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Old 12-02-2010, 10:25 AM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Wow. A voice of reason from someone who was actually in the lead paint business. Normally people who have or had an interest in promoting the hype about lead paint state things like "If you suspect that there may be lead paint in your home, immediately leave the building and call in the lead paint inspectors and hire a hazardous materials removal crew for thousands of dollars."

Although I do not recommend this and I did it out of ignorance not intentionally, but I spent months and months sanding and heat stripping lead paint with no respirator and often without opening a window. When I realized that I had been breathing large quantities of lead dust and fumes for quite a long time. I went and had my blood tested and the Dr said that I had no appreciable traces of lead in my blood. Thus, the worst thing that all that lead paint did to me was cost me about $200 or so (insurance does not cover when you are just curious about whether there is lead in your body).

That caused me to do a lot of research on lead paint and lead poisoning (followed by research on Radon, asbestos, mold and a couple of other popularly hyped "household "dangers" -I became convinced that all of them are mostly hype and not really a serious threat in my estimation. For a few people in extreme circumstances the danger can be very real and very serious, especially if oyu lick your walls or floors, or snort dust while remodeling. However driving on the freeway poses a far more immedaitely and substantive threat than any of these issues. ). People seem to love to have something to panic over. It is an interesting part of human psychology.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:21 PM
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I too, am a Lead Based Paint Consultant and Lead Inspector.

Champion was testing, because of the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. If they only checked a couple of spots ... they checked incorrectly. They (as a Lead Safe Certified Firm, using a Certified Renovator) needed to check several spots on each window. They also need to check each and every window that they would be replacing.

For aluminum non-painted windows, they probably needed to check the window sill, the interior walls and possibly other areas that would be disturbed.

As far as health concerns with lead based paint, if left undisturbed, your risk are lower in having health problems. If disturbed (like with home improvement projects), it can cause problems. Hundreds of thousands of doctors, scientist, hospitals and researchers know that it does. To say it can't is disagreeing with these hundreds of thousands of professionals.
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