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What's behind my basement drywall

I'm attempting to put up some shelves in our basement. The walls are covered in plasterboard which sounds hollow when you knock it, however I couldn't find any studs with the stud finder, and when I ...
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Is this substance drywall joint compound?

I need to get a sample of some drywall joint compound for asbestos testing in a house I'm renovating. I pulled away some of the base boards in the corner and found something that I believe to be joint ...
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Exposure to asbestos, what to do with stuff and worries? [duplicate]

I learned just recently about asbestos in condos I had few possible exposures: In old condo put 20 screws and nails into asbestos wall and took them out later, without cleaning the dust. What to do ...
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Is my wood cabinet exposing asbestos?

My house was built in 1965. We are renters and The side of my wood kitchen cabinet had the top level veneer pulled off. Exposing what’s underneath and possible asbestos glue. We brush past this area ...
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White fiberglass looking material inside fireplace - what is it?

I can see this white fiberglass looking material between the top of the aluminum hood inside the fireplace and surrounding metal. Is it dangerous? I am thinking asbestos, or is this fairly normal to ...
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Is this so-called “asbestos black mastic”?

Originally, I just want to find what was the manufacture of old 8x8 tiles to exact match, then use same tile to fill a 10 sqft empty space which cabinets removed in the floor. My bad is that I used ...
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Wall covering, asbestos or horse hair?

When removing drywall we noticed old wallpaper or painted plaster underneath and behind an old door frame we took down. When looking at the designs we noticed white fibers and are worried it might be ...
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Asbestos Exposure, need help!

I am renovating a home built in 1979 which had ~100sqft of vinyl tiles from the ~90s in the kitchen. I didnt realize there was vinyl sheeting under the tiles and decided to cut the vinyl tile into ~...
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What is this yellow powder under my carpet?

We recently moved into a new house and rolled up one of the carpets that was fraying. Under and attached to the carpet is a yellow powder does anyone know what this could be? Are we silly to be ...
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Asbestos Concerns [duplicate]

I am performing a renovation of my upstairs bathroom, which initially had carpet. After pulling up the carpet, I discovered vinyl flooring, which was adhered to a plywood subfloor. Although I was ...
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Asbestos in old furniture adhesive?

I just bought a nice 1920s table which has obviously been fixed up a bit throughout its life, and thought I’d check before touching it whether there is any likelihood that the adhesive you can see in ...
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Was concrete commonly used for 2nd floor flooring in multi-family apartment units built in 1950s?

I used to live in a 2nd floor unit in an apartment built in 1950. There was a golf sized "sink hole" on the floor and I wonder if I may have been exposed to asbestos. I remember the floor ...
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Is this asbestos pipe insulation

I have been doing work around a house I purchased. Never even thought pipe insulation would have or could have asbestos. My home was built in 1976 and is on Long Island NY (not sure if this helps.) I ...
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How do you encapsulate vinyl asbestos tiles and black mastic in a home basement?

My basement contains VAT and black mastic (where missing tiles used to be). I want to encapsulate the tiles and mastic and install a floating floor. Do I need to use a self-leveling product over the ...
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Is this Asbestos?

I found this as insulation layer in an oven (Ariston) while trying to replace a thermocouple and it looks like asbestos to me. Is it Asbestos? Is it dangerous? (click to enlarge images)
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Testing for asbestos in vinyl or linoleum flooring sheet?

I wonder if there are ways to tell if there are asbestos in vinyl or linoleum flooring sheet (not tiles). We removed them from our 1987 house and now we are a bit concerned. From what I can gather, ...
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Potential asbestos exposure from adding screws to drywall?

My father manually screwed in two self-tapping screws into drywall that most likely contains asbestos in the compound. It was in a garage in a house built in 1976. It was actually those hooks that you ...
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Asbestos? In plaster?

so we were taking down the plaster in our downstairs bathroom to put a sink as there was some previous damage and we got a bit doubtful about if it’s normal plaster or asbestos cement plaster or some ...
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Flashing around 1941 windows with asbestos siding

I am in the process of replacing pulley-style windows in a 1941 house. The siding is asbestos and I do not want to remove it in order to properly flash the window (using flex tape and weather barrier)....
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If popcorn ceiling contains asbestos, then does it mean it's made out of vermiculite?

Since the popcorn ceiling in older houses often contains asbestos, I wonder if this is because the "popcorn" is vermiculite which often contains asbestos naturally? Or did they purposefully ...
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what is my risk of asbestos exposure due to a previous drywall work?

A few years ago my parents did some work on an interior drywall in our house (built in 1987) [US]. Now I wonder if I might've been exposed to asbestos and I'm freaking out. On the bright side, I was ...
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Do I need to worry about random nameless HEPA filters containing asbestos? [closed]

I bought a cheap "DIY" air purifier with HEPA filter. I think it was this one > https://smartairfilters.com/cn/en/product/hepa-filter/ Then I started reading the history of HEPA filters ...
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What’s asbestos look like on heating vents?

I’m repainting my heating register vents and noticed something on the ductwork I didn’t see before. Pics attached. Judging from a google search, it looks like the section of ductwork that connects to ...
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Does this ceiling look like it contains asbestos? [duplicate]

I noticed water dripping from my kitchen ceiling. I informed my parents about it and they decided the best thing to do was rip part of the ceiling off? I am very worried about this as I think it may ...
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What's that black material that holds together these roof tiles?

