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Portland Lead Paint Removal Articles

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"This is a classic example of you get what you pay for I guess. And the cost is not exactly too-good-to-be-true. However it was better than I had heard from others and
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's company came recommended from another contractor we wanted to use. I was wary of him to begin with due to numerous violations on the contractor licenses associated with his name. Check
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's CCB for examples. But I spoke to him and gave him the benefit of the doubt. He said he continued to use the heat methods that were outlawed beyond the point he should have and that he'd learned his lesson. But after this experience, I can see a pattern. He cuts corners and sure you, the customer, save a little with that but when you're dealing with lead paint it's not worth it.
First of all, the crew was atrocious with their containment and clean up. I do not think he trained them properly and I wouldn't be surprised if this was their first timing doing lead paint removal. I have a toddler but I contained my frustration after the first day, hoping they would clean it well when they finished. However, that was a serious violation already - containment is an important part of the process and I was finding fresh paint chips 25 feet out from the house. When I came back the second day and they claimed they were done, it took all I could to maintain calmness. They had turned my yard into an hazard. Small chips were everywhere and when I demanded they spend more time cleaning, picking up every speck they could find by hand
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became clearly agitated. He even tried to blame me for some of it since I had removed the aluminum siding from my house. This is true, however, I used a lot of plastic myself and spent several hours with a rented
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vacuum combing my yard, deck, and driveway prior to their job. I knew what shape it was in and this was all new. The flecks generated from removing the siding were few and far between and were generally large and easy to spot. They created thousand-fold more and smaller flecks across my property. I put myself under the same scrutiny I put on them before I even hired them.
Secondly, he does not use proper equipment in my estimation. I took a picture of his wet/dry vac and it's a Ridgid model WD1450. A WET/DRY vac, not a
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vacuum. During clean up I was suspicious that they were not playing by all the rules so I snapped this picture and investigated. I can find no evidence that it is suitable for lead paint clean up. I questioned it and he said "oh, we buy
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filters at Home Depot and put them in it" - I'm calling bull on this but to any prospective customer, that is the model he uses. Check it out for yourself - Ridgid sells a
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vacuum but this isn't it.
He then vocalized his concern that I was trying to get out of paying him, which I was not, horrified as I was. After almost 2 more hours of them crawling around destroying the yard due to the mess they made I gave up and paid him. I probably should have pushed this and explored my options because of course then he was gone and unresponsive.
He calls it lead paint removal and if you look at the pictures on his site that vary in quality of that removal. There is one particularly impressive picture though that shows a streaky white wood next to what looks brand new. One is
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to believe that's what he aims for. My house looked very white still and he told me it was just old primer stuck in the grooves of the wood and that the removal is complete and the exterior of the house is free of lead now. Turned out this was not true. I had another contractor blow insulation in and they had to remove a piece of siding to do this. They charged me $450 for lead-safe practices because when they ran a swab over it, it was still positive. I questioned them and they ran another swab to show me how blaringly positive it was. So this "old primer" was full of lead and oh by the way,
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& Son left it flaking everywhere. In the time between removal and the house being painted (about a month) I noticed most days there would be new white
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showing up on my front porch daily. It was especially bad after a windy or rainy day. I was
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to believe the remaining material was harmless old primer, not lead-containing chips. I have numerous pictures from around the house, showing that especially on the undersides of siding this material was left hanging loosely when they finished. Weathering just sprung it free and spread it around our property. Fantastic.
When I tried to contact him to let him know that his job cost me an extra $450 because they hadn't actually done the job the advertised he was, perhaps not surprisingly, unresponsive.
