Removing Lead Paint From Exterior Surfaces

Project: Elmwood Neighborhood, Episode 8, Part 2



Bob meets Robert and Krystal Emanuel, owners of a Shingle-style home that needs a new roof, new sidewall shingles, and a renovation of the front porch.

The construction team begins by applying the Georgia Pacific roofing shingles, while Bob talks to Homer Earle (from the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau) and Johannes Boonstra (from Sikkens). They discuss sidewall shingles, as carpenter Bob Ryley works at installing them.

On the porch, the columns are being stripped, and work on the landscape and hardscape gets underway. Bob takes a tour of the Architectural Brass shop, where the new door fixtures are being fabricated.
Part 1: House Seven: Shingle-Style Renovation
Part 2: Removing Lead Paint From Exterior Surfaces
The lead paint is removed from the columns in one application with an alkaline paste-caustic soda product called Piranha. This paint takes 24 hours to loosen, then it peels off with an ordinary scraper.

When working with lead paint, one must use protective gloves and clothing. The product is corrosive and must be disposed of carefully. Any remains or residue can be washed down with a hose.
Part 3: Discussing Cedar Shingle Siding
Part 4: Replicating Brass Door Hardware
The theme of community building in the historic Elmwood neighborhood of Providence, RI, is the focus of this project. Rather than tackling one house, Bob Vila is helping 11 neighbors tackle smaller projects like porches, kitchens, bathrooms, and even a third-floor artist's studio.

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