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Old 12-07-2011, 08:29 PM
Location: In the woods
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Originally Posted by spacelord75 View Post
Pressure treated pine.
I'm trying to think of something. And aside from the chemicals in Chinese drywall (can't remember which ones), I think the wood for decks (with arsenic) is a good suggestion for this topic. It can be used to instill fear in homeowners, there would be mass information telling us to tear down all decking and fencing with treated wood made from 19__ to 2000-whenever, and the composite and/or wood decking industry will be happy since everyone would need new materials (until our next scare of something else.)
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:37 AM
Location: Village of Patchogue, NY
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Originally Posted by Coldjensens View Post
This makes sense. I did not realize that they still use in in thermostats. However it is unlikely to get released form there. CFLs are very likely. I have broken several of them inadvertently. How much mercury is in them? How serious is the danger from tiny amounts of mercury?

Are you suggesting this as the next thing to actually pose a danger, or the nest subject of hype?
Both, but more hype than actual danger.

The scary thing about mercury is that it accumulates. Even at very small doses at a time, it will never leave your body, and eventually accumulate to the point of poisoning. This could be thought of as scary because it can't be reversed.

But the fact of the matter is CFLs have been around for a long time, and as long as it's handled safely and disposed of properly (NOT IN YOUR TRASH!) it's perfectly fine.

Handled safely and disposed of properly!? Doesn't that sound familiar?



I can still see FOX News taking this and spinning it to no end.
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:58 PM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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They are working on a hype scare over those radio transmitting electric meters. They send dangerous beams into your head and you will hear voices again unless you wear the tin foil hat.

I am not sure that this is going to fly for a good panic, but they have gotten a little mileage our of it, especially in California (where this kind of thing really tends to take off). The wooden deck idea woudl not work in california, becuase there are not that many wooden decks. At least not oin So. Cal. (there are some, but they are not common in most areas, not enough for a good panic attack for the general populace).
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