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?

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    are you planning on ripping the backing paper out? If not, then it doesn't really matter. If you were, it's likely not going to have asbestos as it sounds like it's just the paper from wall board.
    – DA01
    May 31 '12 at 4:42
  • I have uploaded an image i.imgur.com/s9JJU.jpg. Would you be able to take a look and give me your opinion?
    – skybreaker
    May 31 '12 at 5:02
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    It looks like wall board paper to me. You can get it tested if you want but, again, if you don't plan on ripping it all out, I wouldn't worry about it.
    – DA01
    May 31 '12 at 5:09
  • I believe that asbestos is only found in drywall from the 50's to the 80's (and even then its not a given) - what year was your house built?
    – Steven
    May 31 '12 at 13:26

Many times paper is set behind plaster , sometimes 15 lb felt, this did not have asbestos, if it is thicker ground & compressed paper that was used for a while in the 30’s and 40’s that stuff was easy to burn so it probably did not contain asbestos. To know for sure it would need to be tested, panel by encapsulated and then covered would make it safe if it was asbestos. I would treat any popcorn ceiling like asbestos as most did have it.

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