Probably 40 years ago, someone painted the brick exterior of our house and now the paint is flaking off. We're pretty sure that it's lead paint. We'd like to have it removed and have the brick repointed, but we're surprised to learn that it's extremely difficult to find someone who knows how to remove the lead paint safely and is willing to do it. There are hundreds (thousands?) of houses like this in our city that are all being fixed up and we can't figure out what other people are doing about the lead. We have small children who play in the back garden, so we are really interested in doing this the "correct" way.