I'm wondering if these rooftop tiles are made of clay and what is that dark grey material that keeps them together. Could they potentially contain toxic material? (e.g. asbestos) Thanks in advance.
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What is this under the backerboard?

I am currently working on demoing our kitchen and am not sure how to proceed. I recently did our bathroom and for the floor I left the old backerboard, chiseled remaining thinset, applied a self-...
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What type of saw to use on a wall of windows, removing glass but keeping wood framing

1950s home has a wall of windows, was initially exterior now within an addition added before we bought the house. We want to remove the windows but keep the look. I started the project, then testing ...
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Removing asbestos pipe

This question is around the rules, regulations and safety of removing an asbestos pipe in the UK. I'm trying to get a contractor to remove, what I believe to be (and has been confirmed) an asbestos ...
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Question about Asbestos Exposure

I had the drywall in the kitchen of my condo (built 1980) inspected for asbestos about a year ago. To do this, the tester removed half-dollar-size pieces of the wall for testing. It turns out there ...
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What underlayment material is this? Is it safe?

This underlayerment was found in a bathroom. It was under a cement layer with tiles on top. The house was constructed in the late 1980s. What material is this underlayerment made of? Is it safe to ...
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Plaster board abandoned in my house

My tenants have left behind some pink/white plaster boards in my rental property. I've just noticed there might be asbestos in it as there are white strands in the plaster. I've double bagged the ...
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Asbestos in chimney bricks and mortar?

I have recently purchased a house built in 1931. It has a chimney that would be a great place for a tv mount. I want to mount on the opposite side of the fireplace - not above it. I read recently that ...
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Possibly Asbestos Contaminated Washer! What do I do?

So a while back, while my mom and I were moving out of our last place, I may have stowed a bunch of stuff from the attic away in plastic trash bags, as the attic was apparently insulated with asbestos,...
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laying plywood flooring over potential asbestos floor tiles

I have removed old carpet in the main bedroom which has exposed potential asbestos containing floor tiles (this is not confirmed but the look of them and age of the house is a strong give away that ...
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What is this foil-backed bitumen in my garden. Asbestos risk?

I am clearing some old paving slabs which have been overgrown and covered with soil. I keep coming across patches of thin (<1mm) black material, looks like bitumen, with some kind of foil backing. ...
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Is this asbestos? (Insulation, transit pipe, wall board)

These pictures are from a house I just purchased in Western NY. The house was built in 1950 and I believe there are gypsum boards with plaster and lathe over them. Pipe is above a 1944 Pennco boiler. ...
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Is this flowerpot insert made from asbestos?

I own three flowerpots with strange white inserts. I haven't bought them in fact they were already part of the 1970 built house when I moved in. I've heard of asbestos flowerpots but couldn't find ...
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Testing for insulation for asbestos?

Should we be worried about asbestos with this loose-fill insulation? New England house from the 1860s. No idea when the insulation was added but the attic space is extremely difficult to access.
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Is it common for residential foundations from the 1960s to contain asbestos?

Is it common for residential foundations to contain asbestos (circa 1968)? We recently had a drain line extended and I don't recall seeing any protections in place other than light dust masks.
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Is this fiber asbestos or an old paper material?

Taking this paper down that is covering Shiplap. It looks like the paper I made in elementary school when you tear pieces of construction paper and put it in a blender to make new paper. House was ...
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Applying PerfectPrimer overlay then epoxy over VOC tile instead of abating/replacing

I found this question on the site but was looking for some more details. I am hoping someone can tell me a little more about the experience with the PerfectPrimer overlay as this was recommended to me ...
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Asbestos in wall?

Was removing wallpaper, there's a gap between the doorframe and wall, does this look like asbestos?
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Could this be asbestos?

I'm gonna get the material tested - already bought the kit. But I'm wonder what people think - I thought it might be old mineral wool since I've seen stuff that looks similar to it. I'd read that ...
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How can I get this asbestos sheet removed?

So I have just learned that the sheet embedded in the wall (see picture) is asbestos. We're going to get a new room made adjacent to this wall, and I need to get this sheet removed? Unfortunately, ...
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Does this loose insulation look like it might contain asbestos?

Was remodeling my bathroom, and after ripping open the ceiling a bunch of this loose insulation fell down out of my attic. Does this loose insulation from my attic look like it might contain asbestos?
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What is under my floor

I am removing vinyl flooring with cork tiles underneath and noticed some green bits under the floor. Can this be asbestos? This flat was built in 1988 and I bought it this year
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Fiberous Material White Material below Plaster - Asbestos?

I am stripping off wallpaper from an old Scottish building. Some of the walls have damage, and some of the plaster has a white hairlike fiberous material below. I found this before it was in a whitey ...
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Do these materials typically contain asbestos?

Update I tested samples at a local asbestos certified lab and all came back 100% clear of asbestos. Thank you all for your advice. I’m new here and a new home owner. Just purchased a condo in a two ...
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Hairy frayed white stuff around bathroom heater pipe joints: asbestos?

I’m a bit worried about some frayed hairy/stringy material around my heated towel rail in the bathroom, sticking out of the pipe joints. It is white, so doesn’t look like hemp to me, and I’m wondering ...
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Does this appear to be asbestos?

I stupidly started ripping down a damaged ceiling tile with the idea of replacing it with a new one. Someone mentioned that ceiling tiles sometimes contain asbestos. The house is from the 30's ...