November 9, 2018
I live in a very small house and we are looking at repainting our kitchen soon. Our sons room shares a wall with both the fridge and stove. There is no way around this as our house is so tiny and there is no other option for the appliances to be moved. I was going to find some info on shielding paint but didn’t find much. Would this be a good approach to block fields from my sons bedroom? Does the paint need to be grounded? If so, how? Is there a better approach? We don’t have a meter yet but plan on purchasing one in the next couple months depending on finances. I just know that this might be something I can address first since we know his room shares this wall. Anyone with experience please let me know what you have tried! Thank you!!!
August 17, 2014
Hi Kelly, I have not personally tried the blocking paint, but friends of mine used it very successfully to block microwave frequencies from a neighbour’s wifi etc. To block power frequencies (eg from domestic appliances) I believe it needs to be earthed – maybe someone with practical experience can comment on this.
Before going ahead here are a few things you might consider.
Spend some time on the main site here – there are several articles about shielding.
Shielding without a meter is a potentially risky business. You will not know of you have made any difference, or maybe even made things worse. The general advice is to measure before and after shielding.
You need meters to make sure you are dealing with the biggest problems. The fridge and stove are prime suspects, but there may be other sources,eg neighbours’ wifi, nearby cell towers… dirty power from nearby solar installations, any of which might be creating a more serious hazard.
Can these appliances be switched off overnight?
Remember that these paints are reflective, so if you have any sources of RF radiation within the house (wifi, cordless phones etc) they will be reflected back and could create ‘hot spots’ and actually increase exposure if beds, chairs etc are located at these spots.
There are also EMF-blocking wallpapers, which are absorbent rather than reflective, so do not have the ‘hot spot’ problem. However they may provide less shielding – you would have to check the specifications. I have used this successfully in one room with relatively low fields from our local cell tower.
One approach recommended by some building biologists, is to cover the area you are planning to screen with aluminium foil, and test if that makes a difference. (I have done this very successfully). If it reduces fields you can go ahead and paint with reasonable confidence. If it doesn’t help or if it makes things worse, you have only wasted a small amount of money and time – foil is cheap and easy to remove, paint is neither.
November 9, 2018
Thank you for your response. I am very new to this but am obviously concerned as my dr has told me that this may be an issue for us. I have been very very sick and am climbing out of a hole so to speak.
I’ve been reading about meters and watching videos for almost two months. I’m trying to figure out which one to buy. It looks like the tri-field meter is better for magnetic and not good for RF. The cornet seems to be better with the RFs but not the magnetic. I’m not sure if there is a good decently priced companion meter to go with either of those to compensate for what is lacking…. Our house is so small that distance from this stuff is hard to do.
Plus my husband isn’t feeling the effects of this stuff so I need to make sure I purchase the right meters now to show him the issues. (I don’t want to have to go back and test again and get different results). If anyone has any suggestions on how I could supplement one of these meters (or if something different is best). I would greatly appreciate any info.
August 17, 2014
Hi again Kelly, I expect you have seen the reviews on the main site here, as you seem quite well informed. I have not used a wide variety of meters but here are some observations based on my experience and what I have learned from others (including Lloyd’s interviews with several building biologists).
For power frequency fields (50/60Hz from household wiring, power lines etc) remember to look at the electric field as well as the magnetic field, Many meters have both functions (not sure about the Trifield).
For RF, I have heard that the Cornet is not as user-friendly as some other meters, especially for inexperienced users. But the review on the main site may explain what is involved.
If I were starting from scratch on a limited budget I would probably start with the Survey Kit from the main site here. https://www.electricsense.com/product/emf-survey-kit/.
All meters from trusted manufacturers, simple to operate and sufficiently sensitive and accurate. I might upgrade slightly by replacing the Stetzer DE meter with a Greenwave meter
which has an acoustic output and is obtainable from several sites, including EMFields.
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