i'm getting ready to do a lot of this next month and i've always tried to take the proper precautions, just in case there is lead in the paint.
i'm going to pick up some 3M Lead Test Swabs tonight...
what i like about these tests is you don't send something off with your freakin SOC # or address attached to it, last thing i need is the EPA to show up at my door. i don't need BIG brother sending a HAZMAT team to my house for $150hr. i think it's so BS, these crews that do asbestos and lead clean up. sorry if i offended anyone or their cousin, but this is just the way i feel. it's not that they don't work hard or endanger their lives, it's that the end result is not much better than the DIY'er. molecules of LEAD dust still remain all over the place long after the crew leaves. you really think they get everything, every nook and cranny, LOL!
i grew up in an old home as a kid... 1855, and scraped and painted alongside my dad, ignorant to the situation at the time. guess i got lucky, because i never got lead poisoning.
IMHO, determine what paint can remain and what needs to be removed, if your not stripping everything to bare wood. i'm trying to remove the minimum, just flaking a loose stuff. if it sticks or has a good bond, i'm not going to work at trying to remove it!!
anyway, suit up, tape off any rooms, get yourself a $30 respirator, scrape and clean up in zones. double bag your chips and fine dust from your sander.
OR, you can use a liquid like Jasco Green Strip
, best stuff i've used so far... and keep all the paint or airborn dust in a semi-solid form. then dispose of it! i think i went to Ebay or Amazon and bought the stuff in 32oz spray bottles, 12ct for $30. GL, finding it for less per oz somewhere else. it's has super low VOC's!
GL and STAY safe!!