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Old 07-28-2010, 03:07 PM   #1
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Window Replacement and Lead Abatement

When I had a window installer come measure for windows last night, he asked how old the house was. I told him it was built in the 60's. He then said that a lead test was needed. I know I can get this test at lowes, but what do I do if it comes back positive? I thought I found somewhere that said nothing needed to happen, but can't be to sure. All I am wanting to do is replace some windows, didn't know I'd be running into all of this. If I do the work myself, am I bound like a contractor would be if I sell the house in the future?


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Old 07-28-2010, 04:56 PM   #2
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Once you know there is lead present, you then need to disclose that on future sale of the house

If a contractor works on a house w/lead - he then needs to be certified
Expect the cost to go up
New laws went into effect on dealing with lead in a house

If you work on the house you do not need to test for lead 1st, but should take precautions as if there is lead present


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Old 07-28-2010, 11:26 PM   #3
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If you get a positive lead test on your own, it is an ethical/moral obligation to report it as such, although it ultimately is up to your discretion. If a contractor tests it and its positive, that becomes a legal document. As a contactor, I feel as though it is in my clients best interest for me not to test and to simply practice the EPA (RRP) procedures.
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