badly peeling paint in an old building
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DIYing is great. But when it comes to working around lead paint, it's best to call in a professional. And a law that takes effect April 22 will help ensure that the pro knows what he or she is doing. From that day on, any contractor you hire to work on a home that has, or is suspected of having, lead paint must be certified by the EPA. Contractors will also be prohibited from using certain tools that can kick up lead dust, and they must meet thorough cleanup specifications. While the EPA estimates the requirements will raise renovation costs by no more than $100 a job, some contractors say it'll be more like $800 to $1,500. For more info, visit epa.govApril 2010
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