Indicating Silica Gel

June 9, 2016

How to Rejuvenate Indicating Bulk Silica Gel and Molecular Sieve

These instructions are meant for indicating (blue or orange) product only, it is difficult to effectively gauge if colorless product has re-generated. Let’s begin with some safety precautions: Use a Pyrex baking dish which is at least a ¼“ thick, the product becomes very hot while drying and potentially can cause other types of glass to shatter. It is also recommended not to …

Food Storage

April 28, 2016

Some Facts about Food Storage

How do you prevent a food storage problem before it happens? For those who like to save money buying bulk food products such as pastas, cereals, rice, flours and spices, these items and any many like them are all hyper-sensitive to the exposure of air.  When opening sealed packages to store dry goods in canisters, use oxygen absorbers to protect them until you …

House Wrap

April 20, 2016

Air Barrier versus Vapor Barrier

Control moisture by allowing it to escape. Air barriers such as a house wrap will reduce air infiltration giving a better R-value to the home, but water vapor can escape to avoid mold and mildew resulting inside the walls. In construction, vapor barriers such as plastic sheeting are used to diminish condensation building up within the structure; the placing of these barriers …