Perhaps I inadvertently started one. I meant to say Lime (Calcium oxide, CaO)
and typed Lye.
While you are researching the internet, check out Silica Dust:
But that stuff is everywhere.
Corey “Converts lime to lye” Bailey
Quoting Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]>:
> Never painted mine, Corey.
> But wait - a cursory search reveals the main hazards of cinder blocks
> are mold, and lifting heavy blocks. I don't find a lye hazard... Hope
> you are passing on an urban myth! Got references? (offlist if
> desired). I have never heard of this. Lye is in soap, after all, and
> my grandma didn't die from it!
> There are some gruesome uses of it listed here <http://
> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_hydroxide> but it doesn't seem to be an
> air pollutant...
> On Mar 16, 2010, at 4:27 PM, Corey Bailey wrote:
> > Now I find out that the lye used to make the darn things can become
> > airborne and
> > is a health hazard if all of the surfaces aren't painted.
> > How many actually painted your cinder blocks?