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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 ...
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How can I best connect this metal gas flue pipe to the old asbestos cement chimney pipe?

The asbestos cement pipe here can't be changed, but how can I make a robust fix for this junction to the a heater flue pipe? The gas utility is suggesting flue tape, but that's crazy. Tape won't ...
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Cellulose ceiling tiles (asbestos?)

Came across this room with broken acoustic ceiling tiles, that I have to spend time working. The tiles look kinda "modern" to contain asbestos, but then again you never know. Wondered if anyone can ...
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What are the chances this contains asbestos and how concerned should I be about exposure?

We are in the process of having our kitchen redone. It is a 1942 colonial in West Hartford, CT. Over the years, several layers have been added to the floor. We had a handyman demo the floor down to ...
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Is the fibrous material in this plaster coving asbestos?

Started to remove some coving border under the main coving. Seems to have this yellow fibre mixed in with what I think is plaster. Anyone know what it is? Is it safe to remove? Worried it could be ...
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Potentially asbestos?

So we're doing a tear-out of the second half of our kitchen, and we came across some old batt insulation in the wall chases from the forty eight company(one of the companies sued out of business from ...
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Do these insulation panels contain asbestos?

The landlord said that "it's plastic stock, left from renovation on windows" from another apartment. It doesn't look like plastic to me, but then again I don't know much (very little actually) about ...
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PCM air test results, fiber count different from f/cc, why?

We recently have removed old vinyl flooring and the people that performed the abatement did a pre, during and post clearance air tests using the PCM method. The pre and post tests resulted in 0.016 ...
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Does this wire covering contain asbestos?

I am wondering if anyone (who actually knows) can say whether this wire is likely to contain asbestos. Thank you in advance! Jack
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I suspect my house has asbestos since it was made in 1969 and has popcorn ceilings. This is what I have found about asbestos

As the title says, my house was built in 1969 and has popcorn ceiling, so according to many readings on my research it's very likely that the ceiling and possibly other parts of the house has asbestos....
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Do n95 masks provide ANY protection against asbestos?

I think you can read between the lines here. i had on a typical n95 mask while doing a little demo. I didn't have raised suspicions about there being asbestos in the walls, as i already researched my ...
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Asbestos insulation?

I recently found this insulation up in my attic. Can anyone tell me if this could possibly contain asbestos?
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Should I worry about this pipe insulation? (fiberglass vs asbestos)

I have found those pipes in my basement. I hope its fiberglass, but not sure if its asbestos, because it got placed in the 60's or 70's (in my country the use of asbestos got banned in 2005). These ...
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Protection from an asbestos wall

The trapezoid-shaped wall in the back of the picture is a wall that my neighbor built between his backyard and mine: Apparently, it is made from asbestos, which might be unhealthy. In order to ...
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Is the material behind my wall's surface asbestos?

I'm a bit worried. All the wall is peeled off and its an old house. Just trying to renovate.
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Was asbestos used within wallboard itself, or just in the joint compound?

I'm pulling down a few walls in my 1984 house. I had a company come in to do professional asbestos sampling. I told them my plan and which walls I was going to remove and they only sampled the joint ...
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Is this asbestos plaster?

I live in a 1970s apartment block in Melbourne, Australia. It’s been fully renovated since then (I’d say around 15-20 years ago), but I know not all asbestos products were removed - we still have old ...
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is this Asbestos? or anything dangerous?

In my garage there are some water pipes I believe that have a wrap around them and in some places its expanded and opened. Now I am worried if its asbestos. Its yellow and looks puffy. I near a water ...
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Do Knockdown texture walls and ceilings usually contain asbestos?

My girlfriend recently has asked me to undertake some DIY work around her house for her parents. Now if have a respirator that protects from any dust or airborne hazardous material. Problem I’m ...
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Drilling holes to install shelves and came across this material. Is it Asbestos?

