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Sunday, March 31, 2013 
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An interview was turned RRP lead-safe by the owner of Phil's Handy Service, Incorporated
Tampa handyman and home repair contractor.

The interviewer asked Mr. Garcia the following question:

Q: What are some do's and don'ts for remodeling?

 Mr. Garcia replied: When homeowners are remodeling their homes themselves, the most important "do" is safety.

Mr. Garcia went on to say: I know that big box stores will tell everybody that they can do it themselves and they will instruct them how, but there are a lot of toxic substances in homes, especially those built before 1978. Lead is the number one issue right now and can be very dangerous. Anyone working on a house built before 1978, by federal law, has to be Environmental Protection Agency lead-safe certified.
If they are going to disturb anything with more than a 6-square- foot painted surface on the inside or 20 square feet on the outside, they have to be certified with the EPA and have a certification number in order to do the job. The law stops short, the homeowners can do the work themselves, but they need to educate themselves on how to contain the lead properly  so, they do not expose their children to harmful lead dust.
When clients call me for a remodeling job, they either already know exactly what they want to install or, they ask me to walk them through the process. Though it's not necessary, it is helpful for customers to come to me with a clear vision of the finished product. 

Lead Paint In the News

​TSCA Lead Regulations 40 CFR Part 745, This law requires that renovations performed for compensation on pre-1978 homes, must be done by EPA Certified Firms using Certified Renovators. This includes the  handyman,painters, contractors, construction tradespeople, remodelers, carpenters, window contractors, siding contractors, cable installers, plumbers, roofers, and electricians as well as landlords and property managers. The EPA states that if you are caught working illegally, they can find then and even impose jail time. 

​This is all part of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s RRP Lead-Safe Rule, (TSCA) Section 402. Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). Its goal was to eliminate childhood lead poisioning by 2012.
This is now Federal law. 

Exterior doors and windows installation

Here in Tampa, the days of the handyman installing doors and windows are over.
The City of Tampa requires licensed professionals to be hired
to ensure proper installation and that hurricane wind codes are met. The City now requires a permit be issued for all exterior windows and doors.
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