toes, he would have put them further up our body.
My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now & we don't know where she is!
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.' -- Abraham Lincoln

January 31st, 2008

My Opinion

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My Opinion?

 

          This web log is something I am very new to, having read few and participated in none before this. The purpose if I understand correctly of this log is to express oneself and to assist others when able or needed, to pass the wisdom and experiences of your life and existence up to this stage, and be able to express your opinions of what you perceive in any given subject without opposition, and also a way to acquire knowledge that otherwise you would have to experience through the school of hard knocks. To be collective to the thoughts and needs of others, to be “Friends”. This path that I have followed through life is very different and unique compared to anyone else’s, the perspectives, Knowledge, the trials and tribulations I have experienced cannot be repeated in anothers mind, because of the unique individuality of each person.

                We can each experience the same situation in life, but perceive a different lesson, outcome, information from that experience. We are unique in that aspect, We are totally individuals of mind, spirit, and perception. What I see, is going to be different than what you see. With this web log and the communities I enter, I ask the question “ What can I contribute?” a simple but productive thought, I hope. I have to consider “Integrity” -  Being what I say I am, by acting in accordance with my words. Tony Robbins said that the “Compression of time is the secret to everything”.  But I feel that even though you may accomplish more, you may be missing life experiences and lessons. Time Compression – a wonderful thought if you’r bored.

 

                To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace. ~Milan Kundera

 

                 If anyone has thoughts for me and this log or if I am perceiving this in the wrong attitude, please I love constructive criticism or any help what so ever. This is a Polish American Hillbilly from Tennessee. Response’s are respected.

January 30th, 2008

Clean up for Health

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Ultra Violet light and Contaminates within the home

 

                The problem that one LJ reader proposed to me was that they had a small UV light and was wanting to know applications for clean up on their household.  First you have to understand the nature of the beast that is presenting a problem and they expressed there was an issue with mold. This was the question:

 

Subject: Re: UV Light
I want to purify the whole house but the UV light I have is small. I want to use it on my living room furniture, the mattress, pillows, carpet, inside my cupboards and the basement where we had a mold problem. That kind of stuff.

 

                The major problem with ultra-violet light is that the distance from the bulb to the contaminates is critical, the further away that the bulb is from the subject the less effect it has on it. Most, if not all bacteria can be destroyed by the use of UV light. With Molds we are expressing more inactivation than destroying as we would with Viruses or Bacteria. The main factors in disinfection are the amount of UV power the lamp produces and the length of time the contaminate is exposed to the light source. The energy required to kill microorganisms is a product of the UV light’s intensity  and the exposure time. This is measured in microwatt seconds per centimeter squared.  Intensity x Exposure Time = microwatt seconds/cm2.  But I am sure this is not what you are wanting, the technical jargon is enough to give anyone a reason not to go on. But I will simplify things, now that you have it down pat. The main thing is that the UV light you probably have is o.k. for the aquarium or the refrigerator or maybe a closet. Since you already know you have a problem with mold, be vary wary this can really create havoc upon your immune system and respiratory system.    The problem you have is the spores of molds can lie dormant until conditions are right and then start growing again, What is needed is to kill the spores that are everywhere and keep them in an inactive state. Most products I have tried have been a waste of money, but there are a few that actually work and I have had great success with them. These I will explain later, we need to get to the clean up of what you have at the moment. Direct exposure to Ultra Violet light breaks down rubbers and plastics and causes other products a short life, so you really don”t what direct exposure on a lot of household items. I did a small segment on my web log on Hydrogen Peroxide that you might want to read, But this is your key to getting things cleaned up and sanitized around the home. What I am about to express is not what people in my profession like to hear, But I want to help if I can. If you know anyone who has a swimming pool they most likely use a shock called Baccusil, This is 27% Hydrogen Peroxide and will kill any mold or bacteria as well as viruses. This substance I use to clean up mold in basements and under the crawlspace of contaminated homes, It works and works well. I dilute it 50/50 and make sure you use protective rubber gloves and safety glasses, this stuff will react like bleach and if you spray your self in the face you’ll wind up with white eyebrows. I use a garden sprayer and just saturate the area that’s contaminated. The interior of your home I would use the milder form that comes in the little brown bottle, Its is only 3% and is the best disinfectant I feel on the market.

                This should give you a starting place on your clean-up and I will go on and bore the dickens out of some people explaining Ultra Violet Lights, the ones that work and not the gimmicks. There are a few that I have tested that really do live up to their projected claims and some others that work very well, but have that high maintenance in order to keep them working properly and effectively. I don’t want this post to sound like any type of spam or promotions for any products so do your research. But I do want to give my experience with this subject totally unbiased and neutral. I'll finish this  another day.

