EPA says I have to be a Certified Lead Paint Safety Inspector. As of April 20, 2010, anyone who works on or around homes that may be contaminated by old lead paint must be Certified. Fines up to $32,5000 per day, per infraction, if I'm caught working on a home and not living up to the workplace standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
During the course of the day, the teacher kept joking about how the price of replacing windows and doors just went up. I remarked that this EPA initiative, and the resulting increased price I'm going to have to charge, is flying in the face of Obama's 30% Energy Tax Credit.
"Hey Mr. & Mrs. Homeowner, we'll give you $1500 off the top of your 2009 and 2010 income taxes if you upgrade your windows and doors to Energy Star compliant products that rate better than .30 on Solar Heat Gain, and have better than a .30 U-Factor." Oh and we just passed a law that says you have to spend 50% more on the labor to get the work done."
So they spent 8 hours Monday teaching me how to test for lead based paint in homes built before 1978. How to set up plastic sheeting 6 feet inward from walls when working inside houses, and 10 feet outside walls when doing exterior work. How to properly dispose of the paint chips that fall on the plastic sheeting. How to remove all furniture from rooms where I'm going to work before putting down the plastic. How to put on a respirator. How to properly use a $1000 HEPA filter vacuum cleaner (EPA certified.) Blah blah blah blah fucking blah. 8 hours of absolute torture. And then they give us a test to make sure we were paying attention. (100%- thanks very much)
Now I have to send $300 to the EPA so they can register my company as a Certified Lead Paint Renovator.
And, ...they also allow an "opt out" for anybody who doesn't have a kid under 6 or a pregnant woman in the house. Got that? An opt out.
Okay Mr. & Mrs. Jones, I can do this job one of two ways. I can charge you $600 per window and follow the EPA guidelines for lead paint, or I can charge you $450 for the exact same window and do my usual meticulous job which includes putting drop cloths on everything, vacuuming up with a non-HEPA filter cleaner, and we'll be out of here in about half the time.
So let's see, you have 16 windows on the house...would you prefer the $9600 price or the $7200 price?
Oh, you have small children in the house? Sorry, you have to go with the $9600 price.
You can not use a handset phone when driving your car in Manhattan. Hands free only. But you can host a TV game show from the front seat of your cab.
Jim Bunning ties up emergency extended unemployment benefits to make a point about Obama's policies, costing 2000 construction workers their jobs (at least temporarily) and John Cornyn suggests that people on unemployment like being on unemployment because it means they can sit around the house all day in their boxers watching CNN and hearing the bad news about unemployment.
The City of Chicago Public Schools are going broke, so they eliminated all spring sports for sophmores. And Richie is still pissed we didn't get the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Sometimes the only way I can get to sleep at night is to close my eyes and take a drive to New Mexico.