Lead, a known neurotoxin.....made headlines with the Flint, MI water crisis and, unfortunately, there are more towns around the US in similar situations. Even the CDC, WHO and EPA agree "there is no known safe level of lead exposure".
Where it's found:
Lead is mostly found in the air, dust, water, and soil as remnants from prior usage. It is still found in pipes, solder, artificial turf, ceramics and cosmetics. Lead can also be found in toys, dishes, candy, & jewelry imported from other countries. 🚫Banned from paint in 1978 in the US but still in homes built before 1978. Chipping of the paint and renovations to the home create more exposure. 🚫Phased out of gasoline for road use by 1996 in the US (but still allow trace amounts). It is still used in aviation gasoline, avgas.
Children are most at risk due to being lower to the ground (crawling or wiping hand on areas where dust accumulates), playing in dirt and putting their hands and other objects in their mouths.
Lead accumulates in our brain, kidneys, liver and bones. At high levels, it can lead to coma, convulsions and death.
Per the WHO, lead can affect children’s brain development resulting in reduced intelligence quotient (IQ), behavioural changes such as reduced attention span and increased antisocial behaviour, and reduced educational attainment. Lead exposure also causes anaemia, hypertension, renal impairment, immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs. The neurological and behavioural effects of lead are believed to be irreversible."
Remember when I inspected a mold-filled building, wasn’t warned about it (therefore not prepared), and felt sick for a few hours post-inspection? Me too, feels like it was yesterday. #os_environmentaldetective#leadpaint
Children in Lancaster County are being poisoned by lead at more than three times the rate children in Michigan were poisoned. Read more: http://ow.ly/Xrwh50lLQdC
Learn more about how you can check your heavy metals exposure:
#weekendproject at #miwasplace. This one is taking so long as I am stripping the layers of #oldpaint and #leadpaint. Not many #kitchencabinetdoors are no longer installed this way with the #doors close flush, so the sizes and the #installation must be precise. That’s why I like the old #kitchencabinets. The #doorhinges are hidden as you can see from the pics; the only part you see is the pivot elbow part. They were covered with paints as well. I removed the paint to bring them to the original #stainlesssteel. This project will probably last the entire year. 😂😭 But I am sure I will be very satisfied when completed!
我が家の #キッチンキャビネット は #1959年 のオリジナル。今ではおそらくこういうキャビネットは作ってないのだろう。まず、今のキャビネットのドアーは、枠にはまらず外側に浮いているスタイル。こちらのは枠にはまっていて、ヒンジ #蝶番#ちょうつがい がユニークで、外からはピボットする肘にあたる部分しかみえない。枠にはまらせないといけないので、ドアのサイズもぴったりしていないといけない。こういう所が私は好きで、リストレーションをしようと決めました。古いため、ペンキが何度も塗られていて、しかも鉛いりのペイント。落ちにくい。時間がかかる作業で今年中に終わるかどうか分かりませんが、とにかくコツコツとやります。全てが終われば満足できると思います。#根性
FunFactFriday: “There are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter. The reference level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated.”
Call or message us to make sure your house is free of lead paint! #funfactfriday#leadpaint#cdc
My Hero primer.
This 5 gallon pail of EcoBond LeadDefender has gone with me to every. single. room. in our #newoldhouse and worked it’s magic on every bit of 😱 lead painted trim, window sill, bookshelf, railing, shelf, baseboard, and door (basically all the wood - I for real have not stopped priming since September). It works by sealing AND treating lead in paint by chemically bonding with the lead and turning it into lead phosphate, a combo that has 85% less bioavailability than straight lead (in other words it passes through your body instead of being absorbed by it). It also - kind of hilariously - has Bitrex, an incredibly bitter additive in it that deters kids from eating paint chips and chewing on windowsills (like i recently caught my teething baby munching on). I know it works because it also effectively deters ME from even licking a finger after getting even a teeny splatter on my hand 8 hours later 🥴😝🤬. All that and it’s really nice paint too. Check it out online at www.ecobondlbp.com for more information! (Just no one tell me this doesn’t work because I’ll just have to tear the whole house down!) #leadpaint#leadpaintsolutions#ecobondlbp#leaddefender#dontlickthewalls
Saturday’s auction brought me the perfect chair to go with my cherished table. My favorite aunt had it in her cellar for 60+ years. it wasn’t decor, it was utilitarian. The transferred newspaper print on the top and the alligatoring are authentic. The chair has authentic alligator paint. The room isn’t styled yet, the toile balloon toppers are hanging over a chair, the Victorian bed is not put together. The box springs are still in storage. This little corner sparks joy. #bundleonhigh#loveyourdecor#auction#myjoy#vintagelife#knowyourstyle#leadpaint#dontlickit#dontsettle#ebayseller#etsyshop
So we have lead paint. That’s chipping because it’s an old house and because the kids ram shit into the wood constantly. We have to encapsulate it. The paint is two times more expensive than regular paint. We have to clean everything, let that dry, scrape and wet clean. We have to plaster and caulk. We have to clean again. Then we encapsulate, probably multiple times. I don’t know how we are going to do this, it’s going to take all spring and summer. I’m sick about it and my dream houses has become more of a nightmare. On top of that we are waiting for the city to replace the main water line of yep, a lead pipe leading into our home. If anyone has any tips please comment or message.
Ever wonder what's #inbetween the surfaces? #x-rays have been penetrating works of #art since 1896 and we shoot a lot of them through #decoys. Here are a few #radiographs of #birds I've been working with recently.
This week in 2001, we completed restoration to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in WV. Named after Robert Harper, Harpers Ferry is located on a unique geographic location at the intersection of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers where Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia meet. As the name of the town indicates, Harpers Ferry was originally used as a ferry crossing in the 18th century due to its key placement between the two rivers. The small town was famous from its early years as a visiting spot for George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. It served as one of only two US armory facilities in the early 1800s, and more than 600,000 firearms were produced there before being destroyed to prevent capture during the Civil War. Harpers Ferry then transformed into a strategic supply line and stronghold throughout the Civil War and changed hands eight times between the Union and Confederacy. It was also the target of John Brown’s famous Raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859. KSR performed exterior restoration of historic buildings in the national park, including The Harper House, the oldest house in Harpers Ferry. Our work included lead paint removal, masonry repairs, slate roof installation, chimney rebuilding, stucco repairs, and restoration of over 100 windows.