Posts Tagged 'remodelers'

Check List for Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

Mike McDole speaking to a guest at the EM NARI Networking Event

Mike McDole, Senior Vice President of Sales at National Lumber, speaking to a guest at the EM NARI Networking Event

On April 16, 2014, Kitchen Views at National Lumber and Allstate Glass hosted an EM NARI Networking Event at the Kitchen Views showroom in Mansfield, MA. Please check out Brandy Souza’s Kitchen Views blog posting for more information. There are lots of event photos available on our Facebook and Google+ sites.

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Major EPA RRP Amendments: Opt-Out Provision Taken Away & Possible Dust Wipe Testing

Shawn McCadden has urgent updates about the EPA RRP lead rule in the latest EM-NARI newsletter. The opt-out provision that allowed homeowners to choose whether or not to abide by the RRP lead rule standards has been taken away. After July 6th, 2010, contractors and homeowners will no longer be allowed to opt out of the law. This means that all work that is not complete before that date will have to conform to the new rules, no matter what.

Also, there is a proposed amendment for mandatory dust wipe testing. Shawn writes:

If dust wipe testing is added to the rule, it will dramatically change the remodeling process, as the wipes would be sent out to a lab for testing and the work area would need to remain off limits to the homeowners until the testing proves negative for lead dust. The renovator would also be responsible to keep re-cleaning the work area until the testing passes muster.

Shawn is, however, pleased with the Massachusetts version of the EPA rule. It requires more, but is more clearly defined, and many of the new requirements were already OSHA regulations.

You can read more about this important development and more on page 9 of the EM-NARI newsletter here: May 2010 (PDF)

A little more about Shawn:

Shawn McCadden founded, operated, and sold a successful design/build company. A co-founder of the Residential Design/Build Institute and former director of education for a national K&B remodeling franchise, Shawn speaks at industry events and consults with remodeling companies. He is one of the industry’s leading experts on the EPA RRP Rule and how it affects remodelers and the supply chain.

You can visit his site at www.shawnmccadden.com, or email him at shawnm@charter.net

EPA RRP Questions Answered

Everyone still has a lot of questions about implementing the new EPA RRP (Renovate, Repair, and Painting) lead rules. We’re trying to help you find the answers.

Mark Paskell of the Contractor Coaching Partnership provided us with a PDF of the EPA’s most recent answers to contractor questions, as of March 18, 2010. Here is a link to the PDF file.

Shawn McCadden: EPA RRP Predictions

Shawn McCadden just posted a blog last night about his predictions for how the new EPA RRP rules will impact homeowners, contractors, and building suppliers. It’s a great read.

RRP Predictions: Dazed and Confused at Home and in the Lumberyard

Shawn McCadden and NARI Seek Answers from the EPA

The renowned remodeling expert Shawn McCadden now has a section of his website dedicated to the EPA RRP situation. McCadden, Greg Antonioli of Out of the Woods Carpentry, and Mark Paskell of the Contractor Coaching Partnership are awaiting the EPA’s response to their questions. Be sure to visit the “News and Past Events” page on his website (www.shawnmccadden.com) to keep up with the latest developments.

You can see his first post here: Eastern MA NARI Chapter tries to get their questions about the RRP answered by the EPA

Massachusetts Bureaucracy Joins the EPA RRP Enforcement Equation

Mark Paskell of The Contractor Coaching Partnership, a company specializing in EPA RRP training for contractors, has learned that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is stepping into the process begun under the federal government, and proposing to regulate this issue on the local level. It remains to be seen how this bureaucratic change would impact contractors in Massachusetts who have just completed their training and registration with the EPA.

We recommend that you follow Mark Paskell’s blog on The Contractor Coaching Partnership website to stay up-to-date on this important issue.

Read more here: Massachusetts Seeking to Administer and Enforce the EPA RRP Rule

The Proof is in the Paperwork

With the new EPA RRP rules coming into effect in just a month, nationally renowned remodeling expert Shawn McCadden has written a relevant blog post on Hanley Wood Remodeling’s website detailing how the new rules will be enforced. Remodelers should be aware that the EPA will be tracking compliance through the required documentation. Don’t expect them to drop by the jobsite, but have your paperwork ready at the office!

Check it out here: “The Consultant Who Cried Wolf

(Thanks to LeahThayer on Twitter for the heads-up)


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