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Capping radiator pipes away from trunkline because of asbestos

I'm permanently removing two radiators as part of a reno project (bathroom replacing with radiant floor heat). I know that the ideal situation is to remove and cap the pipes as close to the trunkline ...
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Could this be asbestos [closed]

House was built in the 1950s. The light blue plastic tiles pictured are glued down with a layer of adhesive (light brown) that covers the span of the walls. The dabs of adhesive (darker brown) were ...
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Why are textured walls so common in rental apartments?

I like smooth walls but in the apartments I've looked at, even ones built post-2000, many have textured walls. I believe they are called "knock down" texture, but do they often contain ...
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Fibrous, crumbling papery material falling off old mattress — what is it? Asbestos?

I’ve got a bed/mattress about 40 years old in my spare bedroom in Sweden. The bottom of the mattress is covered in this fibrous paper that has started to crumble on to the floor. It turns in to dust ...
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What is this material? Could this be containing asbestos or any other harmful material?

[![enter image description here][1]][1] I have this in my furnace room stuffed above the duct and also on the ceiling if u see one of the picture. What is this? Can it be containing something harmful ...
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Asbestos in plaster walls [closed]

I bought my house 4 months ago and it was never disclosed to me that my house contains asbestos. It was built in 1901. I had some of my plaster, drywall, vinyl flooring and adhesive tested from ...
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Can I use a leveling compound over this glue?

I have a large basement in a split level 1960s home with old 12 x 12 linoleum (likely asbestos) tiles on concrete slab. The total area is around 450 SF. I would like to put in a slate tile floor, ...
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Asbestos in bathroom cornice?

Does anybody know if asbestos was used in cornice? Could the fibres in the pictures be asbestos? The construction year is '86 (South Europe). I know it's better to have it tested than asking, but for ...
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Is this white paint on basement wall asbestos?

Some fibrous paint is starting to flake off my basement wall. Is this asbestos? Or, is it some other material that’s waterproofing? Do I need special considerations when removing or repairing this ...
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Removing a metal rainwater storage tank

I want to remove my metal rainwater storage tanks, because it quite old and leaking. This is a temporary fix as the house will later be redeveloped -- I just want to remove the water tank now. It is ...
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How to safely handle a (likely) asbestos popcorn ceiling encapsulation?

We have a cottage that was built in the 70s. I had our asbestos tiles (tested by a company, some were 0.5% asbestos some were 2% asbestos) covered with quarter inch mahogany underlay and then sheet ...
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Accidentally Vacuumed some asbestos duct tape, should I throw out the vacuum?

I had just finished a project where I had encapsulated some asbestos duct tape. Don't worry I did it all by the book: I used an air scrubber the entire time I was in there, had a full Tyvek suit on ...
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Does Johns-Manville Super Felt rock wool insulation contain asbestos? [closed]

Bought a home that was built in the late 1920s. Was checking around the attic when I saw "Johns-Manville Super Felt" insulation. Upon some research there seems to be contradicting ...
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What is this stuff in the wall behind my bathroom? (Is it asbestos?)

I'm planning to have some bathtub faucet stems replaced, and I'd like to do some due diligence before hand. The plumber will have to do some work in the area pictured. The picture shows the access ...
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Is it critical to use special paint for a corrugated asbestos roof? [closed]

My house has a small lean-to shed, which is about 4ft square. It has a corrugated asbestos roof. I'm planning on gently cleaning it with a fungicidal wash and then painting it. There are products ...
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Do new vinyl floorings still contain asbestos? [closed]

My dad bought some vinyl flooring tiles from Home Depot and cut some of it. As far as I can tell, the US never banned asbestos in flooring. He said they were made in China. I had one tested using PLM ...
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What type of insulation is this?

Planning to get this tested for asbestos, but on a cursory glance, is it apparent what variety of loose fill insulation this might be?
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1980s house, leather (like) material around windows and sills

I wonder if anyone knows if leather was used as part of window insulation in the 80s. The house was built in 1981. The material goes past the flange of the old window and maybe through the rest of the ...
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What is this type of insulation?

I just bought a house and I find this stuff in the loft. I'm worried it is asbestos... Is it?
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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 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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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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