NARI EPA Classes, “Get The LEAD Out”…

… was the mantra in Saturday, January 9, 2010 at the NARI office in Melville (NY). On that day, NARI hosted its first Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair, and Painting certification class. Certification is mandatory for remodelers and certain related professions. That class was SOLD OUT.

In attendance were a combination of NARI members and non-members. The NARI office provided an ideal location with comfortable accommodations. A continental breakfast and a hearty lunch were served as well.

The class was very interactive, with many questions fielded by the instructor. There were many concerns shared by everyone present and the instructor provided us with some important facts about the dangers of lead as well as a good interpretation of the law. There was even a hands-on section with several instructors demonstrating and the students participating in many of the safe lead practices we will all be required to perform, come April of this year.

The new law takes effect in two months, and yet I have personally heard remodelers and related professionals say, “what new law?” I urge everyone who reads this to alert anyone who is affected by the law to get certified and have their company licensed.

Companies must be certified and licensed if they disrupt 6 sq. ft.  or more of a surface area of a home that was built prior to 1978. It involves any company – even subcontractors like plumbers and electricians. It is so important to know the law so you will know when the structure you are working in contains lead. Penalties are severe and lawsuits will undoubtedly be abundant.

If anyone is wondering about getting insurance for lead removal, the phrase I have been hearing is ‘very expensive’ if any coverage will be available at all. Again, the building industry has to carry the burden of yet another regulation. The only choice we have is to comply by being certified and licensed, and to train our employees in safe lead practices and then document, document, document everything that we do.

NARI is helping the remodeler in this area in two ways: NARI is partnering with an EPA certified training firm to conduct classes at the NARI office for individuals wanting to get certified, NARI is providing 3 additional classes. They will be held on March 27, April 3 and April 17. All three classes are on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the class for our members is $240. The non-member fee is $315. Payment must be received prior to the class dates to hold your spot.

Finally, the NARI will be conducting roundtable discussions with lead certified individuals only… both members and non-members are welcome. Subject of the roundtable will be “How are you implementing the new lead regulations in your company?”

This new EPA program is called the “Lead-Based Paint, Renovation, Repair and Painting Program” (RRP).

Below are some links: pubs/firmapp.pdf

(Reprinted from NARI Today, February 2010, Volume 13, Number 6, Page 12)

*Jerry Burdi is a Certified Remodeler and Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, a member of NARI and NKBA, President of DJ’s Home Improvements, licensed in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, NY.

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How To Work With Glass Tile – Backsplash Application

Difficulty: Moderate to hard
It takes a few specialty tools and a lot of patience to set tile like a pro

Glass Backsplashphoto © 2008 Jason McArthur | more info (via: Wylio)










1 Mix thinset mortar, then trowel a thin skim coat onto the backsplash wall.

2 Smooth thinset with straight-edge trowel and wet sponge; let dry.

3 Lay out the 12 x 12-inch tile sheets on countertop.

4 Measure length and height of backsplash wall to determine tile layout.

5 Spread thinset onto wall with straight-edge trowel.

6 Press full tile sheet into the thinset.

7 Cut individual tiles from sheet to fit around electrical outlets.

8 Continue setting tile sheets across the backsplash wall.

9 Use undercut saw to trim window stool so tile fits behind the trim.

10 Use score-and-snap tile cutter to trim individual tiles to fit tightly around electrical outlet.

11 Spread thinset onto the back of individual tiles, and press to wall; use spacers to maintain consistent grout joints.

12 Use wet saw to trim tiles along the top of backsplash wall.

13 Once all of the tiles are installed, allow the thinset to cure.

14 Finish by using a rubber float to force grout into the spaces between the tiles; wipe off excess grout with a clean, wet sponge.

Use common sense and safety first.

** Please call DJ’s Home Improvements if you would like a professional help you with this project. Call 516-775-8696, or visit to see some of projects we have completed. DJ’s Home Improvements is a design-build remodeling company licensed in Nassau and Suffolk counties of Long Island New York.

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