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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Testing for Radon Gas in your Home - What to do & how to reduce...

Exposure to radon gas in the home is responsible for an estimated 21,000+ lung cancer deaths each year. Of course, smoking tobacco is the primary cause of lung cancer, but living in a home with high levels of radon while also being a smoker, really ups your odds of developing lung cancer, to say the least. At any rate, Radon is a health hazard and the testing and elimination of this harmful, radioactive gas comes with a simple solution.

Personally, I've never really worried about radon gas that much, since the house I spent half of my life in was well ventilated and insulated about like a barn, it seems. Basically, the cool air from the air conditioners and the warm air from the heaters would seem to go out of the house about as quick as it went in. Yeah, the electric bills were always high, but hey, I always had fresh air; ha!
The last few years, though, I have lived in 3 different houses. All 3 were insulated well, had cheaper electric bills, but the air was more humid, stuffy, and less fresh. This is when I started thinking more about air pollution, radon, etc. So, I went online and found a map that showed the areas in the US that typically had the highest levels of radon gas. Sure, if the map showed my area was good for the most part, I would have skipped the testing process and most likely forgot about it. However, the map showed that my area was in the high zone so there I was, looking online for testing kits. Plus, I noticed when I broke up the ground for garden season this year at my new home, the ground was really rocky here and radon gas is well-known for being higher in rocky soil, etc.

But before we go any further, check out the Radon Map below:

After viewing that map, I must remind you that even if you live in Zone 3, which appears to be fairly safe, it doesn't mean you are automatically in the clear. For example, your neighbor could have low levels of radon gas in the home, while your levels are much higher, even though you live a few feet away. The way the house is built, the amount of time you spend in the house, how much airflow it has, what's going on inside the soil, etc., are all factors that vary from place to place. Now, they say that radon can be high in any home, whether it is drafty, well-insulated, etc., but common sense tells me that houses that breathe better are not going to trap as much of this gas.

Upon receiving negative results, some may ask: "What do I do? How do I reduce my levels inside my home? Well, don't panic if your test results come back bad, though, because radon mitigation systems are easy to install and are very effective. True, they are a bit pricey, but it is well worth it, I'd say, since your health is the most important thing. ...And another thing, Radon Gas is everywhere (but you can't taste or smell it) albeit the normal outside levels are less than 0.4 pCi/L. If you test your home and it is much over 4 pCi/L, then you may want to think about radon mitigation systems and/or making some changes to your home. People with levels of 10 to 20 pCi/L definitely need to think about fixing their radon problem, especially if you smoke in addition to living in a home with high levels of this radioactive gas.
If you'd like to read and learn more from an elaborate article entitled "A Citizen's Guide to Radon - The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon Gas," go here:
Now, to get a quick idea about radon gas, the testing process, and what you can do if your levels are high in your home, I'll provide a video that is entitled "Breathing Easier: An Informational Radon Video," below:
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Radon Gas Testing Kits

Below, I will provide an Amazon link that relates to Radon Gas Test Kits. You can buy the less expensive, one or two-time testing kits online or at some hardware stores, but personally, I went ahead and purchased the expensive one (the radon detector) that you plug in, for a couple reasons. The first reason was because I can plug in and out to test multiple homes for several years or however long the device keeps working. Secondly, I don't have to mail back my test results to get the radon readings in a few days. Plus, those little short-term kits really start to add up if you buy several, so why not go all the way and buy the long-term tasting device. Anyway, I'll provide a very helpful shopping link, below:

--->'Click Here' for a fine selection of Radon Gas Testing Kits<---

Mitigation Fans

What to do if your level is high? Of course you can call a professional that specializes in this field, that is located within your area code. However, many people like to do things their self and there are many how-to pages and guides online. I know that many folks end up buying those radon mitigation fans, systems, etc., so I'll provide a basic shopping link below, to get you started. Hopefully, most people will not have to buy these, but if you have a dangerous level of this radioactive gas in your home, it might be a good idea.

Reduce Radon with Mitigation Systems:

--->'Click Here' for a fine selection of Radon Mitigation Fans<---

Side Note:  For those that get their water from an underground source such as a personal well and/or doesn't drink city or bottled water, you may also want to get your water tested. If radon is in your water, for example, it will also get into your house when you boil it, take hot showers, etc., via steam. If you're interested, you can always use the links above.  Once you get to the landing page, you can use the search function to browse for water radon testing kits, as well.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Popular Posts of 2012 - 13

Well, from time to time I'll do a post like this on my Blogger Blogs, since I have too many to keep updated, when it has been a while since I have added new content.  Outside of the post I wrote today about "Roaster Oven Recipes," it has been quite a while since the Mundane Blog was fairly active.

So, I went back, dug up some old stats and seen which posts were the most popular, during 2012 - 13.  I mainly do it for fun and for curiosity, although I'm rarely surprised.  Most of the time, any informative, well written post gets easily defeated by some quickly written entry filled with images of sexy babes, etc.  Ah hell, ya can't blame 'em, really, as who needs all those words when you can just do an image search and find half-naked or totally naked women online?  Ha!

Anyway, I probably should have made a top 10 post list, but since 5 seemed to be by far the most popular via search (mostly image searches, it seems), we'll go with that.

