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Must I remove asbestos from my heating vents?

I've got an old house with some asbestos tape on the heating vents, and some old floor tiles which are asbestos suspects as well; duct cleaning firms won't do cleaning on the vents with the tape ...
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Is this material asbestos?

It looks like some form of insulation with a cardboard backing. The previous tenant in the apartment said he found a stack of this material in the basement and used it to insulate around a window ac ...
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What should I do about ceiling tiles that potentially contain asbestos?

A family member is considering purchasing a house, built in the Midwestern United States in 1958. In the basement, there are nine inch ceiling tiles on the ceiling. The home inspection mentioned that ...
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What type of clothing is required when working around asbestos?

I find myself exploring environments rich in Asbestos, the specific type of asbestos appears to be both pipes and potentially the cladding around them (steam pipes etc), occasionally broken sheets as ...
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What dangers are there with disturbed asbestos drywall?

We had a repipe job done on our home 5 years ago. I was stupid and did not research the company before they destroyed drywall throughout the house. After the pipes were replaced they informed me ...
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How can I seal the edges of a linoleum floor that possibly contains asbestos?

The linoleum floor in my kitchen was installed extremely poorly (long before I started renting the apartment). Many of the edges are curling and in some places, it was not cut to the correct size and ...
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I might have accidentally vacuumed asbestos. Is the vacuum ruined now?

If an ordinary shop vacuum has sucked up asbestos, should it be considered unsafe after that and thrown away? I don't know if this is the right kind of question for this site but I thought I would ...
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An asbestos panel was removed without realising, how much danger are we in?

Two years ago a builder was working on our Victorian house and removed a approx. 1 ft x 2ft6 panel, then realised it might be asbestos. He said he got rid of it safely, and didn't damage it, and that ...
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Does washing reduce asbestos?

So I was doing some work in the garage a few months ago and dislodged about a lemon size chunk of what at the time I thought was just some old concrete which fell on me and left some dust on a ...
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Is the vermiculite found in my popcorn ceiling toxic? Can I remove it myself?

I'm planning to remove a "popcorn" ceiling and submitted a ceiling sample to the labs for asbestos testing. Here are the results: It looks to me like the labs didn't detect any asbestos but I'm ...
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Are these asbestos fibers in my plaster?

While screwing in an electrical cover in my new home (built in 1919) I noticed these fibers sticking out of the plaster or skim coat. I have not seen these anywhere else. Hope the picture loads. Are ...
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Does 2008-era drywall contain asbestos?

I changed the brake pads on my motorcycle today and I read in the manual that you have to be careful when cleaning them with compressed air because asbestos fibers might get into your lungs and cause ...
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What is this old 1/16" thick floor-covering, and how do I remove it?

We recently pulled up the carpet in our bedroom, and found this gray covering over the wood subfloor, which seems to be adhered to the wood with a black adhesive (some previous owner scraped away ...
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Tips To Inspect/ Popcorn ceilings

My wife and I are considering buying a house that was built in the 1960s and has acoustic "popcorn" ceilings. I want to know if there is a cheap, effective way to do a home asbestos test. I'm still ...
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How do I hang a shelf without drilling holes?

I'm currently living in a house in which we have clear instructions not to drill through the walls for danger of asbestos. I purchased a small projector and would like to mount a shelf to the wall, ...
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Could this wall material contain asbestos?

I'm new here and I guess it's not the greatest thing to be asking, but any thoughts if this wall material could have asbestos in it? I'm really not sure what this wall material is. Thank you to ...
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Does this look like asbestos glue?

I pulled up some carpet and found some brownish glue that's still gummy underneath the pad. This doesn't appear to look like any of the images of asbestos glue I can find online (it's see-through and ...
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Do I need a replacement attic vapour barrier after asbestos removal?

I recently had our Zonolite vermiculite asbestos professionally removed. The company used a large vacuum truck to remove it. They also ripped out the 6mm plastic vapour barrier in the attic. They ...
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Can you lay ceramic/porcelain tile over existing mastic without grinding the floor?

We had a basement flood, and consequently had to rip out the vinyl floor tiles in our basement. The tiles were not asbestos (we had them tested). But after the tiles came up we discovered that they ...
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Should a tenant be relocated while asbestos is removed from the ceiling?

I would really appreciate your advice, or if you are unable to give it can you please who can give me impartial advice. I own a property which a few weeks ago had a leak. The plumber cut one hole in ...
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Laying Tile Over Asbestos Floor Tile

In my laundry room, I've got asbestos floor tile. (The house was built in 1967.) The tile is laid on the concrete slab. Is it possible to lay ceramic penny tile over the asbestos tile if I put down ...
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Dealing with Asbestos Floor Tiling

This is a cement kitchen floor (about 300 sq ft). Removed cheap pergo flooring and discovered a layer of tiles from 1962. Had them tested and came back with a high composition of asbestos. Here are ...
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Is drilling a pilot hole into the plaster wall of an old house hazardous asbestos?

The house was built in the 20's, and I was installing some battery powered smoke alarms today. I drilled the pilot holes for the plastic screw anchors and the 'A' word jumped into my head after I ...
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How to read an asbestos report

Someone help me out here. I had 3 samples taken as labeled on the results. I'm finding it difficult to decipher the report from the lap.
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What is the proper way to patch acoustic ceiling after collecting possible asbestos sample?

