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Old 06-26-2010, 09:01 AM   #1
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I am 68, still enjoy doing remodeling, until this year. I am a one man shop for the most part, and between state, county licenses, taxes, insurance, it costs me over $6k a year, just to open the truck door. Now the EPA, without any legislation by our "representitives?", has killed my business. There is no way I can absorb another $2-6k in expenses and still be competitive. I can't even compete with the big guys. They can spread the cost over more customers. If I try to charge their prices I'm dead. I quess I will have to quit, like it or not.
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Old 06-26-2010, 09:04 AM   #2
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The extra expenses are really a one-time thing (the course, certification, HEPA vac, etc).

All the associated costs that go with it should be included in the project proposal (plastic, swiffers, etc, etc.)

And, you can always just work on post 1978 housing (like some here have stated).

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Old 06-26-2010, 09:07 AM   #3
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Cooke,

The problem is not the one time fees(taxes) it is the customers not willing to pay the extra cost it takes to do the job.

It is hitting the one man show a lot harder than the larger crews.

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Old 06-26-2010, 09:09 AM   #4
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Cooke,

The problem is not the one time fees(taxes) it is the customers not willing to pay the extra cost it takes to do the job.

It is hitting the one man show a lot harder the the larger crews.
I'm just a one man show, and I have not had a problem passing on the added costs to the homeowner. I just make sure I am very thorough in explaining why this is important, etc, etc.

The large crews around my way are pretty much ignorant to the RRP law.
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I'm also a one man show. I'm close to retirement age. There is no way I'm going back to school! Even for one day. I'll just do real small non-dust raising jobs and also will just work on houses built after 1978 if I have to. But my state may have an "Opt Out Rule" that they may enact. If I have it right, if no one is pregnant in the house and if there are also no kids 6 years old and under, the customer can sign the "Opt Out Clause" the will exempt the Contractor from the Lead Dust Rules.

Edit: I just double-checked and it is an EPA Rule that local contractors are trying to get re-enacted.

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The opt out option was eliminated in early July if I remember correctly

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Right, I just double checked on it and it is an EPA Rule that did end, but local contractors around here are trying to get it re-enacted.

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I am 68, still enjoy doing remodeling, until this year. I am a one man shop for the most part, and between state, county licenses, taxes, insurance, it costs me over $6k a year, just to open the truck door. Now the EPA, without any legislation by our "representitives?", has killed my business. There is no way I can absorb another $2-6k in expenses and still be competitive. I can't even compete with the big guys. They can spread the cost over more customers. If I try to charge their prices I'm dead. I quess I will have to quit, like it or not.

It is in fact, Congress
that mandated the the rule
way back in the early 90s.
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We are compiling with the new RRP but most are not. As a result of compliance we not only spent over $1500.00 on training and certifications but bought $1000.00 worth of supplies and equipment. I think that the contractors who played ignorant on this rule are getting most of the jobs as their pricing reflects no changes since the rule went into effect.
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If you are looking for an inexpensive way to meet the RRP Rule check out Builders Site Protection's Lead Ready kit. This kit contains the supplies needed to comply and is very reasonably priced. buildsitepro.com

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