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Ballasts for holding down plastic sheeting

Project by rrdesigns posted 09-20-2010 01:36 AM 2666 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The new EPA requirements for dealing with lead-based paint hazards led me to create these handy ballasts for holding down the plastic sheeting needed when pressure washing and scraping houses prior to painting. They were made from PVC drain pipes which were filled with sand and then capped off. They work well to not only hold the plastic in place but also create a slight dam which collects the water and any paint chips that are a byproduct of pressure washing.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs



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posted 09-20-2010 09:27 AM

Living in a relatively windy area, with winds blowing in from the North Sea region, I think this is a fabulous idea…. I’ll be heading down to the local hardware store soon to stock up on some PVC drain pipes.

Thanks for posting, Beth.

-- Above all, it is a matter of loving art, not understanding it. (Fernand Leger)

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posted 09-21-2010 03:45 AM

I, too, live in a windy area—Oklahoma—where the weather lives up to the song lyrics “where the wind comes sweeping o’er the plain”. I have used these ballasts several times now, and they work well. One more tip…don’t neglect to glue the caps on, or you’ll have sand everywhere.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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posted 09-21-2010 11:34 PM

Now that’s using your head! good idea.

-- TL. Roswell "The only thing that works in an old house is the man who lives there."

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posted 11-06-2010 03:03 AM

great idea, however, the lead-safe requirements forbid the use of high-powered hydro washers.but i will definitely utilize your idea on some upcoming projects.

-- transformationsllc2010@hotmail

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posted 11-06-2010 07:33 AM

According to the publication “Lead Paint Safety: A Field Guide for Painting, Home Maintenance, and Renovation Work” issued by HUD (HUD-1779-LHC) the lead-safe requirements read as follows on page 10 detailing restricted practices:
“Don’t Use Uncontained Hydroblasting. Removal of paint using this method can spread paint chips,
dust, and debris beyond the work area. This result makes it difficult to clean up these hazards at the end of the job.
Contained Pressure Washing Is Acceptable. Removal of paint using contained pressure washing within a protective enclosure to prevent the spread of paint chips, dust, and debris may be done.”

As an aside, the use of spring clamps attached to our shorter length ballasts helps keep the pipe from rolling when used to hold down tarps on roofs during hand scraping and painting.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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