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Looking to see if anyone can tell if this is asbestos or not http://imgur.com/IsvbL2C http://imgur.com/v4dPYEI

Edit: house was finished in 1984

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When do you think the ceiling tiles were installed? – DMoore Jun 20 '14 at 19:41
Hey there. Your best bet would be to pick up an asbestos test kit from any major home improvement store, or online. Will be more accurate than looking and guessing. – alt Jun 20 '14 at 20:08
The test kits from home improvement stores don't do anything. Just figure out a local lab that will do it. Google it and there are tons that test for around $30. – DMoore Jun 20 '14 at 20:47
What did you end up doing? Was it abesestos? – Handy Man Jun 29 '14 at 14:33

No one can tell you if it has asbestos in it except a qualified lab. Use a spray bottle to wet down a piece of it, carefully scrape off some of the suspect material, put it in a plastic bag and take it to a lab to be tested.

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Judging by the pictures and age of the home I would conclude that you do have asbestos.

A reference site appears to have the same tile you've provided (http://www.greatenvironmental.com/accoustic.html)

If you are doing any renovations STOP everything, get a qualified professional to come visit the site to do a visual inspection OR place a tile in a garbage bag and bring it to them.

A building inspector or qualified contractor can easily confirm this without the need to do lab testing.

If they confirm you have asbestos, you will need to have them remove it by following your local codes and protocols to deal with this.

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