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Old 07-02-2010, 09:25 PM   #1
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I'm dong a job at a rental house where a toddler was previosly tested positive for lead (7.9). So the landlord got cited, now I'm painting the house. The landlord found out about me on the local lead safe contractors list.

(I'm skipping a space for you Straight lines) Anyway, a guy from the County Board of Health pays a surprise visit to the jobsite a week into the job. He checked to see if I had plastic down, made sure I was properly containing chips and dust, etc...

He also checked my credentials (I keep my certificate in my van).

I checked out all right, he was a cool guy. He says that the EPA is going to start fining contractors that are not certified in October (this year).
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:49 PM   #2
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Did you have to change your pants after the inspection?
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LOL, it was actually kind of scary at first. But like I said, the guy was cool about things and trying not to be too authoritive.
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I have heard the states that are adopting the rule, and will have the health dept's responding to complaints.
Good to hear, I wonder what would have happened if you were not certified?!
Did he seem to know the rule well enough?
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I have heard the states that are adopting the rule, and will have the health dept's responding to complaints.
Good to hear, I wonder what would have happened if you were not certified?!
Did he seem to know the rule well enough?
Oh yeah, he knew the rule like the back of his hand. He was the guy who went to the residence and did a lead test after the kid got tested positive by the Doctor.

I think that right now, it is a learning process for everyone involved (tenents, landlords, contractors, epa, health officials, etc..). But like the guy said, come October, the EPA is going to start cracking the whip.

I should also mention that the day before the health official came out, that a city official showed up. I was at another job. The city guy asked what they (my crew) were doing, they were painting trim on the garage and the back of the house, then he seemed to leave. The health guy showed up the next day.

After everything was worked out and we were chit-chatting, the health guy told me that the city guy was watching from his car for awhile in the next driveway over.
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We are going bankrupt.... unemployment is threw the roof.... "Hear is your paint bill, Sir" "WTF is this ? I had it painted for 10x less than that 4 years ago"

No big deal..... anybody can paint.
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Actually, it doesn't cost that much more to tape plastic to the house and have it covering 12ft out on the ground.

It really is a better way to contain the chips.

Also, if the landlord would have had some uncertified hack, the health guy would have shut down the jobsite and told him to find a certified contractor.

Just charge accordingly for these jobs, and you'll be fine. If you don't get the job, oh well, onto the next one.
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Congratulations on doing it right, and I hope you are getting paid for the hassle. Also gj on the new writing style much easier to read.
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Actually, it doesn't cost that much more to tape plastic to the house and have it covering 12ft out on the ground.

It really is a better way to contain the chips.

Also, if the landlord would have had some uncertified hack, the health guy would have shut down the jobsite and told him to find a certified contractor.

Just charge accordingly for these jobs, and you'll be fine. If you don't get the job, oh well, onto the next one.


OCC (or anyone else), next RRP Job, would you mind documenting and posting it here (in the Lead section), I think sharing the "how to's" and example will help a lot of us.
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Actually, it doesn't cost that much more to tape plastic to the house and have it covering 12ft out on the ground.

It really is a better way to contain the chips.

Also, if the landlord would have had some uncertified hack, the health guy would have shut down the jobsite and told him to find a certified contractor.

Just charge accordingly for these jobs, and you'll be fine. If you don't get the job, oh well, onto the next one.
Don't you guys ever pressure wash??? If you do how are you dealing with that???
If not are you painting over dirt??
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Don't you guys ever pressure wash??? If you do how are you dealing with that???
If not are you painting over dirt??
I pressure wash almost every house that I paint, but I did not wash this one. And after this being the first lead job, I know that I will never pressure wash any house where a kid was tested lead positive.

Paint over dirt? Yeah, if thats what it takes to keep from spreading lead dust. The last thing a parent that has a lead positive kid wants to see is more paint chips being spread around.

It now becomes a "safety over quality" issue.
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