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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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Should drywall with 'non-friable' asbestos be replaced?

I'm in the process of purchasing a home, and was just informed that the drywall likely contains asbestos. However, this asbestos is non-friable. One room needs a lot of sanding/patching/repainting, ...
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Understanding an asbestos test report?

My elderly mother had the insulation in her attic tested and we are having difficulty understanding the report. The company that suggested the test says its bad but we are not sure if they are just ...
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Hello I need help interpreting results from a sample taken in garage ceiling

Hello I need help interpreting results from a sample taken in garage ceiling. The gypse was covered with a cement coating . The results I will post indicate less than 1% Actinolite. What does this ...
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Asbestos? What do you think?

I originally thought so, but now I'm not so sure. Thoughts? It was located around HVAC vents.
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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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Could there be asbestos in the thick brown paper / card backing above my popcorn ceiling?

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? Here is an image:
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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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What should we do about asbestos tape on heat ducts?

My daughter just had a home inspection of a home from 1900 and there was asbestos tape noted on the seams of the duct work. What should we do? And I am assuming it is not only on the visible ducts. ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Cover vinyl asbestos floor tile without making later flooring harder

I have a kitchen with 9"x9" vinyl floor tiles that I have just found out contain asbestos. Though they are at first glance in sound condition (only a very few small chips, all well-adhered, etc), ...
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Is this electric furnace likely to be insulated with asbestos?

I inherited this electric furnace and I'd like to identify the material it's made from. I've not managed to find any record online, but the company itself no longer exists. Given its vintage (90s at ...
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Asbestos in my furnace closet - should I get rid of it?

I have a home built in 1958 with a closet inside the house that contains the furnace. When the house was constructed this closet was lined with asbestos as a safety measure. How dangerous is it for my ...
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What type of asbestos is this?

I have a 1960's dormer-bungalow (UK). I'm currently having a back extension which requires removal of the old soffits. The soffits are boarded with asbestos. (Photo below) By looking at this, is it ...