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Lead Test Positive? Now What?

House built in 1949. Decided to remove half of a closet that was framed out into the bedroom (and taking up too much space) and when the framing was removed it exposed a few layers of paint and what ...
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How much lead abatement is necessary to reach safe levels?

I'd like to buy an older home (I live in CT), but with 2 little kids, I'm worried about lead. The confounding issue is that our real estate agent strongly discourages us from doing lead testing for ...
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Does x-ray lead paint detection find lead underneath latex topcoats?

I have a 1921 home. Guaranteed that the walls have lead paint somewhere beneath, right? All surfaces have been painted at least once if not 2 or 3 times since 2001. The paint is all in good ...
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Are backflow preventers for irrigation required to be lead-free if the upstream source is a potable water system?

In accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act is a backflow preventer, such as this pressure vacuum breaker (that contains lead), required to be lead-free? I am confused by section 300g-6 which ...
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3m lead test confusion

So I did a lead test and I don’t know what to think. Some areas are pink others a dark purple but mostly orange. The swab itself was orange. Lead or no lead???
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How should I interpret the results of a lead paint test?

I just used the 3M lead test on this wall and I’m finding it difficult to interpret? There is this wallboard with recent paint on it, and underneath seems like a layer of wallpaper and it seems rust ...
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Concerned About Possible Lead Paint in Basement of Old Home

We live in a house that is approx 100 years old. I believe we have lead paint in our house on the basement walls (we have not tested is but it is my assumption). There are areas where the paint is ...
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Impact of acidic water on house plumbing

My wife and I are considering purchasing a house. The house was built in 1991 by the present owner. The water comes from a well on the property. As part of the inspection process, we had the ...
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Is this paint lead based?

In my cellar there’s a thin layer of crumbling paint directly on brick. I am concerned that it might be lead based, and I need a better mask than a cheap dust mask. The house is old, Victorian (early ...
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could there be lead in the wood sealant on my 1930s table?

I tested the badly peeling paint on my table and it came up negative for lead. HOwever, the surface under the paint, which seems to be wood with some sort of sealant, tests positive. It is a thin ...
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Do water lines that contain lead need to be replaced if it doesn't flow out of a valve that I normally drink out of?

A plumber had came to my house to sweat pipes to install a water valve which controlled water going to the garden spigot. Upstream to the valve is a t-joint. The other output to the t-joint went to ...
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Painted Wall Demolition [closed]

Today, as I was walking through campus, I saw a cart full of wall debris. It must be some demolition going on in a building. I noticed one side of the pieces were of a different color. The pieces were ...
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How to remove a cast iron pipe plug that has been soldered with lead

I'm adding a utility sink in my basement. I'd like to drain it into a cast iron pipe junction, but I'm having trouble removing the old plug. It appears to have been sealed with lead solder. I'm ...
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Covering peeling lead paint with joint compound?

I have some paint on a small wall in the basement staircase that I suspect is lead paint. The house is from 1916, and this is the only layer of paint on a plaster wall. Total area is only ~10-15 sq ft....
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How can I safely repaint/fix peeling latex paint that was painted over lead paint?

The previous owners of our 1948 house painted over ALL the oil based (lead containing) with latex paint without properly priming it?!?! Now 1 yr in, every doorway is peeling paint exposing the green ...
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Can I still be sold plumbing fixtures that contain lead?

I'm shopping for brass or stainless ball valve to replace shutoff on a plumbing line. I see on ebay that some valves are advertised as "lead-free" while others are not. I would've assumed ALL brass/...
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I've stripped woodchip wallpaper with lead paint on it. I think I have all the dust in my carpet and furnitre. What do I do?

I'm 17, I wanted to decorate my bedroom and decided to start stripping the wallpaper as my dad is working on other things at the moment (planning on moving house soon). Our house was built around 1974 ...
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Lead paint test showed positive hours later

I'm getting some work done on my house and the guy doing the work wanted to test for lead paint. He scratched an area on a window sill, rubbed it with the spongy tip of a swab, and immediately ...
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Painting over lead based varnish

Can I paint over lead based varnish with a primer and paint without stripping the varnish?
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Test for lead over wallpaper

If the walls are covered with wallpaper, eventually to be removed, can one test for lead in the paint under it without stripping the wallpaper? Or does one first have to strip everything, and then ...
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Can I plug a fridge freezer into a short extension lead?

I've done a lot of research and the general consensus is no, but this is for use cases drastically different to my own. There is a double socket in my garage that has always been used for a fridge ...
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removing lead paint from wrought iron

The lead paint on an outdoor wrought iron trellis is badly flaking and chipping, so I don't want to scrape it off dry or use a wire brush, but hope to find a paint remover that chemically neutralizes ...
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Mold, Lead, Asbestos Testing Kits - recommended or seek a professional?

