Author Topic: Remodeling older house/lead paint  (Read 1874 times)


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Remodeling older house/lead paint
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:34:30 AM »
We are planning to do some remodeling of our 1960s home.   We plan on laying hardwood throughout (1000 sq ft) and ripping up all of the old trim and replacing it.   We have a toddler that stays home with my wife all day.  During the remodel he can stay with the grandparents.  After the remodel, how much do we need to worry about the lead based paint being released into the environment?  Should we look into having a professional inspect after the remodel?   I read that even a small amount of lead can lead to reduced IQ in developing brains.   Others have been telling me it's no big deal.  Thanks in advance for any advice.


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Re: Remodeling older house/lead paint
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2014, 02:49:13 PM »
The information you seek can be obtained here:

Basically, you want to minimize dust and sanding, use negative air pressure and filter vents in windows, don't use a heat gun, use a HEPA vacuum and wet wipes when you're done.

I'm a lead-safe renovation trained design/build professional.  It's not rocket science but careful work is essential.  The first step is testing, the little sticks that you crush and swab from the hardware store are the industry standard.  Test the clear finish on the flooring, even it can contain lead.  Once you have the test results, then you can better decide how to proceed.  I've tested more than one older home that didn't have lead paint although it was assumed they did.
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