Re: 1930 house - Asbestos and Lead Paint
Personally, I think that the lead and asbestos risks are overblown (and there is ample evidence in support of this) but nobody listens to me. There are powerful interests in the abatement lobbies that support requiring overpaid men in moon suits take care of the issues. Lead is far more dangerous than asbestos, yet the response to potential exposure is out of proportion.
That's not to say that you can just go blowing the stuff all over the neighborhood or flushing it down storm drains; you shouldn't do that. But I think reasonable precautions -- respiratory protection and dust control; a HEPA vacuum cleaner is the fanciest tool you need -- are adequate measures to contain the risk.
I also think that the health risk from fiberglass insulation is far greater than from asbestos, but since big companies with deep pockets promoted fiberglass as the "safe" alternative to "dangerous" asbestos, you're not going to see fiberglass abatement anytime soon.
OK, I'm done ranting.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.