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  1. What was the tick situation like this year?
  2. Cook's Pond, Olean Street Worcester MA. Black bear walking through backyards afternoon daylight hours 05/19.
  3. Not entirely sure what you mean by "rate". I'd be concerned about any commercial endeavor operating in a zoned residential area, especially if the business was not under full regulatory scrutiny. Zoning laws are in place for a reason. Just looked up in well regarded dictionaries: Hobbyist: a person who pursues a particular hobby; a person who pursues an activity in their spare time for pleasure. Not sure if we're in hobbyist territory anymore. Sounds more like business, commercial, for profit. In my own residential neighborhood I'd have minor concerns about the neighbor building a hot rod in his garage. If his hobby turned into every Saturday with him having his friends over to work on their cars, for profit, I may have more of an issue.
  4. Regulations change over time. What was considered common sense protocol 100 years ago, 50 years ago is not the protocol now. Over time we learn the effects, and the damage (or we learn that there may be no reason to have been concerned in the beginning). A commercial manufacturing facility should be following the standards as put forth by the regulating powers. Those standards are there to mitigate possible detrimental events. How these regulations are decided, enforced and followed could be a good topic for another thread, whether it be lead object manufacturing, fishing quotas, tobacco regulations, etc etc etc. We could get into lobbyists, political donations, personal political needs and desires, many other avenues. This thread, when I began reading through, was questioning pouring lead weights in a residential location and the venting in a home scenario. Moving it over to a discussion of industrial applications seems to be trying to deflate the need for the discussion of residential based hobby activities. Your question "do you think that the same hazards we all are aware of, also can be a factor on unsuspecting folks that are down wind of such an operation ?" I can only answer as this: Yes. Whether industrial or hobbyist, there is still an increased risk of health and safety issues. Whether it be airborne, physically tracked through movement, water flooding and runoff, fires, theft, any other possible ways. If I chose to live next to an industrial area I would take that into consideration and hope that the current in place regulations were being followed. If I chose to live in a strictly residential area I would be less concerned from industrial pollutants miles away, but still concerned if the neighbors were running a hobbyist business out of their basements that could case health problems. When I was a kid there was a dentist in the area that would allow handling, in the palm of your hand, of mercury. Damn that was fun, wicked cool stuff. Shiny, heavy, liquid. Who knew back then? We know now of the cumulative effects of repeated low level exposure. But now I'm rambling. I was going to ask what color the Nashua River was today, but I think I was having a flashback there....
  5. That's an excellent question, and I think I was trying to bring that point forward. Should the homeowner in a residential neighborhood follow lead removal standards while prepping his 100 year old house for paint? Should a homeowner follow asbestos removal standards while rehabbing his basement? Should your next door neighbor follow recommendations for firearm storage standards? I've been involved in all three scenarios listed above. Next door neighbor power sanding the exterior his own house, another neighbor removing asbestos from his own basement with nothing more than a paper face mask and plastic bags, fans in the windows blowing out. Last scenario was a next door neighbor with three boys ages 5 - 9 at the time. I had two girls in the same age range. The last scenario scared me the most. the first and second case scenario scared me enough that I purchased an industrial Minuteman HEPA vac for my own home renovation projects. All of these real scenarios may have had an effect on the neighborhood and it's inhabitants. Following recommended standards would have reduced the possible negative effects. But the hobbyist chose not to. Some feel it is their right to determine their own level of acceptance, much like the seatbelt and helmet conversations of years past. Side note relative to this...past few weeks I've been house hunting with my daughter. Some neighborhoods in the city have warnings on the storm catches not to pour any residential waste (ie used motor oil) into the grate. Feeds directly to Indian Lake here in Worcester. Seems like a crazy thing to have to tell people, but... I'm not against doing dangerous things safely. But I do think the need to ensure safety on our part extends to others when they are unaware of the possible dangers. Kind of like not crossing your neighbors line while casting. It's a courtesy. I'm somewhat intrigued by the hobbyist title used in this thread. You stated you have 3000# for pouring? Is this for personal use? Or is this an income supplement?
  6. When melting wheels weights, plumbing recycles, roof flashing there is always a "slag" that ends up floating on the surface of the lead. This gets skimmed off before the lead is poured into the moulds. There are also other hazardous fumes / particulates burning off at lower temps as the lead is melted. In a home pour setting, where does this unusable excess go off to? Is it not also considered dangerous to the environment, animals, kids? Whether is goes to the atmosphere or off to the side of the garage? When scraping / painting houses interior and exterior it is expected (legally) that the debris gets contained as best possible and disposed of correctly. When removing lead flashing from chimneys it's expected that the refuse is recycled responsibly. This is mandated by local building codes. The same standards apply with licensed plumbers. Should home pourers not be held to the same responsible standards, whether they are pouring for personal use or are pouring for profit? And yeah, I'm new here. Been viewing the forum for years now, but only recently deciding to play along. Possibly not my best idea this year.
  7. My thoughts and prayers go out to the vegetables. /sic/ So many things going on in the world today. It should be easier, and more compliant.
  8. Yeah, I know. Not the same thing, but actually it fits the idea of this thread. Picture related. I may be stirring the pot here, but I (or my family, or anybody else) wouldn't like to be living next to a home based lead processing facility.
  9. Sir, I stand corrected. Seems like what you have is comparable to the OEM Harman wall accessory I installed myself, exhaust and air intake combined in the wall thimble itself. It looks like the inlet is about 6" - 12" off the ground?
  10. That's an interesting installation. Up here in New England my understanding is that the exhaust outlet should be at least 4' above ground level, due to snow etc. Because pellet stoves burn on a forced air flow it's probably not a problem unless the stove was fired up after a snow drift could have covered the port. I did my own pellet stove installation, pulled the needed permits etc. Had it signed off by the city code inspector who clearly didn't know the first thing about these appliances, even stating it was the first he's encountered. Never looked at the outside exhaust. I know mine is safe, and to code (exceeding code). One thing I do not see in your install in an outside air intake (OAK). If the pellet stove is sucking air from the living area (or working area?) you are creating a negative air flow in the room. Bad for gas water heaters, other flamed appliances. Also not good for economical heating.
  11. Food additive[edit] Sodium phosphates including monosodium phosphate, disodium phosphate, and trisodium phosphate are approved as food additives in the EU. They are commonly used as acidity regulators and have the collective E number E339.[12] The United States Food and Drug Administration lists sodium phosphates as generally recognized as safe.[13][14]a I use this stuff to degloss painted surfaces prior to a fresh coat of paint. Must rethink ever eating anything ever again.
  12. Oh my, oh my oh my. Is it time for an emergency rescue?
  13. And why am I pink? Well, that's OK too.
  14. They're talking Lamartine Street Worcester. Some years ago Lamartine Street (Why can't I disable the bold text????) Well, some of it did...) Lamartine Street was the pokey of Worcester, was it not? And "Sonny"? I'm liking that.
  15. Just put a feeler out to WCUW. I'll let you know.