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Just what the home market needs: Another expensive regulation for home renovations “as modest as a window replacement or a paint job that covers as little as 6 square feet in a room.”

What’s it for? Lead paint. It’s a major problem. No doubt, something needs to be done.

But there’s also no doubt it will be expensive — $500 and $1,500 for projects costing more than $5,000 on homes built before 1978, according to the article. There’s also no doubt it’s coming at a rough time for the housing and construction industries. They couldn’t wait until after a recovery is firmly underway?

Needless to say, remodeling contractors and tradesmen aren’t happy. Health advocates say it’s about time.

Your thoughts?

File under: Lead weight.

P.S. The rules don’t apply to do-it-yourself projects.

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