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Home improvement projects on older homes in San Jose are likely to cost more because of a new federal rule on lead based paint removal, but some local homeowners say the measure is worthwhile because it safeguards children's health.
to homeowners doing work in their own home.
Potential health hazards from dust of lead paint have been known since the 1970s, and the paint's use was banned in the United States in 1978 because of children's susceptibility to nervous system damage and other health problems from its dust. According to the EPA, a sugar packet's worth of dust from lead based paint can contaminate a whole house, and dust can be spread from remodeling and wall busting projects in older homes.
In Santa Clara County, 84 Omega Seamaster Women's Watch Price percent of homes were built before 1978, and it is unclear how many homes contain lead based paint. Roughly 69 percent of homes built from 1940 to 1960 contain it, as do 87 percent of homes built before 1940.
Vasek, a licensed contractor, said the issue is personal for him because his father suffered from lead related inner ear problems after stripping paint from kitchen cabinets.
the new law.
On Earth Day 22 Environmental Protection Agency began requiring building contractors who remodel or demolish homes or schools built before 1978 to be certified by the EPA to handle lead based paint. Training schools such as the DIY Academy on Bascom Avenue are offering classes on lead paint removal, and San Jose contractors and homeowners are adapting to Omega Seamaster 300 Vs Rolex Submariner
The DIY Academy at 1244 Bascom Ave. is offering four free classes on lead based paint removal on May 1, and classes are $49 after that.
"Not many people have heard of the new law, and contractors are hearing about it hit and miss," said Jeff Vasek, co founder of the DIY Academy, a business that teaches home improvement techniques.
"It's a very complex situation. If the paint is encapsulated it's not a problem. If there's lead dust all over the house it's a problem. It's more for children's health, and anything we can do to help the environment is a good thing," Salata said.
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State License Board have helped spread the word.
The EPA initiative, called the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program, applies to projects of 6 square feet or more. If a homeowner is caught hiring a contractor who is not certified in removal, a $37,500 per day fine can be levied.
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contractors confront tightened rules on lead
Trouble can start when a contractor or homeowner knocks down walls and kicks up dust. Pre 1980s paints vary widely in lead levels, and test kits from hardware stores can be used to analyze each layer of paint on a wall in an old house.
"As long as the paint is undisturbed, it doesn't pose much of a hazard . but if it's disturbed by a doorknob slamming in to a wall, it can create dust," Vasek said.
Jim Salata, the president and owner of downtown San Jose based Garden City Construction Inc., said each situation with lead based paint is different. The firm does historic renovations on commercial properties and not homes, but it has encountered lead paint around San Jose.
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