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HEALTH, Roofs, Citrus Canker/Greening, Insect cures

Help for those suffering IBS-D.   Loperimide works but other soothers can be bread & Milk, pasta spaghetti, rice, BRAT.    Try to fill up the colon as it supposed to be (not empty and everything running straight thru in just an hour or 3).  NO SOFT DRINKS OF ANY KIND,(no regular, diet, caffeinated or not, same for cofffee) they have something in them (read the back) that "seems" to accumulate in humans and reaches a tipping point where even 1 Soft Drink can cause immediate Diarrhea (IMHO).   Kaopectate may help, pepto bisma, Stomach anti-acid tablets also sometime  help alot.
   , Reduction in STRESS is big, so no caffeine, salt, coffee, tea, spicy foods, anything that would further inflame or create STRESS , yeah bland foods are good.   Ask other doctors what causes constipation and take that .  They always seem to treat both IBS-D and C as if they are the same, they are not, they are opposites.  I have found that wearing a back belt to pull in the stomach seems to help a bit as well as reduce the belly (wear it at night just moderately medium tight), maybe it makes the stomach smaller which reduces issues?  Hate to say it but water is your best friend .  Also sometimes just a simple reduction in liquids helps things clog up better which helps the D problem.   What works for C does not necessarily work for D but so many Dr's don't get that.  
   The new "Viberzi" may work (so far but its very early, in emergency east half loaf of bread and use Loperamide.   One person even said that Yeast with bread or pasta helped him, while popcorn seems to make it worse (the salt?) .   Best of Luck!   All this in my humble opinion to help the silent IBS-D sufferers .   I haven't got it yet but love the price for Kirkland bulk quatitiy Loperamide (immodium) on ! 


FRUIT TREE TREATMENTS FOR CANKER / CITRUS GREENING FUNGI; ( my fruit orange tangerine tangelo tangerine grapefruit tree is dying ? )

1. For CANKER: Neem Tree Oil Extract avail at local hardware , get the one with the spray attachment that hooks to your hose, its alot more concentrated than the hand spray bottle and its preset to meter the right amount of Neem Oil onto the tree, Spray tree liberally until its running off, treat once a week for 4 weeks.  Neem oil is organic which means it won't be poisonous to your plants or fruit, they even say you can treat fruit trees up to one week before harvest.   COST:  $17 for 70% concentrated with spray nozzle for garden hose, refills are $10.  After treatments once a week for 4 weeks I can not see any improvement nor do I see more damage?

2. CItrus Greening (leave turn yellow and fall off fruit trees) is caused by a bacteria that lives inside the "flesh" /wood of the body of the tree, U of FL alludes antibiotics such as Tetracycline (avail at feed store).and Staphamycin (sp?) may cure this problem. They saying it has applied inside the wood, so they plan laser cutting into tree, and then apply antibiotic, then seal with wax spray. I may try to simply inject into the root area.  

CHEAP INSECT aphid beetles Teatment for plants / trees fruit trees too:  (prob won't cure canker though prob use Neem Oil for that, not sure on that) Insects eating my plants. 

 CHEAP THRILL but said to be the best for insects? :   Take 5 cigarettes (or handful of butts)  mix with chili pepper and cayenne pepper in coffed pot of boiling water overnight, use coffee filter to filter out large particles , put in hand pump spray bottle with a bit of Palmolive dish soap (1 squirt), shake and spray on trees.   The purveyor said it was the best cure of all to get rid of insects.  If you like me don't smoke you'll have to borrow the cigarettes. 

LAWN Watering for trees, wait until your dollar store bucket beings to leak, then use it to water your plants, Just fill and set so leak is on / near trunk..  

MILDEW RETARDENT for PAINT:   My paint keeps getting mildew every few years.? :  How can I prevent mildew get rid of mildew/mold?

    There is a special additive you can get from internet (paint stores don't like to sell it ? do they think it impedes their paint sales?) called Krud Kutter a "mildewcide" Mc-2,  the active ingredient is 2-(4-Thiazoly( Benzimidazole... you get get it on internet (amazon and others). Add 1 packet to 1 gallon of paint mix very well , it comes as gel for easier mixing with the paint vs powder versions  (Powder version require pre-mixing with hot water for latex paint or if paint is oil based you will for the powder version have to really mix it very very well or use some preferably hot generic turpentine (be careful flammable) to be sure the powder is mixed well.  ) Cost :  $3.50 ? 

InMyHumbleOpinion:  To kill mildew on walls and ceilings and floors, one can simply use clorine (clorox) keep well ventilated, don't breathe in clorine or let it get on or in your body. , thats what they use for the pool decks/concrete.   INMH:  "some" mold is really miildew just let go for years until it builds up to a krud that looks horrible and can cause breathing problems. 

Roof Leaks? How to stop roof Leaks? 

