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  •  I used a heat gun (10+ / 0-)

    to strip 4 layers of paint of my kitchen cabinets. It was pretty easy til I got to the last layer. There I did a lot of sanding.
    Old house like yours has probably the same problem.Whatever you do wear a face mask the dust from the paint can make you sick.

    A long time ago I saw an advertisement for a paint stripper suppose to strip all kinds of paint with little effort. Google 'as seen on tv' and you'll find it I'm sure.

    El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

    by mint julep on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 08:44:45 AM PST

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    •  Lead paint dust can make you and yours sick (8+ / 0-)

      forever.   And the fumes from strippers go right through a dust mask
      In California, all residential contractors now need to go through lead paint abatement training.  
      If you are not going to encapsulate (paint over), and especially if you have kids, do the research and have the right protection, especially containment and a respirator with the proper filter.

      These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel. Abraham Lincoln

      by Nailbanger on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 09:08:37 AM PST

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      •  Chelation for lead poisoning- also not fun (9+ / 0-)

        A couple of years ago, the whole work crew for the repainting of the WV governor's mansion had to be hospitalized for chelation to reduce the enormous level of lead dust they had in their bloodstream.  Lovely ornate woodwork getting hand scraped with zero protection for the workers. You've got to take that stuff seriously.

        A lot of urban homesteaders who move their families into old homes take a huge risk with their kids when they start rehab work with no clue of the proper precautions. Even when you do plan the work with appropriate methods, it's still a good idea to get the kids tested a month or two into the work, and again at six months, to make sure that your safety plan is working and you haven't backslid.

        I can't tell you how many times I've seen those crappy paper masks on site visits instead of proper respirators. There's nothing like having that "are your kids really so smart that you're trying to stoopid them down?" talk with people. And yes, I have called children's services a time or two when they laughed about the issue. Having kids on the floor with paint debris in a 150 year old house is serious shit.

        "I'm not a humanitarian. I'm a hell-raiser." Mother Jones

        by histopresto on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 09:37:36 AM PST

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