My family and I recently moved into a home built in 1945. It has lots of character (original door hardware, etc.) but it also has a lot of lead. I spent about $3200 professionally abating and encapsulating the lead so that it would be safe for my family (We have an 8 year old son and a 7 month old daughter). So on the safe level it is fine. I would however like to do some work my self. I'd like to restore the door hardware and I would also like to redo the doors leading outside. I did not have the pros work on those doors (they only did the interior doors) simply because they were already painted over with non-lead. This however is only a temporary fix. Should I have the professionals come back and do this or can I? I have read countless articles and pamphlets on working safely with lead. I've read about soaking the hardware in a crock pot, only wet sanding wood, etc. I guess my question is, what can I safely do with children living in the home? Is simply taking the door hardware off going to release too much lead in the air? Should I have it all professionally done or can I do some of it myself? Anyone with this kind of experience please let me know.
*I tried to upload pictures from my computer but I kept getting an error saying it was an invalid file type. They are all .jpg so I am not sure why it is doing that. Either way, here is a link to the pictures...
Door Hardware that I would like to restore
Backdoor with underlying cracking lead. (This was not done by the pro's. I figured I would get it done later, or maybe I could do it myself. Or maybe it is fine? Not sure if I should sand, replace the door, or just let it be)
Backdoor also needs to be planed so it doesn't rub against the frame