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How to encapsulate mastic/cutback that contains asbestos on plywood subfloor?

We're doing some renovations and got to the flooring and I'm unsure how to proceed, so I'd love some input. A few things for context: House was built in 1961 Single story Raised foundation 3/4 ...
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Whats the chance this contains asbestos?

Garage sheathing. Any chance this would be suspicious for asbestos? I'm thinking no, but just kinda getting some other visual opinions. https://imgur.com/a/zg73HaU https://imgur.com/a/eP6clTb
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Strange street construction / could there be asbestos in the cement and shall I inform the city services? [closed]

My question is not about house improvement, but still a matter of public safety. I was walking home through an unfamiliar neighbourhood earlier today and I ran into the following construction that is ...
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Are home test kits a reliable way to test for asbestos?

Professional testing of Mold or Lead or Asbestos can be expensive. I just found some home testing kits that require you to take and submit samples. Are these a good cost savings approach with adequate ...
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Is this "asbestos siding"?

My insurance sent me a letter today that they are cancelling my homeowner's insurance, because I supposedly have "asbestos siding" on my house. I don't really know what counts as "...
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Removing underlayment from asbestos tile

We are renovating our bathroom/laundry room in a 50's ranch built on a slab foundation. Previous owners installed a floating laminate click lock floor, which disintegrated due to the movement of ...
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Could this be asbestos? [closed]

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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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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Is this insulation asbestos? [closed]

A home inspector found this single piece of insulation around a wooden beam near our furnace. The report says that it “appears to be an asbestos-like substance”, but he did not lab test it. I’ve been ...
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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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Likelihood of asbestos under newer ceiling texture?

We moved into our house about 2 years ago, and at the time it had 2 bedrooms with asbestos popcorn ceiling texture (that we've since had removed). The rest of the house has either a (poorly-done) ...
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What are textured ceilings made out of?

This is a single family home built in 2015 in the Midwest. The textured ceiling you see below seems common around the area, even in newer homes. I'm curious what material it's made out of (drywall mud?...
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Asbestos Floor Sealant

Just bought my first home and it is a slab foundation with what our inspector believed to be some kind of asbestos tile under the carpet for the whole house. We plan to tear up all the carpet and ...
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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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asbestos in the garden? [closed]

I was out in the garden today and came across quite a few bits of material resembling the attached image. It's a bluey/grey color and has these thick white strands coming out of it. It doesn't look ...
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What is this old loft insulation?

Looking to insulate my house loft, there is nothing between the joists however between the battens there is this (see images) it's 10mm thick and against the hessian felt, looks extremely dated and ...
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Pipe In Kid’s Closet: Asbestos?

There’s what I believe is a ventilation plumbing-related pipe in my daughter’s closet. I’m pretty sure it’s cast iron and not lead, because a magnet sticks to it. I’m concerned about environmental ...
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Is Exposed Drywall After a Ceiling Leak an Asbestos Concern? [duplicate]

Back in March we had a leak in the ceiling of my daughter’s room. During heavy rain, a spot where the drywall panels meet bubbled up. At the time, I popped the bubble and pulled back a fair amount ...
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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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Asbestos in popcorn ceiling?

Considering hanging a chandelier in my popcorn ceiling. Building was built in 1972 in Boston. Unclear if it's been renovated since but I'm assuming probably has? Is this a bad idea because the popcorn ...
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Do knockdown texture walls usually contain asbestos?

The apartment I'm in now is build in Ohio in 2012. It has a textured wall that I'm not too fond of. It reminds me of popcorn ceilings. I'm curious how such wall are fabricated and using what material. ...
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Is this asbestos? How to handle this? [closed]

My grandmoom had a family member replace doors in her home and when he took parts of wall down (and left it like this) a bunch of dust and debris got all over the rugs and furniture. Her house is old ...
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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 asbestos....
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Is it safe to live in a home where asbestos flooring was removed without remediation? [duplicate]

We had a contractor come out to fix some drywall, flooring, and subfloors damaged from a plumbing leak. The floors had hardwood, which we installed over sheet linoleum. They removed both those layers ...
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Is this asbestos cement board?

