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06-08-2014 04:55 PM

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Recently I came across a post about a child sanding a piece of furniture ,my first thought was how cute it was see a littleone sanding, then my second thought was I wonder if that furniture has lead paint on it. As a contractor of 26 years and even as a home renovator before my contracting years, I’ve done many jobs that involved scraping or sanding paint. I’ve heard many times over the years how lead paint is a problem but I thought it was grossly over stated,after all I’m in my 60s and I survived many years of scraping paint that had to be lead based paint.
As a contractor I’m required to take some continuing education to maintain my contracting licence and one year just to get the credits necessary for my licence I took a on line course on lead paint. After taking that course I was very surprised to find how dangerous lead paint can be and how easy it is to contaminate any area your working in long term.
I was also surprised to see that removal of lead paint has to be treated in a very similar manner as asbestos,involving hazmat suites,multiply tarping and negative air pressure units .
Lead paint is a very serious health problem particularly for children and pregnant woman. So even if your working away from home on jobs that involve lead paint it is very easy to bring it home on your clothing and shoes and contaminate your home potentially having dire affects on your children or grand children. It takes a very small amount of lead to cause health problems.

PLEASE keep this in mind when working on your home,on the job or evening refinishing furniture.

Here is some information on lead paint.

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#1 posted 06-08-2014 05:12 PM

Thanks Jim.
With all the publicity obout lead paint in old houses you don’t think about all the furniture and other items that were painted with lead at the same time.

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#2 posted 06-08-2014 05:31 PM

I can imagine that the crib I CHEWED on as a baby probably had lead paint

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#3 posted 06-08-2014 06:16 PM

Good thing to bring up Jim. Pretty much all antique furniture has lead paint on it.

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#4 posted 06-08-2014 08:07 PM

Good Warnings Jim!
It’s my understanding, that Lead was added (especially to House Paint) to keep Mold from growing on siding, it kills any Mold that tries to make a home on it…
Unfortunately, it can kill anything that ingests or inhales too much of it…
The up-side is, if you leave it alone, it won’t hurt you!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 06-08-2014 08:36 PM

Lead paint isn’t that big a deal. Do what I do, go take a IQ test twice. For example, I scored sixty-five both times. Sixty-five and sixty-five is a hundred thirty, which puts me about or above average (when you consider certain voters).

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#6 posted 06-08-2014 08:40 PM

Easy to forget. Thanks for the reminder.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 06-08-2014 08:50 PM

Thanks guys for responding ,I noticed a lot more views than responses as is normal, but that was my whole point in posting this is to remind folks or inform them if they were not aware of the dangers involved.

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#8 posted 06-08-2014 09:24 PM

Good reminder Jim. I can remember the old lead paint which was used on just about everything painted at one time. The worst thing for me was working around both lead paint and asbestos, something we had a lot of on ships in 1957 when I went into the Navy. I can imagine that the worst effect was probably caused by babies chewing on their cribs, as mentioned by Joe.

My exposure to lead in the Navy has caused me to make many mistakes on my woodworking projects even though most believe it’s just a lack of skill on my part.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-08-2014 09:58 PM

A good reminder. Most of us grew up with lead paint and don’t think about it since it doesn’t really cause adults a problem unless it’s in massive or long term low doses. But children and fetus’s are very quickly affected. Makes a fellow wonder how many children were sickened or died years ago, without the parents having a clue.

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#10 posted 06-08-2014 10:32 PM

Wow Mike you really had more than your share of toxins .lot’s of folks think you have to chew on lead base paints for it affect you but from what I’ve read it can be transferred through touch of inhaling its partials.

It does make you wonder ,it also can cause brain damage in youngsters.

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#11 posted 06-08-2014 11:01 PM

Thanks JIM as always.This ! I have learned over the years is why many of the Roman emperors became mad they used lead for eating off plates etc and after many years it did so much brain damage to many many people. Alistair

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#12 posted 06-08-2014 11:18 PM

Your right Alistair in fact they used lead pipes for their water supply.

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#13 posted 06-08-2014 11:30 PM

“My exposure to lead in the Navy has caused me to make many mistakes on my woodworking projects ….”

Excellent, stefang ! I never thought of that one. Do you mind if I use it next time I screw up bad in my shop ? I’m thinking it could come in handy next time I forget our anniversary, too.

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#14 posted 06-08-2014 11:36 PM

The Romans used Lead for their Water Conduits too Alistair… It was (and is) easily worked and never rusts…
On the Periodic Table, Lead is abbreviated Pb, from the Latin Plumbum (hence, the modern Plumbing)

Edit: Oops! Jim beat me to it!

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#15 posted 06-09-2014 12:06 AM

The Romans also stored some wine in lead vessels. That acidity would have readily leached the lead into solution. Lead isn’t really all that soluble in water, though I still wouldn’t use it for a liquid vessel I would drink from. I too was in the US Navy, so have the asbestos and red lead paint deal going on. Also, I worked as a mechanic for many years. I’d have to say that I’ve easily done over 2000 brake jobs. There’s some asbestos for you, but dust from worn brake shoes isn’t actually the fibrous part you have to worry about.

Mercury is another toxin a lot of people don’t think about (except for that found in fish). I put an addition on my previous house in 1990. I was surprised to find that there was mercury in the paint I had used (after the fact, of course, I would have found something else, if available). It was phased out about that time frame.

Any more, if I was to remove paint from an old piece of furniture, I’d use stripper and pack it away wet.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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