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September 29, 2006 1:38 PM Subscribe
We're about to have our house exterior repainted, and it will need sanding and grinding. Should we use a regular painter, or do we need a lead abatement specialist?
We got the first of two quotes today, from a reputable, experienced painter. The house is ~100 years old, with clapboard siding, so there's probably lead paint somewhere in the layers. The painter seemed unperturbed, and I get the feeling that most people handle situations like this as routine painting jobs. Is that because lead poisoning isn't at all likely, or are all those people foolhardy?
I've heard that a lead abatement specialist would be extremely expensive. We don't have kids and neither do the neighbors on either side.