September 28, 2016

Using Dry Ice To Clean Can Be A Blast

I’m always amazed at the creativity of my fellow humans. When one way won’t work, or is harmful when it’s used, they are brilliant at coming up with a solution that can be inexpensive and eco-friendly. Such is the case when using dry ice blasting methods. Did you know that there are companies that make [dry ice blasting equipment rental] available?

I know what you’re thinking, where can you use such a method? It’s really quite common to see it used in the building and remodeling industry. I’ve even see it used on houses that were eliminating mold from attics and other rooms where it has been found. One episode I watched was of an attic and the operator used a nozzle (many are available, depending on their required use) to quickly and easily remove the black mold that was built up on the sheathing because of inadequate ventilation in the eaves and roof vents.

It was amazing to watch the black mold just disappear and there was no major clean up involved. The dry ice material evaporates and only a small amount of the debris cleaned off the soiled surface is left to vacuum up if necessary. It can be used on coatings such as adhesives, varnish, oil, grease, coal dust, soot, mold release agents and bitumen. As I said, the dry ice material is not left over and there is no detergent type residue either. Industries that necessitate a high degree of hygiene such as the food and pharmaceutical industries will find it very suitable.

Before you begin your next cleaning project you might look into a dry ice blasting rental as an environmentally safe way to go. Operators are not exposed to any toxic materials or fumes, and polluted run-off water is completely avoided.

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Cabinet of Curiosities: Fossils

I love showing off my “curiosities”, although this post may be late to enter in the Blog Carnival Cabinet of Curiosities. In any case, here is my contribution to the show and tell.

My curiosities are millions of years old and they were all found at Main Beach on Amelia Island, Florida between 1988 and 1992. The two teeth are from Great White (Megaladon) sharks and they were found on the same day after a storm churned up the sand offshore and deposited the teeth for this lucky fossil hunter. The more complete tooth of the two was ‘hiding’ under some foam on the beach and as I swooshed my foot over the foam, I could just see a little bit of this big tooth. Now, this isn’t one of the biggest teeth to be found, to be sure, but it is the biggest I am apt to ever find since I no longer live in Florida, but in Washington state.

My friend Ann and I were just strolling down the beach, admittedly hoping to find a huge tooth. We playfully nudged each other out of the way and practically dove to grab any big tooth laying there, which is what we did when I found the tooth on the left. Ziplock bags are a prerequisite for beach combing on Amelia Island, and many days we would haul home a good sized handful of smaller teeth. By the way, yes, that is a full-sized #2 pencil I used for comparison.

The third item in the picture is a fossilized mammoth tooth I found sometime in 1988. It was when we first moved to the island and our friend Peggy, a biology teacher at the high school, identified it for me one night in her living room as we paid a visit after a day at the beach. She slyly said that if I ever wanted to get rid of it, she would love to have it. Ha! Fat chance!

Although my interests for this blog generally turn in the direction of genealogy, I guess we can stretch it a bit and talk about animal fossils instead of my ancestors. If anyone finds my dead end, Miles Yates, I would be happy to trade him for a fossil or two. 😉

The Carstairs Family Dirt

I suppose you’re thinking that this is going to be about some dastardly deed done by someone in the Carstairs family. Wrong!

No, instead, this is the story of the David C. and Isabella (Small) Carstairs family, who are originally of Scotland, and are my sister-in-law Kathy’s Great-great Grandparents.

Actually, this is about where this branch of the Carstairs family settled here in Washington state near Matlock in Mason County. I have not pinpointed the time by finding them in the census, but I do know that they were residents of Washington according to the Territorial Censuses of 1887 and 1892.

As it turns out, the land where they farmed and raised sheep had some very distinctive soil, probably left over from when the last glacier pulled out and headed north. Carstairs Soil

My point is, when you are looking for family information, you never know what kind of dirt you will find. Real, or the gossipy kind. In any case, keep your mind open when you are doing Google searches or the kind, because that is how I found out about the soil being named for the Carstairs family and the land where it is found.


The above is a Genealogy Report format of 3 generations of this family. Please contact me for any additions, connections or corrections. webduckie AT yahoo DOT com

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