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Soda Blasting
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01/31/2008 11:48 PM

    Hi all, I have a fire loss I picked up in midstream and have a very, how can you, say not sincere contractor involved. I have a question as to whether they soda blasted the attic framing. Is there any way anyone knows to do a test to see if it was done. Is there a chemical resiude that is left  and if I wipe another type of chemical can I  get a response? Hope to pick the best minds for this. Thanks in advance for your help!! john

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    02/01/2008 2:04 PM
    I used to use soda and vinegar to clean out /un-clog drains in the house. The soda and vinegar re-act when mixed but it is not volatile. Use a spray bottle filled with vinegar to spray on some of the framing and see what kind of reaction you get. If it bubbles up then you have a reaction and know that it has been treated. You might do some sample/test spots first on treated and/or untreated boards first to make sure you know what you are looking at.

    It could work..........Good Luck!
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    02/01/2008 4:38 PM

    I have never seen this cleaning but bet it cost a lot more than aluminum paint. Seems you would find a lot of white power in the attic also.

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    02/01/2008 4:50 PM

    I have seen soda blasting used on a sever mold home and where the applicator applied the soda, the wood was cleansed to a like new condition.  It does produce a great amount of non toxic residue that must be removed with a vac cleaner.  Many homeowners consider it to be a stigma to have the aluminum paint in their attic.

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    Tom Toll
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    02/01/2008 5:11 PM

    I have had soda blasting done on exterior wall to remove discoloration and to present a good match and it works well. There is a lot of soda residue after the blasting, but it does work well. I would think blasting the rafters and deck that it would be very expensive and impossible to remove the soda residue. If your just sealing to cut the smell, aluminum paint would be the best and the least expensive of the two.

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    02/01/2008 6:26 PM

    If the attic was soda blasted, there should be plenty of soda under the new insulation. No one can get it all out. It goes everywhere during the blasting.
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    02/01/2008 7:10 PM
    I know a few adjusters who got soda blasted. Well, scotch & soda.
    No one is absolutely worthless, at the very least you can serve as a bad example.
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    02/02/2008 12:11 AM

    Many homeowners consider it to be a stigma to have the aluminum paint in their attic.

    William S Cook

    Yeah - I will never forget the first time I went up in the attic of a house chasing down a roof leak on a claim and saw it was all sealed with Kilz. "Jeeez this house must have had a fire or smoke damage in the past... Why else would they paint up here??"  Yeah, it is like a scar that remains.

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    02/02/2008 1:20 AM

    stigma.... several in my old Websters, but is close to a scar, "a mark of shame or discredit" why would an accidental fire in a residence leave such a mark on the house ? If the house was repaired by sealing in the smoke stains and the smell of smoke by sealing with a coat of paint, how would you have a direct physical loss. And what is the differance in cost ?

    How about this for a loss. The wife and her lover were killed on the counter top by buckshot which destroyed much of the granite tops and Wood Mode Cabinets. The house was foreclosed on, but would not sell, because of the stigma and the bank wants a fair offer to settle.

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    02/02/2008 2:18 AM
    "a mark of shame or discredit" why would an accidental fire in a residence leave such a mark on the house ?
    Because unlike my sister - it is no longer a virgin.
    If the house was repaired by sealing in the smoke stains and the smell of smoke by sealing with a coat of paint, how would you have a direct physical loss. And what is the difference in cost ?

    Yeah, I agree - it is a reasonable repair and one that I use in scoping a fire loss. I tell people that we would like to roll back the hands of time, and re-write history. But at this point - what would a reasonable person do? It isn't reasonable to yank good framing for odor control. It needs to be sealed. The walls get covered with drywall, so you don't see it. The attic isn't where you go to watch the super bowl...

    The wife and her lover were killed on the counter top by buckshot

    Wow. Reminds me of one where the tenant was trying to do a clean job of suicide by cutting his writs while in the bath tub. No problemo until he changes his mind and walks all over the house looking for a phone.

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    02/05/2008 5:50 PM

    Bob,

    You really get some weird ones in Leftornia, doncha?
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    02/05/2008 6:28 PM

    An appreciative thank you for all who replied!  John

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