I want to collect additional samples of an acoustic ceiling for the purpose of having it checked for asbestos. The previous test came back negative but I'm paranoid =) The procedure as per ...
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What can/should be done to mitigate asbestos danger after a disturbance?

I took down the ceiling from an approximately 12x10 foot room to deal with some rodents in the insulation and it turns out that the (painted) popcorn texture on the ceiling contained/contains ...
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Is this asbestos in my ceiling drywall?

While looking through a hole in the drywall, I saw this... Is this asbestos?
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Anyone heard of painting asbestos insulation tubes?

We recently had an old furnace inspected and the heating specialist mentioned that he suspected that the heating ducts had asbestos. He suggested painting them as an alternative to expensive removal ...
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Does this look like asbestos?

I found some material (pictures below) that I'm concerned might be asbestos, while demolishing the ceiling of a house in the UK which was built in the 1920's. The material looks like concrete, but it ...
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Worried this Gypsum Wallboard/Drywall could contain asbestos? Anyone know what this is?

back with another worrisome asbestos question. Has anyone dealt with the FIREPROOF Gypsum Wallboard from the National Gypsum Company? Here are the pics: Wallboard Pics Thanks in advance!
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Should I replace carpet over ancient linoleum that might contain asbestos?

One of my smaller hallways is carpeted, for no highly obvious reason. That carpet is on its last legs, and I'd prefer a wood floor anyway. Taking a peek under the carpet, it looks like the surface ...
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Is this an asbestos floor?

My wife and are just bought an old house (1927) and we are concerned about a floor mat in one of the bedrooms. We have been told that it could have asbestos so we would really appreciate any feedback. ...
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Asbestos in concrete foundation

Clear and simple: is it possible that there is asbestos in the poured concrete foundation of a US home built in 1951? I am worried about this, because I want to drill holes in the basement concrete ...
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How can I remove residual adhesive that may contain asbestos from wood?

Our house has two bedrooms in which the previous owners installed vinyl tile over wood flooring (how ironic is this: it's wood-grained pattern tile over beautiful, real wood). We want to remove the ...
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Asbestos between floors

I have a layer of white paper or cardboard like material houses between the subfloor and a layer of wood on top. The stuff crumbles pretty easy. I do not intend to demo the floor or anything so my ...
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Is this gray fibrous substance above my ceiling tile made of asbestos?

This is above my ceiling tile. Is it asbestos?
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Can I demolish in a home with asbestos while tenants are living there?

I have a situation here with asbestos. I have a residential home that I'm renting out. Because of water damage inside the drywall I called my homeowner's insurance company and made a claim to fix the ...
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Is this Asbestos?

I've found this flat panel in my garden (1 x 1.5 meters, thickness approximately 0.5 cm): Is this Asbestos? I'm in Bali where asbestos cement is still widely used. It's not friable.
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What to do with dislodged asbestos?

I had my roof repaired, and in the process much of the popcorn from my popcorn ceiling (built in the 1970s in the US) fell all over my floor. Is it safe to vacuum it up? What should I do with it?
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Asbestos? What do you think?

I originally thought so, but now I'm not so sure. Thoughts? It was located around HVAC vents.
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Carpet Pad Adhesive Type Identification and Removal

In removing some old stair carpeting, I found this older black glue applied to hold the carpet padding in place. Does anyone have a recommendation on what type of material it is, and recommend on how ...
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Hardwood over poorly-installed asbestos sheet flooring

In a guest apartment with three rooms the smallest room has two layers of sheet flooring in it. Below the two layers there's some sort of black felt paper. All those layers are glued onto each other ...
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Old basement crumbling basement walls and asbestos

I want to refinish my basement walls, as they look really bad. I tore down some wood paneling that was starting to warp, and behind that was some styrofoam insulation. Behind styrofoam is 3 mil ...
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Am I going to die of Cancer from Asbestos if not handled correct? What more should I do? [closed]

So I have scrapped down old pop corn ceiling and removed staple on tile on drywall attached to plaster, that can be only lord knows how old. I didn't hang any barriers up as we are planning to do ...
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How awful is it to have asbestos in the drywall?

I am in the process of buying a ranch-style house constructed in 1972 and my online research just made me aware of the possibility that the entire house's drywall contains asbestos. If I have it ...
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Could there be asbestos in the thick brown paper / card backing above my popcorn ceiling?

I have sent away the popcorn ceiling samples for testing, but didn't tear out any of the brown paperish backing above it. Should I have? Here is an image:
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What should we do about asbestos tape on heat ducts?

My daughter just had a home inspection of a home from 1900 and there was asbestos tape noted on the seams of the duct work. What should we do? And I am assuming it is not only on the visible ducts. ...
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Asbestos paper-like material on sides of cold air return

I am currently entertaining thoughts of furnishing my basement. I was wondering if this paper-like paste on the sides of the entire cold air return duct is going to pose a problem as far as health ...
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Is the material encasing a steam heating system asbestos? How can i determine this?

I'm looking to purchase a home. It has a steam heat boiler system, wrapped in a white material that seems "old". Is it possibly asbestos? How do I test to see?
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What is asbestos cement sheet?

How do I tell if I have asbestos cement sheet? How should I remove an asbestos cement sheet?