Agawam, MA, US
jmo2 I am sure his clients and workers are just fine. As all these dangers from lead exposure from lead paint are Highly Over blown. If a house is covered with lead paint. I mean every inch of siding and trim has multiple layers all lead based paint. and you stripped every bit of it right down to the bare wood. Unless you are eating it by the pound as a adult you would have NO Health issues from it. IF you did it every day for the rest of your life you might after 20-30 years have some brain damage if you took no precautions from ingesting the dust and paint chips and you smoked while working putting your hands covered in dust to your mouth but that is is you did it every day for 20 -30 years. (many old painters do have health issues from lead based paints mostly from putting their hands covered in paint near their mouth or eating and drinking near the paint) BUT simply taking minor precautions of a mask and not eating when working or covered with paint or dust and your be fine.
Lead poisoning studies actually derives at least 90% of poisoning cases were from Vapor, Dust and Soil contamination caused by leaded gasoline combustion and only 10% from old lead based paint. And most of that 10% cased by paint it was investigated and attributed to direct ingestion of Lead based paint. NOT DUST from a remodel) meaning the child was chewing on a rail of crib or toy with lead paint on it. or was Chipping off large pieces of lead paint and putting it in their mouth. It was continued daily exposure and ingestion of lead paint not picking up a bit dust left behind by a remodel.
Yes lead is a health risk especially to those who work with it daily where it is exposed to combustion or converted to vapor or dust. (like when soldering or pipe or wire using lead based solder) BUT simple precautions to avoid ingestion like not eating or drinking around areas where they may be lead dust and cleaning your hands before eating and drinking or smoking after handing lead and your pretty safe.
Lead based paint in good condition does not leach much lead until the paint layers are disrupted. and the worst way to remove it is using a heat gun or torch to loosen the paint as that vaporizes the lead. (believe it or not this was once the preferred abatement method to remove lead paint as it looks like your reducing chipping and dust as the paint stays together in globs of heated paint but the vapor is very bad for those doing the work) But don't confuse risks to those that work around lead every day with occasional exposure during a one time remodel if you work clean you can reduce risk to to a minimum to workers that might be doing this type of work every day for many years once normal cleaning is done to the job site before people reoccupy the remodeled area the risk is so minimal it is crazy to attribute and Lead poisoning to exposure to a tiny bit of lead paint dust left from removing a few trim boards that had lead paint on them.
Here is a link to a google play book you can read online all about lead exposure studies.
Draw your own conclusions after reading it. I find the health risks currently being attributed and precautions taken are going above and beyond and most cases. But hay what do I know maybe I have already lost my mind from all the lead I have been exposed to I should be mad as a hatter.
Not in all states in MA you must pass the Construction Supervisor License.
But in CT was way too easy to get a license.
But there are plenty of GOOD and BAD contractors everywhere. Most people run into trouble with contractors because they select who they hire based on one question. "How much will it cost"? and they pick the cheapest guy. Or they pick a friend of a friend. And then they wonder why it all goes wrong. A Permit and inspections do not guarantee it is done right as it is up to engineers and architects to do their job and builders to do their Job. The Building inspector is just looking at the job after each step he is not there as it is done. But when someone says "no you don't need a permit" then he is probably not going to do it right. Be they a DIY friend or calling themselves a contractor. There are times I feel this industry gets a bad rap as there are a lot is really good builders and subcontractors out there. BUT there are also a bunch of guys who entered the building trades because they could not or find work or keep a job doing anything else. And they have no business being anywhere near a job site. The situation is also getting worse as fewer and fewer young people see a job in the trades as a goal they want. So many skilled tradesmen are aging and moving to retirement without having trained a apprentice. Trade schools are a start but nothing replaces working under a true Master of a trade for 5-6 years to really learn you trade.
Cedarist is spot on.
Pressure treated decking is junk. Around here it is mostly yellow pine but not of the grade of years ago.
Years ago you could get all heart wood, tight grain clear yellow pine I have seen old trim boards (painted of course) made from this that outlasted newer pressure treated boards.
The key is in the grain and how it was milled. Many old trim was rift sawn like siding and although it is the same species of tree you would not recognize the grain of those boards with anything in a mill yard today. (unless it was reclaimed old growth yellow pine)
I just got done building a deck for a customer that insisted on buying his own decking and on using Pressure treated yellow pine. It look great now but I told him he gets no warranty from me on the materials. I stated when the boards cup and split don't call me unless he is prepared to pay me to replace them.
