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Looking for Lead-Based Paint

On a lark, I started a search for some real lead-based paint. I recall vividly during our RRP training that lead-based paint is out there and still being used. In fact, paint can still be manufactured with lead for industrial applications or residential use as long as it does not exceed .06% or 60 PPM. [...]


New links to EPA Information

The EPA has identified that there was a problem with getting reliable information out to those that want to use contractors that are certified firms. here is the new link to Certified Firms. I discovered that my firm was not correct and had to make a phone call to correct it. Fortunately it only took [...]


Pressure Washing Leaded Homes

Pressure washing A unusual question arose today that caught me off guard. Does pressure washing a leaded home require an RRP certified  person to do it? The problem arose when the painters helper arrived to wash the house. There isn’t any deteriorated paint to speak of and we are just rinsing off dirt prior to [...]


OSHA and Lead

Occupational Health & Safety Administration OSHA has a set of rules that has been around long before RRP that is designed to protect workers. The EPA’s RRP rule is to protect the environment and the health of the occupants and HUD has its rule to deal with housing. I posted a nice piece on the [...]


Garage doors and RRP

Old Garage Door I recently received my second request for clarifying the RRP rules. A Boise Idaho contractor who specializes in garage door replacement was unclear about the proper cleaning of a garage post deconstruction. Fortunately he was directed to me by a fellow NARI contractor who understands my ability to untangle these sorts of [...]


Leaded Child event review

On or about 12-23-2010 I received an alarming call from a mother of a 4 year old girl from Northern Idaho that started out with a request to borrow my XRF analyzer to find out what was causing her child to be lead poisoned. generic child I asked how her child was and she went [...]


Lead in Ceramic Tiles and Tubs

There has been lots of chatter about lead in tiles and if RRP includes precautions for dealing with proper protections. I finally got a “Forever For Now” straight answer to the million dollar question. It is my long held belief the lead in tiles and other components which is found with XRF technology,  is a [...]


NARI Letter to the EPA

I was fortunate enough to be allowed a guest blog on Sean Mccaden’s RRPedia site and received plenty of responses some of which made sense and others not. One of the most interesting comments came in the form of a video clip from Fox News “The Sky is Falling Channel” in the piece they interview [...]


A Small Victory

I just received a letter in response to an E-Mail to the Mayor. He must have delegated Jenifer Gilliland, Building Division Manager, City of Boise to respond. Here is what I wrote: I am a General Contractor in town and am interested in having a slight change applied to the residential building application. As of [...]


The NARI Journal

I was recently contacted by Morgan Zenner who is a writer for the NARI organization, She got word that I was trying to work with the EPA to get lead testing going in our region as Lead Locators a spin off of my remodeling business. There seems to be a rift developing among the nations [...]