January 29th, 2008

Assisting

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I have not taken the time to post for several days now, I have been on LJ everyday , But someone has always had a question that I felt I could help with, so I've been spreading what wisdom I have about their subject and dropping those little pearls of knowledge around. I just hope someone has been helped and no one has been angered.

                                             Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast. - Shakespeare

     I have been in the woods most of my spare time this past few weeks, doing clean-up after the select cutting on the timber that needed to be removed. Lot of hard work - But very enjoyable. We have 27 acres of woodland and its like our small game preserve, Absolutely no hunting is permitted and we offer a sort of haven from the surrounding areas that are hunted, Quite heavy - so we have places that are thick with wild plum, honeysuckle, Blackberrys, Etc. as a safety zone with a creek that flows through center of a 4 to 5 acre patch, and this all is connected to bigger woods, this area we never go into as to let the deer and other critters feel safe, no humans allowed. The rest we keep cleaned the best we can of any trees that have damage or disease and let the white oak, red oak, hickory, red buds and maples among a few, we allow them to have their way. Our yard is approx. 12 acres with new gardens this year, that are still in construction phase. I am doing 6 new raised beds 4 ft. wide X 25 ft. long for our Old Fashioned Tomatoes and other veggies, like carrots, broccoli, all types of lettuce and spinach, kale, swiss chard, to name a few. And we also have a pumpkin and squash patch, and one for cucumbers , which we plant in a big patch of sunflowers and let them grow up the stalks for easy pickin's, also we have the needed Herb beds for those things so needed in the kitchen and for our health. Well I feel much better now as having to post, I feel I have not totally neglected LJ even if it was just rambling.

      You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, this is no other life but this." -- Henry David Thoreau

January 23rd, 2008

Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

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The Wonders of Hydrogen peroxide

That little brown bottle of 3% that so little is expressed about has some attributes that are quite remarkable, and keep secret.

This substance in the brown plastic bottle is probably keep under wraps because it may put manufacturers profit margins lower that they may like to see. This substance has a world of good applications if used correctly, everything from Medicinal use to our laundry.  Being the type of individual that always questions the question?  ( QBQ ) and is always trying to get away from the commercialization of products that seldom work I am one who likes the old ways  and wisdoms.        

  “Science may be learned by rote, but wisdom not.”

Here are a few use’s that have been commonly used, approved and appreciated, by me and others.

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.)

No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dish rag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. Folks with fungus on their feet can spray a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. Our soldiers during WWII have seen gangrene that would not heal with any

Medicine, but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system likebleach or most other disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

 

9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

 

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, faddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it's not a drastic change.

 

11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

 

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

 

13. Use peroxide to clean mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.

 

Most doctors don't tell you about peroxide. Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor's office? NO!!! Why? Because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor's offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!  Did you also know bleach was invented in the late 40's?

It's chlorine, Folks!  And it was used to kill our troops. Peroxide was invented during WWI in the 20's. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals. Please think about this.

 

                I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without!  With prices of most necessities rising, I'm glad there's a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner! In my profession I also use a form of peroxide to rid Air conditions of Mold and bacteria and improve the air quality indoors. I will explain these products and procedures in further postings if any one is interested.

 

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity. “

                Albert Einstein

                Please share this bit of knowledge with everyone, it can maybe help a few.

    