1)  'Prayer by Letters' Religious Scams & Stupid People - this post blew the others out of the water.  It was by far the number one most popular post for this blog.  I don't know if it was the religious scams part or the stupid people that reeled in the traffic; LOL!

2) Will the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) exist in the future? - even though it was by itself at 2nd place, with not a close 3rd in sight, something tells me that most of the searches for that post wasn't about the post office, but more about the girl sporting the tramp stamp I put at the end of that post...  Ha-ha!

3) Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs vs. BallPark Franks - Who cares? - coming in at 3rd (barely), it is hard to believe that this many people are out there searching about these 2 types of hot dogs...  Oh, wait a minute, maybe it was image searches for the girl I put at the end of that post, which was seductively eating a juicy frank...  Hey, don't look at me!   :)

4) Bikini & Lingerie Internet Model - Denise Milani - comes in at a close 4th, and it is to no surprise.  It seems that everybody and their grandmother is online searching for a sneak peak at Denise's big boobs!

5) Bad SEO Advice & Blogging for Money - was a post I did while making fun of all the wanna-be SEO gurus out there.  Needless to say, it had loads of traffic from spammers and, uh, SEO wanna-bes...  Ha!

Well, there you have it...

Hey, I could easily make this post more popular too, just by adding a super sexy image of a hot babe.  Hmm, lets see what I can do, below:

...Yeah, I think I'll name that image, "doggy style!"

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Roaster Oven Recipes

If you are one of those that like crock pot cooking and/or basically any type of cooking that doesn't involve the conventional, bulky stovetop & oven combo, a roaster oven may be just what you're looking for.  Although I'm sure there are plenty of recipes out there for your crock pot, roaster ovens are something of a different nature.  For one, they are much larger and can also be used as a crock pot or they can be used like a mini-oven, which is what I like.
It is so much better to use for, say, cooking whole fryers or little hens during the summer, when you don't want to heat up the entire house.  Not only does it save on electricity, the fact that it is right there for you to open the lid, add seasoning, check, etc., makes it so much more convenient.

In a reasonably sized roaster oven, you can cook a whole chicken that is 3.5 to 5lbs. at a rate of 13 to 15 minutes a pound, which isn't bad at all.  The roaster oven I have, can hold two whole fryers this size and even more hens.  These little ovens are also great for beef roasts, lamb, pork of all kinds whether it be chops, country-style ribs, shoulder, you name it.  Hell, you can even throw a bone-in smoked ham in there or a small turkey, if you wish!

Before I provide a quick link to a fine selection of roaster ovens, lets look for a couple sample recipes to give you some ideas.  Oh, did I mention that baking pans can be placed on the roasting rack, as well?  Yeah, some people even bake muffins, yeast rolls, brownies, cupcakes, pizzas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc., in this sucker.  I noticed that there isn't a lot of online recipes for your roaster oven, at least not an abundance of them by what I could tell during a quick web search, so I'll check around the house.  ... ... ...  Okay, I did find a few sample roaster oven recipes, although most of them are rather basic.  I'll list a few of them, but I must say, you don't really need 'em if you are creative or the slightest bit experienced, but you do need your roaster oven; ha!

Roaster Oven Recipes

Pot Roast with Vegetables

6 to 8lb. beef chuck roast       2 cups beef broth
2 cups baby carrots                1 tbs. salt
8 medium potatoes (peeled & quartered)
2 onions, quartered                1 tsp. black pepper

Place roast in bottom of cooking pan.  Place vegetables around sides of roast.  Add salt, pepper, and broth.  Cover; cook at 300 degrees for 3 to 4 hours or until tender.

Hickory-smoked brisket

6 to 8lb. beef brisket              1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 cup liquid smoke             1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. garlic salt

Place brisket on a large piece of aluminum foil.  Sprinkle generously with the liquid smoke and seasonings.  Wrap the brisket with foil and crimp the edges.  Place in cooking pan.  Cover and cook in your roaster oven for 4 hours at 250 degrees.

Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

7 to 8 lb. chicken             1/4 cup lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced    2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter                   1 tsp. black pepper

Rinse chicken in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.  Combine remaining ingredients and rub over skin and between skin and meat of chicken.  Place roasting rack in cooking pan, then place chicken on roasting rack and cover.  Bake in your oven for 2 to 2.5 hours at 350 degrees.

Asian Spare Ribs

4 large cloves of garlic, minced           2 tbs. sesame oil
1 tsp. five spice powder                       2 tbs. minced fresh ginger
8 green onions, thinly sliced                1 tbs. chili puree
1/2 cup brown sugar                            2 tsp. salt
8 tbs. hoisin sauce                                6 to 8lbs. pork spare ribs, cut to fit

Combine first 8 ingredients to make marinade.  Sprinkle ribs with salt and brush with marinade.  Place ribs in cooking pan. Roast at 350 degrees for 1.5 to 2 hours.

That was just a few simple, easy-to-do recipes for your roaster oven.  Of course, you can cook baked potatoes, beef stew, chili, soup, chicken tetrazzini for a crowd and so, so much more in this splendid little oven.

--------->'Click Here' for a Fine Selection of Roaster Ovens<---------

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