I accidentally broke this board in my store room, as I thought it is cardboard or gyprock as it’s already had a rough structure around it. My house was complete built in 1990. And I notice gyprock ...
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Is this likely to be asbestos? [closed]

I found this inside the electric stove/oven. I think it's a layer for heat insulation. The texture resembles cotton with shiny visible fibres. Question: is this likely to be asbestos?
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Potential Asbestos - Health and Abatement Concerns [closed]

My wife and I bought a house built in 1978 (our first!) about a month ago. One of the first things we did was scrape the popcorn texture off the ceilings. It wasn't until after the fact, in a ...
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Drywall and ceiling tile removal in a 1973 home

A guy who I’ve helped with renovation work in the past wants me to help remove walls and ceiling tile in a bedroom of a home that was built in 1973. Also removal of drywall and floor tile in a ...
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What is this dark material behind kitchen plaster exterior wall?

While renovating our kitchen the electricians opened part of the exterior wall. It is a plaster wall with metal wire lath in a 1920s-built home, but I can't identify this darker material behind the ...
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Does this attic insulation look like asbestos or mineral wool? [closed]

My house was built in 1962. I'm trying to replace a ceiling light fixture with a ceiling fan by retrofitting the hole. Unfortunately there seems to be quite a bit of this gray, stringy, slightly shiny ...
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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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How can I safely install/anchor a kitchen island over a subfloor with black asbestos mastic?

I'm hoping to install a kitchen island in the near future. However, my home was built in the 70s and thus asbestos is a concern. It appears the previous owner removed the old kitchen tile and ...
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What to do about some popcorn ceiling that's left in some closet railing

Consider: During an attempt to update my closet doors, I recently discovered that underneath and around the closet railings there are some popcorn ceiling material. I had it tested to be positive ...
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What are these carpet tiles made of?

Underneath basement carpet, I find a layer of 4-inch square carpet tiles. The underside of these tiles is black with a sandpaper texture. When removing the tiles, one finds underneath a brittle ...
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Asbestos contamination

Recently we did some remodeling in the house, which is built around 50's. Never crossed our mind to get the house tested for asbestos. So we decided to do so in the middle of renovation. If the result ...
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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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How to identify ash deafening in the joist bay?

I have a Queens brick Townhouse built in 1906. I was attempting to repair my basement ceiling joists and found several joist bays under my front door threshold/atrium with wooden boards encasing what ...
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Bathroom Tile over old thinset

Is it possible to use self leveling concrete over old thin set? I do not believe breaking it all up is an option as it was placed over existing asbestos tile. If the floor was cleaned properly and any ...
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Does this wall material have asbestos? [closed]

My home was built in 1951 and it has this fiberboard, it feels like paper, peels and separates like layers of paper. The home was modular construction. I'm screwed in terms of exposure already, but if ...
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Is this asbestos insulation in my attic? [duplicate]

Too scared to go back up here, had found a bunch of spores moving around too when I entered. I have video versions too of these photos, but it looked like giant dust particles were floating around. ...
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Asbestos or normal insulation within hot water tank [closed]

I was removing my hot water tank and realised there was some kind of insulation inside. Does this look like asbestos? this is the material. My initial thoughts were fibreglass. Can anyone ascertain ...
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Was asbestos ever available in in a wool form for spacing pipes from studs?? [closed]

House pipes have a woolly fluff around them, at the holders. What's the chance that this is asbestos? House is 1960s
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Asbestos question - Old plywood on top of 1963 linoleum - Remove or attempt to prep for tile?

I'm replacing my vinyl flooring with tile, and when I removed it, I found that the previous owner had installed plywood over the original linoleum flooring. At first I was planning on just cleaning up ...
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What is the fiber in gold bond extra fibered gypsum cement plaster?

I have a house that was built in the 50s. In the process of taking apart the metal lathe plaster ceiling in the basement, I found some empty paper bags that labeled "Gold Bond Extra Fibered ...
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Can I use an existing asbestos type flue on new gas fire installation

I'm planning on having a new wall hung inset gas fire. At the moment I'm using just the gas fire on a BBU, the boiler part has been disconnected for many years. The flue is an asbestos type, bricked ...
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What is this sheathing/ board?

Can anyone tell me what this is please? My dad kept assuring me it was just "fluff board" with white paint, and nothing to worry about (i.e. not asbestos). Can anyone corroborate that? It's ...
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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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What is this wall covering in our 1908 USA house?

We are working on a house built in 1908 in the USA and have found what a local old-timer called “deadening felt” attached to the walls and ceilings, which are shiplap. The internet returns no images ...
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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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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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