January 21st, 2008

   This is something that was brought to my attention by one of my friends on LJ, and there is not really enough being said about the prevention of this and other virus's that seem to be disrupting our lives. I am not attempting to give any one any plugs or promotions, I just have this urge to help any way I can with what knowledge I have acquired in the field, and personal experience. I have been helping people with IAQ "Indoor Air Quality" for several years now and have found that we are not very well educated in prevention other that washing our hands. Not Good Enough.
    MRSA
, as well as some other viruses and bacteria have become a serious problem. Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus was in itself very bad, but now we are having a new strain that is considered even worse. This is a flesh eating disease that is running rampant in certain segments of our society and not just geographically located. Staph virus lives and travels mainly in our sinus cavities and waits for an opportunity to infect us through open sores, cuts, scrapes, etc. Keeping clean hands does help. A. Streptococcal (strep) infections infections are caused by group A. Strepotococcus, a bacteria responsible for a variety of health problems. These infections can range from mild skin infection or sore throat to severe, life threatening conditions such as toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis, commonly know as the flesh eating disease. Now we have a MRSA strain. When our children or us adults pick up this virus at school, gym, or at work we usually transport this among other bacteria and viruses to our Humble Abodes and spread it around. Children as well as adults have this habit of picking our noses and not always washing our hands afterwards, I have even see people driving along with their finger up to the 2nd. knuckle in their nose. How was it expressed "Ewwwwwee". There are a few products on the market that can assist with these, I have personally tested several so call purification systems and studied them quite hard. There have been more gimmicks than I like to contemplate, but there are a couple really good ones, that actually work and do what they say. One of these is the "Guardian Air" by RGF.  www.rgf.com. This will install into the Air Conditioning Duct work, when installed properly will kill and inactivate most all bacteria, odors, viruses, etc.. This product is NASA approved and is being implemented on our cruise ships to fight the Norwalk virus that has been a major problem, as well as several schools and hodpitals across the country. There is another one call "Duct WoRx" by Ecoquest internation that is almost in my opinion as good. These items should be wired into the blower circuitry of the HVAC system. This is experience talking, don't let them tell you otherwise, But you can if you want to. Also there is a company that can do before and after testing of your Humble Abodes air quality and you will be able to see these results. They can make the unseen visible, you don't know whats in you air cause you can not see it , you just breathe it in. Somewheres around 20,000 gallons a day, we are concerned with those 8 glasses of water we drink each day as is recommended by the Doc., think about 3,400 glasses of air we inhale. This company is called "Air Advice" and any reputable HVAC company can set this up, or go online and find a dealer close to you. www.airadvice.com . Well I will comment futher on these issues if anyone has any questions, but for now I have to go out and cut some firewood, us poor folks have to do what ever we can to earn that almighty buck. I hope I have helped someone in LJ with this info. I will expain about these 3 items in more detail next time I post, some of the +'s and -'s of each. Feel free to use this info in any way. Chow as the ritzy say.

January 16th, 2008

The Snow and politics

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  Been a busy day so far this morning and afternoon, but now I am allowed time to relax with a glass of "Fair quality " Merlot, cause I really can't afford the good stuff, But it taste just glorious sitting here watching the fire burning and the snow falling for the first time this year. I had a lot of work to do for the mother in-law today she needed all her trees trimmed and some bushes cut back that had succumb to the late freeze we had in the spring. I am by no means any kind of tree surgeon but I grew up on a farm, so I was educated in about everything that grows.
    I have been contemplating the election that is forth coming this year and listening to the comments and discussions that abound on TV and the talk shows of radio. I am truly skeptical of all these candidates and wounder if this is the best our great country can offer us. We need change as they all are saying, but we need change from what we are being presented with for leaders. They should be running for these positions to represent the people as public servants, to do for us the best that they can. They should not be there for self esteem or as a road to riches by our loss's and hardships. I feel that the waste in our government for personal gain is appalling, it could feed every hungry child and educate everyone of our children and offer all protection and freedom to accomplish the dreams this country was founded upon. " The American Dream" where is it going, we need it back. We need people that don't live in a protected bubble that never really see life as it is, the hungry Americans, the violence in our younger generation, the hardships high tax's put on the working class and the small business's or new upstart business's, all this is never seen by the special interest groups or those representing us in political high spots. I would love to see a common man with morals in politics, but I don't think they would allow it. Now days its money and power that control our destiny and our children's. I feel that instead of having to have 200 million dollars to be able to run for president, If you have a million your disqualified, and they should have to pay their own health care and fund their own retirement. They should be in that position because they want to help the country not themselves.
    Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles. Whether we believe in God or karma, ethics is the foundation of every religion.

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits, which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master gardener of his soul, the director of his life. He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands, with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought-forces and mind-elements operate in the shaping of his character, circumstances, and destiny.” From “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen

Our minds are like gardens; they grow whatever we allow to take root.
Good Night and God Bless.

January 11th, 2008

A Fine Degree of Breathing

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    I hope everyone is well. I have not had the time to post much this week with the weather and issues with a wacky world. I was listening to Dave Ramsey yesterday and a young lady was talking about the new house they had purchased and its health issues that were affecting her baby. Now this is a newly constructed home, with payments around $2000.00 a month. The baby was having problems and the diagnosis was that her house was contaminated with black mold, which is creating breathing complications for them and the baby. So I decided to educate anyone interested in Air quality in their home with a little information I have been working on. this is a little long but worth the read. Have a great day!.
   
