Originally Posted by SCHNEEDOO
I was under the impression DIY was exempt from the rules. Still a good idea to take precautions but this is what the EPA's website says about DIY projects. Have things changed? Varying State laws come into play as well I'm sure.
"Information for Homeowners Working at Home
If you are a homeowner performing renovation, repair, or painting work in your own home, EPA's RRP rule does not cover your project. However, you have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of your family or children in your care. If you are living in a pre-1978 home and planning to do painting or repairs, please read a copy of EPA's Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools lead hazard information pamphlet. You may also want to call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) and ask for more information on how to work safely in a home with lead-based paint."
Thanks Schneedoo, I will give that a read and most likely have a conversation with the NLIC. The city that I live in doesn't require permits for most of the things that I plan to do, so I will figure out the proper disposal procedures for lead based paint materials and treat the few painted items as such (assuming this will be suggested by the NLIC). I will need an OTC permit if I end up re-routing my duct work, but that would come post tear down and this issue would no longer be a factor.
Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC
Since this house is a recent purchase was there a disclosure about lead paint and asbestos? Last time I listed a property there was a special form to fill out for just sort of a thing. Keep in mind that if you have your house tested and you have a positive result then you can't claim ignorance when you get ready to sell. And of course now that you have discussed this here on the forum it is possible that this documentation could be found. I have a niece who ranted on her website blog about shoddy work done by guy who bought/fixed/flipped the house to her. Later when she got a contract for sale the rant was subsequently discovered and the buyers walked away using the inspection clause.
Yes, there was a Lead Based Paint Disclosure. The sellers checked two boxes stating:
"Seller has no knowledge of lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing."
"Seller has no reports or records pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing."
Again, I purchased from the original owners so its not like the "telephone game" has skewed the knowledge from owner to owner over the years. However, that doesn't mean they were telling the truth either, I just have to assume that people are as honest as I am. Come to think of it, they left a paint chest in the utility room containing cans of all of the stains and paints used around the house (in case a touch-up was needed) with little notes as to which is which. I will go give those cans a look.
No disclosure about asbestos as according to the E.P.A. the house doesn't fall in the category for such requirements (that doesn't mean there for sure is no asbestos, after all asbestos was in everything so I am still cautious, but it is highly unlikely to be present).
Good point about having results in hand. Could be good, could be bad, lol. Once I read the DIY section of the E.P.A. website and discuss things with the NLIC, I will decide whether or not I will get the house tested. I of course don't plan to sell the house, but if I ever did....I see where you're coming from.
Now, back to the "window/door removal" criteria, I will not be removing doors, just relocating/adding doors. So, is this technically still an issue? Does the word "removal" here mean just a simple taking a door off it's hinges or does it mean no more existence of a door to said room?