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renovation house outline 400 clr 4279Home renovation can be daunting when your to-do list starts to grow. Hiring experts to help can be expensive and waiting for them to have availability can delay your schedule by weeks or even months.

While renovations involving plumbing and electricity are usually best handled by professionals, there are plenty of other projects you can handle without calling in the pros. Check out these DIY projects that even a novice can handle. 

Paint your space

This sounds obvious, but repairing minor imperfections in your walls and getting a fresh coat of the right paint is one of the most impactful projects you can do to improve your home.

Spend some time in each room you want to update taking notes on any cracks, nail holes, or rough spots you want to touch up, and do some research on colors that will work in your space.

Even if you’re only planning to paint one room, invest in the mid- to high-range painting supplies like decent brushes, a safe ladder or brush extension, and quality painters tape. Your results will look more professional and you’ll save time and frustration.

A good rule of thumb is to give yourself three half days for each room: one day to patch and prep the walls, one day to apply two coats of paint with drying time in between, and a final day for touch ups and trim. 

Dangers of Lead Paint

Healthy Homes estimates that between 25% and 40% of homes throughout the U.S. still contain lead based paint. In other words, there are thousands, perhaps even millions of families at risk of health concerns related to lead paint.

Both adults and children are at risk of experiencing serious symptoms associated with lead paint exposure. Small children may become exposed if they happen to ingest cracked or peeling chips of paint containing lead. They may also be tempted to chew on surfaces containing lead paint, such as window sills. In addition, both children and adults can experience exposure since lead paint creates a talc-like powdery substance as it deteriorates, which puts you at risk of inhalation. Attempting to remove lead paint on your own can exacerbate these issues. The good news is, home owners and residential contractors alike can manage lead paint removal with our NEW & IMPROVED Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Lead Paint Sealant and Treatment Formula which is Now Lower Cost, Easier-to-Use and Even Safer. Fortunately, ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® serves as part of a well-planned program. When sealing & painting over lead paint becomes a necessity, our product will treat paint containing lead when applications remain on walls. If removing paint from those walls is necessary, lead dust is effectively rendered as non-hazardous and safe for removal.

Give your bathtub new caulk

Over time caulking tends to shrink, leaving gaps around the shower and bath that can lead to expensive water damage. Cracked or aging caulk can also harbor mildew and bacteria leaving your tub smelling musty or looking dirty.

A professional handyman could charge over $100 to redo your whole tub, while investing in the materials should cost you about $25 for tubes of caulk and the application tool plus a few hours of your time.

While cutting out the old caulk and piping in new material doesn’t require special skills, a polished look might take a little planning and some trial and error, so give yourself time and permission to make mistakes at first. 

Freshen up your cabinets

Buying and installing all new kitchen cabinets is expensive and can be tricky to get just right. Instead of totally replacing outdated cabinets, consider refacing them with new doors, painting them, and adding new hardware.

You might even consider removing the doors, giving the interior a fresh coat of paint and enjoying your trendy new open-shelving concept. Keep in mind that painting cabinets will be different from drywall or wood trim, and that replacing cabinet doors might mean installing new hinge mechanisms.

Neither task is difficult, but you may need to research the supplies and techniques that apply to your specific cabinet materials. 

Try new tile

Tile sounds daunting, but if your bathroom or entryway floors are damaged or dingy, small areas of tile can make a big impact and are a manageable project to tackle before you commit to DIY tiling a kitchen or fireplace.

First, get familiar with the process and watch how the different steps take place. The list of supplied looks a little long at first, but they’re mostly affordable and you may already have some items like goggles, a level, and a trowel in your tool box.

It’s often possible to rent a tile saw for a weekend from a hardware store and you may be able to get a package deal if you purchase tiles and rent the saw at the same time. Tiling is fairly messy for first-timers, so clear the area well and wear your work clothes. 

Update the outdoors

Landscaping a garden or yard yourself can save you thousands while increasing your curb appeal. Figure out which areas of your outdoor space you want to focus on and tackle one area at a time. It can be tempting to make a master plan and order all your dream plants at once, but it’s better to make sure anything you purchase is replanted quickly and carefully.

Reasonable sized projects include putting in one or two new flower beds with good compost, attractive plants, and fresh mulch. Or, if you have the strength for some heavier lifting, take a long weekend to install a paver patio by leveling the ground and placing wide, flat stones in an attractive pattern.

