Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Firing Ranges May Be Walking Away From a Fortune in Lead

A clean and well-maintained range will likely attract more customers because shooters will know the range is safe and there will be no chance of ricochet due to lead buildup. It's for these reasons that those who operate a range should seek out an experienced lead reclamation company for routine maintenance and lead reclamation.
 
Fortunately, a Colorado-based company, MT2, LLC, is leading the effort to unlock the hidden profit from spent lead in firing range soil. In the past year alone, MT2 has reclaimed over 1,000,000 pounds of lead from ranges nationwide including private clubs and law enforcement agencies.
 
Over the past decade, MT2 has credited over $4,000,000.00 to range owners from lead recycling on their firing range, while working closely with them to implement firing range Best Management Practices (BMPs) to protect shooters and the environment for environmental remediation
 
A BMP Program includes removal and recycling of lead bullets and bullet fragments; sampling, analysis and monitoring of soil and groundwater conditions. Utilizing MT2’s patented ECOBOND® lead treatment technology, treated soils are considered non-hazardous and can be replaced back onto range berms.
 
MT2 is the nation’s #1 firing range maintenance & lead reclamation company, has never left a job uncompleted and can help you clean your range to unlock the value you have in spent lead. 
 
“We are pleased to offer a free range evaluation for indoor or outdoor ranges.” stated James Barthel, MT2 CEO.
Range owners needing to request an evaluation can get more information at:  http://www.mt2.com/rangequestionnaire
 

Friday, 21 August 2015

How To Maximize Your Home Improvement Efforts-how to remove lead paint

While the term home-improvement is often associated with costly remodeling jobs, there are plenty of simple ways to increase the value of your home.
Be careful Painting over lead paint. With a little home improvement knowledge, you can get a better-looking home with out spending much time or money. Take a look at these tips to get an idea of where to start.

Not all floors and walls are perfectly even. You may need to use shims when installing your lower level of cabinets to keep them in a straight line. Make sure to purchase these ahead of time in varying thickness' so that you don't have to run out in the middle of install to get them.

You don't have to throw out your old wicker patio furniture. Sure, it may be weathered, but you can make them good as new. Replace your old cushions, or sew a new cover for them. Buy some cheap spray paint in shocking black or elegant white and spray your wicker set in the chosen color. Make sure to wear a protective mask over your mouth for safety. This can make your patio set look good as new and give you a reason to spend the day outdoors.

Consider adding extra insulation during your next project. You could use weather-stripping on your windows and doors. Your heating and cooling systems will be more efficient if you can reduce the amount of outside air entering your home. These energy savings will be significant.

Jimmy proof the locks on your window sashes. Most inexpensive window sash locks can be opened from outside the window by inserting a thin blade into the crack and pushing. Fix this problem by updating to newer and more secure locks. All you have to do is remove and replace a few screws!

Are you tired of getting bit up by bugs every time that you step outside of your home? Why not screen in your patio so you and your family can sit outside happily. Screening your patio is a great way to keep your home looking great all year long.

Brighten up your dining room with table linens. By using tablecloths and runners on your dining table, you can achieve a unique look that can be changed with every season. As well as creating an attractive dining environment, they protect your table from scratches. Try to pick a material that is easily washable and stain resistant.

When selecting a home improvement contractor, make sure you are shopping around for estimates and that those estimates are really comparable. Create a detailed list of what you want improved and make sure that list remains the same for each contractor. If you continue to change what you want, you won't be able to tell who is really giving you the best deal.

No matter what your budget, there are plenty of ways to get a better-looking home. Keep these tips in mind the next time you look around your house. You should easily be able to find a do-it-yourself project that will make your home feel like new again.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Say Goodbye to Traditional Methods of Lead Dust Containment

waving goodbye oval signKeeping lead dust contained during demolition or renovation is a big deal. Although most modern homes have nothing to fear from lead based paint, homes built before 1978 are at risk for having lead paint either on the interior or exterior. Any disturbance of this years old lead coating can generate dangerous amounts of lead paint dust and contaminate the entire home.

So, what's the big deal with lead paint dust? It's just dust, right? Not exactly. Responsible for causing a host of reproductive, neurological, and respiratory diseases and conditions, lead paint dust is nothing to be trifled with. In fact, lead dust can have devastating effects on adults, children, and even family pets.

