we closed on our house three years ago in march. we
several months stripping wallpaper, pulling up carpet and flooring,
and stripping out some of the kitchen. then last summer we finally
we were ready to begin the structural work that needed to be done. we
amazingly talented friend tom johnson to design
our new kitchen and he hired
his fabulous builders to do the construction.
we finished construction last october. i began some
of the painting/priming
on the new exterior last fall and I have begun again now that the
more consistent here.
our entire house and garage have been waiting to be
painted since before we moved in. last week i began power washing the
garage. my husband
and i have had great concerns about lead paint. when we were living in
house which was 100 years old we had a lead expert come and do an
for us. he was a wealth of knowledge and he was very generous with his
expertise. we are still a little over the top when it comes to the lead
removal and containment.
when i first began the power wash we were concerned
the paint coming off the garage. my husband suggested that I put down a
to catch the paint chips. i thought that might be a disaster given that
we are still working on growing a lawn since we did the re-grading in
yard. i thought maybe if i bought some screen material that might work
the paint and let the water through. it really did a great job. i bought
a 25b x 72b roll of synthetic screen and laid
it under where i was to spray. it caught most of the paint. i then i
over a few times and laid it on the driveway with a few rocks to hold
down so that it would dry. i dumped the paint flakes in a bag after a
and wow! this was very effective. please be sure to wear a hepa mask
dumping the paint and/or try to cover it as you dump the best you can,
can get lead poisoning too. also wash clothing separate from family laundry.
~sunshine and happiness