Monday, October 3, 2011

Firehold Bravo Photos Link Not Working

Thanks for bringing it to my attention, anonymous. I regret it may be a week or more before I can get some new photos up to replace the old ones.

I have had a major problem on my hands with this black mold but after running the ozone generator for three months solid I think I might have it under control. I've been waiting for my back to settle down so I can climb down there and start the recovery process for the shelter. Does anyone think this would be an interesting thread to document each step of the way with photos and commentary? When the shelter is repainted I will install the new terminals and boxes of Vault-OS and demonstrate how I wired it and booted it up for the first time. I am dreaming of the day but I don't know if this subject would be as exciting for others as it is for me. I am planning this to be the practical application I write about in the book for VOS.


Marcus said...

I would love to see a Vault-Co documentary.

Anonymous said...

"Does anyone think this would be an interesting thread to document each step of the way with photos and commentary?"

Hell Yes this would be highly important... I think, it will help show, for example, the basic steps for getting the foundation of the vault-os system working, how it wire-up, etc. The more detail the better, it could help save you a lot of dumb question come the release of vault-os alpha/beta version.
I would tend to think that this would be a good way to start the
webpage off again.
beside all these points personally I think it is one of the reasons a lot of us are here so Yes it would be good to hear and see the doco of going through the rebuild process from the mold issue.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely! Photos, commentary, the works. It would be both interesting and useful.


Anonymous said...

Yeah, Tex. I would very much like to see the work on your shelter as it progresses.

I always thought that you should be running a large volume of air through there with a secondary, non-filtered blower using mains power both for cooling and reducing humidity.

I run 400cmh through mine about 6 hours a day and 100 - 200 cmh the rest of the time in a much more temperate environment.

Anonymous said...


Chlorine. That's even what the Feds used to kill supposed anthrax spores in DC a decade back. Bundled up the building and gassed it.

The low-scale method is a garden sprayer with 1 gal water to 1 cup regular bleach to one cup white vinegar. That's the general ratio. You can up it a bit if you want, but the bleach and the vinegar ALWAYS go into the water, not directly together. The vinegar lowers the pH of the solution, and the point of equilibrium that exists between two forms of chlorine in the solution. Result: 5x + more effective.

Wear a military gas mask !

Spray down all the surfaces on the inside of the enclosure; exit; seal the hatch and other leaks. Let the liquid solution on the surfaces, and the airborne chlorine gas, permeate every nook and crevice. It will kill all of the mold, and even bleach out much of the mold stains. Open up the hatch in a couple of days and let it air out. Then use a power fan to blast dry air through the system.

If you don't like chlorine, professional mold-kill contractors use giant CO2 sprayers to freeze kill mold. But that's beyond me, and you'd probably need and oxygen system so you can breath without suffocating in a freezing vault filled with sublimating and gaseous carbon dioxide.

Anonymous said...

Sure, as a frequent reader I can say that I would love to see how your vault is doing.

Chad from Wisconsin said...

I work at a pallet company.. we use a mixture of bleach diluted 50/50 with water to kill some pretty nasty mold growth.

I also would love to see the shelter project documented.

I woudl also love to see a survival manual put out from the Tex perspective. I have many survival manuals and much is rehashed gov material. I think you would have a different perspective not yet seen in the survivalist genre.