It's for these reasons that when a home painted with lead paint needed renovations, extreme measures were put in place to obstruct the spread of lead dust. These measures included walling off entire areas of the home, using negative air machines to contain particulates, and covering every high risk surface with plastic. Workers would wear self-contained suits and respirators when entering the construction areas. Not only were these methods costly but they also greatly slowed the entire renovation process.

Today, however, these measures can be a thing of the past with ECOBOND®. Previously, these measures were used to capture and contain the dangerous lead dust, but ECOBOND® treats and eliminates the threat at the source. When applied over the lead based paint, it not only successfully contains the dust but also penetrates into the harmful paint below to neutralize the lead. In two independent laboratory studies ECOBOND® was shown to reduce the hazard of lead poisoning by 95% and stop the occurrence of lead dust by 99%!

And the benefits of ECOBOND® don't stop there.
It's also:

Fire Retardant

Mold and Mildew Resistant

Easy To Apply

Tintable

Low-Cost

Pre-Textured

If you use ECOBOND®, traditional methods of containing the dangerous lead dust particles will be a thing of the past. Of course, it is still recommended to abide by basic lead containment procedures if doing a large project, but the threat will be almost non-existent.

If you would like to know more about lead dust containment and other lead paint topics, we invite you to visit our website. Additionally, you may contact us with any questions or comments.

Reducing the Dangers of Proximity Contamination

Proximity Contamination occurs when lead-based paint (LBP) chips or flakes off the painted surface or LBP dust becomes airborne. Once this contaminant gets into the environment it becomes a potentially dangerous and costly problem.

Lead is highly toxic, causing a variety of health problems in children and adults and is considered a carcinogen. It's been outlawed as an additive in residential paint since the late 1970's but is still present in industrial applications and on older painted surfaces.

The danger of proximity contamination is greatest where kids are present. Lead has a sweet taste so small children may lick chipped surfaces. Dust can be ingested or inhaled. School districts must be diligent in the identification and remediation of LBP before it becomes bio- available.

The Health and Safety and Remediation Plans, Remediation Monitoring, Permitting and Disposal have to meet EPA guidelines as well as the requirements of a variety of state and local criteria. This can be a very expensive undertaking.
In California this can involve several steps and multiple state agencies.

ECOBOND® LBP is a cost-effective solution for school districts and other public agencies. Used as a sealant on chipped surfaces prior to removal and disposal, the ECOBOND® LBP has reduced the total lead levels up to 97%. In many cases bio-available lead has been reduced to non-detect levels.

With over 10 years and many laboratory and field studies in the books, ECOBOND® LBP is an industry leader in the containment of lead on a variety of typical construction materials, including wood, cinder block, sheet rock and ceramic tile.

The product is easily brushed on or spray-applied, and penetrates the LBP, softening the lead. If intact the paint may remain safely in place. If damaged and chipped it can be removed and disposed of in a non-hazardous facility.

Please contact us and let us help solve or prevent your proximity contamination problems.

Lead Paint Removal: You Can Do It Safely, and Avoid Environmental Harm

Lead paint removal is a frightening proposition, but it shouldn't be. The tools and products that are available now make it more simple, effective, and safer than ever before. Contractors and homeowners who need to address lead paint hazards should start by examining the options and move forward with corrective action to avoid continued exposure to lead paint in homes and offices.

ECOBOND® products are used extensively throughout the US and internationally to treat and remove lead hazards. While government agencies and business contractors use ECOBOND®, the products are also popular with homeowners and do-it-yourselfers. One reason: The unique formula can be applied to a surface with lead paint, as well as to paint chips after scraping and treat them rendering them harmless.

Also making the products a good choice for homeowners: they're easy and safe to use.

Lead Paint Removal: Easier, Safer Than Ever

ECOBOND® products are becoming the go-to solution for lead based paint hazards because they are easy and efficient to use, as well as affordable. Do-it-Yourselfers, especially those with little experience, choose ECOBOND® products because:

  • Their unique Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® product eliminates confusion about treatment and hazard management.
  • They can be applied not only to the surface but also to paint chips after scraping, rendering them harmless.
  • On average, ECOBOND® lead paint removal products cost property owners 40-80% less than other lead paint removal products and treatments.


Additional benefits families especially appreciate include the products' fire and mold and mildew resistance, the fact that the products are eco-friendly. and have been proven to reduce lead hazards by up to 95%.

