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Resources: Preservation Library: Handling Special Problems: Asbestos, Lead, Graffiti, Moving A Building

Asbestos: The More You Learn The Safer it Gets, Providence: Asbestos Control Program, 1987.
In English and Spanish, this pamphlet gives basic information about what asbestos is and where it is likely to be found in the home. It is meant to be a general guide to safe removal, and refers to addresses and phone numbers of community organizations and agencies which can help.


Guidance Document for Lead Abatement, Hartford: Connecticut Department of Health Services, 1990.
A state document intended to provide guidance on the various methods that can be used for lead abatement. It points out that abatement is only necessary when lead is not safely encapsulated or encased, but lists the steps to be taken when replacement, encapsulation or removal are necessary. The document includes information about how to remove and dispose of lead waste safely. Very bureaucratic language but important information for those who may need it.


Grafftiti Removal Manual, Providence: Keep Providence Beautiful, 1986.
This pamphlet presents detailed information on building surfaces, the effects of graffiti removal methods, and an analysis of removal products. It includes a chart listing surfaces and rating them as easy or hard to clean, and a list of protectants which can be used on surfaces. Practical and useful information.


Moving Historic Buildings, by John 0. Curtis, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1979.
When a historic building is moved it loses its integrity of setting and its 'sense of time and place.' Often, however, historic and architecturally significant structures are subjected to intense economic or planning pressures and the only reasonable alternative to demolition is relocation. This report aims to explain the precautions to take and the procedures to follow during the moving process that will cause the least damage to the character and historic fabric of the building.


Access to Historic Buildings for the Disabled, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service, 1980.
A clearly written explanation of how buildings can be adapted for accessibility without losing their charm or integrity. It addresses a variety of needs for the disabled: wheelchair lifts, ramps, grade changes and curb cuts. The poor quality of the photographs (this is a photocopied report) is somewhat offset by the informative accompanying captions.