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  • Asbestos Removal
    09/16/2004 6:26PM
    Some idiot had put Vermiculite insulation into the attic of my College Park, Md. home. The house inspector didn't catch it when I initially bought the house. The EPA SITE has alot of good information on vermiculite.

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    Based on all the information I was able to find, it seemed that leaving it be was the best idea unless you need to do any construction. Unfortunately due to severe misengineering my roof failed and needed to be replaced. The last thing I wanted was alot of activity stirring up the dust in the attic. Hence, I had to have all the vermiculite removed.

    I did have it tested first but unfortunately from what I understand asbestos concentrations in vermiculite are not uniform. As such, a negative finding may not conclusively prove that there's no asbestos. The vermiculite I had in my attic did test negative but I opted to play it safe and have it removed professionally as if it had asbestos in it. You never know.

    The process was pretty involved. They start by enclosing the entire work area in thick plastic. In my case this meant sealing off the area in front of and behind the pulldown staircase into the attic. They set up a "decontamination chamber" at the base of the stair and also put two large HEPA filtered exhaust fans in place to establish "negative pressure". Any dust or fibers generated during the removal process would flow out the top windows and through the HEPA filters.

    To complicate matters the insulation in my attic was below a plywood floor. As a result these poor guys had to remove the plywood, cut it up while up in the attic and bag and seal it before they could remove it. Each piece of material removed from the attic was properly sealed in a really thick plastic trash bags with warning labels.

  • 2003 Hurricane Isabel in Edgewater, Maryland
    09/16/2004 6:09PM
    Aftermath of Hurricane Isabel. Lance and I went down to see how well the boat did.

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  • June 2004 DelMarva Circumnavigation Trip
    09/16/2004 5:49PM
    In early June of 2004, Mike, Lance and I embarked on an epic 463 mile journeyaround the Delmarva Peninsula in a 16 year old 30' express cruisernamed OverDrawn.

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  • Repost of Sept 24th 2001 F3 Tornado in College Park
    09/16/2004 5:36PM
    On September 24th, 2001 an F3 tornado ravaged College Park, Beltsville and Laurel, Maryland.  The old photo album got alot of traffic so I figured I'd repost it. The album has been put together using our NeoPhoto application.

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  • More On Asterisk: Setting Up SIP
    09/16/2004 12:57PM
    SIP (Session Invitiation Protocol) is nearly a defacto standard for connecting with VSP's (VOIP Service Providers). It's probably the best way to set the Asterisk software PBX system up to connect with a VSP. I selected Broadvoice http://www.broadvoice.com as my VSP for testing out asterisk. Set up was relatively painless. The nice thing about Broadvoice (despite their seemingly sparse customer support/service) is that they're only $5.95/month for unlimited dial in and 100 minutes dial out for the USA/Canada. I believe they charge 3 cents/minute beyond that. They have additional cheap plans if you get serious with your usage.

    When installing asterisk from source, doing a "make demo" following "make" will install a demo sip.conf file in /etc/asterisk.

    The example given for connecting there should work fine with broadvoice, just edit the sample account info and substitute in your own.

    The demo files also include a test version of extentions.conf, which provides a demo menu system; you can call into your box once it's been successfully connected to your VSP and you know your PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network, aka, your phone number) number.