CRAZY Roof Fix:  Use the midewcide in a good exterior OIL BASED paint (ie kilz) and simply paint your roof white with paint rollers, might take about 20-30 gal of paint but it will be white which reflects off heat (save 20% on AC bill so really you get the cost of the paint back = free over time),  it also will mildewproof which makes it alot more attractive than the eventual black that the mildew becomes over a few years ( in FL at least),  the Paint also fills in all the little tine pinhole leaks but just as important it prevents your shingles from drying out (losing their oil) which causes them to crack/peel/ leak more .  IMHO:  Asphalt shingle roofs leak from day one.. one guy at a hardware store even tried to tell me that you should plan to replace your roof every 10 years? thats absurd... ol fashion slate shingle roofs were so good that they are still on the roofs after 100 years and more "largely" because they were overlapped about 18 "  ( I know I've had houses with slate big shingles 2 ft x 2.5 ft).   So... the reality is that probably the shingle co' sharks (bean counters)  realized that the worse they make the shingles and the less overlap the faster the roof deck will go back and leak, and they will sell more shingles over time * (the 3 tab shingle is not overlapped enough and also has "water channel lines" in them ostensibly to help water drain off but reality is it lets water be closer to where it can get to a nail or staple and seep down into plywood. **

Crazy ROOF Fix 2: 

   Use the cheaper rolled roofing, its 3 ft wide and 36 ft long, its fast to install and because you are overlapping it 18 INCHES, it won't leak (put down first a good felt tarpaper, then the rolled roofing starting at eave, good to leave 4" beyond the eave so you can bend it down (after painting it will look acceptable) and nail it to side of house not on top where rain will be,  nail top edge of  to plywood, now put on next roll align to middle of first row so you get the 18" overlap (really you get 2 roofs that way in one operation), tar the where they two sections meet in the middle and nail only the top edge. IMHO this is the cheapest and much better rainproof than asphalt shingles, and its more wind resistant too because is bent over the side of the house 4 inches.  There should never be any exposes nail at all , and the closest nail to any possible water will be at the top of each row under the 18" overlap of each successive row.    You could stop here, But the best is to paint with a good exterior paint described above with the mildewcide additive .    If you like you can paint the "pretty" black lines on the roof so it appears as if its shingles for sales appeal.    The truth is , it wilil not leak, but the shingles lead from day 1, but the shingles look better , what to do?   (Get a metal roof* ) 


* Is it same for them coaxing Regulatory commissioners to make code for Metal Roofs so that the screws are in the valley (bottom of the little stream so to speak) instead of on top of the many ridges that are on most metal roofs?   That way they make short lifespan as the rubber washers on the roofs go bad (dry out & crack) and alot water is running on top of the screw so it seeps down the screw into the plywood and after 10 years the plywood falls apart and leaks on your ceiling, now you have to spend $$$$$ to get a new roof again.    Get longer screws instead of the 1.5" get the 2.5" and put them on top of the many little ridges, that way even when the little rubber washers do go bad only a direct hit from a raindrop would have any change at all of leaking into your valuable plywood deck !   Be sure to paint the head and washer especially to miniimize even more any possible leaking.     

SEAMLESS METAL IS BEST: with no screw heads showing at all,  but of course that is more money. 

Archetectural Shingles are not good either:  they say 40 year guaranteed but what they don't tell you that they that 40 years is "prorated" so when you have to re-roof after 10-20 years. the price will have risen so much that you'll pay the same and labor too (only 5 year labor warranty) .   So too are not overlapped enough and also the they are much more prone to being ripped off by high winds because of they stick up a bit rather than flat down on the surface plywood deck.  They also ONLY guarantee the labor for 5 years (what does that say? crummy product? they don't even have enough confidence to guarantee labor for 10 years? ) 

** Consider a paper towel , dip it into water and see how far it seeps UPWARDS against gravity for maybe 15 " ? yes its true,.. and that is straight up, what do you think happens on a slanted roof with a sideways rain, YES the SAD truth is that they asphalt shingle roof leaks from day 1... you just don't know it because it takes about 7-12 years for the plywood to fall apart enough to leak on your ceiling.   (don't believe? go look at 1 year old roofs from the underside (in the attic) with strong light, you'll see "stains" on the underside of the plywood in some places where its been already leaking (because of $$$$ future $ale$ )  .   A bad roof can ruin houses, families, cause divorces, contribute to bankruptcy, on and on.  and be unsafe to boot.   SO why doesn't anyone do anything... Public Reg Commissioners are not educated to these issues and the asphalt shingle co's like it that way.  

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Fix that old electric gremlin problem. HURRICANE tricks.

You might try unplugging each and every connection, clean, with wire brush or sandpaper (removing surface oxidation/corrosion), then re-plug 4 times each to insure any areas not accessible are at least friction cleaned.  IE  one guy fixed his snowmobile by simply unplugging and re-plugging in each and every connector on his vehicle.. it worked.   Oxidation and corrosion are bugaboo's for anything not soldered and circuit boards as well where cracked solder joints are big problems ie car dashboard instrument clusters.   Similarly a voltmeter acting crazy (if not the battery) can be made to work again just by rotating the dial selector back and forth 5 or 10 times (cleans the little contacts inside).  Same for old volume controls etc. 

        Common ground (negative usually) points are also problem areas for corrosion/oxidation/cracked solder joints etc.  in the dodge caravan the common ground point was something like point G300 and was under the door pylon plastic near the drivers seat, in one case the nut was not even tightened. 

    yes, old hurricane electric outage trick, freeze and many "plastic" water bottles as you can and put in spare space in freezer, same for fridge.  Don't  use ice bags because they LEAK spilling water all over when you open fridge.   Tweak by freezing your fav drinks so you always have a nice cold drink when you need it as well as saving gobs of energy.