Make sure you always call before you dig to avoid hitting electrical lines or other underground utilities. 

Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever before to learn about DIY home renovation and take on improvement projects without the expensive help of professionals. Make sure to spend a little time researching the techniques you will be using, but don’t be afraid to jump in and try these projects. Everyone makes mistakes their first time, but the satisfaction you'll feel will be well worth the time you spent. 

Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Scaffold Store, the favorite and trusted scaffold supplier of the largest contractors.

construction helmet lead dustLead can be found in many workplaces like construction sites, industrial and commercial workplaces. Because of the serious health problems caused by lead, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set standards for industries to follow, which will help control the risk of lead poisoning to workers.

Industry controls like ventilation, hygiene and general safety at work policies are some of the methods used to minimize exposure to airborne lead at these work places. The controls are important because they are the first line of protection for workers and can help reduce the health effects from prolonged exposure to airborne lead.

In industrial and commercial projects, lead is used frequently for jobs like roofing, electrical conduit work, plumbing, manufacturing, soft soldering, and much more. OSHA estimates that about 1,600,000 workers from industrial and commercial workplaces are potentially exposed to lead. This exposure arises from the use, production, recycling, and the disposal of lead materials and products.

Below are two main industries commonly affected by airborne lead and how lead exposure can be controlled in these workplaces:

Construction Industry

Lead is commonly found in the construction industry, especially in salvage, demolition, renovation, removal and cleanup. Lead exposure is a major health risk for construction workers who are not protected and presents symptoms like severe abdominal pain, headache and loss of motor coordination.

To avoid this hazard, construction workers should:

  • Use protective equipment like gloves and approved respirators;
  • After work and before eating, wash hands and face;
  • Remove PPE gear, clothing and shoes immediately after work;
  • Understand lead poisoning and know the symptoms;
  • Ensure that enclosed work spaces are properly ventilated;
  • Whenever possible, use lead-free materials and chemicals.

Manufacturing Industry

Even though there are potentially harmful effects of lead, it is still being used in a variety of sectors within the manufacturing industry. Most manufacturing workers are exposed to lead during the production and fabrication of products like paints that contains a high lead concentration. To avoid this hazard, manufacturing workers should:

  • Use protective gear during the fabrication and assembly of products;
  • Make sure to follow safety standards when handling or storing manufacturing tools like chemical mixers, die makers and more;
  • Follow industry regulations when cleaning furnaces, kilns, ovens, driers and others;
  • Understand lead poisoning and know the symptoms;
  • Whenever possible, use lead-free materials and chemicals.

There are other industrial and commercial projects that are high risk for lead poisoning like wholesale trade, transportation, remediation and even some recreational sectors. Taking the appropriate steps to avoid exposure is the key to occupational safety. Even though the main responsibility lies with employers, workers in these industries are also responsible for keeping their work spaces free of contamination.

Industry drives this great nation, but it can be a serious problem if airborne lead infects peoples' bodies. This type of lead could get in the lungs, spread through the bloodstream, and affect mental health and development. Thankfully, it is possible to deal with this difficult problem.

Where It Originates

In an industrial factory, lead may result from the various processes involved in the factory. For example, lead smelters, waste incinerators, and battery manufacturers typically produce a high-level of lead. Unfortunately, this lead can go airborne in these facilities and threaten the health of those who work there. Dealing with this problem can be difficult, but it is manageable.

There Is A "Permissible Amount"

One fact that may surprise many is that the government allows a certain small level of lead exposure for employees in their workplace. This level is set at no more than 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air over an eight-hour work period. A small level like this typically isn't dangerous, but for those who work in an industrial environment, it may be advisable to take steps to remove exposure to airborne lead as much as possible

Minimizing Lead Exposure Is Crucial

Proper ventilation of the work area, such as opening windows and setting up an airflow system, is crucial to avoiding excessive airborne lead. It is also important to use proper HEPA filters and vacuums to get lead out of the air.

Some types of specialty paint can also minimize airborne lead spread. In this way, you can protect yourself and your employees from serious lead poisoning potential. ECOBOND® - LEAD DEFENDER® is the nation’s leader in developing and distributing products that improve the protection of human health and safety from the hazards of lead in the home, workplace, and the environment. With over 15 years in patented and proven success, the ECOBOND® - LEAD DEFENDER® family of products have been extensively used in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material while serving over 100,000 customers in the United States and Internationally.

