Earlier this year we sent our own Thomas Gaige to get certified for the lead-safe removal of lead paint. One of the biggest gripes we had was that the test kits were made by only one manufacturer (currently Hybrivet Systems’ LeadCheck) – and they seemed to be perpetually on back-order. Now, the U.S. EPA has […]
The Milwaukee 8975-6 11.6 Amp Dual Temperature Heat Gun might look a little like your wife’s hair dryer but it really is a serious hand-held high heat throwing machine. With two temperature settings of 570 and 1,000 degrees F, you can pretty much peel the paint off of almost anything without having to worry about the issues that come with open flames. With a continuous duty rating, you can also plan on being able to work this tool non-stop for as long as you need it.
There are many questions that have come up about the new rules and laws regarding the way contractors must deal with lead-based paint. For some time now there have been handouts and brochures on the paint counters of all the local home improvement centers and paint stores that highlight the issues with lead-based paint. NAdditionally, these documents threaten huge fines if you are not compliant. Since lead-safe certification is now required as of April 22, 2010, there is a new urgency throughout the residential and commercial industries to become compliant. Both individuals and companies now have to become educated and certified in dealing with lead paint issues according to the EPA and HUD guidelines and rules.
We love renovating homes. It’s fun. It’s a way to give a house a fresh new look and update. And thanks to the EPA, it’s now a new way to gouge homeowners. New EPA lead paint rules take effect on April 22. They require contractors and trade workers to be EPA-certified and follow specific work […]
The Home Depot and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (MSLO) today announced an agreement to develop an exclusive Home Depot Martha Stewart Living Paint for interior and exterior, continuing the company’s commitment to providing consumers with distinctive, innovative merchandise while delivering value and everyday low price. The Home Depot will also sell Martha Stewart Clean, a new Eco Options-certified line of […]
The Ryobi Duet Paint System is a unique painting product. It provides an almost uncanny versatility in that you can use it as both a continuous roller and also as a finish sprayer. But it’s more than that. The system works such that two users can roll and do trim work simultaneously. I don’t know about you, but I always work with a partner when it comes to painting. It’s faster, and painting is more fun when you can both complain about the tedium. With Ryobi’s FLUID Technology you can place any standard 1 gallon container in the unit and the system will allow for continuous painting without refilling.
There are only about five more months until the new EPA-inspired lead paint regulations take effect. Even with the date, contractors, and particularly remodelers, are still facing a bit of confusion on what the new rules mean, how they will be enforced, and how they differ from former rules regarding lead paint removal. As always, the government has made things more costly under the guise of “protecting” us from ourselves. Let’s discuss what the April 22nd deadline will mean to your company and how the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule will change the way you do business.
Wagner Spray Tech Recalls Control Spray Plus Paint Sprayers Due to Electrical Shock Hazard. These units were sold at major chain home centers and hardware stores nationwide from August 2007 through April 2009. Consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately and should contact the Wagner customer service. Name of Product: Wagner Paint Sprayers Hazard: […]
There’s only so much you can say about a heat gun. Primarily, the concerns are focused on ergonomics and temperature flexibility. The problem with this is that, while you can certainly pay more for a heat gun that offers infinitely flexible temperature controls, you can also just back the thing off or move it closer to adjust your temperature as needed. Technique, in this case, trumps technology.
The challenge was to find the least expensive, gas powered pressure washer available to us locally. Since these tend to be a little on the heavy side of things, we opted to forgo an on-line deal because of the shipping cost and to fulfill our need for instant purchase gratification.The Troy Bilt 020292 Pressure Washer fit the bill.