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Great book so far, but a few warnings
on June 20, 2016
Small edit, the author does address most of these, but I think he should have started the book by addressing them. I'll go ahead and point them out now :)
1) If you have growing children, never start a window restoration that involves stripping paint. It is unlikely that you will be able to capture all of the lead and you're going to cause problems with your child's development. Even more so if you or your spouse happens to be pregnant. I do not believe that lead dust is that harmful to grown adults, but it is extremely harmful to said adult's children.
2) If you're working on wood windows, chances are the paint on them is lead based. Maybe not the outermost layer, but somewhere in there is lead. Don't use heat to remove the paint, while the lead dust is harmful to children (less so with adults), the vapor is much more dangerous. Particles in fumes are much smaller and will end up in the blood stream. You're also much more likely to catch something on fire. If you're going to use this method then use extreme ventilation, imagine stripping windows in a wind tunnel, that is where you'd like to be. Oh and while you're in that wind tunnel, wear a respirator.
3) If you're going to use a paint stripper, do not, under any circumstances, use a solvent based stripper indoors. It's a bad idea to use them outdoors. much less in a drafty box. Use something like Soygel or its citrus equivalent. No, it's not going to strip the paint as quickly, but it isn't going to kill you either. The author doesn't have much faith in this type of stripping, but it does work. It does however take a lot of time. The solvent based strippers he recommends are dangerous. Do not, under any circumstances use them indoors. Take the sashes out and strip them. If you're wanting to strip the casing with it, find another way. Don't risk it.
4) Pet's love lead paint. It tastes sweet and is everywhere! Imagine wanting to chew on something and finding out that not only is the texture awesome, but it tastes delicious too! This is how your dog(s) view lead. It will cause development problems similar to those found in children. In some cases it will cause the animals to become violent after prolonged exposure. We had a neighbor lose a pet because it became increasingly violent and unresponsive. It no longer ate or drank and spent all of it's time trying to bite anyone or anything that came near. The veterinarian suspected rabies but it turned out the dog had been chewing on wood molding behind the family couch. Once they acquire the taste, it is hard to stop.
One thing the author does do is avoid using interlocking weatherstripping. It is not nearly as hard to use as he would suggest and is much better than sprung brass. It is more expensive, but it lasts longer and performs better. You can even get rid of your weights completely by using interlocking weatherstripping. You just have to be careful when making your dado.