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It is an investment when you do the right thing; the cost otherwise is a heavy conscience. It might surprise many to know lead paint is still used within the United States. While the use of this application has been illegal for several decades in residential settings, it remains legal in many industrial settings.

Why? Lead paint is durable. It is protective of metals, helping to reduce corrosion. That is a fact.

Facts do not always prove to win popular opinion. In a healthy business environment facts can, however, create healthy dialogues for what is not only right within the business itself, but what is right for those whom they serve.

Recently, a power company found itself at that very place. After great consideration and arriving at what was most important, their choice to remove lead paint from towers within their service area became a redefining element of who they wanted to become within their community. Serving their customers and the environment in which they immediately affect has taken precedence. The total cost to repaint 6,000 transmission towers will be about $300 million to 400 million, according to the article.remove lead paint from transmission towers lompocrecord dot com

We are living in a great time when companies no longer fear making thoughtful decisions. What should remain just as thoughtful is the need to properly handle lead paint projects such as: factory-upgrades, bridges, power plants, or industrial structures.

ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® exists to lend to such thoughtfulness for any commercial or industrial need. Grand projects are not only modern necessities, they are human and environmental necessities. ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® will effectively treat lead paint in industrial settings making it safe for removal or painting. It not only protects its immediate environment, it protects the future environment, ensuring a safe coexistence with nature and industry.

When conscience outweighs cost, the best is always the outcome. Consider what is best for your business, your industrial structures and for the environment. If becoming environmentally conscious is at your core, contact us. Together, we will put a plan into place that benefits your surrounding environment, your customers, and your business.

ECOBOND® is the nation’s leader in developing and distributing products that improve the protection of human health and safety from the hazards of lead in the home, workplace, and the environment. With over 15 years in patented and proven success, the ECOBOND® family of products have been extensively used in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material while serving over 100,000 customers in the United States and Internationally.

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Do you live in a neighborhood with homes that were built before 1978? If you do, you may want to keep an eye open for renovation projects in neighboring homes. especially if you have young children.

There are strict laws about renovating homes containing lead paint. Are your neighbors following them? Are you prepared if you are planning a project? Lead paint liability recently became the focus of a lawsuit in Orleans Parish, New Orleans, Louisiana, when a couple with a young child complained that their neighbor's renovation covered their own property with white dust -- white dust containing lead paint, they say.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to address the lead paint on his property, failure to obtain a permit and various other counts. The plaintiffs are seeking damages because they say they were forced to dispose of some of their possessions, and their child is now being monitored for lead paint exposure. If he's found guilty, the suit could end up costing the defendant a great deal of money -- far more than it would have cost him to simply follow the law by obtaining permits and hiring a certified lead-based paint abatement contractor.

Following lead paint laws, obtaining permits and hiring a contractor who's been certified by the EPA to safely remove lead paint and lead paint debris, may at times feel like a hassle, but in the end, it could save you from legal problems, financial liabilities and most importantly, eliminate the possibility of harming innocent children.

The Big Easy found itself with some difficulty as the process of lead paint cleanup moved into full swing. As renovations continued on a near century old courthouse, New Orleans officials put into place extensive measures ensuring this project be completed safely.

This safety included the constant monitoring of air quality to ensure it did not reach dangerous levels. Such protocols were necessary due to the potentially hazardous effects of removing lead paint in commercial settings. Proper application of our patented ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® product effectively reduces potential hazards, ensuring safe air quality.

The cost is great when safety is not a priority. Exposure to high levels of lead can bring one to a myriad of problems. Children can experience developmental delays, even seizures. Adults may encounter complications with high blood pressure and women may experience issues with pregnancy.  

Society is litigious. It is always an option. Ultimately, protecting your community and your enterprise is the best option. ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® serves to accompany those who embark on this journey of preparedness and safety. Let us provide the information necessary to ensure you have the right tools to complete your project safely and effectively. 

When you do a home renovation project, your lead paint liability goes beyond protecting your own home. Without careful planning, your project might end up getting into your neighbors houses and yards. This puts your project at risk for liability, and even worse, can create a serious health hazard for other families on your block.

Unfortunately, these health issues recently became a reality for neighbors in Durham, North Carolina. The trouble started innocently enough, when a house in the neighborhood got their property power washed. Unfortunately, the wash caused lead paint chips to fly from the home into nearby properties. Over six months later, the problem continues.

