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Getting the Lead (and asbestos) Out
by Robert Fortunato on February 9th, 2011 No Comments

In their day, lead and asbestos were seen as miracles.  They worked very well for their intended purpose, were inexpensive and easy to manufacture.  Only later were they found to be dangerous.  What materials will be the lead and asbestos of the future?

Prior to starting demolition, we had the house tested for Lead and asbestos.  They found both in our 1950’s structure.  The quantities are small and the people in the hasmat suits came out to remove it.

Interestingly enough, the asbestos in the window putty and roof mastic came from the 1990’s not the 1950’s!  How could that be when asbestos had been banned from products manufactured in the US since the 1980’s?  Unfortunately, NAFTA let imports into the country that do not abide by the same standards.  As a result we are left to clean up the mess.

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