Hmm, I guess I probably shouldn't have just scraped up the old stick-
on tiles in my laundry room and put the pieces in a plastic bag then.
(yes, I did it wet, made it easier to get them up off the floor.
I think the two parts of the following anecdote connect???? And are
somewhat on topic with the foregoing?
My late father born around 1901, grew up in London UK and told me
about workers who job it was to paint the luminous paint markings onto
WWI aircraft instrument dials, 'luminous' watches etc.
It was done by hand; required some artistry and a steady hand. It was
the habit of the workers to wet and rotate their brushes between their
lips in order to shape the fine pointed ends of their brushes to
produce the fine markings.
Many years later it was noticed that a significant number of the
workers died from various forms of throat, lip and other
cancers and it was traced to the small amounts of radioactive
luminescent paint that the workers had ingested!
My father, who was of course a child, during that first war died in
the late 1960s
A few years ago there was press story about an old building in that
same area of London that had had variuos uses (possibly at one point
it was tobacco warehouse?) during the last century was being renovated
once again. Memory escapes me but it was possibly being upgraded to
high end apartments? It was discovered almost accidentally that the
floors of the building were highly contaminated with some type of
radioactivity. Very expensive to remove and replace apparently.
Investigation showed that the building had at one time, back around
WWI, been used as a small factory for producing aircraft instruments
etc. The radioactive floors were the result of variuos spills/splashes
of luminous paint!
So I wonder? In my mind the two separate stories seemed to connect?
I guess that item "Check for radioactivity" is not on most 'Approved
for Occupancy Permit check-lists'?
My older brother used to use an alarm clock, with a glow in the dark
radium dial. It was only a foot or two from his head when he was
sleeping. When my mother learned about radium, she got him another
clock. But he's 70 and going strong.
Glow in the dark radium dials on watches were commnon to, only an inch
from one's wrist.
But neither is anywhere as bad as rotating the brush between one's
When the lights were off, I used to walk into the edge of a partly
open french door between the dining room and hall. I painted it with
fluroescent paint in 1975, but I'm sure by that time, they used
something else to make it glow. Right?
Does 'shoot, shovel, and shut up' ring a bell? Yes, use common sense,
and don't knowingly spread toxic stuff into the wild. But for old tile,
or asbestos-shingle siding, etc. , just handle it carefully (ie, wet),
don't create dust, bag it well, and if somebody challenges you, play
dumb. IMHO, in many cases, 'abatement' is a racket and a license to steal.
Exactly, vinyl tile isn't friable. I am all for protecting the
environment but I am all for common sense too. My friend was quite
annoyed because of the extra $3,800 because of the surprise "oh you need
a hazardous materials inspection" but the overall cost is a lot more
because of the two weeks extra down time. The location is an active
business and they were rebuilding it because the highway department
changed the intersection which broke the traffic flow into his lot.
School districts often use a "bait and switch" tactic to get extra
money for teacher pensions and salaries, because building maint. money
can be obtained without referendum. They get the cash by saying the
roof is leaking, then bid the job out a 3 times the going rate, then
move the cash to a different account. Referendums are messy because
they actually involve resident oversight.
This is why school funding increases 10% a year while enrollment has
been dropping 4% a year. Better check out your local school districts
antics, I'll bet anything much of that cash went elsewhere, and the
bid was way over the going rate.
Is there a boomer kid that didn't? It was seasonal, like tetherball,
marbles, and yo-yo's. Never knew where it came from , but some kid
would inevitably show up with a few ounces and soon every boy on the
playground was making pennies and dimes shine like new chrome.
Considering the number of years/times I messed with that stuff, I
should be drooling in my wheel chair this very instant. Humbug!
Holy shit, when I was a kid in the early 60's I had a "mercury
collection", yes I used to collect the mercury from old heater
thermostat switches, thermometers, wherever. My uncles used to give
them to me too because they knew I collected it. Our friends used to
play with it, etc., had a mason jar about half filled with mercury.
These weenies, I'm perfectly fine, (when I'm not talking to my
imaginary friends :).
Hell !!My cousin had a mason jar of that stuff that we played with. I
ain't dead yet !!
Maybe a little more stupid.
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