      

“Adversaries in our Homes”

Is your health and your family’s health important?

If so, then you should educate yourself about The Air Quality in your Home!

Your Indoor Air Quality”

 

                        With the technologies of the present years in building construction, our humble abodes have become extremely tight as far as fresh air and infiltration from the outside, which is a direct contributor to the decline of our indoor air quality. Our Duct systems that distributes the air in our home and office are concentrated with contaminates such as molds, bacteria, fungal spores, yeast, dust mites, and Viruses. Our Heating and cooling equipment is the force that propels the unwanted adversaries throughout our homes and offices, the evaporator coil, duct work, and the filter are the perfect breeding ground.

             Through the normal breathing process we fill our lungs up to 20,000 times each day and probably more during extended exercise periods, over time all these contaminates can cause allergies, upper respiratory problems, asthmatic conditions, headaches and flu like symptoms, also inflammation in the mucous membranes. Most filters used in modern equipment are inadequate in stopping all of the contaminates due to the size of the particles themselves, they simply pass through the filter and collect in your duct, and on the evaporator coil which is the biggest Petri dish in your home, a perfect environment, offering the host, moisture and air, all the necessities for Growth. Airborne contaminates can also cause diseases such as influenza, hepatitis, tuberculosis, pneumonia, etc., etc., and extended exposure may cause other respiratory diseases, heart disease, and different types of cancer, which may be debilitating or fatal.

            According to Studies by the CDC, EPA, AMA ,American Lung Association, World Health Organization, and ASHRAE, about 65 million Americans suffer from allergies and about 14 million suffer from asthma, about 50% of illnesses are directly caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air, and about 30% of all commercial building where we work or our children go to school suffer from S.B.S. or “Sick Building Syndrome” which  creates what is known as B.R.I. in a lot of the medical studies which is “Building Related Illnesses”. Our annual health care bill for Indoor Air Quality related illnesses in the U.S. is approximately 15 million dollars; The EPA even ranks Indoor Air Quality as one of the top environmental issues in the U.S., the EPA say’s “Indoor air pollution is America's Number One Environmental Health Concern. And from the floor of the House of Representatives -- indoor air pollution has been called "One of our greatest environmental health problems.", but there are solutions to these situations that the majority of the public are not aware of or even realize there is a connection with air pollution, our Indoor Air Quality, and health related issues. One of the first things is to educate ourselves in the problems that may be present in our own homes, our work environment, and also our method of transportation, whether it is to the grocery store, work, schools, vacations, etc., our vehicle is a vessel for polluted air also. We had the problem with the cruise ships having to dock because of the “Norwalk Virus” and anyone who travels the airlines have had experiences with all types of viruses and bacteria related problems, also the biological contaminates introduced into our homes by our children and the school systems seems to be never ending. All of these places we are in when we are exposed to Viruses, bacteria, and other unwanted contaminates all have one thing in common….”Air Conditioning and Heating systems” this should make that light bulb in the head flash dramatically signaling us to the realization that here may lie the “Beast Within” the source, the breeding ground and distribution center of what we try to avoid at all cost…. “Our Health Related Issues!”

            Let us determine why this may be our number one candidate for our increase in poor indoor air and health related issues. The first paragraph in the beginning of this article gives us the format to begin an understanding of the problem in general. But one of the main reasons that our heating and air conditioning systems contribute so much to our poor air quality is that there is a lack of proper preventive maintenance and a misconception as to what should be addressed when we have maintenance performed on our systems. One problem that HVAC contactors have is they will instruct their Technicians to never, under any circumstances mention that they have located mold or mildew in the systems duct work or evaporator chamber and indoor blower assembly. This is mainly due to liability factors that say you have to deal with this issue if you address it, and most companies do not educate their technicians with any information about proper procedure in this matter, so as a home owner you and your family’s health is at risk due to this inadequacy in reporting an obvious problem to the customer. In my opinion there should be proper protocol to inform the customer and offer a solution or to direct the home owner to have proper testing of the mold-like substance to be analyzed and the situation corrected. You are paying to have a service performed on your equipment to find out if there is any issue that may create problems, Is That Not Correct?  Where is the concern for the Customer these days?  I truly hate to say this about my own industry, but it seems like “Get the money and run” attitude. Well I left off the “Smile, Look neat and clean, be friendly and act concerned” then “Get the Money and Run”.  Well I have vented, let us get back to the importance of this issue with our Health and its relationship to our Indoor Air Quality, or Vise-Versa.

