I have a modest colonial house that was built in 1978. We've been living with the previous owners' wallpaper and paint colors for a few years and now its time to make a change. I've started to strip the wallpaper and borders off the walls but I do have some concerns...
Do I have to worry about lead-based paint or any other similar hazards when I'm working on these walls? I'm concerned because I'm doing this work while my wife and 4 year old son are living in the house. Most paint can warnings say sanding lead based paint is hazardous and may be in homes built prior to 1978.
The wallpaper and borders are the vinyl coated type. I pull of the top layer easily, use some hot water in a spray bottle to soak the remaining paper layer that is glued to the wall and scrape that off as well. What's left is un-prepped drywall with lots of glue. I'll try to get the glue of with more soaking, maybe DIF gel, and some light sanding.
The walls w/o paper have paint that I will need to sand lightly prior to priming/painting.
Question - am I doing anything here that is releasing lead or anything else toxic into my house?
How can test my existing wall paint to determine if it has lead in it?
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