Two days ago, while working on a DIY project on our home, my husband found in our walls a can of “White Lead” made by Dutch Bros. I’ll include a photo.
The photo on top is a close up of the can and the second photo is of the can in the same area as we found it. In the wall, above a support that holds up our roof rafters. You can see one and a part rafters in the photo. The can in the photo, had a lid that was loose. I opened it up and it even had about a fifth of the canful of product, which had separated. White from oil. I was even stupid enough to poke at it. I took the photos yesterday and today. (9/17/2015 <–two days after discovery)
We bought this house in 2005. Neither of us were too concerned about lead. Lead is an issue that I specifically remember hearing about as a kid, and had assumed that it was safely taken care of and all was well.
Of course this whole thing has me researching about Lead. Contacting folks hoping to find out if my kids might be poisoned. So, this might be an ongoing issue that I’ll be posting about. We’ll see.
Our house was built in 1953. Sometime after that the garage (where the can was found) was built. It is obvious that whoever added on the garage was trying to keep it in the style of the home (Ranch Style), and the siding looks the same as on the house. I would think it was added soon after the house was built.