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Blogging and the Power of Venting

No one likes to nag. Or at least, no one I know likes to nag. At least I don’t like to nag. But the one and only benefit of the act of nagging is action. It can drive a person … Continue reading

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Dissertation on the Rights of Cans…

Back in the day–and a long ago day, it was, too–when we barely had two pennies to rub together after paying rent and utilities, we went without a lot of things. No television. No phone. No furniture, actually–having to make … Continue reading

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Does the Fox Guard Your Henhouse?

There’s an old saying “Don’t let the fox guard the henhouse.” It comes from an even older Latin saying, “Ovem lupo commitere.” There should be an Aesop’s fable covering this, but there’s not, so I’m making one up. Once upon … Continue reading

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Mold Among us

Have you really examined your house for mold? Wall coverings-Mold loves cellulose, and cellulose is used in most wallpapers. So it is not unusual for mold growth to occur on your wallpaper, especially if the room is a source of … Continue reading

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Something Moldy in Paradise

As wonderful as it is, Hawaii is humid–and mold loves Hawaii as much as we do. Take for example the Hawaii Hilton, with a history of mold. (Closed for mold in the past, and possibly in the future. Before the … Continue reading

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Why Do I Care if Your Bathroom is Humid…

Mold loves water. Picture the airspace of your house with millions of tiny dry parachutists floating aimlessly about, each one hoping to randomly land on a wet patch. Picture these tiny dry parachutists not flying alone, but each with a … Continue reading

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Public Buildings in Mold Crisis

Every time I log on to the internet, I see another school that is closed due to mold. It seems to be practically an epidemic that old (or badly constructed new) public buildings get shut down due to mold. Public … Continue reading

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What Mold Wants

IF you’re looking to grow a fine crop of mold this season… 1. When there’s a leak, ignore it. Let it drip down through your walls and ceiling. Let the moisture seep into exposed cellulose products. 2. Don’t bleach trace … Continue reading

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Insurance is no Assurance.

Insurance and mold have a peculiar relationship. Mold contamination is not covered as itself; it is only covered if it is the direct result of a covered condition. For example, if the plumbing is covered, then the mold resulting from … Continue reading

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Judging a Moldy Book by it’s Cover

I’m thinking that all of this foreclosure business the US is suffering is ultimately going to be a boon for a niche market in the construction/remediation industry. Look at the thousands of foreclosed homes, all but abandoned. These homes–some of … Continue reading

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