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"He was very professional. He explained how he was doing the testing, showed me the equipment, and explained what the readings meant. I felt like he did an excellent" job, and that he communicated well.


"Having just experienced a false positive lead poisoning result with our infant, we were wary when we saw & Son (actually Bell Paint" Removal now, but despite not having a dba for & Son, that was the name emblazoned on the supervisor's clothes, and that's what everyone still knows them by) removing paint with heat guns from the home next door to ours, literally just feet from our dining room windows. I flipped out when I saw workers carrying a propane torch into a tarped off area, under which we could not see (but the tarp was obviously designed for protection from prying eyes vs. to keep lead contaminated air or dust inside, since it had large holes - plus, one of the workers was doing paint removal with a heat gun outside the tarp, so it was unclear why the rest of the work needed to be covered if his didn't). For detailed info on what removing lead paint with torches can do to little ones, check out mychildrenhaveleadpoisoning.com for a story of a local family whose children were severely poisoned by torch paint removal in 2005, the effects of which they are still suffering from today. Luckily I was aware of their story when I saw the propane disappearing under the tarp. My husband heard the sound of a torch turning off and on under the tarp. I confronted the supervisor, , who just kept repeating that they weren't using torch or open flame, just heat guns, which are legal (IF they are kept under a certain temperature, and the heat guns I saw didn't appear to have temperature gauges attached, which is not uncommon with heat guns). He ignored my questions about what the propane was for, which is apparently his MO. I just received the CCB's files on lead investigations on various companies and have been involved with, and several investigations mention providing blatantly untrue responses to investigators' questioning, even when the investigators have incontrovertible evidence to the contrary. Several investigations mention the use of propane torches and/or power without proper containment attached. The CCB inspector found that four of the areas where paint had been removed were consistent with the use of heat guns, but one area, located where the tarp had been, and near where my husband heard the sound of a torch, was covered with scorch , which is more consistent with use of open flame. (Several other contractors I've had working on my house voluntarily checked it out as well, and all offered the opinion that it was unlikely a heat gun could cause that degree of scorching, unless the person using the gun fell asleep with it next to the house.) Owner 's response to the CCB is that they were only using the torch to heat the scrapers - an explanation every contractor I spoke with laughed at, since it's not a standard practice and would actually create quite a bit more work for the paint removers. Disappointingly, they got away with just a warning letter in this case, despite the investigator's certainty that they used a propane torch on the house. But in reviewing the CCB files on the affiliated CCB licenses (you should too!), it's clear both of these guys have long been flouting lead safety laws. In at least one case documented by the CCB, a neighbor child tested with significantly elevated lead levels after an affiliated license performed work next door using propane torches and inadequate power . The child happened to have been tested shortly before the work was conducted, and had normal levels at that time. DO YOUR RESEARCH. HIRE THEM AT YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBORS' PERIL.

-Kelly F.

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Find a Contractor for Lead Paint Removal

Millions of homes built before 1978 still contain lead paint. EPA guidelines now mandate safe cleaning practices for lead paint removal, but not all contractors follow the rules.

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Contractors who might disturb lead paint in structures built before 1978 will be required by a new EPA rule to be trained and certified in lead safety techniques.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.


You have to put your self in the shoes of a business that is in business to turn a profit of some sort. All businesses have different overhead which in turn decides what their bottom line would be on their services. I personally would not go with an unlicensed professional for this type of install. You are messing with gas, venting issues, electrical wiring{electric water heater} and updated code issues such as a drain pan and tempature and relief drain lines for heaters that currently do not have them. I do agree that there are some companies that are way out of line for their installs but most of these companies are the really big companies that have very high overheads  I would assume. Tank type water heaters have changed over the last several years and with these safety changes come bigger prices. The price of steel thanks to China is skyrocketing and tank type water heaters are made of steel. Most wholesale plumbing supply companies cannot match what the big box stores are selling at retail to consumers. I happen to think from research that heaters such as Rheem, Bradford White and AOSmith who have been in business forever make a better product than what you can buy in the big box outlets. You also have to take in consideration the location of the water heater that is being replaced. Is it in the house, basement, garage or attic. Most 40 and 50 gallon water heaters that are purchased in a plumbing wholesale store in Texas cost between 300-340 for a 6 year warranty heater with 6 year on parts and tank. Speaking of warranty. Most big box companies will take a least 24 hours to a week to get your warranty problem taken care of. Most reputable plumbing companies will give same day service if they installed the heater.

So lets break down a typical install at cost to a licensed plumber in Texas

Heater: $315, water shut off $6.50, water flex lines or unions to code $20, gas flex line and cut off to code $12, misc fittings $15, Total $368.50 Lets add a 35% profit which is some what low  for a business $129, Total 497.50

This doesnt  include permits, pan and drain or any venting issues. The vent must go from the heater to the outside of roof using double wall vent.

Cost of permit on average $60

Most plumbing companies allow for 3 hours of time for a water heater. This includes picking the new one up. Delivering out to house. Draining and removing old water heater. Hauling off old heater. Installing new heater up to code. Going down to city and pulling permit.

Average Labor charges for heater installs $400

That would make this install run without extras on any code issues $957.50

I just had a 50 gallon gas water heater installed in my house for $1200 but I needed a pan installed. I used a licensed plumber.




