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  1. Painting
    Before we moved in we had the carpet on the second floor ripped up and the floors refinished. As the flooring guys were working they told me that the floor in a room directly connected to my 1-year-old son's nursery had been painted blue. They refinished it and I thought nothing of it. Flash...
  2. Painting
    I have GARDZ and PrimeRx but now I’m considering using oil based as I think this might contain lead. Thanks!
  3. Painting
    a few of our doors, pictured below, have old and chipping paint. with an infant at home I’m taking as many precautions as possible and as such want to somehow encapsulate this old and deteriorating paint. advice appreciated!
  4. Windows and Doors
    Have an infant son and am petrified of the small bits of paint that chip off these 3 old doors. Rather not fully replace but want to stop the friction and chipping as much as possible. Thanks.
  5. Building & Construction
    i've made myself overly paranoid regarding dust, lead, asbestos, etc. i am wondering whether it makes sense to just purchase one of the smaller, more-affordable (~$500 from my research) dust containment systems from the likes of Festool or similar. reason being, i have an infant at home and...
  6. General DIY Discussions
    I am overly-paranoid by nature (and have a 6-month old so) so yesterday as we were painting a small closet and my FIL sanded some old paint away it had (has) me worried. with that worry comes questions. given that painting prep does include sanding, how is it possible to safely prep and paint...
  7. Plumbing
    Remodeling bathroom. Slab! Pulled toilet to remove old tile and install new toilet flange at proper height once new tile is installed. Discovered that original flange is brass, soldered to lead sleeve. Lead sleeve 4” tapering to 3” and glued into 3” PVC closet elbow about 3” below slab. Lead is...
  8. Plumbing
    If I get water from my home (built in the 1950s) tested for lead and the results show that there is not lead, is that conclusive and reliable? If a lab detects no lead, should I stop worrying? Could corrosion start at any time? I recently acquired the home, and I do not know if the plumbing...
  9. Painting
    I moved into a home that has many old parts to it. It is in a neighborhood where I used to live. My old house had lead paint. I am going to assume my new house does too, as they were all built the same way. My question is this: I have lots of little DIY and Pro projects that I would like to...
  10. Painting
    Our house is in need of a new paint job. Unfortunately, lead is an issue..... House is 65+ y.o. and I don't remember ever hearing about it being painted...at least I know it hasn't been done in the last 30 yrs. Anyway, looking to do this myself. What is the best method... lots of peeling...
  11. Electrical
    Hi I have a caravan with 2x15A outlets I have 2x 15A extensions leads but only 10A power points at home. I am wondering what I could do to fix this problem. I thought of grinding the earth lead on the 15A extension lead to fit in a 10A socket. Would this work and what would be the side effects...
  12. Plumbing
    I have a house in chicago. A few years back the old lead supply line inside the house was replaced with copper, all except for a foot long section at the front of the house which is still lead and connected to the copper with a compression connector. Red copper was used, and it's buried about...
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