I have been collecting evidence and exploring my options, the least of which is to report him to the CCB for unsafe practices - he can try to sell them on his shop vac being appropriate. But I feel cheated for a job that ended up costing me even more than the already steep price he charged and left me paranoid about the safety of letting my son crawl around our yard. I feel he owes me some money back and he refuses to respond to me. I saved pieces of the siding, soil before and after his visit, and documented everything with pictures. If you are considering hiring him, I suggest you plan to do the same. I had hoped I could include pictures in my review but it seems that's not a part of the Angie's List process.
In summary, he gets the best
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for price which I can only give a C because at that price I still expect a complete job (no persistent flaking). The flaking and the fact that it was still lead-based material and his site shows pictures that lead you to believe it can go all the way to bare wood, earn him a D. I mean, he did do something. A for punctuality because I'm being on honest and that's the one thing he did well - show up on time and when he said he would. Everything else caused this to be a terrible experience.
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"Since there was lead involved, they were covered from head to toe and worked under a tarp that covered the entire side of the house.
They worked quickly, were thorough and cleaned up beautifully. They did an excellent job and were very easy to work with. I've never seen a crew work so hard.
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"We bought our 1912 Craftsman home last year and had resigned ourselves to living with the existing somewhat decrepit and ugly asbestos siding for the foreseeable future. We had originally considered simply having it painted, but after doing some research we decided to get some quotes on a full exterior renovation.
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came out and gave the exterior of our house a thorough inspection and provided us with a complete and what I felt to be honest estimate on what work would be required, how long it would take, and how much it would cost.
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answered every one of my questions and covered all of my concerns during our initial meeting and I felt very comfortable giving him the go-ahead to begin work on the house at their earliest convenience. He listened to our needs and was very understanding of our sensitivity to historically appropriate appearance and our desire for modern long-lasting materials.When work started (ahead of schedule by a few days), his crew worked incredibly long hard hours to make sure our house got done in a timely manner and met all of our requirements. The crew lead always asked for input if he wasn't sure about something and was very knowledgeable himself about the work he was doing and how to do it properly. He was always happy to stop and chat for a few minutes if I had questions or concerns about anything. The crew cut no corners and always made sure everything was done the right way. I should also add that the whole crew were really friendly and pleasant people. It really was not a problem at all to have them in my yard for 3+ weeks, and even my neighbors mentioned what a nice hard-working bunch of guys they were.As with any large project, there were a few minor miscommunications, but
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was incredibly responsive and dealt with any issues immediately. I always knew that if I noticed something I had an issue with, he'd make sure it got fixed promptly. We had a complicated 4 color paint scheme in mind for the house, and they completed it exactly as we described with excellent quality paint. All in all, the siding looks amazing, the porches both are very sturdy, attractive, and well-built, and the paint is fantastic. I expect all of this work and the materials used to last for decades to come. We get compliments almost daily on how nice our house looks and what an improvement we've made to the neighborhood.I really can't recommend
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and his company strongly enough.
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"We had an excellent experience with
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. The other bids we received were significantly higher and although they included slightly more prep/ clean up of the old paint on the house, in our opinion, did not guarantee that the finished surface would be much better. The savings with
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was absolutely worth it. We had one difference in understanding of the exact paint they would use of a certain brand and they honored our understanding of the type we expected, and we appreciated that very much. We will also use them in the future for other projects."
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"I called
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for a quote and
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came out to meet me and see the house. He tested for lead, and we walked around the house. He pointed out the problem spots, answered all of my questions and spent a good amount of time explaining about lead, and painting in general, since this was my first time to hire a house painter.

