I was doing some reading about plutonium and realized that I have a desire to own a thing that's surprisingly heavy when picked up. Deceivingly so. Heavy enough to make people exclaim at the weight of my small object. Bonus points if it's not (too) poisonous or (very) radioactive. I know Au and Pb are pretty heavy, but can I beat that? What's the very densest thing I can (legally) afford to acquire in sufficient volume to keep on my desk and fidget with?
posted by TheNewWazoo
on Aug 29, 2014 -
Has anyone had any experiences with wrapping exterior wood trim and window frames instead of painting? [more inside]
posted by dilettante
on Jul 4, 2014 -
We live in an apartment in Massachusetts and are expecting a baby four months in the future. We think the apartment may not be deleaded. I know that a landlord is legally obligated to delead
an apartment that a child will live in, and I assume that covers the case in which a child appears after the lease has started. If that's the case, how does deleading work when tenants are already living in the apartment, and is it logistically feasible for us to go through that process? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Mar 30, 2014 -
I've been doing frontend web development for around 15 years and want to find a new position at the lead/architect level. I know a few sites to look at, and plenty of recruiters contact me, but what else can I do? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11
on Mar 5, 2014 -
Our Christmas tree is a 7ft radiata pine. It's in a bucket in our living room. To keep it upright I've put ~25kg/55lbs of lead dive weights in the bucket submerged in water. A visitor suggested I was poisoning both the tree and my 8 month old son. I don't care so much about the tree but I'd like to know if the dive weights are somehow going to cause us lead poisoning. Are dive weights even made of lead? Every website about dive weights uses comic sans and was designed in 1995 so feel free to direct me to something authoritative.
posted by ddd
on Nov 30, 2013 -
The exterior of my 100 year old house (dutch colonial) is a mess: layers of paint atop paint. Nobody's ever scraped because there's obviously lead in there. So at this point, it's a gunky, peeling mess. And I don't want to resort to siding. I got one estimate to scrape (in full-out hazmat suits and containment set-ups, etc) and paint for $25K. Yeow! I don't want to make anyone sick - not the painters, nor the kids in the nabe - I really don't. Are there less expensive options?
posted by Quisp Lover
on Nov 23, 2013 -
Just moved into a rental house. House built circa 1920. Medicine cabinet interior was completely lined with nasty old contact paper. I pulled off most of the paper. Now I'm worried about three things:
1. The paint underneath the paper is flaking. Is there danger of lead poisoning?
2. Black mold in the corner crevices under the paper. What's the best chemical for removal? Bleach solution?
3. What's the easiest cheapest way to get new shelves that will fit?
Any advice or encouragement is appreciated. How do I make this cabinet clean and functional?
I don't like fixing old houses. Unfortunately there is much to do in this old house. The kitchen is a contact paper festival. The rental market is tight here, so landlords don't have to care.
posted by valannc
on Jul 20, 2013 -
The home my wife and I are possibly about to purchase was built in 1900 and we have a few questions about aged systems and family safety. Lead water pipes and asbestos tape, oh my! [more inside]
posted by Wrongshanks
on May 9, 2013 -
I rented a single-family house in MA with 2 roommates. We have 2 toddlers. This house isn't deleaded, and it needs to be, and landlady is very unhappy about the expense. We offered to vacate the lease, but my now crazy landlady wants to keep the security deposit I put down. Help? [more inside]
posted by woodvine
on Mar 6, 2013 -
I need to test several pieces of furniture and some toys for lead paint, and want to have a lab confirm the home tests I plan to run. I need recommendations for reliable (and hopefully affordable, too) options.
posted by ryanshepard
on Feb 25, 2013 -
My wife is a new RE agent in the L.A. area and is looking for ways to meet people who may be interested in buying/selling a home.
Does the community have any ideas on how she can go out and meet this group of people, network with them, and start to generate leads?
