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sisterchasingmoon    Posted 04-07-2003 at 12:49:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]

This is my first time living in the country. We live just off a dirt road and I have to dust EVERYDAY !! Does anyone know a product that will make it easier for me to keep the dust down? It is really driving me crazy !!!
Thanks in advance !

Cathy in OR    Posted 04-08-2003 at 16:57:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
All I have to say about the matter is Welcome to the country!!

DeadCarp    Posted 04-07-2003 at 17:07:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
You mentioned alot of trees - this time of year it might be pollen of some kind. Our cars get orangy coats of that stuff. Only lasts about 2 weeks.

Old Motor Oil    Posted 04-07-2003 at 14:55:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Is what people used to use for 100 yards either direction from the house...Course, don't let the EPA get wind of it...

Around here the towns use calcium chloride solution to wet the road...It picks up moisture from the air (anhydrous?) and keeps the dust in the road...Each application lasts a couple weeks in the summer...


Hal/WA    Posted 04-07-2003 at 19:14:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Calcium chloride works pretty well around here for a couple of months. When we have used it the applicators sprayed it about the 4th of July. We don't get much rain between then and late September, so I suppose the calcium chloride salts don't get washed away as fast as in a wetter climate. When I had a rear tractor tire refilled, some calcium solution was spilled. That spot stayed damp for a couple of years.

Lately a group of neighbors on my road has paid to have it dust oiled. The stuff they use is a high asphalt crude oil that they get in Montana somewhere and truck to Eastern Washington. The tank truck runs the exhaust through a pipe in the tank to heat the oil very hot during the trip. When they get to where they want to oil, they open the valve to the nozzles and start the pump. Driving slowly down the road, they can cover a full lane per pass. Sometimes they have to make two run throughs to get proper coverage, but usually they get it right the first pass. The oil smells very strongly of solvent for a couple of days, but after that the road is nearly dry. Kind of nice to see cars creeping by at 5 miles per hour to avoid splashing the gunk on them too bad.

The oil is very effective for dust control and I believe it is cheaper here than calcium chloride. I have dumped various oils in the road in the past, which cost me nothing, but have gotten worried that the environazis would cause me trouble. The dust oiling that is done by the truck is legal and sanctioned by the county. I usually contribute $100 to the road oiling fund each year, just trying to be a good neighbor.

Chris/Id    Posted 07-06-2003 at 11:38:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I live by Lake CDA, can you get me in touch with the people who oil your road for you? I would rather have them do it for us than the "oilers" around here. Thanks in advance.

magpie    Posted 04-07-2003 at 14:52:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
May be hard to do, but you might try to keep the road wetted down. How about plowing a few furrows across the road to slow the traffic down.

TB    Posted 04-07-2003 at 13:18:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
What distance from house to road?

Donna from Mo    Posted 04-07-2003 at 12:51:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do what I did: Learn to live with dust! And we've never had air conditioning, so in the months that the windows are up, it's really a mess. It really saves on sticky notes though. I can just write a note to my husband on the furniture.

Rachel    Posted 04-07-2003 at 16:40:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey donna, now why didn't i think of writing notes in the dust of the coffee table? Sure will save on paper in the future!!! LOl

sisterchasingmoon    Posted 04-07-2003 at 15:55:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Thank you ! All of you !! We are on 10 acres of nothing but trees all the way from the road to a few feet away from the house. As far as the road, and keeping it wet...Im in Alaska and it stays pretty much "iced down"...Lol
It seems to funny to me that we would have so much dust with all the snow, but we certainly do. I am new here and have always been a city girl. My other half has lived here all his life and says this is nothing, and tells me wait till summer and the snow is gone ! Gosh he also says that there is just nothing to do about...Kinda what Donna says just learn to live with it :( I was just hoping that there might be some kind of cleaner that would help?

TB    Posted 04-07-2003 at 19:52:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sometimes dust comes from the furnace. wood and coal can be bad. durring the winter mounths we run a hole house air purifire witch helps alot. Once I even took a furnace filter and put it on a box fan, and sat it by the wood stove and was amazed at how much dust it collected. My guess if you could somthing like this it may help for winter months.

sisterchasingmoon    Posted 04-07-2003 at 21:34:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Everyone thanks so much !!

TB~ That is a great idea, as we use a wood stove alot. We havent used it in a couple of weeks, and I'm sure we wont for a few months with Summer on the way (woohoooo !!) I should start cleaning it out right away. I'm sure it doesnt help being dirty.
Once again thank you all !!!!

sisterchasingmoon    Posted 04-07-2003 at 12:56:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]

LOL thanks for the reply and the smiles! You have started my cleaning day off great :) Im just not sure that I can live with the dust. We both have allergies. Mine are worse than his, as mine are triggered by dust :o

Jimbob    Posted 04-07-2003 at 14:56:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Long term part solution: I assume the wind is picking up the dust & blowing in your direction from the road. Plant a lot of fast growing evergreen & deciduous trees between the road & your house. If you are less than 150 feet off of the road, the trees would not work so well until 8-10 feet tall. Of course, it will take a few years to get an effect. Some evergreen trees grow over 18" a year & deciduous can grow over 5-6 feet in a good year. I have seen a thick hedge-type trees over 12 feet tall block a lot of dust!

Hal/WA    Posted 04-07-2003 at 22:16:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
That solution might work, depending on where she is in Alaska. In lots of places, there is permafrost down just a little ways and the only trees that are there are kind of dwarf spruce. They don't grow very fast or very big. When I was in Alaska I cut some of those trees. The tree rings are paper thin and lots of those trees are real old. Alaska is an interesting state, with lots of different climates and the problems that go with them. I would suggest that she talk to local people to see what they think might work.

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