The quote landed right in the middle of 2 other quotes and I felt that
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was the best company to do the job. I am sure the others would have done a good job too, but I just had the best feeling and most confidence in
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They started within a couple days of signing the papers. It was one day to wash, one day to prep, and another day to paint, with some small touch ups the next day. I was unable to be present at anytime while all of the work was being done, and every day when I came home, the house and yard was clean and tidy. I was very comfortable and confident that the crew would respect my home while I was gone.
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and
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were great and very responsive to my questions, even calling me a couple of times as requested if they had any questions at all. The house looks great and I could not be more pleased!

Thanks to everyone at
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! I am super happy with the results and would highly recommend them to anyone.
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"Ours is an old house and has some peculiar features. In every case,
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has been creative and careful in working on our home. He and his crew have been professional, friendly, and easy to work with. He is honest, on time, and on budget. There are few cases where I can unreservedly recommend a company or individual. This is one."
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"They did a very good job removing the lead paint from the floors and removing the vinyl tiles. The place was sealed in plastic and the paint was removed chemically with appropriate safety protocols (negative air pressure etc). We were satisfied with the quality of the job and the same can be said of the asbestos tape removal.
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the owner was professional, prompt and did the job as specified. Unfortunately when the job was finished he removed the plastic wrap off the walls and the painters tape pulled off a bunch of paint from the walls in what was to become my daughter's bedroom. The room was left with lead paint
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on the floor and other fragments falling/cracking off the wall. In addition the finish on some of the doors was damaged by this same tape. We were not told about this, and when
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was contacted he offered to take $50 off the bill and told us it would be no big deal to repaint it. We deducted $164 off the bill for the cost of someone else to come in and clean up/paint over cracked and peeling lead paint. I was really disappointed that they did such a good job only to be so cavalier about leaving a load of flaking lead paint and debris in their wake. Their whole business is supposedly lead abatement. We spent a lot of money with them for a professional clean up job. In my line of work if I make a mistake I own it and make it right- This company did neither.
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"They came and prepped on a Thursday and it was done by the end of the weekend. They were very easy to work with. They charged a lot less than the rest of the bidders. They were very efficient and did a great job. We really liked them."
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"Overall, I would hirer this company again. The crew was GREAT! As you can see above, they really did a lot for the price. And overall they did a great job. They kept everything very clean. When they accidentally broke a branch off a plant they brought it to my attention, apologizing and offering to replace it. My only complaint is we felt a little rushed. They pushed through some days of rain and now we have to have them come back to fix the porch steps and some trim. I understand they need to "work through' Portland weather, but in this case they only needed to wait a day for the sun to return to do the porch and steps. BUT AFTER EVERYTHING I WOULD STILL HIRER THIS COMPANY AGAIN!"
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was able to come out very quickly to do the tests. He was very knowledgeable - however, his confidence bordered a couple of times on over-confidence that could have had significant negative consequences for us, had I not been so persistent on asking him to test many surfaces. Example: He was testing the kitchen - which is a significant risk area, due to the friction points with the cabinets. He tested the cabinet doors and shelves and found them to not contain any lead. At first, I was elated - as this meant that we wouldn't have to replace them. However, since that's not an area where I wanted to have any doubt, I wanted him to test the cabinet frames, as there were friction points between the cabinet doors and these frames. He was a bit annoyed that I was asking for another reading - saying that he didn't want to be testing multiple sections everywhere in the house. I insisted, arguing that this was a significant friction area and had big implications to our remediation process if there was lead. So he conceded..........and sure enough, there was a significant lead presence in the cabinet body/frame (but not the doors or shelves). That he might have overlooked this was quite concerning, considering we nearly considered the kitchen cabinets to be "non-hazardous" when they really were. If I'm paying someone $200/hr to come out and do the test, I don't want to have to feel like I'm the one to stay on top of him to make sure it's being tested sufficiently - that's the expertise I'm supposed to be paying him for. There was a second time that he resisted testing something (our front porch), saying that he was sure there was no lead paint there. Naturally, at this point, I wasn't trusting his word and had him test it anyways. It did turn out to be negative. So, the first instance was probably just a minor oversight - however............it could have had significant consequences had we assumed the cabinets had no lead risk. All that said...........the overall testing of our home was very essential and informative. There aren't many people who do this sort of test - and especially someone who is a neutral third party (he doesn't do any remediation himself). He was recommended by the state center for lead remediation. For example, prior to hiring
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, I had some lead paint removal companies come out to give their opinions and offer a bid - and they, of course, thought that there was lead paint everywhere (which turned out not to be the case). They even made a comment (knowing we are expecting) about how a young child might eat a chip of lead paint and probably die.
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, by contrast, has no incentive to suggest there is more lead paint in our house than there was, or to inflate the risk that exists. He said that swallowing a chunk of lead paint was actually not all that dangerous. Apparently a large paint chip might just pass right through someone without being absorbed. It's the dust that goes into the lungs that contains the greatest risk. Knowing now that the kitchen cabinets should be removed, we hired a lead abatement contractor to do the work.
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suggested that the final payment should be contingent upon him doing another lead test to make sure that the contractor didn't further contaminate the home. If the contractor failed the test, they should then be required to come back and clean further in order to receive the second half of their payment.
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came out after the work was done and confirmed there was no lead dust risk after the construction. I would recommend
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, and use him again for the test work. He was also great to serve as a reference for the contractor we selected. Apparently,
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had tested his work several times and found his containments to always be adequate and his clean up work to be thorough.
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warned that hiring the wrong contractor could definitely make the lead risk worse through sloppy and careless work.
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10 Point Painting llc

1925 5th st
Columbia City, Or

8 Inch Nails Construction Inc

8630 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Beaverton, OR

A and H Builders Inc

6937 SE Ariel St
Hillsboro, OR

A Noble Restoration Services

33816 NE Kale
Scappoose, OR

Academy Award Painting

2035 Oxford St
Salem, OR

Albina Construction LLC

2613 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR

All Generations LLC

PO Box 2342
Gladstone, OR

American Trades

31208 NE 59th Ave.
La Center, WA

Ark Remodeling & Construction

1103 SE 54th Ave
Hillsboro, OR

August West Painting & Finishing

4034 NE Killingsworth
Portland, Or

Bethany Technologies

12615 SE Nixon Ave.
Milwaukie, OR

Blue Star Construction Services

2229 ne burnside rd. #91
Gresham, or

Bluestone & Hockley Maintenance

9320 SW Barbur Blvd.
Portland, OR

CERTIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING INC

615 SE Chkalov Drive Suite #12
Vancouver, WA

Chehalem Valley Custom Homes

402 W. Oxford St
Newberg, OR

COUGAR CARPENTRY

12816 NW JARVIS PL
Banks, OR

CYRUS CONSTRUCTION INCORPERATED

443 NE NORTON LN
Mcminnville, OR

ECC Remodeling & Construction LLC

10824 SE Oak St
Portland, OR