So how are you integrating this into your business?
We have lots of buildings here that were built before 1978...and if we don't follow this new law a homeowner can pretty much take you to court and say the contractor contaminated my house...you can also be fined (I think the fine is 35k and a year in jail) I think I will pretty much have to inform the home-owners. It will add allot to the price of a job because everything within 6 feet interior and 10 feet exterior has to be sealed off and decontaminated near any work being done...You should download that manual and have a look see.So how are you integrating this into your business?
As some of you know a new federal law is taking effect in April 2010...On friday I took the class and recieved the EPA manual...
I've been reading it. It's only 300 pages. F&*king Feds.
What I'm curious about is how are companies going to actually incorporate this into their business.
There is a lead test that if it passes without showing any lead makes all the extra time and money to be spent un-necessary.
I don't really see it going that way and being so cut and dry.
There is an opt-out clause:My question would be how do you tell the HO that they need to pay for a test before any bid is considered applicable to total costs.
My thoughts are most HO's will forgo any testing because of the added costs involved and just say to go ahead and do the work.
But where will that leave the contractor as far as liability?
Going to have to read this,as it's news to me,and we do a lot of work on pre 1978 nomes.
I paid 180 but it is normally 300...we got a discount because it was the first class.Jon, can I ask how much the class cost you?
I can be bought...I am certified...:laughing: The Ct Dept of Health has a list of people who run classes...it's a 9 hour class and they buy lunch...:clap:I read this in the 2008 ruling:
Under the rule, child-occupied facilities are defined as residential, public or commercial buildings where children under age six are present on a regular basis. The requirements apply to renovation, repair or painting activities. The rule does not apply to minor maintenance or repair activities where less than six square feet of lead-based paint is disturbed in a room or where less then 20 square feet of lead-based paint is disturbed on the exterior. Window replacement is not minor maintenance or repair.
I imagine doing a whole house replacement could increase the job by thousands of $'s.
Very,very scary,seeing that I've been bidding a few of these and just realized this is in effect already.
So ,at this point I'm an Unaccredited renovator,unless there are no
under 6yrs in the home or they aren't regular visitors.
what constitutes a regular visitor?
I'd have to tell some HO's their grand children can only come over once a month?
I just sold a job where the grand daughter comes by once a day for a few hours.
So now I'm suppose to tell HO that they need lead tests and price will go up accordingly.
People are strapped for cash as it is,we're lucky to land enough work to stay busy,now we have to cut our own throats because of this?
I haven't heard of any Building inspectors locally that address this issue,but I guess it's only a matter of time.
The burden of fines will be the only detriment to taking on these projects now,as long as you don't want to play Russian Roulette with the system!
I paid 180 but it is normally 300...we got a discount because it was the first class.
Sorry I can't answer very long questions...I just got drafted to watch the neighbors kid while they are at the Patriots game...and this computer sucks
Maybe the way it would work is you would present the bid normally for $10,000. and have a provision for X amount of dollars if there is lead to deal with.My question would be how do you tell the HO that they need to pay for a test before any bid is considered applicable to total costs.
About 4 hours is hands on...mostly spreeding plastic and taping it down, rolling it up and putting it in bags..a 20 question test that a 5th grader pass...It's JOKESom Jon,
Is the class strictly for educational purposes or does it qualify you for any speciic tasks?
I walked into a project where the original contractor was fired and there was an issue with lead abatement.There is also Training for a Lead Risk Assessor, they test homes for banks and title companies for homes being sold. I am considering taking that training and offering Lead Assessments (for a fee) to any one who may be considering repainting/renovating. Offering it to HOs and GCs as a separate service.
What do you think?
I take the class in Oct @ the Remodeling / Deck Expo - but from what I have read, I think that for most of us the only increased cost is just in the testing and all the [email protected] paperwork, so besides that cost being passed on, what else is there that might bump the cost up?
RCP - I would think that would be a winner in quite a few markets (3rd party inspections, etc...) as for your market, I don't know. I am still figuring that one out for my area