            There are many different situations that may create pollution in our indoor environment with a direct relationship to our air conditioning and heating systems and the majority of them are a result of the initial installation of our Duct work and equipment.

  1. Improper sealing of the connections and seams in our Duct work, Supply registers and the Return Air chamber. This is mainly due to the production line attitude in the building industry and the bottom line concern of the Builder and HVAC installers. They want the cheapest price to get the job finished and most of the time, end up with poor quality on the finished product with a lot of corners being cut to save expense and time on the installation end. This can lead to infiltration of contaminates from under the house in the Crawlspace, or from within walls or the Attic space. These areas can supply your humble abode with all types of nasty no-see-ums, such as Molds, Bacteria, Viruses, Rodent debris, as well as Radon gases, and many more unwanted hazards.
  2. Poor or insufficient insulation or improperly installed insulation on the Duct work. This can and will create moisture problems within your house if you have Duct work above your ceilings or under your house. This is when “Mold” will start to flourish within you living space, it is only a matter of time before it happens and it will if the situation is not corrected or preventive measures taken. I have been in numerous houses and see where insulation has been left off or improperly sealed and taped, or the wrong type of tape used causing the insulation to come loose allowing the Duct work to sweat in those areas thus accumulating the moisture required for the propagation of “Mold and Mildew”. This process is condensation, the same as when you have a ice cold drink and the outside begins to sweat creating moisture.
  3. Improper or poor quality Return Air filters. This is one of the most common issues that I have run across in this industry and that is, inappropriate Air Filters in the home.  The majority of home owners do not understand the need for a quality filter, until they are educated a little and then you get that universal answer of “Really I Had No Ideal” that could pose a problem.

 

            One of the common filtering methods is HEPA filtration. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate arrestance. HEPA filters use a powerful blower to force the air through a very tight membrane to achieve high-efficiency particulate filtration. The biggest advantage of the HEPA filters is that they are very efficient in the filtering of air that passes through the filter and can filter to 0.03 micron. The drawback is that they require routine and very expensive filter changes. The filter can also act as a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and fungus. They do not remove odors, gases, pesticides, viruses, and many bacteria. They reduce airflow due to the tight pores of the filter, They are generally not used in central systems, and are sold as stand-alone or by-pass units.  (Fink, 1998). When air ventilation is restricted due to building design or for energy saving reasons the use of an air cleaning system is your main choice for treating re-circulated air (Bahnfleth et al., 2005).

 

            Carbon filters are another method of filtration, incorporating the use of carbon impregnated filter fabric or granulated carbon. These filters usually have a foam or fabric filter to hold the media. Carbon has the unique capability of acting as a physical filter trapping particulate, and on a chemical basis by reacting with some odors and some of the heavy gases. A notable advantage of the carbon filter is that it absorbs odor, absorbs some gases, and filters particulate. Some major disadvantages are the method requires frequent cleaning, and acts as a breeding ground for microorganisms, and can easily become blinded and cease to function properly creating restricted air flow and possible equipment damage.

 

            Fiber or open-cell foam filters rely on the air passing through a matrix of foam cells or fibers of fiberglass, wire, plastic, or doth. Typically, these filters only stop medium to large particulate. The low cost is probably the main advantage to this filtration method (Fink, 1998). The disadvantages of the system are they only filter the air that passes through the filter and the particle buildup can act as a breeding ground for bacteria. The filters with the loose fiberglass type structure do not stop small particulates, they simply pass straight through to the evaporator coil and the duct system in your Air Conditioner and begin to either colonize and grow or become the food source for other microorganism, bacteria, and viruses, and these are continuously being spread through out the structure by the blower motor in the system,  and what we have is an endless cycle of contamination and pollution re-circulating in our homes, Schools, and places of employment.

 

            Pleated paper or cloth type filters will catch much smaller particles and are still economically feasible, if your return air filter grill will allow it, extended surface filters of a 2 inch thickness are the best option, but most set-ups only allow for 1 inch thick sizes. These will have to be changed anytime you notice accumulations of debris and dirt, but should be inspected on a monthly basis as should all filter types. Honeywell has introduced a new improved filter the “FC40R” which will capture up to 37 times more airborne particles than the standard 1 inch filter. This filter will provide 4 inches of filtration in a 1 inch return air grill, and three times the life. This product meets the American Health Associations “Healthy House” guidelines.

