Catherine Brooks
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Nasty Paint on Wood Framing Around Aluminum Window Sashes
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Gregory Macneil's article, "Getting Under Second Skins" focused on prepping and repainting the wood shingles discovered under old vinyl siding. He doesn't mention what he did with the old wood frames…Continue

Tags: lead paint on window frames

Started this discussion. Last reply by Catherine Brooks Jul 27.

Infrared Paint Removal - A Safer, Gentler, Greener Method
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Paint stripping is often quickly glossed over in the full scope of renovation of old homes and buildings. Keeping safe while doing it is a serious matter, especially if children and pregnant women…Continue

Tags: green paint remover, lead paint removal, Speedheater, infrared paint remover, safe paint removal

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lair Tienter Sep 13, 2009.

 

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Catherine Brooks replied to Adrienne M's discussion Insulating original windows
"You don't have to believe my posts.Check www.epa.gov/lead for FACTS about lead poisoning dangers with kids and lead-based paint. Some contractors give homeowners exorbitant bids to follow the 2010 EPA law designed to prevent lead dust and vapor…"
May 31, 2013
Catherine Brooks replied to Adrienne M's discussion Insulating original windows
"John, Thanks for the facts on why restoration of old wood and steel casement windows is a good investment instead of replacing them. Catherine www.eco-strip.com"
May 31, 2013
Catherine Brooks replied to Adrienne M's discussion Insulating original windows
"K&A, Lead vaporizes at around 1000º F. Traditional, heat guns run at these temperatures and do vaporize lead paint, dust or intact. Infrared heat at 400-600º is below this vaporization temp and DOES NOT vaporize lead dust.  BTW,…"
May 31, 2013
Catherine Brooks replied to V's discussion Repairing and insulating double pane 60s windows.
"Dang! Too bad you dumped your old wood windows. They could have been repaired, repainted, weatherized, and even screened and stormed by an experienced craftsperson for similar price. Those would last 5X...75 years longer than the 15-20 years…"
May 31, 2013
Catherine Brooks replied to V's discussion Repairing and insulating double pane 60s windows.
"V, Please, please, do not rip out your old wood windows and replace them with any kind of new window! Yours can be saved, weatherized, screened, and storm windows added. If the window sashes themselves are in good shape, contact Mon-Ray sales rep…"
May 31, 2013
Catherine Brooks replied to Megan Weigand's discussion refinishing wood trim
"Watch out for thermal, high heat guns above 1000º ;  they release toxic lead fumes. Low heat Speedheater™ infrared paint remover does not.  http://eco-strip.com You don't need to be a "professional restorer" to…"
Mar 26, 2013
Catherine Brooks replied to Adrienne M's discussion Insulating original windows
"Speaking of rebuilding windows, do you strip off the old, likely lead-based, paint, and glazing and reseat the glass? Stripping the paint without releasing toxic lead fumes or generating lots of lead dust can be challenging. Plus, breaking the glass…"
Feb 15, 2013
Catherine Brooks replied to Shelley's discussion Removing glued carpet
"I didn't say to use the Speedheater to soften adhesive holding down CARPET on concrete. I haven't tested it for that. It does work well to get the glue off concrete whether the old tile is still on or not."
Oct 24, 2012
Catherine Brooks replied to Dawn Cover's discussion Orginial Windows
"Our replacement vinyl windows degraded after 15 years; strings and stops broke; we had to use sticks to hold the windows open;  they looked terrible in the old original wood frames. When we had to tear down that section of the 1930's…"
Oct 24, 2012
Catherine Brooks replied to Kathy Keen's discussion exterior paint blisters and peels off to bare wood on only one section of house
"Two ideas: we installed a "Green Space" plastic envelop thru out our dirt crawl space. All window vents are now sealed but can be removed if needed. No more cross winds of humid air or rain. All flooring is insulated from inside…"
Mar 18, 2011
Catherine Brooks replied to Shelley's discussion Removing glued carpet
"The Eco-strip's Speedheater Infrared Paint Remover is used to loosen old vinyl tiling for removal. Then folks heat up the residual glue and scrap it off. Maybe this low heat device would work on rugs, too."
Mar 18, 2011
Catherine Brooks commented on John Leeke's video
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Window Sash Repair, Stile End Checks

"Good teaching of "Wet Method" for safe containment of lead paint. Rarely explained in ed materials about leadsafe work practices (see www.epa.gov/lead) Shows how small scraping jobs done safely. Bigger jobs require other methods."
Jun 18, 2010
Catherine Brooks commented on Ivan Reyes's blog post Our Just Bought 2-3 Year Labor of Love.
"Regardless if you do the demo yourselves or hire a contractor, use lead-safe work practices with all that old lead paint! It is dangerous work. Read www.epa.gov/lead. EPA now has a law requiring contractors to be RRP Certified (Renovation, Repair,…"
Jun 18, 2010
Catherine Brooks replied to Paula Shanks's discussion Stripping wood trim
"Definitely cheaper for you to do the job yourselves, but be careful with that 100 year old lead-based paint.Removing baseboards is not always necessary if you can strip them in place without creating a big mess inside your house. You need good…"
Jun 18, 2010
Catherine Brooks posted a discussion

Nasty Paint on Wood Framing Around Aluminum Window Sashes

Gregory Macneil's article, "Getting Under Second Skins" focused on prepping and repainting the wood shingles discovered under old vinyl siding. He doesn't mention what he did with the old wood frames around the newer aluminum window sashes. I assume they were needing some repainting also. Any ideas how to do that safely when the surfaces aren't so large and flat?
Nov 17, 2009
Catherine Brooks replied to Ray Tschoepe's discussion Removing glazing putty
"Infrared low heat Speedheater softens glazing putty too with little risk of breaking glass. Radiant heat goes only where you point it. A great tip: make your own shield out of thick cardboard, Cover it with 3-4 layers of household aluminum foil, and…"
Oct 1, 2009

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Tell us about yourself:
Started a small company, Eco-Strip LLC to sell the new technology of Speedheater Infrared Paint Remover designed and manufactured in Sweden.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
Sadly, we power washed our old cottage before we knew about the wood damage it caused. Now we consult with homeowners wanting a gentler, leadsafe method to get old lead-based paint off interior woodwork and clapboards.
Website:
http://www.eco-strip.com

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