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25th-Aug-2008 03:58 pm
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But recently been busy-to-the-nth-degree. Instead of just cleaning the house to prepare for our guest, I've been first cleaning it to prepare for workmen to tromp through it, giving them access to places I've not seen in years.

And making a bigger mess in order to give myself access to the mold (black? brown? something else?) that's working on making a hole through the floor/carpet/wall just about underneath where my head is when I'm asleep. Maybe one foot over and 2.5 down? It's been attacking the molding for a few feet in each direction as well.

Don't want to think about sleeping with a toxin, or about getting up close and personal with it while trying to clean it up, but I _can_ hope that once it is gone I will start to benefit more from all the time I spend "asleep".

Gosh, maybe some other workmen will be tromping through it soon. Joy.
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25th-Aug-2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Bummer re finding black mold. I'm not clear what surface it's on but using KILZ may be worth investigating.

My rule when prepping for invasion by workmen, particularly contractors, is to visualize goons with sledgehammers... and to set things up to make it *difficult* for them to accidentally (read, carelessly) damage ANYTHING I care about.

Good luck, in any case!
25th-Aug-2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

My biggest problem is having Too Much Stuff - (all of which I care about)- so the act of shoveling a path across my office took knee-and-waist-high stuff into chest-and-ceiling-high boxes of stuff, with a path through it.

The stuff-I'm-assuming-is-mold is in the carpet, on the molding, and on the drywall. Not a large area, a few square inches on the carpet, a bunch on the molding and then a foot or so along the edge between the carpet and the drywall.

I think I have some KILZ left over from my last painting project. (Good idea -- thanks.) This morning before I left for work I applied moderate amounts of straight bleach... and it might be power of suggestion, but the area on the carpet now looks more ... spotty.
25th-Aug-2008 09:11 pm (UTC) - ick
It's not fair for molding to attack moulding! (Especially if the moulding is made of pretty wood!)

And double-ick for mold near one's bed!!!
25th-Aug-2008 11:22 pm (UTC) - Re: ick
I'd spelled it moulding the first time through, but that flunked the spell checker, and I know I don't have the greatest memory. Oh well.

It's not "pretty" wood -- it's just wood wood, painted white. But I still don't like to see it look like it's being eaten away.

26th-Aug-2008 01:57 pm (UTC) - Re: ick
The LJ spelling checker highlighting it prompted me to Google "moulding" to check that my memory was right.

I'll hope, for you, that eliminating the mold means better sleep.
26th-Aug-2008 05:35 pm (UTC) - Re: ick
Thank you.
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