Got Questions about Lead Paint Removal?
Certainly, working to remove lead paint is a task that requires a good plan and some basic safety supplies, but it can be managed by most homeowners and property managers.

Our FAQ list covers how to test a painted surface, residential and commercial uses, as well as questions about tinting, application and drying time. If you have questions about lead paint removal, safety precautions, or our products, please contact us. We're here to help!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Painting over lead paint

While the term home-improvement is often associated with costly remodeling jobs, there are plenty of simple ways to increase the value of your home. With a little home improvement knowledge, you can get a better-looking home with out spending much time or money. Take a look at these tips to get an idea of where to start on how to remove lead paint

Not all floors and walls are perfectly even. You may need to use shims when installing your lower level of cabinets to keep them in a straight line. Make sure to purchase these ahead of time in varying thickness' so that you don't have to run out in the middle of install to get them.

You don't have to throw out your old wicker patio furniture. Sure, it may be weathered, but you can make them good as new. Replace your old cushions, or sew a new cover for them. Buy some cheap spray paint in shocking black or elegant white and spray your wicker set in the chosen color. Make sure to wear a protective mask over your mouth for safety. This can make your patio set look good as new and give you a reason to spend the day outdoors.

Consider adding extra insulation during your next project. You could use weather-stripping on your windows and doors. Your heating and cooling systems will be more efficient if you can reduce the amount of outside air entering your home. These energy savings will be significant.

Jimmy proof the locks on your window sashes. Most inexpensive window sash locks can be opened from outside the window by inserting a thin blade into the crack and pushing. Fix this problem by updating to newer and more secure locks. All you have to do is remove and replace a few screws!

Are you tired of getting bit up by bugs every time that you step outside of your home? Why not screen in your patio so you and your family can sit outside happily. Screening your patio is a great way to keep your home looking great all year long.

Brighten up your dining room with table linens. By using tablecloths and runners on your dining table, you can achieve a unique look that can be changed with every season. As well as creating an attractive dining environment, they protect your table from scratches. Try to pick a material that is easily washable and stain resistant.

When selecting a home improvement contractor, make sure you are shopping around for estimates and that those estimates are really comparable. Create a detailed list of what you want improved and make sure that list remains the same for each contractor. If you continue to change what you want, you won't be able to tell who is really giving you the best deal.

No matter what your budget, there are plenty of ways to get a better-looking home. Keep these tips in mind the next time you look around your house. You should easily be able to find a do-it-yourself project that will make your home feel like new again.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

CLEANING UP SHOOTING RANGES

Studies of indoor firing ranges by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that

  • Thousands of employees had elevated lead levels in their blood.
  • One study found employees tested during the cleaning and renovation of a shooting range, 46% of those working on the cleaning (both range employees and construction workers) had elevated blood lead levels.
  • Even the families of those employed at the gun range are at risk. Testing found that of four construction workers, three children and two adult family members tested for elevated blood lead levels.

Effects on the Environment:

The environmental Working Group estimates that firing ranges put more lead into the environment than any other US industry, with the exception of mining and manufacturing.

  • Tens of billions of rounds of ammunition fired every year translates to hundreds of tons of lead per day.

Lead, one of the most environmentally sensitive metals, has been the metal of choice for bullet manufacture.

  • Many bullets are jacketed in copper which makes them more environmentally sensitive in wet soils because of the galvanic corrosion potential of the copper.
  • Bullets that don't stay intact, usually bullets from rifles, expose maximum lead to the soil over a larger surface area.
  • In outdoor ranges, where soil may be wet, the lead contamination may spread into water tables.

Shooting Range cleanup:

The Environmental Protection Agency recently developed four point guidelines for the reclamation of firing ranges.

  1. Sift munitions fragments from the soil. These fragments can be recycled (Recycling lead fragments can be lucrative. Estimates are that shooting range owners recover millions of dollars’ worth of metals from cleanups. Recycling also exempts the contamination from hazardous waste reporting and management requirements).
  2. Analyze samples of the remaining soil to determine how much contamination has leached away. If leachable level is below the approved EPA limit no further action is needed. Proper testing methods must be used.
  3. Analyze the soil in layers to assess the extent of downward contamination.
  4. Treat or dispose of contaminated soil in a hazardous waste landfill or use on-site stabilization, solidification, and soil washing techniques.

MT2, LLC is the nation’s#1 ranked professional environmental firing Range Contractor with seven locations across the country. To lean more, please contact us.