CBS interviewed nearby homeowners Holly Dwan and Tiffany Graves about the problem. Between the two of them, Dwan and Graves have seven children. Testing on both neighbors' properties shows elevated levels of lead paint in their yards, and in Graves' house, inside the front door. Dwan's daughter tested positive for lead poisoning, but not at the elevated level of 5 mg per deciliter that mandates State help.

In response to the inaction from their neighbors, Dwan and Graves brought their neighbors, Roderick Barbee and Carl Richardson, to court. The judge ordered Barbee and Richardson to fix the problem with their home and change renovation companies. Unfortunately, Dwan and Graves will have to pay for their own cleanup and can't start until the neighbors' house is cleaned up. As a result, they're fighting for regulations protecting the safety of homes in renovation projects. 

With the right planning and action, you can prevent ending up similar situation, or take swift action. If you're planning a project in a home with lead paint, ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® will help you ensure that your project is safe. Let us provide the information necessary to ensure you have the right tools to complete your project safely and effectively. 

Lead Paint News Stories: Cleveland, Flint, and Others Still Suffer from Lead Poisoning

The ongoing tragedy in Flint, Michigan continues to make headlines as politicians refuse to fulfill what is one of their most basic duties; making sure citizens have clean water. However, Flint isn't some fluke. It's not the exception that proves the rule. It's just the most visible American city dealing with elevated lead levels in their water, and in their population.

According to The New York Times, Cleveland, Ohio has had similar problems for years. And they still aren't getting dealt with.

What Is Going On?

What happened is pretty clear, according to the coverage. In short, cities have stopped making lead a priority before all the contamination has been removed.

While we tend to think of lead in our paint, pipes, and other building materials as a problem of the past, it's still very much around. It was used for decades as the industry standard, and it's only within the past generation and change that lead has been phased out entirely. Unfortunately, cleaning lead up and getting rid of it is time-consuming, and expensive. As such, property owners, and even governments, have decided to leave the lead where it is. They'll get to it later, because if it just sits there it won't hurt anyone.

Fortunately, though, lead is being recognized as a serious threat once again. Governments, companies, and even private citizens have decided they've had enough of this heavy metal, and its toxic consequences. So, efforts to remove it completely, and safely, are becoming more common.  

ECOBOND® - LEAD DEFENDER® is the nation’s leader in developing and distributing products that improve the protection of human health and safety from the hazards of lead in the home, workplace, and the environment. With over 15 years in patented and proven success, the ECOBOND® - LEAD DEFENDER® family of products have been extensively used in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material while serving over 100,000 customers in the United States and Internationally.

To learn more visit, view our lead paint treatment video

The Lead and Healthy Housing Conference brings together professionals from health, housing, community development, community groups, advocacy organizations, the lead industry, real estate firms, and residential and commercial facilities to explore ways to undertake programs and projects designed to prevent incidents of lead poisoning, eliminate indoor environmental hazards, and create healthy living and working environments.

ECOBOND® is honored to be associated with such a fine organization which allows attendees to explore successful techniques for increasing screening rates among at-risk populations; for undertaking housing-based primary prevention programs; for conducting public education and community outreach programs; for expanding from lead hazard control to Healthy Homes programs, for conducting integrated pest management and bed bug eradication programs; for conducing healthy housing inspections and remediation; for providing lead poisoning prevention and healthy housing information to refugee families; for creating an environmental health collaborative; and, for improving and streamlining grant management procedures.

We sponsorsed an exhibit at the 2017 Lead and Healthy Housing Conference to spotlight our proprietary leadpaint removal and lead treatment product.

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2017 Healthy Homes Products for removing lead paint sponsor exhibit


ECOBOND®, patented lead paint treatment technology, is the premier lead paint solution and surpasses all other lead paint products because it is the ONLY product on the market that seals as well as treats lead dust and lead in paint. While lead poisoning can cause serious health problems for adults, children are especially vulnerable.

ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® recently announced new research confirming the efficacy of lead treatment protocols with demonstrated benefits by third party validation of a novel, low cost Lead Contaminated Surface Treatment (LCST). This treatment effectively treats and seals lead contaminated surfaces; thereby mitigating the potential for lead exposure hazards to humans and the environment. To download the full Technical paper titled: “Lead Contaminated Surface Treatment”, visit