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Old 01-03-2011, 08:12 PM   #31
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I had some linoleum replaced in my townhouse (built 1983). Since it was pre-1985, they had to do an asbestos test -- so don't forget that as well!

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Old 01-03-2011, 08:23 PM   #32
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The law only requires the test if the contractor will be disturbing more than 6 square feet of painted surface.

In a carpet install, this might include removal of the floorboards. If there is no need to remove the floorboards, or if there aren't any (maybe because you've already removed them) they shouldn't need to test.

In many cases, the treatment for lead paint is just to be sure it is properly sealed (not removed).
If thats all it is i can remove the trim/floorboard since for the free install I have to rip up the old carpet anyways.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:36 PM   #33
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With the money you'll be saving in labor, put down hardwood. Easy to do, lasts longer/better resale value.

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Old 01-03-2011, 08:38 PM   #34
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With the money you'll be saving in labor, put down hardwood. Easy to do, lasts longer/better resale value.
SWMBO said carpet in the front room. I already put down wood in the bedrooms and dinning room.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:46 PM   #35
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Well from what I have read the contractor is not required by the EPA to report their findings. I hope there is a contractor on here who could provided real experience.
It is possible you could get nailed for fraud if you know there is lead paint and don't report it to the insurance company. Unlikely, but possible.

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Old 01-03-2011, 08:49 PM   #36
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If thats all it is i can remove the trim/floorboard since for the free install I have to rip up the old carpet anyways.
I'd print the brochure that Revvy linked to, and take it with you to Lowes. Tell them that the law states testing isn't required for do it yourself projects (your removal of carpet and baseboards), and that the contractor won't be disturbing any painted surfaces. Then see what they say.

I should also note that removal of the baseboards may not even be necessary to begin with.

It's possible though, that their coporate policy doesn't allow for exceptions, so I'd want to talk to them about it before taking any action.
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It is possible you could get nailed for fraud if you know there is lead paint and don't report it to the insurance company. Unlikely, but possible.
My thought is the house was built in 1935 so it is a given there will be some lead based paint somewhere.
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My thought is the house was built in 1935 so it is a given there will be some lead based paint somewhere.
On the insurance application that you initially signed it would ask if there was any. If you marked it no and find out there is and don't notify them, they could classify it as fraud.
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Well it has yet to be tested so I have plausible deniability. But if all paint had lead in 1935 I don't see how the house could not have lead based paint somewhere unless between now and then its been gutted and remodeled.

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Well it has yet to be tested so I have plausible deniability.
Exactly, if they were to come in and find some the most they could do would be cancel you. If you honestly didn't know there isn't much they can do. If you intentionally withheld the information though it is a different story.

And many older homes have had all the paint stripped and then repainted.
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