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Paint-stripping purgatory - stuck in the middle - what should we do?

Given the high likelihood of lead based paint, I would not under your current circumstances attack this with a grinder or a sander. You'll create lead-contaminated dust which will haunt you for a long ...
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I've released a lot of lead-paint dust in our house. What to do?

This should have been detected or suspected earlier by your contractors. There are specific guidelines for dealing with lead-based paint repairs and coverings that are mandated by law, in many states (...
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Paint-stripping purgatory - stuck in the middle - what should we do?

Is lead really there? First and foremost, check your assumption about the presence of lead. Lead appears in 2 places: certain bold pigments like orange and red lead oxides (not that yellow chromium ...
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Can I still be sold plumbing fixtures that contain lead?

If you go to your local hardware store, no. Products sold in the US have to be lead free, since 1996 In 1996 Congress further amended the Safe Drinking Water Act, requiring plumbing fittings and ...
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I've released a lot of lead-paint dust in our house. What to do?

Shut off all ventilation. Mask up (Where will the average person find a mask? LOL) Vacuum like a madman (a HEPA vacuum is a good choice). Get very clean water and very clean rags/towels, and wipe down ...
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I've released a lot of lead-paint dust in our house. What to do?

There are two answers currently saying essentially, "It's only lead. It's not a big deal." This is bad advice in my opinion. I would describe lead as more dangerous than plutonium. Not ...
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Can I still be sold plumbing fixtures that contain lead?

There are plenty of plumbing fittings used for non-potable water that are still being made which contain lead in the brass alloy. The lead free ball valves usually have a NSF icon on them. Ball ...
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Paint-stripping purgatory - stuck in the middle - what should we do?

I sympathise with you your situation. I am sure that most of us have started a job that has become a lot tougher than anticipated with no easy way back. I know I have. Try a different paint stripper....
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Does x-ray lead paint detection find lead underneath latex topcoats?

The short answer is Yes, X-ray lead paint detectors can 'see' lead through top layers of non-lead paint. But it depends to some degree on the thickness of the layers of paint as well as the type of X-...
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Do positive results of a lead paint testing kit imply that a dipped door is now toxic?

The danger from lead-based paint is not the paint surface itself but paint chips that may come loose and get ingested by people in the home especially children who are very vulnerable to its effects. ...
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Lead based stain from 1800’s?

Lead was used as a pigment. White lead was used in cheaper paints; quality paints used titanium dioxide, which is now the dominant white pigment. Lead (II, IV) oxide yields a bold red pigment. ...
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Paint-stripping purgatory - stuck in the middle - what should we do?

Stop guessing if there's lead I bought a mid-1970s house right on the edge of where lead paint was banned. We had some older windows, so I bought a lead test kit and made certain there was no lead. ...
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Can I plug a fridge freezer into a short extension lead?

Get an extension lead rated for 13 A. You can get rubberised ones which are a bit tougher - you don't want to skimp on the price. Make sure it has some provision for mounting it on the wall and do so ...
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How to remove lead-based paint?

Stop sanding immediately! Lead based dust is the worst threat of all. Simply painting over it to encapsulate it is the simplest measure. To fully remove the lead paint is a big chore, and ...
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How concerned should I be over scraping/sanding a small area of lead paint

Don't sand, that puts lead dust all over the place. Get some medium plastic and taped it to the wall and extend it out 6-12 feet to catch all the chips. Scrape it carefully so all the chips fall on ...
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3m lead test confusion

It most likely means you have lead paint underneath a coat of latex paint. In places where’s there’s a crack in the latex, the tester is responding to the lead. If there’s no small children and the ...
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I've released a lot of lead-paint dust in our house. What to do?

From the EPA brochure: Contractor Lead Safety During Renovation What to Do When Working on Interior Jobs • Remove furniture and belongings, or cover them securely with heavy plastic sheeting with all ...
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Is a home inspection of lead worth the money or will it basically tell me what I already know?

Beyond simply identifying whether you have lead, there are two main reasons to consider getting a more thorough XRF lead inspection: If you're trying to fully de-lead your home, this is a thorough ...
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Is it safe to encapsulate lead shot with epoxy?

You are correct in that lead is pretty inert, especially when encapsulated. I would only worry about proper disposal once you are done with it, and how you plan to shape it (since a drill or saw could ...
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How concerned should I be over scraping/sanding a small area of lead paint

This sounds like a good project for a modern paint stripper. Get a sample size of SoyGel (or CitriStrip or whatever), and cover the whole surface with the goop. Then cover the gel with strips of ...
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How concerned should I be over scraping/sanding a small area of lead paint

Wear a mask while sanding or scraping. Clean up with towels and a wet solvent. Don't eat the lead chips.
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How to remove a cast iron pipe plug that has been soldered with lead

The pipes were sealed with lead. Prior to pouring the lead a packing material ("oakum" not sure on spelling) was packed into the joint. This material can be cut out with a screwdriver, trying to heat ...
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Lead Test Positive? Now What?

For a house built in 1949 it would be amazing if original paint did not contain lead. The color has nothing to do with it. Most lead containing paint was white ; in the atmospheric sulfur of an urban ...
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Lead based stain from 1800’s?

If the test shows negative you don’t need to worry. I don’t remember stain having lead (state required lead removal class). Just to calm your fears, even if there was lead when you recoat it would ...
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Paint-stripping purgatory - stuck in the middle - what should we do?

Grab a sander or grinder, and wet sand it. It'll be a 2-man job, one of you sanding, one constantly wetting. If you've got a plant sprayer or similar (the ones you pump to pressurise), that'll make ...
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How to seal new PVC to old Lead pipe "toilet bend"

Long Term Update: I did use one of these "expanding" repair flanges and it was fine. It's been over two years since the repair with no issues! Toilet Flange OATEY Mfr #: 43539
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Is it safe to encapsulate lead shot with epoxy?

The only form of lead that is significantly absorbed through the skin is tetraethyl lead, which was found in gasoline long ago. That's not in lead shot, so you'll be fine on that count. The main way ...
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Is a home inspection of lead worth the money or will it basically tell me what I already know?

1939? We all know what that means: your house probably has both* things in it. You haven't moved in yet so that's good. Get as much demo done as humanly possible in this first go. Hopefully your next ...
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Is a home inspection of lead worth the money or will it basically tell me what I already know?

Are you removing the lead paint (or painted boards) as part of the renovation? If so, I would wait until I was done removing the lead paint that you already know about, and then get a lead inspection ...
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Water filter effectiveness for lead removal

Lead isn't soluble in water (although some lead containing compounds are), so most filtration smaller than ~1 micron is typically quite effective at removing lead. Just look for a filter with a NSF/...
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