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More stories about Lead-Safe Practices

  • Taking the Lead on Lead

    ALTHOUGH LEAD-BASED paint has been banned for residential use since 1978, federal regulators are concerned about the potential health threat to children posed by lead-containing-dust that may be generated when lead-coated components are repaired or renovated.

  • How Safe is Spray-Foam Insulation?

    Q: I've heard that polyurethane spray-foam insulation may contain penta-BDE, a chemical that is called a "toxic flame retardant" by the EPA and has been banned in some states. How much of a risk does this chemical cause for the installer and the homeowner, and are there alternatives?

  • Letters

    Using stainless with copper; window-seat safety; hanging loads from beams; the true cost of regulation

  • New Rules for Lead-Safe Remodeling

    If you plan to work on pre-1978 houses, you’ll need certification by April 2010.

  • Oneida Dust Cobra

    Offering more lift than a dust collector and more airflow than a vacuum, Oneida's Dust Cobra can handle on-site dust collection and big cleanup jobs.

  • In the News

    Pneumatic nailers under fire; assessing the risks of broken compact fluorescents; big builders rank low on sustainability; DeWalt recalls popular table saw; more

  • EPA and DOE Kick Off Change a Light Tour

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) began the 10-city, 20-day Energy Star Change a Light Bus Tour on October 3, 2007 (dubbed Change a Light Day), to promote Energy Star's message that using energy-efficient lighting products is an easy way for...

  • Regional News

    CHICAGO A private-public initiative will provide $12 million in financing to help affordable housing owners replace windows in about 2,000 apartments that city officials say are likely contaminated with lead-based paint because of their age.

  • EPA's Climate Leaders Program Grows

    From an original membership of 11, the ranks of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Leaders program—established in 2002 to provide guidance and recognition to companies developing and implementing corporate greenhouse gas reduction strategies—has swelled to 138 partners, which now...

  • Using an Airless Paint Sprayer

    Look for equipment that will move the heaviest coating you're likely to use.