And I stress WHEN not IF the cup.
No matter how much you seal or how you nail it down it will cup. Most of the boards were cupped before we even installed them and many already had checks and splits I tried to cull out the worst but he was cheap and would not let me reject many except the very worst ones.
If this law suit lead to saw stop tech in all saws I am glad my too larger saws will last me until I retire.
Of course many portable saws on the market are crap and unsafe anyway but the Saw stop tech on the job site cutting wet and or pressure treated wood I think would lead to many false trips. especially since the only saw now sold with this technology is the Saw stop saws and I think they still hold the paten.
NMVFC writes: ...the Hartford clamp works just as well and is commercially available--about $60 a clamp. I have four of them and use them for all my miter/spline joints. Just Bing "Hartford Clamps"
Yup I agree the Hartford clamp is great. I have many of them and I think they are even better then this clamp and they have been around a lot longer. Also if you really want your mitered casing to hold you need a spline (plate jointer works) of some type. Since a miter joint is mostly end grain and end grain to end grain glue joints are not very strong. But install a spline you get a very strong miter that will never come apart If you live in the Hartford CT area East coast tool is a great place to get them.
I understand the dangers of lead but I really wonder about this. Seems like all registered contractors should have received notice long before this took effect this is the first I have heard of it and I only have a few weeks to get certification?
Also I think this will only make it harder for people to get work done. Your house built was before 1978 sorry call a lead abatement contractor then call me.
For a small project the liability is not worth getting involved even though the true risk may be very small. I really wonder about this lead dust claims they act like even dust amounts so small you can not see it will kill you or cause enough brain damage to a child to give them serious health problems and learning disabilities.
Yet at one time people drank out of solid putter and lead cups, kids played with lead/tin toys and we all lived in old houses full of lead paint. And the numbers of people effected vs exposed do not add up. Many more were exposed to lead then got sick from it. I am not saying lead is completely safe I do not reject all the studies but I really feel the way they treat it like it is Nuclear fall out is over kill.
I have never had my own lead levels checked that I know of but I can name a thousand reasons why it should be through the roof.
I grew up in old house my whole life I worked with lead based painted both house paint and Artist oil paints (lead White) I used lead based solder I made my own lead fishing weights and as a kid we used to use lead shot sinkers and crimp them with our teeth. (this was all before 1978) I ate birds shot with lead shot and got the occasional shotgun pellet in my food (again before regulations against lead shot). I have stripped lead based paint (before people made a big deal about it) And was covered in it. Now I should have ingested enough to have serious health problems by now but as far as I know I have no ill effects from any of it.
Yet they are trying to tell us some dust so small as to be invisible or blend in with normal house hold dust is enough to cause serious health problems in children. Well I of course take precautions now but in the back of my mind I wonder how much of this is hysteria. Please spare me the stories I have heard it and read the data from the EPA yet I have a hard time reconciling the data with my own experience.
Sorry but I have to agree with Jjwcrawford on this one it is not a good idea to go breaking off plaster keys in most old houses they have enough problems with the old plaster as it is to go start breaking it up from behind.
This tip may make the electricians job easier but it is the same as a plumber just hacking away at framing to make running pipes easier. You do not sacrifice the structure or finish of a old house just to make the job of adding modern utilities easier.
And sometimes doing it does require some destruction. But it is better to just go ahead and make the mess and repair it then to cause hidden damage and leave.
In this case the electrician may think he saved him self some patch work but in reality he caused hidden damage that will eventually lead to someone else having to do a repair in the future. He may not care since he is gone and his check has already cleared. But it is not the way to do business.
Mr Chase I hope you also read the comments on this blog that agreed with you.
I for one would much rather FineHomebuilding actually do research and feature you house and all of it's construction. After all that is what readers of FineHomebuilding do we build homes.
And not simple cheap homes it is called FINE Homebuilding not CHEAP Home building. You would not see Architectural Digest undercutting the very industry and those that support it like those writing this blog.
Many of the technologies and features in this house can be applied to more modest homes. I for one find nothing wrong with building this house.
Maybe the blogger should start a blog on the The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement site
Not FIne Homebuilding.
This is a great article But have you seen how Benson wood has progressed in their timber frames they use CNC German-built Hundegger cutting machinery.
All the timbers are shaped by CNC machines.
(they still use hand work especially on some details)
Don't you just love tools.
Now this is a FineHomebuilding quality post.
Keep up the great work.
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