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and for those of us without a vacuum chamber???

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alex Hartov" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2006 12:13 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Baking books?


> To dry books that were soaked in a flood or from hosing (as in a  
> fire) the best known method is to expose them to a vacuum.  This  
> works well in removing the water, I don't know what to do about mold.
> 
> Alex
> 
> 
> On Jul 1, 2006, at 11:58 AM, David Lennick wrote:
> 
>> Tom Fine wrote:
>>
>>> This is a little OT, but I figure with a list of preservation  
>>> experts, someone might know the
>>> answer. Is it OK to bake a damp/musty-smelling hardcover book to  
>>> dry it out? If so, is the "warm"
>>> (about 130-150 degrees) setting in a conventional oven OK? If not,  
>>> what's the recommended what to
>>> dry it out. I bought some used books that had obviously been in  
>>> the kind of basement that invites
>>> sticky-shed with tapes. I can read 'em as is, but I'd sure like to  
>>> be rid of that musty smell and
>>> damp feeling to the pages. These books are non-valuable ($1 each),  
>>> so I don't care if they get a
>>> little warped, just want them intact to read (ie don't want to  
>>> ruin the binding).
>>>
>>> -- Tom Fine
>>
>> Thought this was going to be a similar situation to the episode of  
>> "Cheers" where Sam dropped Diane's
>> rare book in the bathtub and when dried, it looked like a chia pet.  
>> Actually if anyone has an answer
>> to this or to the related problem of musty record jackets and  
>> labels (a problem I'm facing with
>> records I've been buying from an estate, where there was a flooded  
>> basement), let us know.
>>
>> dl