Judith, as a former owner of a remodeling company in Alaska for many years and a smallholder using permaculture here in Spokane I have to say one thing if it has not already been said, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING NOW AND DO NOT TOUCH YOUR OLD PAINT UNTIL YOU HAVE TESTED IT FOR LEAD! Pre-1974 house paint used lead extensively. If yours contains lead you can contaminate the ground around your house, track it into your house and contaminate your family, friends and animals. If it does not contain lead after testing, fine but if it does, you should not attempt to remove it AT ALL! You can only seal it with a surface sealer like Kilz or something similar. The posted replies about sanding or scraping are nothing short of irresponsible. If it does contain lead and you decide to roll the dice with your health and that of others, you will need to lay down tarps or plastic, remove it on a completely calm day so the dust does not blow, seal your windows and doors, wear a respirator, full body suit including shoe covers and be prepared to throw away everything after each days work. But please have it tested first.