*Got the first bid on replacement windows from a national company for
this 1939 hovel. Included is a "mandatory" per window "Lead
Renovation Fee" per "Federal Lead Containment Law".
Eh, something just don't seem right...
I Google and find:
4. Abatement does not include renovation, remodeling, landscaping or
other activities, when such activities are not designed to permanently
eliminate lead-based paint hazards, but, instead, are designed to
repair, restore, or remodel a given structure or dwelling, even though
these activities may incidentally result in a reduction or elimination
of lead-based paint hazards.
EPA requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting
projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care
facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified
renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to
follow lead-safe work practices.
Contractors must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three
Contain the work area.
Clean up thoroughly.
Those don't sound like things I wouldn't expect to be "professional"
Of note: According to the sales manager of a smaller regional company
the replacement window market is so strong it was perfectly reasonable
for their CSR to decline to bid if my wife wouldn't agree to sit down
for a sales presentation. Bidding, he said, would be "a waste of
*I can install my own windows, but I'm not so inclined, yet.
Any similar experiences out there?