This “Expert Gardener” “Light Duty” garden hose was tested new on the shelf in Walmart in 2017. Only the plastic part of the hose was tested and it was positive for lead (Pb) at 52 parts per million. 52 ppm lead is a relatively low level of lead, but I would still have concerns for […]
Ask Tamara Question: What is stainless steel? Answer: There are actually multiple answers to that question — as there are a lot of different grades of stainless steel. One of the most common grades of stainless steel (for household uses including cookware/ kitchen items) is “304”. When something reads as “304 Stainless” (with the XRF), […]
When I tested this old dirty hose with an XRF, I was a bit surprised by the results! The hose itself was not leaded, and only one of the metal ends was positive for lead. That said, we have lived in this home for more than 11 years and I believe we may have purchased […]
These always test positive for lead in my experience (when tested with an XRF instrument.) They tend to be painted with lead paint or have lead paint residue from decades gone by (which has mostly likely worn off on the hands of the user!) To see more gardening things I have tested click here. For […]
Hose nozzle: 39,500 ppm lead. New on the shelf at Walmart in August of 2017 Tested with an XRF instrument. All yellow brass hose and gardening components I have tested have been very high lead like this one (and many also have contaminants like mercury and arsenic.) To see more of my posts related to gardening, […]
More info to be posted shortly, but in the meantime check this out! Thank you. Click on the image below to go directly to their site to order your new lead-free hose and accessories!
Hose sprayer, as high as 26,900 ppm lead. I don’t yet have a lead-safe alternative to recommend, but finding one made of stainless steel might be a good start, and here is my post on lead-free hoses (including a #MadeInOregon option!). I will update this post as soon as I find one that I am […]