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what relationship if any does mold and asbestos have?

Mold Inspection & Removal / Re: can fungi harm humans in space?
« Last post by DavidSnell on Today at 05:04:35 PM »
Can mold or fungus harm humans in space like it can on Earth?  Great question.
Medical, Wellness, & Health / Adult Self Defense Considerations
« Last post by JasonYost on Today at 04:06:19 PM »
If you're like me, you're busy.  I own two businesses, have a wife and four kids, a few grand-kids, even, and am constantly required to respond to outside parties and situations.  Finding the time to do much besides reactively responding to life's demands can be difficult, but there has to be proactive time to develop, maintain and revise the use of our wellness.  If we don't make this time, we deteriorate.  Reminds me of something one of my previous martial arts teachers told me:

Jason, there's no such thing as standing still, reaching a goal and keeping it.  You're either growing or your deteriorating.  And no choice is often a choice not to grow.  Look for your forks in the road and choose your response wisely.

Besides the challenges and demands of everyday life, we, adults, are faced with serious responsibilities, too.  Running from a threat isn't, often, a choice for us, as we have to stand for our loved ones, fellow employees, friends, and others who count on us.  And, let's get real, the older we get the harder it is to outrun the attacker, anyway.  So, what are you doing to proactively prepare yourself for this responsibility?

I'd be willing to bet that nearly 100% of you reading this would defend your family if they were threatened by one, two, three or more people - in your home or outside of it.  How many of you take time to prepare for that responsibility, that act of self-defense?

Finding time to practice effectively is hard.  That's why you need to learn a self-defense that is taught for everyday life.  Being able to reinforce the principles taught in your self-defense course by applying them to everyday life (everyday self-defense of those activities that seek to do your self harm) is key in providing you the resource and resolve to effectively and efficiently defend yourself and those you care about.  If you aren't getting that out of your self-defense course, you're not learning self-defense.

At the Yost Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy ( we teach true self-defense for every aspect of life.  In doing so, you will learn to develop, maintain and use your wellness, as well as defend against one, two or more attackers.  If you're in or around the Terre Haute, Indiana area, I encourage you to come visit us at the Academy.  Sifu Bryant and I will be glad to sit down with you, review your needs, and get you started learning a real, effective and efficient self-defense.
In response to my first post on this topic (which can be found here:, a mold remediator emailed me the following:

I was reading your posts and wanted to ask a question regarding"dead spots". You wrote about having mono meter and smoking pens. When you do have a spot that the smoke is not pulled into the machine, how do you correct without moving the machine? Is a regular box fan ok?

Before I get into an answer to this question, what do you think of this picture?  Do you think the remediators have set up a reasonable, effective negative air pressure system?  Why, or why not?

Now, to the questions at hand. . . .

Working with the tools that I shared with you (in my first post) requires one is trained in their use, as is the case with any tool one uses.  That said, there are a few basic things I will share with you.

First thing I'd look at is the design of the area being processed, how that area may change during the course of work (e.g., will demolition expose rooms to one another in a way the dead-zone would be eliminated), and the like.  Then, I'd look at utilizing more than one negative air machine to create the proper pull.  If you do, though, you'll need to make sure the second or third, etc. units have their own, planned "make-up" air spot, and the air flow is a planned one for worker safety and air processing.  (This is one of the things I teach in my mold remediation course for businesses.)

The more time you spend working with it, the easier it gets. 

Box fans do not effectively control the airborne particulates to reduce or eliminate hazards to workers, as do negative air machines.  Neither do air filtration devices, for that matter.  Utilizing the appropriate number of equipment, in the appropriate place, for the appropriate air flow - not just air pressure differential -, and the like is what prevents cross-contamination, provides for the engineering control and compliance necessary for workers' protection, returns the indoor air quality to a positive condition, prevents settling of airborne contamination on cleaned/processed building materials/contents, etc.  So, it is always a required, compliant part of work that is also effective, efficient and effective to (1) take the time to set up the necessities to start, (2) monitor the system throughout the work, (3) make adjustments as the work environment changes and/or secure the engineering controls in place, and so much more.

Thanks for the questions.

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It's a form of testing those areas sampled, not an inspection.  An inspection includes a lot more than just air or surface sampling.
If a customer wants a mold inspector to test only a few rooms in a building or home, is that considered a mold inspection or testing?
If a customer wants a mold inspector to test only a few rooms in a building or home, is that considered a mold inspection or testing?

CLEVELAND, OH - Studies show two out of three people will get their smartphone wet. That mistake can be costly!

We've all been there or observed it first hand: A smartphone falls out of a hand and into a puddle, into a toilet, into a sink or that beverage spills right on top. It can cost you $600 or for some iPhone users, it can be a $1,200+ mistake.

While service plans are great, they have high deductibles. By the time you actually get your water-damaged smartphone to a repair facility or dealer, many of them are using the same rescue system I just finished testing.

The EVAP Wet Phone Rescue pouch works with iPhones, Android and countless other electronics. If you've ever heard of using a bag of rice to absorb moisture from a phone, it's not always successful. The EVAP kit worked in 96% of our tests following significant iPhone water damage.

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How does it work?

1. After your phone is soaked or water damaged, dry it out and put it into the EVAP Rescue Pouch
2. Within 6 to 24 hours, the EVAP pouch will notify you via a humidity indicator whether your phone is ready
3. Power on your phone. In 90% of independent third-party tests and 96% of the time in our tests, your phone will work!

If it doesn't work every time, what's the point in buying this?

It's 700% more effective at removing moisture compared to rice. Being able to score two kits today for $20 is a fraction of an insurance deductible or what it would cost to replace a phone. In my opinion, for $20 with the odds on your side, it's worth the risk and cost.

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Matt Granite is a freelance consumer reporter who produces stories and video for this station, Amazon Live and others. Neither Matt nor this station are compensated by the brands featured here.

Off Topic Chat / Can a water bottle start a fire in your car?
« Last post by Dominick Manieri on August 15, 2017, 03:25:17 PM »
interesting story about how a water bottle went on fire in the about this possible?

With the intense heat that's sweeping across a lot of cities in the U.S., people are wise to stay hydrated. But, a new observation shows that drivers should think twice before they leave plastic water bottles in their cars out in the heat.
Think of it this way: The plastic water bottle acts like a magnifying glass for the sun. When it's placed on flammable upholstery, it creates the risk of a fire.
Employees from Idaho Power told WCPO Cincinnati that one of their battery station technicians saw it firsthand.
"I was taking an early lunch and sitting in my truck," the employee, Dioni Amuchastegui, said. " happened to notice some smoke out of the corner of my eye. I looked over and noticed that light was being refracted through a water bottle and was starting to catch the seat on fire."

Water bottles serve as a magnifying glass, refracting sunlight and potentially causing fires. | Credit: Facebook
The company posted a video on its Facebook page demonstrating how the water bottle was sitting on the driver's leather seat, and left a visible scorch mark on the seat.
"I was a little bit surprised," Amuchastegui said in the video. "I actually had to do a double-take and checked it again. Sure enough, yeah, it was super-hot."
After using a non-contact thermometer, they found that the refracted light hit 213 degrees.
This is a good cautionary tale for promotional products professionals who might be selling single-use water bottles for companies to use at outdoor events. If your clients plan to use the promotional items for a purpose involving cars, be sure to alert them of this hazard. It could save a life.
did you find any high counts of mold spores in any of the living areas?
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