I live in the UK and I am installing some shelves in the cupboard under the stairs and I'm wondering if the material I'm drilling into is dangerous. It is the Party Wall between two houses.
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How likely is it that my 1980 home has asbestos in the drywall?

I live in a townhome and water leaked from the 2nd floor to the ground floor and caused water damage to the ceiling drywall on the lower floor. I would like to fix it myself. According to this, there ...
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Is the fibrous material on the back of this wallboard asbestos?

Hi all. Just smashed this through. Is it asbestos? House is UK built 1982. Please help. I'm having huge anxiety about this. Thank you
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Does this look like loose fill Asbestos?

I found some type of loose-fill insulation stuffed behind standard fiberglass insulation while cleaning up my basement. The home was built in 1947 and I'm not sure if what I found is Asbestos (see ...
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Likelihood of asbestos under newer ceiling texture?

Edit: Adding some up-front clarification because people seem to be fixating on the "asbestos" part of this question. This is what I am asking for: help determining what prior work may have been done ...
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Is the gray insulance material asbestos? [closed]

This is a furnace room. Is the gray insulation material (on the wall and above the pipes) asbestos?
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Household Wire Insulation (Asbestos Risk?)

So I am redoing light fixtures in my 1946 house located in the USA. I guess I'm overly scared of asbestos, and just wondering on your opinion if this household branch wire is asbestos containing. It ...
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Material likely to contain asbestos?

In basement, nailed into ceiling joists. Could be old tile / ceiling material?
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Does the cloth jacket on my wiring contain asbestos?

I grabbed this photo from another Q&A of the same wiring in my house. It is labelled Diamond DTX NM 600V. It looks like cloth wrapped wiring. Does anyone know anything about asbestos with it? ...
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Could this tube insulation be asbestos

I just need some opinions on this. I saw this outside my apartment (see picture attached below) and saw the pipe insulation outside my door just opposite at the neighbour's side (I just moved into new ...
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Asbestos cleaning and removing

Situation is a sticky one for sure. My father did renovation downstairs all on his own because he is a big money saver. He decided that it would be a great idea to completely remove all the old 12x12 ...
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Is this hard floor mat in our closet made from asbestos?

The house was built in 1930 and this mat is in an unfinished closet, it's about 2 1/2' x 6'. It's not glued down and I could literally pick it up and take it out of the house if I wanted. But it is ...
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What type of material is this and do I have a leak?

I just bought a 1923 home in Cleveland, OH, and had a weird problem with the flooring in the half bath on the main floor. As you can see from the photos, there is not only a bulge in the flooring, ...
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What is the best way to paint an asbestos tile floor?

I have a studio (1000 sq/ft) where the floor is covered by asbestos tiles, these tiles were previously covered by carpet that I removed. I am planning to paint the floor to secure it. What would you ...
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Does this look like asbestos insulation?

Found some spare bits of it in the attic, was curious what it is. Fibre glass?
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Is my plan to safely remove asbestos siding sound?

After reading a some other questions I haven't found an answer similar enough for what I'm thinking about doing. So here goes. Full disclosure up front. Before I even touch a single siding shingle, ...
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Material containing asbestos in Toronto apartment [closed]

I'm moving to a new building in Toronto, and received this letter: In 2005, the Ontario government introduced a new regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act regulating the ...
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House build in late 1960s- Western gypsum drywall-asbestos

Wondering if Western Gypsum dryall products contained asbestos. Am planning to take for testing, just looking for a quick answer or link to a list of Canadian products that contained asbestos.
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Do I have to remove asbestos tiles in my house before applying epoxy floor coating?

I have the old style VCT asbestos tiles in my den and want to install an epoxy coating. Do I have to pay someone to remove the tiles first? Is there an alternative?
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How dangerous are these cracking tiles if they contain asbestos?

See attached image. These tiles are in the common area of my apartment building. As you can see, there is significant cracking. My building was built in the 60's, I know that the 9-inch tiles in my ...