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Composition of Phenoseal
By Roger Wiegand

Jim McFarland writes in 060218 MMDigest:

>  Hundreds of very good reasons to not use Phenoseal are to be found
> at the web site you recommend.  The MSDS sheets are rather scary.

I wonder if you could expand on this comment?  I looked at the MSDS's
at the web site and, although they didn't list one for the liquid
product in question, the ones that were there were about as benign as
MSDS's ever get.  (I've read many hundreds of these things, and I've
never seen one that indicated the chemicals in question might be safe.)

Remember, these are written by a combination of lawyers and EPA
bureaucrats.  Here's a representative MSDS for shellac for comparison:
-- also pretty scary stuff!

Liquid shellac carries a "may cause death" warning, while Phenoseal
caulk gets a mere "harmful if swallowed".  (I'm speaking tongue-in-cheek
of course.  All chemicals, both naturally occurring and man-made should
be handled with appropriate caution and respect.  Unfortunately MSDS's
are not a very informative source for helping one to understand the
magnitudes of the risks they warn of.)

Is the objection based on a scary MSDS, or did you find something else
at the site that indicated the liquid Phenoseal is a bad idea to use in
sealing a piano or organ?

Roger Wiegand
Wayland, Massachusetts, USA

 [ Ya wanna read about a really scary compound?  Read the MSDS
 [ for Dihydrogen Monoxide, at
 [ The hazards were discussed in several MMDigest articles; see
 [ -- Robbie  ;-)

(Message sent Mon 20 Feb 2006, 13:04:23 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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