[200q20v] Phewwwww

Brett Dikeman brett at cloud9.net
Sat Jan 12 01:34:27 EST 2002

Home Depot at one time sold air freshner bags containing Zeolite; I'm
not sure if they still carry them, might want to call them, probably
ask for the garden center.  Another option is online; dozens and
dozens of websites sell them in all shapes, sizes, and forms.

It sounds like pretty wacky science, something of as-seen-on-tv
material, but apparently the chemical industry have been using the
little guys for years to selectively pick up contaminants/waste etc.
They're basically volcanic rock equivalents of open-cell foam(or
artificially made, to a specific size/shape for picking up certain
materials), on a really tiny scale, and they manage to absorb lots of
stuff into all those little pockets.  What's really wild is how some
kinds can store heat, sometimes for weeks..and release it only when
they get wet.

They've been recommended for musty basements, VOCs from new car
materials, paints, carpeting, etc(some people with chemical
sensitivities rave about the stuff's ability to soak up new
carpet/paint smells)...I bet they'd work on gas fumes too.  Buy a
bag, stick it somewhere like on the rear driveshaft tunnel or under
the armrest(not on the back shelf, sunlight heats them up and makes
'em release what they've got in them.)  Air movement makes them work
better, so maybe jury-rigging the bag to hang somehow, and putting a
small fan in the car, will speed up the process.

HTH...let me know if it works out.


At 10:00 PM -0500 1/11/02, Kneale Brownson wrote:
>My car sat with the fuel tank access hole open for almost six weeks while I
>waited for confirmation of parts needed to replace the dead fuel pump, and
>then waited for delivery and finally waited for comfortable weather to
>finish installing the new tiny pump.
>So it reeked of fuel fumes.
>Still does despite two 6- to 8-hour sessions of standing with all doors and
>trunk lid open and being driven a couple hundred miles  the last three days
>with two or three windows open several inches.  Smells OK after an
>"airing", but if left closed up several hours, smells strongly of fuel
>odors again.
>Do I need to clean the leather to get rid of the stink?

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