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Old 12-12-2003, 09:34 PM   #15
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Just a thought,

I have been told that people with flooded apartments, etc. can rent ozone generators to attack mildew, smell, etc.

No actual experience but, am aware of.
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Old 12-12-2003, 09:52 PM   #16
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Water sources could be window gaskets or gaskets for roof vents; many threads in forums...

There have been some good posts on ozone. I just did a quick search on ozone and turned up a small number of interesting threads. Even the air conditioner can get into the act.

Have at it!
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Old 12-12-2003, 10:39 PM   #17
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Canoe Stream Bob - not the same picture but taken during the same photo shoot. All of the clothes are the same. Funny, Ronnie Van Vandt's t-shirt under his outer shirt has a picture of Neil Young from the "Tonight's the Night" album cover even though "southern man don't need him around anyhow."

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I thought that the second release used what had been the back cover photo of the orignal album, but my memory is pretty hazy from back then

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Old 12-12-2003, 11:01 PM   #18
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If it's a gas leak this won't help, but if it's something like mold it might. My sister uses charcoal to nutralize oders in their trailer they keep up in the hills. Helps absorb moisture and oders. She just puts it in shoe boxes and sets em in closets, under sink, etc. Changing them every month or so, she says it works. You could try it, if it works great, if not you can have a cook-out with it.

Remember "put it back where it belongs";0

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Black mold

One must look at more than eliminating or covering an odor if moisture contributes to the problem. Trailer integrity is certainly well documented in many sources (rotting floors, rust).

A potentially serious health risk is present in molds that dwell around the moisture. This is aggravated if mouse dirt is in the area but the question should be controlling the moisture. Molds are potent allergens and can cause a range of problems for anybody. Three months ago we inspected a 1974 rear-bath Trade Wind in northern Illinois that had bad gaskets with floor rot under the Vista Views and around the battery compartment. Oh yes, there was a smell! You could have stuck limp spaghetti through much of the floor at the back bumper. Half an hour of that and I was nearly suffocating. My nose ran waterfalls for half a day and I was coughing for two.

Black molds cause schools and hotels to be closed while the entire structure is gutted back to the frames and new insulation and interior surfaces are put back. Drying the structure may control some of the odor but spores persist and biology wins out when moisture comes back. The worst case is a mold called stachybotrys that has significant toxicity. Google on stachybotrys to gain some respect.

Control the water source! Intermittent wetting may not start mold problems as easily but will keep them going if they gain a foothold. Can you dry and seal (paint?) any affected surface? Should you be using respiratory protection to work on these areas? (not 3M masks!) As they said on Hill Street Blues, "Be careful out there."
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Old 12-13-2003, 02:14 PM   #20
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I thought that the second release used what had been the back cover photo of the orignal album, but my memory is pretty hazy from back then

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They say, if you can remember the '60's and 70's, you weren't there.
Personally, I have no recollection at all of that time...
Also, if it is mold that you smell, the bleach method I described may help, IF you can get it on the source.
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Old 12-14-2003, 06:01 PM   #21
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Here's an update....

I essentially have 4 leaks. Front windshield, Front AC, Antenna, and over the rear bed.

The windshchield one was old. I tore off the old black caulking and replaced it new new silicone caulking today.

The Antenna was an old one. Yesterday (in the rain) I wnt up top and took it apart. replaced the rusted screws with stainless steel and cleaned up the plastic case. Srcewed it back together and put aluminum AC tape over the top and put silicone around the base.

I did tear apart the inside of the AC to find a cracked drip pan and put some tub and tile caulk yesterday and a second coat today. The front AC is garbage anyways.

The rear leak over the bed may require me to remove interior rood panels to find the source.

I have been running a dehumidifier since yesterday.

I did replace a crack p-trap ring under the kitchen sink.

I poured a box of baking soda in the kitchen sink and poured a pan of hot water down it in addition to leaving an open box in the AS.

I also sprayed bleach/water solution under the sink area.

I will be removing the furnace unit and capping the LP for two reasons. First to take the furnace to the shop for analysis and second to see if the LP or furnace could be the source. I'll keep you posted.
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Old 12-22-2003, 04:05 PM   #22
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I found it!

I removed the front furnace (interior and housing) and capped the LP and the smell is almost gone!

Now I just don't know whether it is the furnace or the LP fitting to the furnace. I did spray soap and water on the fitting so my guess is the old Duo-Therm furnace has 'issues'.

My wife gets a big assist since her sinus system is far more sensative than mine. She actually smelled gas some time ago when we were living in Jellybean III as temporary housing.

Now I need to consider fixing the furnace or replacing it.
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Good News! No smell, of course no heat so joining us in Marianna is out

Sounds like a bad gas valve on the furnace. The smell will eventually go away, but until then you have a reminder of the leak. If you plan to have the furnace repaired I would leave it sit out in the sun for a day or two to try to get all of the LP smell out. It is an additive that the gas companies put in so we can detect a leak or an open valve.
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