Silica dust is a byproduct of every retrofit and it can have very serious health consequences. This video shows the process the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends, and the method we use, which is far safer. This is what we will use on your house. The video addresses creating dust to install a type of hardware called a hold downs. The exact same process is used for bolts.

Removing Lead Based Paint To Access The Foundation

Sometimes it is necessary to remove the existing wall finish such as plaster or sheet rock from a wall so we can access the foundation, the floor above, and the 2 by 4 wall framing.  As you can see this is a dirty and dusty business and in many old houses the paint has lead in it. Lead based paint, in the form of dust of chips can lead to very serious health problems including brain development in children.  This is a very serious health risk, not only to ourselves but to our clients and their families as well.

We have been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency for the safe handling of lead based paint.  This means we have been trained to keep all paint dust confined to the work areas and that it does not spread into the rest of your house.  We do ask that you stay out of the work areas where we have removed plaster or sheet rock so that we keep your exposure to zero.

Specifically we make sure your living areas remain clean by using the protection methods shown here.

Photo showing plaster covered wall with lead based paint removed

HIS IS THE PROCESS WHEN WE MUST REMOVE PLASTER OR SHEET ROCK. YOU CAN TEXTURE AND PAINT THE PLYWOOD JUST LIKE SHEET ROCK

 

 

Work area shielded with plastic protection house from lead base paint

MAKING SURE LEAD TOXIC PAINT AND DUST DO NOT ENTER THE REST OF THE HOUSE.

Removal of plaster which probably has lead based paint.

REMOVAL OF PLASTER TO FOUNDATION AND WALL FRAMING CAN BE ACCESSED FOR SHEAR WALL