 

            4. Condensation problems. There are a few issues here that should be addressed and often are not. Here in the southeastern section of the United States, summer can be brutally hot and humid, and removing the humidity in the structure or home is the main issue as well as the removal of heat from the air.  For example you can have an air temperature of 72 degrees with 95% humidity and the air comfort feeling will be more like 80+ degrees, and with that same temperature of 72 degrees with 30 to 40% humidity you may almost feel chilly. What we try to shoot for in comfort cooling is around 40 to 50% indoor humidity. All of this is basically moisture content in the air, “The higher the percentage of humidity, the higher the moisture content of the air”. In my area of the south we can expect normal condensate amounts of around 1 quart to 1.5 quarts of water or condensation per hour of operation in the cooling mode on most air conditioning systems. Equipment that is not level or with partial or complete blockage of the condensate drain, or improper drain piping applications can create very serious problems for home owners in the form of standing water in the drain pan or leakage in the attic or crawlspace under the house, or a water saturated area around the outside drain or air conditioning system. All of this water that is standing can create situations that may produce mold, mildew, or fungus growth that is unwanted, unneeded, or potentially harmful to your indoor air quality and your health. I will deal with these issues next time I have “TIME”.

 

To be continued…….

 

 

 

 

 

           

January 2nd, 2008

Rambling

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    Up at midnight again tonight and out in the shop with Sascha Sebastian Wolfe, "Sascha" for short, my faithfull companion and guardian, but at this time I am guarding him. Some would think this is kind of crazy to be missing sleep, much needed, to do as I am when it is 20 degrees outside, But my animals are under my care and I am responsible for their for their safety and well being. With society as it is with low moral values and no compassion for the lives of the individuals that share this world with them, I am not to trusting of those I love with strangers that are thieves and no telling what else. I was reading a post by another individual on LJ who came home to find their dog crawling across the yard with the back legs shot off and had to have the animal put to sleep. Tis a sad, cruel world!
    Several years ago we had a situation that made me realize that there are a sad people in this world, I was working in my shop welding a rack for my work truck when I heard a loud crash outside. I took off my welding hood and went out the door and there was a small truck off the road in front of the house. I went to the truck to see if anyone was injured to find it empty. Baffled I look around in the ditch and cornfield for the driver and saw another car coming down the road with a front light dangling and I figured that the driver may be with them after noticing the truck had rear damage also on it. The car stopped in the road and a kid got out and walked to within 10 feet of me and pulled a handgun from his baggy clothes, pointed it at my chest and pulled the trigger, it miss fired and I started talking, asking him why he wanted to shoot me as I had done nothing to him. He wanted to know where the boys were that owned the truck, I responded as that was who I was looking for also and they may be in the field.  The other kid in the car exited and said that they should see if there was CD player or something in the truck to help cover their damage, I said go for it, that  it did not matter to me. I just wanted to make some distance from the nut and go get me a gun and call police. As I was easing away they tearing up the trucks dashboard and the driver came from the back of our house yelling for them to get out of his truck. They had been around at the backdoor telling my wife that these yahoo's were chasing them and shoot at them, she was on the phone with 911. Well the punk got out of the truck and fired at the driver who ran around the house to the front with the punk after him. The driver tried to get in the front door of my house which was locked, the punk caught up and shot him at point blank range on my front porch and then went to fire a second time, but the gun jammed again and I could see my wife through the picture window watching on the phone. I panicked at that point knowing if he cleared the gun she was in the line of fire, so I put on all the speed I could to make there before he could clear the jam and tackled him, took the gun and cracked him on the head with it, and held him untill police arrived. He killed that 17 year old boy, took  his life because he dated his ex-girl friend. What a world we live in

January 1st, 2008

    Happy New Year! Spent mine with my faithful dog out in the garage, trying to catch a crook who has been abusing my best friend and stealing. I hope he had a good new year somewhere else, I don't hold the stealing against him, I just feel sorry that he thinks its acceptable. BUT DON'T ABUSE MY ANIMALS, that makes me irate, they are innocent and should be respected as all gods creatures should. I try to give my critters a good life that they can enjoy and have a safe a secure life with me and my wife as their guardians and providers. If its not acceptable for us to abuse them, then no one else has that right, and if I catch him I may let  "Sascha" the German Shepard who weights 104 lbs. get his own revenge a little bit, or should I say little BITE.   Well I need to get to work on my new tomato beds, I am doing 6 - 20ft. long X 4ft. wide raised beds this year for a mix of my heirloom tomatos and various other veggies in between the plants, Companion Planting works well. Good reading is a book called Tomatoes love Carrots.  Have a great day everyone in the forbidden zone.
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