posted by mistermc
on Feb 20, 2013 -
We're buying a house (still negotiating, hence the anonymity), and we have learned that the level of lead in the water is slightly above the expected range. Not knowing whether this is a big deal, I've tried to do some math to figure out whether being over the threshold is an object of legitimate concern (or whether the range is the fruit of a hyperactive regulatory state) and the process has led me to even more questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 29, 2013 -
Looking for a lead on Removall 220 available for retail in the Twin Cities area, or recommendations of equivalent (brushable, eco-friendly) paint strippers. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker
on Jul 10, 2012 -
Husband bought large paintings made with reclaimed barn wood. I swabbed them and they tested positive for lead. We have a new-ish baby. How big of a deal is this? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae
on May 30, 2012 -
We cluelessly fed our 4-month old baby three or four 4-oz bottles of formula made with lukewarm water from the tap over the last 7 days. Should we have her tested for lead? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 24, 2012 -
Why would one want a Nord Lead 3 as opposed to a Nord Lead 2 or 2X? I know that the original Nord Lead was completely outmoded by the 2 but since I don't currently know anyone who knows synths, I'm not sure if the 2x and 3 are improvements over the 2 and in what ways. [more inside]
posted by telomere
on Oct 6, 2011 -
Conflicting problems with both non-closing windows and likely lead paint in a Los Angeles rental. Maintenance plan to grind them all down later this week and I'm pregnant and worried about the dust. I would deeply appreciate some advice on how this might play out and how to handle it (yes, not legal advice) especially advice from those who know about California and LA rental issues. [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean
on Sep 7, 2011 -
I've recently ordered a lead testing kit and found lead in the varnish on my child's 'antique' cot (we replaced with a modern one within 24hrs). [more inside]
posted by dance
on Sep 2, 2011 -
We just got back soil test results for our new garden, and the lead levels are unfortunately pretty high (around 800 ppm). Now what? [more inside]
posted by tau_ceti
on May 26, 2011 -
Seattle area telecom: Can anyone suggest a battery distributor/warehouse that stocks deep cycle lead acid batteries of the type suitable for a DC UPS? Shipping costs on these are very high so we would prefer to buy from a dealer somewhere along I-5 in the area from Bellingham to Olympia. We're looking for 6V 220aH T105 (golfcart type) and AGM 12V 120aH batteries.
posted by thewalrus
on Feb 22, 2011 -
My house has lead paint. Today most of the windows were replaced, and the people who installed them were supposed to vacuum up the lead paint chips. I don't think they did. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean
on Nov 23, 2010 -
What precautions do we need to take in painting a house with paint that is mostly below (but some above) the legal definition of lead paint? Is the legal definition meaningful? [more inside]
posted by nequalsone
on Apr 28, 2010 -
My wife and I recently had some lead testing done in our apartment which turned up some very high levels. Now we are trying to figure out what to do next. Issues involving lead testing, abatement, leases and tenancy inside. [more inside]
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld
on Jul 31, 2009 -
So I just got my water tested, and the lead level was about 43 parts per billion. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 25, 2009 -
Grandmothers always say never buy a dented can from the supermarket. Is there any truth to this today? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1
on Apr 16, 2009 -
Asking for a friend. She got her soil tested and the lead levels are at a toxic, and in fact, illegal level. It's a rental, and the whole building was planning a community garden in the yard. Now they're not so sure. [more inside]
posted by nax
on Mar 27, 2009 -
My baby recently tested quite high (but not at an emergency level) for lead. He had two tests in a row, so we're pretty sure they're correct. We've got all kinds of information on eliminating lead and we're doing everything we can, but we'd like to make a plan about assessing his progress and considering more serious steps like moving if it's not great. Does anyone know how fast one can expect blood levels to drop after removing the source of exposure?
posted by lgyre
on Sep 3, 2008 -
What do I need to be doing in order to transition from being a strictly open chords style guitar player to a lead/riff oriented player? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling
on Jul 7, 2008 -
What's the chance that there's lead in my newly purchased Chinese-manufactured mugs? And, should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by brandnew
on Feb 14, 2008 -
I have a laptop with a completely discharged battery, but no power lead. I do have a power lead from my other laptop, but the outputs differ slightly... [more inside]
posted by edbyford
on Dec 23, 2007 -
California has a new law that specifies limits
for lead in jewelry products. Even though the answer to my question should be a no-brainer, I need to confirm: [more inside]
posted by edjusted
on Dec 21, 2007 -
Plugged Pipes - Is there a way to clean out the water pipes in my home without spending oodles of $s to replace them? [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious
on Oct 5, 2007 -
Received phone call from doctor that in course of 1 yr. checkup, child has elevated (but not immediate risk) lead levels. Advice/next steps? [more inside]
posted by Arch1
on Jul 24, 2007 -
Dog Leash Longer than 6 feet? Where can I find a nylon dog leash longer than the industry standard 6 ft (not a retractable type)? Ideally I'd like 8 ft, or possibly 9. Looking for online store recommendations.
posted by nancoix
on Jul 18, 2007 -