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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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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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Must I remove asbestos from my heating vents?

I've got an old house with some asbestos tape on the heating vents, and some old floor tiles which are asbestos suspects as well; duct cleaning firms won't do cleaning on the vents with the tape ...
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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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What type of clothing is required when working around asbestos?

I find myself exploring environments rich in Asbestos, the specific type of asbestos appears to be both pipes and potentially the cladding around them (steam pipes etc), occasionally broken sheets as ...
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What dangers are there with disturbed asbestos drywall?

We had a repipe job done on our home 5 years ago. I was stupid and did not research the company before they destroyed drywall throughout the house. After the pipes were replaced they informed me ...
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Is this asbestos wiring insulation? [duplicate]

I just found this wire while changing the light switches at a house I bought (built in 1960). The long "fiber" on the left looks awfully suspicious, is this asbestos? Thanks
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Does washing reduce asbestos?

So I was doing some work in the garage a few months ago and dislodged about a lemon size chunk of what at the time I thought was just some old concrete which fell on me and left some dust on a ...
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How do I hang a shelf without drilling holes?

I'm currently living in a house in which we have clear instructions not to drill through the walls for danger of asbestos. I purchased a small projector and would like to mount a shelf to the wall, ...
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Is this material asbestos?

It looks like some form of insulation with a cardboard backing. The previous tenant in the apartment said he found a stack of this material in the basement and used it to insulate around a window ac ...
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What should I do about ceiling tiles that potentially contain asbestos?

A family member is considering purchasing a house, built in the Midwestern United States in 1958. In the basement, there are nine inch ceiling tiles on the ceiling. The home inspection mentioned that ...
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How can I be sure all the asbestos particles are gone?

So we got rid of the popcorn ceiling that had asbestos. Now my wife is worried about the particles that might still be lingering in the air. How long until it settles down? Wet-mopping, HEPA vacuuming ...
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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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I might have accidentally vacuumed asbestos. Is the vacuum ruined now?

If an ordinary shop vacuum has sucked up asbestos, should it be considered unsafe after that and thrown away? I don't know if this is the right kind of question for this site but I thought I would ...
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How can I seal the edges of a linoleum floor that possibly contains asbestos?

The linoleum floor in my kitchen was installed extremely poorly (long before I started renting the apartment). Many of the edges are curling and in some places, it was not cut to the correct size and ...
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Does old household wire insulation pose an 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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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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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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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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An asbestos panel was removed without realising, how much danger are we in?

Two years ago a builder was working on our Victorian house and removed a approx. 1 ft x 2ft6 panel, then realised it might be asbestos. He said he got rid of it safely, and didn't damage it, and that ...
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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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Cutting a hole in asbestos/cement siding

I'm thinking of buying a house. The outside is covered with asbestos siding. The house was built in the 1920s, but I have no idea how old the siding is. I know that this stuff is supposed to be safe ...
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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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Is the vermiculite found in my popcorn ceiling toxic? Can I remove it myself?

I'm planning to remove a "popcorn" ceiling and submitted a ceiling sample to the labs for asbestos testing. Here are the results: It looks to me like the labs didn't detect any asbestos but I'm not ...
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Laying Tile Over Asbestos Floor Tile

In my laundry room, I've got asbestos floor tile. (The house was built in 1967.) The tile is laid on the concrete slab. Is it possible to lay ceramic penny tile over the asbestos tile if I put down ...
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Are these asbestos fibers in my plaster?

While screwing in an electrical cover in my new home (built in 1919) I noticed these fibers sticking out of the plaster or skim coat. I have not seen these anywhere else. Hope the picture loads. Are ...
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Does 2008-era drywall contain asbestos?

I changed the brake pads on my motorcycle today and I read in the manual that you have to be careful when cleaning them with compressed air because asbestos fibers might get into your lungs and cause ...
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Do HEPA or P-100 filtered respirators sufficiently protect against asbestos?

Are respirators fitted with HEPA or P-100 filtered cartridges safe for DIY work, possibly in the presence of asbestos in the attic and roof? I'm in California, USA, but this Minnesota (USA) Department ...
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Does this look like asbestos glue?

I pulled up some carpet and found some brownish glue that's still gummy underneath the pad. This doesn't appear to look like any of the images of asbestos glue I can find online (it's see-through and ...
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Can <1% asbestos vermiculite be removed yourself?

As the title says, I'm looking to remove vermiculite from an attic that's been tested as having less than 1% asbestos. The rest of the house has been tested and contains no asbestos. It's just in ...
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What is this old 1/16" thick floor-covering, and how do I remove it?

We recently pulled up the carpet in our bedroom, and found this gray covering over the wood subfloor, which seems to be adhered to the wood with a black adhesive (some previous owner scraped away a ...
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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 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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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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Does this look like asbestos?

I found some material (pictures below) that I'm concerned might be asbestos, while demolishing the ceiling of a house in the UK which was built in the 1920's. The material looks like concrete, but it ...
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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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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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Tips To Inspect/ Popcorn ceilings

My wife and I are considering buying a house that was built in the 1960s and has acoustic "popcorn" ceilings. I want to know if there is a cheap, effective way to do a home asbestos test. I'm still ...
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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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Asbestos in older homes

I suspect the home I am living in has used some asbestos in is walls. Asbestos causes a serious lung condition in the long run. How can I tell if asbestos was used? What if it is not on the surface of ...
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Should a tenant be relocated while asbestos is removed from the ceiling?

I would really appreciate your advice, or if you are unable to give it can you please who can give me impartial advice. I own a property which a few weeks ago had a leak. The plumber cut one hole in ...
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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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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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Could this wall material contain asbestos?

I'm new here and I guess it's not the greatest thing to be asking, but any thoughts if this wall material could have asbestos in it? I'm really not sure what this wall material is. Thank you to ...
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How to read an asbestos report

Someone help me out here. I had 3 samples taken as labeled on the results. I'm finding it difficult to decipher the report from the lap.
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Asbestos risk in my roof? What is this material?

I'm a homeowner in London, and have recently started losing sleep over something. Hoping somebody can shed some light! Our next door neighbours are having their roof redone, and some manner of ...
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What to do with dislodged asbestos?

I had my roof repaired, and in the process much of the popcorn from my popcorn ceiling (built in the 1970s in the US) fell all over my floor. Is it safe to vacuum it up? What should I do with it?
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Do I need a replacement attic vapour barrier after asbestos removal?

I recently had our Zonolite vermiculite asbestos professionally removed. The company used a large vacuum truck to remove it. They also ripped out the 6mm plastic vapour barrier in the attic. They ...
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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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How do I go about removing a garage with asbestos wall panels?

I have a 1904 house and it has a shed that was put in some time in the 1950s. It's a wonky structure made of wooden beams and thin sheets of asbestos panels make up the walls. We want to tear it down ...
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