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It may be small but it packs a punch.

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 - 23 answers

Wrapping exterior house trim

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 - 4 answers

How does deleading work when you're already in the apartment?

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 - 12 answers

Where to find frontend web development job at the lead/architect level?

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 - 10 answers

Am I poisoning my family? What about my Christmas tree?

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 - 22 answers

Scraping/Painting an Old House With Layers of Lead Paint

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 - 23 answers

Old house - trying to fix up dirty moldy medicine cabinet

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? PHOTOS. 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 - 17 answers

Purchasing an old home: lead water and air duct questions inside.

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 - 14 answers

I rented a single-family house in MA. YANML, but I probably need one.

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 - 20 answers

Recommendations for lead testing labs needed

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 - 2 answers

How can my wife start networking for real estate leads?

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? Thanks.
posted by mistermc on Feb 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me think through Lead in drinking water-- math, chemistry, biology

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 - 14 answers

Removall or other eco-friendly paint removers for retail in Twin Citites?

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 - 2 answers

Is lead in reclaimed wood a concern?

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 - 19 answers

Where can I find lead-free etched crystal glasses?

Where can I find lead-free etched crystal glasses? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit on Apr 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Have we poisoned our baby?

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 - 24 answers

Affordable, high-quality HEPA vacuums?

Recommendations for an affordable, high-quality HEPA vacuum cleaner? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 30, 2011 - 4 answers

Lead dust elimination basics

Lead dust contaminated apartment. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Oct 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Why would one want a Nord Lead 3 as opposed to a Nord Lead 2 or 2X?

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 - 8 answers

Grind down our lead painted windows?

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 - 4 answers

Concerned parent worries about lead in varnish

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 - 14 answers

Could my protein powder be poisoning me?

Should I be worried about my protein supplement? Should I give it up? What are some good alternatives? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Jun 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Getting the Lead Out

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 - 12 answers

Lead in the dirt?

Is there really a garden-ban in Portland, Maine because of lead in the soil? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Mar 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Seattle area battery dealers, DC UPS

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 - 1 answer

Cleaning up lead paint

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 - 18 answers

Contacting terrorist individuals in Rome, Italy?

It appears I will be spending five days in Rome, Italy around March 14-18. [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Sep 30, 2010 - 5 answers

Should we treat paint with detectable but legally acceptable levels of lead as lead paint when repainting?

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 - 11 answers

Strong female in Mystery/Suspense Books

Strong female lead in Mystery Books [more inside]
posted by roxiesmom on Apr 10, 2010 - 50 answers

Getting the lead out

Please help me with my science fair project. [more inside]
posted by estlin on Dec 28, 2009 - 7 answers

What is this lead ring?

In this excerpt from Beloved Son Felix, there is a description of a body that they have disinterred for an autopsy. They find a lead ring which causes disgust. What would the lead ring be? [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Dec 16, 2009 - 26 answers

Lead testing next steps

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 - 12 answers

lead in the water

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 - 9 answers

Why can't I quit her? My head says NO but my heart says GO. please HELP!

Why can't I quit her? My head says NO but my heart says GO. please HELP! [more inside]
posted by anonymous35 on Apr 30, 2009 - 35 answers

Unleaded or Regular?

[MythFilter]: 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 - 34 answers

Living in a toxic waste dump

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 - 15 answers

Can my liver protect me from a lead bullet?

YANMD...Can my liver handle lead? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2008 - 12 answers

How fast does the body eliminate lead?

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 - 13 answers

Help me become a (real) Guitar Hero

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 - 10 answers

Will my juicer poison me?

What's the likelihood that my new juicer has lead in it? [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Mar 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me lead with power in a figure 8

I am searching for a power cable similar to the 2-way "kettle lead" but with C7 (or figure 8) ends. Does such a cable exist? [more inside]
posted by gergtreble on Feb 16, 2008 - 2 answers

How much lead can a person take?

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 - 16 answers

Differing laptop power leads

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 - 6 answers

lead lead everywhere

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 - 10 answers

Why does China put lead in/on everything?

what's so great about lead and why are Chinese companies using so much of it? [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank on Nov 29, 2007 - 15 answers

Old Pipes

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 - 13 answers

Anyone well-versed in lead?

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 - 14 answers

Longer Dog Leash?

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 - 17 answers

Bands with more than one (good) lead singer

Mainstream bands with more than one (good) lead singer? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Mar 31, 2007 - 74 answers

How normal is a terrible memory?

Bad memory makes me feel stupid. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2007 - 25 answers

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