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Dean Lovvorn

Dean Lovvorn is a Lead Based Paint Specialist working in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area. He is a licensed lead inspector, EPA certified renovator and a RRP Instructor. Dean also administers a private discussion group comprised of RRP Instructors, EPA-HUD-CDC professionals, Lead Inspectors & Assessors, City-County-State Health Departments, Universities and lead organizations.

EPA Certified Painters, What To Lead Test (Part Two)

By on May 19, 2012 in Lead Paint with 3 Comments
EPA Certified Painters, What To Lead Test (Part Two)

Sometime ago, I wrote a blog about what to test and what would be considered an integrated whole.  It seems now, that the EPA RRP FAQ have put the controversy to rest. Question: I’m a certified renovator using an EPA-recognized lead test kit to determine whether or not I have to follow the Renovation Repair […]

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Lead Poisoning Moved To 5μg/dL

By on May 16, 2012 in Lead Paint with 1 Comment
Lead Poisoning Moved To 5μg/dL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today, agreed with the Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (ACCLPP) to move the line for the lead poisoning of children from 10μg/dL to 5μg/dL.  μg/dL stands for micro-grams per deciliter, which is a measurement used for blood levels. The CDC also agreed that the term “level of concern” […]

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Taking Your Work Home With You

By on April 29, 2012 in Lead Paint with 12 Comments
Taking Your Work Home With You

I’m in the middle of a Elevated Blood Lead Investigation.  This is where I try and find the source or sources that caused the lead poisoning of a child.  One suspect is a painter who transferred lead dust from his clothes to the family car and then that dust was transferred to his wife’s clothing and […]

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LeadCheck for Plaster and Drywall

By on March 28, 2012 in Lead Paint with 4 Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that LeadCheck is now approved to test drywall or plaster.  You can verify this by going to http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/testkit.htm This approval was in the works back in September of 2010, but wasn’t made official until a few days ago.  It seems LeadCheck had to do some of their own test, […]

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RRP, Opt-Out Returning?

By on March 14, 2012 in Lead Paint with 3 Comments
RRP, Opt-Out Returning?

There has been a lot of chatter about the recent Lead Reduction Amendments Act of 2012, where the Senate bill proposes to return the Opt-Out to the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.  The bill was introduced by Senator Inhofe (R-OK) and is co-sponsored by several other republicans.  NARI, NAHB, and many other contractor organizations […]

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Lead Hazards, Legal But Liable

By on February 12, 2012 in Lead Paint with 2 Comments
Lead Hazards, Legal But Liable

While not a topic everyone wants to hear, it is an important subject if you have concerns with risk management.  Each month, 100,000 to 200,000 people are learning about the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.  This is primarily from Lead Safe Certified Firms giving estimates and explaining the dangers of lead based paint. Unfortunately, with […]

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DocuSign, Online Signatures

By on January 5, 2012 in Business Practices with 1 Comment
DocuSign, Online Signatures

Most of you know me from writing about lead based paint, but I wanted to step outside the box for a minute and mention a product, DocuSign that painters may be interested in.

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Selling RRP Projects, Part Three

By on December 20, 2011 in Lead Paint, Marketing with 5 Comments
Selling RRP Projects, Part Three

Part three is where compliance cost are over 10% and the lead test showed your project has lead based paint. A prime example of a job would be exterior painting.

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Paint Chip Sampling

By on September 28, 2011 in Lead Paint with 2 Comments
Paint Chip Sampling

On October 4, 2011 Certified Renovators will be allowed to take paint chip samples as allowed by the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.  What has not been discussed is how to properly take a paint chip sample … until now. Warning:  Paint chip sampling is a destructive test.  It will produce small quantities of […]

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Selling RRP Projects, Part Two

By on September 25, 2011 in Lead Paint, Marketing with 2 Comments
Selling RRP Projects, Part Two

We found from part one that if we would actually read the law, many of our projects would have low compliance cost.  If the compliance cost were under 10% of the overall job price, maybe it was simply a better idea not to mention RRP at all. Part Two covers RRP projects that would exceed 10% […]

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Selling RRP Projects

By on August 30, 2011 in Lead Paint, Marketing with 5 Comments
Selling RRP Projects

Selling Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule projects can be a daunting task, especially if you’re competing against non-certified contractors.  The non-certified firm can easily under cut your prices, since they have no additional compliance cost.  On top of this, while you should be wooing your potential customer with your expertise, fantastic reputation and expressing […]

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EPA Certified Painters, What To Lead Test

By on August 17, 2011 in Lead Paint with 5 Comments
EPA Certified Painters, What To Lead Test

Many EPA Certified Renovators (CR) are surprised to hear that they are required to lead test each and every single component or integrated whole (component system).  This surprise, is due to the instructor only spending a few minutes on “what to test” when teaching the 8 hour course. From the actual rule … 745.82(2) Renovations […]

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2011 RRP Changes, Vertical Containment

By on August 3, 2011 in Lead Paint with 1 Comment
2011 RRP Changes, Vertical Containment

In July 2011, the EPA notified us that certain changes will be made to the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.  One of these changes has to do with vertical containment.  The actual law wording will read like this … If the renovation will affect surfaces within 10 feet of the property line, the renovation […]

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Dean Lovvorn – Lead Based Paint Consultant

By on July 25, 2011 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Dean Lovvorn – Lead Based Paint Consultant

For many years, I ran my own firm as a general contractor doing residential remodeling in the Dallas, Texas area.  Later on, I began to specialize in bathroom remodeling and published a few articles on that subject.  I grew my firm to where we were doing 3 remodels at one time and I was very […]

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RRP, New Renovate Right Pamphlet

By on July 19, 2011 in Lead Paint with 0 Comments
RRP, New Renovate Right Pamphlet

The announced July 15, 2011 changes to 40 CFR Part 745 Subpart E, better known as the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule requires contractors to begin immediately handing out a new Renovate Right pamphlet when the changes are placed in the Federal Register.  The new rule will be placed in the Federal Register in […]

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