Todd said it best.

An itemized list / cost breakdown, more often than not is used against the contractor when it is shared with other builders who will then beat it.

Good contractors use good people, and good people cost more.  Just the cost of having the appropriate insurance / bond can be the difference between winning a job or losing it ot a 'lower bid'.

It is the rule of three; there is Good, Cheap and Fast.  You can have any two:  Good and Cheap, won't be Fast; Good and Fast, won't be Cheap;  Cheap and Fast, won't be Good!

When comparing bids, it isn't the cheapest or the 'nicest' person you should select.   You should understand why there is a large price difference (it shows there are gaps in your design program or what you have asked for specifically, which means there may be arguments later).  If most of the bids are in line, and one is way high or way low,  you want to know why before dismissing or selecting them.

A price-only decision almost always costs more in the long run. 

Good luck!

Lead Paint Removal reviews in Portland


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 '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 ...More associated with his name. Check '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 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 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 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 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 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 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, & 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 showing up on my front porch daily. It was especially bad after a windy or rainy day. I was 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 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.
- Brandon M.

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.
- Rebecca M.

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. came out and ...More 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. 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 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 and his company strongly enough.
- Benjamin B.

We had an excellent experience with . 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 was absolutely worth it. ...More 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.

I called for a quote and 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 ...More painter.

The quote landed right in the middle of 2 other quotes and I felt that 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 .

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. and 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 ! I am super happy with the results and would highly recommend them to anyone.

Ours is an old house and has some peculiar features. In every case, 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.
- David D.

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. ...More 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 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 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.
- Ross W.

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.

Lead Abatement Contractors in Portland

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7316 SE 17th Ave

8 Inch Nails Construction Inc

8630 SW Scholls Ferry Rd

A Noble Restoration Services

33816 NE Kale


West Linn

AFJ Handyman Service

14807 NE 50th St.

Albina Construction LLC

2613 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

All Generations LLC

PO Box 2342

Ark Remodeling & Construction

34928 Sykes Rd
Saint Helens

Bethany Technologies

12615 SE Nixon Ave.

Blue Star Construction Services

2229 ne burnside rd. #91

Bluestone & Hockley Maintenance

9320 SW Barbur Blvd.

Boles Brothers Inc.

28300 NE Mountain Top Rd


11418 NE 72nd





ECC Remodeling & Construction LLC

10824 SE Oak St

Ecocraft llc

3645 SE Gladstone St.

EcoTec Trade Services llc.

3439 NE Sandy Blvd.

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

Empower Painting INC-Veteran & Family-Owned

15020 SE Shaunte Rd
Happy Valley



Green Bee Construction

13210 SW Parkway


8630 SW Scholls Ferry Rd

Handy Andy's Home Improvement and Repair

11303 Brandow St
Oregon City

Houck's processing stripping center

2712 SE Steele St.

Image Painting LLC

13370 SW Walker Rd

JHC Construction

12402 SE Steele St

John Webb Construction & Design

1256 Willagillespie RD

Jones Stohosky Environmental Laboratory, Inc

3315 SE Harrison Street

Kroon's Construction, LLC

537 Bryant Hill Rd.



Lead Detection Professionals LLC

9885 SW Kimberly Dr

Lead Solutions Inc

11225 SW Greenburg Road Suite A

LMJ Contracting LLC

6815 NE 17th Ave

Marcella and Sons Fine Finishes LLC

4250 SW 175th Ave

Martian Construction, LLC

P.O. Box 56146

Michael Angelo Exteriors

581 Lancaster Dr SE

Mt. Tabor Construction

7627 SE Madison St.

New World Inc


Oregon House Painter

6078 E Burnside

PH.Baggenstos Construction

8908 S.W. Capitol hwy

Portland Painting & Restoration Inc

924 SE Stephens st

Pride In Painting, Inc

2702 SE 153 Ave

Pro Handyman Services

Po Box 194


27090 SE Highway 224
Eagle Creek

restoration pro 24 / 7

16921 se Tristin Ln
Happy Valley

Rockstar Remodel

6533 SW Virginia Ave Ste G


29791 SW Kinsman Rd

Schloeder Construction Inc

7878 Mosier St

Schoch Construction

PO Box 726

Scottco Building & Design

11640 SW 135th Ave

Service Group Construction

10411 NE Fourth Plain,

ServPlus LLC

15824 Pope Ln
Oregon City

Shades of Rose Painting, Inc.

PO Box 2228

Sirianni Construction & Remodel, LLC

211 Cherry Avenue
Oregon City


5711 SW Arctic Dr

Sunset Construction LLC

7864 N Wabash Ave

Sunshine Painting PDX Inc

8437 SE 134th Dr



The 3 Dream Builders

21750 SW Kristin Ct

Timby’s Dipstrip Furniture Stripping

2435 N Lombard St (rear bldg)

Tom Miller Remodeling, Inc.

3636 SE Glenwood Street


22959 NE Arata Road

Virtus Group - National Team

8765 Stockyard Drive

Washington Painters

13023 NE Hwy 99

Zilco LLC

2900 SW Cornelius Pass Rd

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