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Old 09-29-2016, 03:23 AM   #71
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do you know anyone with a microscope, Andy`. `i'd do it for you but `i'm stuck over here in `oman and my scope is stored well away....it would be easy to see if they were spores, or just plain organic or inorganic material............oh, gawd, there's that poor violated violin being assaulted again as well as my ears................anyway,.............if you can't track down the cause,`i would have an analysis done on it just to rule out anything harmful........`i'm sure it's not.........there's probably an easy explanation and none of us Sherlock Holmes can help you out yet.........
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Old 09-29-2016, 08:55 AM   #72
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oh, btw do you have maids cleaning in your house? It may be something that they're using
No maids.
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Old 09-29-2016, 12:08 PM   #73
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Who installed the floor and how long ago was that done? The solution may be a simple phone call or visit to talk to them about the dilemma.
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Old 09-29-2016, 01:27 PM   #74
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Zagat, I do believe you've jinxed me! Here's a photo of the biggest smudge today.
Andy, this is just bizarre. Glad you were able to post a photo. It doesn't look like moisture or anything coming from the seams in the floor. How does it make you feel having this phenomenon in your house? Are you always looking around when you first come into the kitchen every morning. Do you have any theories right now? BTW, nice oak flooring.
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Old 09-29-2016, 01:35 PM   #75
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Thanks Beth. No theories. I have no clue.
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Old 09-29-2016, 06:11 PM   #76
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It wipes off easily with windex. Mold would be a powdery black. This is a greasy black that will smear and can be tracked to other areas. Besides, it appears suddenly.

The space between the floorboards looks much worse than it is.
Well Mr. Watson we're moving forward.

Mold would not necessary be powdery.

Is it actually greasy or just moist?

How long after floor cleaning does it appear?

It wipes off so it's on top of the finish.

It's not percolating through the wood so it's something placed on top.

Does it wipe off with simple water or is a solvent like windex needed?

Don't underestimate the size of the seam between your floorboards. It's gigantic to some of the things that live it this world.

And that it appears suddenly is no reason to discount some microbe.

We've got some weird orange mold at work that appears instantly when the plywood gets wet.
I think it's the glue.

For some reason I have in my head that you damp mop the area.
Some mysterious spores are spread in the process and where droplets of moisture are left the spooky black things grow.

They could be culled from those seams that appear insignificant.


I may be totally off base and I wish you well with Casper.

Keep us informed with what you find out.
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Old 09-29-2016, 06:58 PM   #77
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The longest dimension may be around 2".

You mean it was not there when you went to bed and was there when you woke up?


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It's interesting, looking like it was smeared on going from either left to right to the opposite direction.
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SO found some on the bottom of her foot. She tracked it to other parts of the kitchen and dining room. Not sure which came first. Did she pick it up somewhere else and track it in or was it there and she picked it up and spread it. Once again we retraced her steps to see where she might have picked it up. No dice.
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Ok, I'll give it a guess.......chimney soot?
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