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Homax 5250 Household Lead Test Kit

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  • It's a simple, fast and and economical way to check for lead paint in homes
  • LeadCheck instantly detects lead on any surface and can be helpful in preventing toxic lead accumulations and lead poisoning
  • Not used for lead testing in water
  • Simple swap tests for lead on any household surface
  • 2 swabs for up to 4 tests
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Product Description

Homax Corp. 5250 - 2Pk Lead Testing Kit, Lead check test swabs detect lead on any surface within 1 minute. To use the test swab just squeeze the test swab firmly at the 2 points indicated, shake and then continue to squeeze until yellow liquid appears on

From the Manufacturer

LeadCheck offers the consumer a simple and reliable method to test for lead and get results instantly. Because this test is economical, very simple to conduct, and reliable as a positive test for lead, it provides the consumer a valuable screening tool to determine if they may have a lead hazard in their home. LeadCheck is also valuable to contractors who are not likely to pay for or wait for professional lead testing every time they work on a building that was built prior to 1978. It provides them with an inexpensive and fast way to know - if they cut, scrape or renovate, that they may be contaminating the building and exposing their workers to hazardous lead.

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Part Number 5250
Item Weight 0.6 ounces
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 4 x 0.4 inches
California residents Click here for Proposition 65 warning
Item model number 5250
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description as stated on package

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ASIN B000E3DX0C
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3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #35,749 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#264 in Home Improvement > Safety & Security > Household Sensors & Alarms
Shipping Weight 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Date First Available June 27, 2007

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I wanted to test the paint in our room before i started sanding. At first everything I tested went was from a yellow to a sort of an yellow orange color, which the instructions did not explain. After spending sometime on there website I found orange signifies barium which is a lead substitute. Also I tested some paint in another area and got purple, which signifies there is tin in the paint. Eventually I came a cross a painted area inside our air ducts behind the vent. (Why the inside of our vent was painted i have no idea) I tested this and it turned a reddish pink. There is a detailed color chart on there website which i compared it to and it was around 8% lead. Yikes. guess I will be removing my ductwork.

After doing a few of these tests I learned to lightly rub the tip of the tester into the paint for 30 seconds, don't mash it in too hard or you wont get good results.

All in all this worked great. They really should put the information on there website in the instructions though.
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As a previous review mentioned, the color change is ambiguous. Is it red or orange or what? If it changes color at all, does that mean lead is present? The instructions aren't clear on that point. What the packaging doesn't tell you is that if what you want to test is painted red, this testing kit cannot be used since a positive result is shown by the surface turning "red" or "pink." Now I have to find a different tester not only to test red paint but also to confirm the orange result of this testing kit. Save your money and just buy another brand from the start.

*I tried another brand, the First Alert Lead Test Kit, and it does have an option for testing dark-colored items, with a quantitative result chart that shows approximately how much lead is present in your sample, as opposed to the quick swab yes/no (more like "huh?") result this lesser Homax test. Get The First Alert Lead Test instead.

**FINAL EDIT: Both of the aforementioned lead test kits gave false positive results. Unfortunately, I found out only after I'd already hired a lead abatement firm, whose professional detection equipment confirmed there was no lead where these little test kits had shown positive results. Save your money for the pros and get an accurate result before you start worrying like I did for no reason.
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I used this test to check for lead in a variety of inexpensive Mexican ceramics that I knew contained lead in the glaze. At no point was there any color change. However, I next tested the same ceramics with a acid leach test from Abotex, and received a positive result. (The Abotex Instant Results swab test was also a false negative.)

With this test's inability to register unsafe lead levels at around 5 ppm, I have to wonder, why take a test if you can't trust the results?

A false negative is a false sense of security.
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We rented an older home (built 1940) and we were concerned about lead paint as I was deciding to refinish some interior doors. The latex coating on the "impact areas" of the home (chair rail, trim, moulding, doors) was flaking exposing the old PASTEL paint underneath. (Most lead-based paints from earlier decades are pastel...as that was en vogue and a dead giveaway of what we were up against!) So I trek off to my big-chain home improvement store to find this test since I was a concerned parent and renter. Holy Crap! Nearly everything I tested...the paint underneath to the latex on top, the doors, the exposed stucco on the wall lit up! So I became more and more freaked out. Another trip to afore mentioned store and armed with eight tests I began meticulously testing every surface. Window sills, the bathtub, fixtures...our banister turned to the danger colors from pale pink (it IS obvious whether it is the control orange or the lead pink-red range) to crimson. To make a long story short my very kind Landlady shelled-out BIG bucks for a lead tester to survey the house and provide a report but also a risk assessment. At the very end of this very long ordeal we find out that yes the house has lead paint, but very little of it. Now there may be some of you who would say that ANY lead paint is a deal-breaker, but that is simply NOT realistic in an older home or major city. The detectable levels were WAY below the EPA threshold and many of the things I tested that were "positive" according to the kit were completely undetectable. Maybe these kits are hyper-sensitive...I don't know. The reality is that if your house has lead paint that is in good condition and undisturbed (like under eighteen layers of paint on the walls or trim work that has been repainted correctly) then you are in no harm.Read more ›
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The test is very easy to use. Just squeeze two spots on the stick and swab the surface you want to test. Two areas that I tested in my house came up bright red, no mistaking a positive reading.
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By Maria on December 10, 2007
I bought 5 packs. The outside of the box says up to 4 tests. However, be warned that the only way you can use ONE swab again, is if you get a negative reading. Once you activate a swab, you get two minutes to use it. I read on Consumer Reports that they had some swabs change colors after 2 hours. So...2 mins-2 hours? I opted to not reuse a swab. Secondly, I had 10 possible swabs. 4 swabs did not works. The liquid was not in there, or it was already crushed. Then I had 1 swab break thru the outer shell and prick my finger with the glass. Other than that, I suppose they worked. I will know for sure in a few weeks when I get my house tested professionally, and update my review.
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