Professional testing of Mold or Lead or Asbestos can range from $300 - $1000 for each type. I just found some home testing kits that require you to take and submit samples. Are these a good cost ...
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Is a home inspection of lead worth the money or will it basically tell me what I already know?

We just purchased a house. It was built in 1939. There are areas of the house, around the base of some molding, door corners, around some door frames, etc., where paint is chipping. We didn't get ...
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HEPA Vacuums for Lead Renovate, Repair, and Paint

We are starting to clean out an old house that we purchased. It's a 1939 house so there's probably lead underneath the painted surface. I plan on doing some RRP (renovate, repair, and paint) on my ...
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Likelyhood of lead paint in 1970s build UK

I'm currently stripping some horrible old anaglypta wallpaper and noticed that under the lining paper there is a bright yellow paint underneath. Some of it is coming away, most of it is not and I'm ...
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Water filter effectiveness for lead removal

In light of the recent lead contamination in Flint, MI (USA) - I've been wondering which, if any, media are effective for removing lead from household tap water. I currently have a custom filter ...
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Is it safe to encapsulate lead shot with epoxy?

I hope this is the right SE for this question. If not please point me in a better direction. I'm working on a project that requires a counterweight in a tight/organic space. I'm trying to maximize ...
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Moisture in the bathroom is bubbling lead paint - how do I seal it?

I live in a home built in the 1930s. The bathroom has been poorly remodeled at least twice. At the last remodel, before I moved in, the work wasn't finished. Within the shower everything is fine, but ...
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where can I send a backyard soil sample for lead testing?

Does anyone have links for a lead soil testing lab? I live in Oakland California in an old house that certainly had/has lead paint. I'm concerned about possible lead levels in the backyard soil. ...
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How concerned should I be over scraping/sanding a small area of lead paint

We removed a shelving unit in our kitchen that was attached directly to the wall. We intend to paint the entire room but the cabinet was on top of many layers of flaking old paint. The house dates ...
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How to remove lead-based paint?

I live in an older home (built c. 1920) and I am positive that it's full of lead-based paint. When we bought the house, there was NO wood exposed anywhere in the house. The previous owners covered ...
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How do I manage possibly lead containing paint flakes?

House built in 70s It has been repainted 2-3 times since then There's an area of 2 square meters of flaking paint in my bedroom. Fine dust of it right below :( Concerned about lead Limited money I ...
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Fix lead joint between cast iron and galvanized steel plumbing pipes?

I took out my bathtub to replace a rotted wall behind it, and the drain pipe fell out. (Yes, I unscrewed the drain fitting before removing the tub.) The joint under the concrete slab, where the ...
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How to seal new PVC to old Lead pipe “toilet bend”

I have an old toilet flange which was a brass ring on a 4" lead bend that connects to the main cast iron stack. The old brass flange ring corroded and broke. I found a nice PVC fitting that fits ...
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How should I handle old wallpaper over top of lead paint?

We removed a layer of thick textured wallpaper on a wall in the dining room of our 1959 split-level; it came off very easily in large strips. Unfortunately underneath it is a layer of much older (...
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At what Lead levels are respirators and hazmat suits required?

I am under going demolition work in pre-1978 building. I have paint chip samples sent away to determine ppm of lead. At what levels are contractors required to wear hazmat suits and respirators? ...
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How can I remove flaking (likely lead based) paint from very rough, exterior stucco?

Here's a similar type of stucco to what I have: Mine is light yellow but similarly rough-seas wavy like this picture. Mine is also now looking pretty dingy and I would like to repaint. Upon closer ...
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How to prepare & paint a porch that has existing lead paint?

I'd like to repaint my 100-year-old wooden front porch. It almost certainly had lead paint at some point. I would very much like to avoid stripping it, or any other procedure that might mobilize the ...
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What's a nifty way to restrict my dog run without re-installing it?

We have a "dog run" in our back yard that we hook our dogs to when they need to go out. Their harnesses hook to a lead, and then lead in turn hooks to the wheel you see in the picture below. The wheel ...
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Is it likely that there is lead in the varnish of my old 1930's hardwood floor?

I have recently uncovered an old (and presumably original circa 1930) hardwood floor in the hallway of my house. Over the past couple of weeks I have been cleaning and sanding it in order to re-...
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How do I determine where lead paint was used?

I just bought a new house. The inspector told me that the entry way paint is cracking because a previous owner painted over lead paint without using the proper primer. How do I find out which walls ...
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Is it necessary to replace lead gas pipes?

I have some lead piping in the cellar where the gas comes into the house. Does this comply to current Gas Safe regulations?? Edit: England
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What precautions should I take before moving my family into a pre-1978 (lead-paint-era) house?

I am about to sign a lease and move with my family, including a 3 mo old and 2 yr old, into a home that was built in 1944. The house is in good condition and has been repainted at least once in the ...
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Home lead testing kits

Are home lead testing kits accurate or should I hire a pro? What should I being looking for when purchasing home lead testing kits?