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Is my plan to safely remove asbestos siding sound?

WHAT...??? You can do this. You’re working on the outside of the house so you don’t need a tent or fans. (They have the fans going the wrong way anyway. If you were working inside the house, you want ...
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Is my plan to safely remove asbestos siding sound?

No. Hire a licensed, EPA certified asbestos abatement company. This is not a DIY job. Asbestos exposure isn't like a disease or injury after which you heal. The risk is cumulative: the fibers stay ...
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Is my plan to safely remove asbestos siding sound?

I used to be a certified asbestos remover in Europe, where we have pretty stringent asbestos removal laws. Usually it's only legal for a person to remove things alone under a certain quantity(3 big ...
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Asbestos in old furniture adhesive?

As I've posted before, the risks of asbestos exposure on a very infrequent basis in a residential setting are highly over-blown. The real risks were for construction workers (pipe insulators, HVAC ...
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Is my plan to safely remove asbestos siding sound?

The asbestos shingles on a 1920’s house were typically applied over the original wood siding in the 50’s or 60’s. Thus, there is more than likely excellent existing siding hiding beneath. There is a ...
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Household Wire Insulation (Asbestos Risk?)

I've been in the industry for over 40 years and have never heard of asbestos in the old wiring insulation. It is oil-impregnated cloth I believe. The more pressing problems that I see from your photo ...
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An asbestos panel was removed without realising, how much danger are we in?

Asbestos in building materials is generally only a concern where the material is friable i.e. brittle and crumbly. You haven't said, but if the "panel" was removed as a unit, then almost certainly ...
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Does this look like asbestos insulation?

No, that is fiberglass. When it comes to asbestos insulation, it is found only in loose fill types, and in a solid board configuration. Asbestos was never used in a batt form of insulation which is ...
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Is it common for residential foundations from the 1960s to contain asbestos?

For concrete foundations no, asbestos is not an issue. However, the earth in your location may contain asbestos. In Northern California my brother is having a pool installed and they had to monitor ...
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What is this type of insulation?

Vermiculite is a hydrous phyllosilicate mineral which undergoes significant expansion when heated. Exfoliation occurs when the mineral is heated sufficiently, and commercial furnaces can routinely ...
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Are these asbestos fibers in my plaster?

Often, people talk about “old-fashioned horse-hair plaster,” but the binding agent in old plaster walls was more commonly cattle hair. -searshomes.org I am reasonably sure it's not asbestos.
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Household Wire Insulation (Asbestos Risk?)

Even if there is asbestos present in that box, I'd say the hazards of messing with the wiring are far greater than the asbestos exposure, you don't develop asbestosis from the trace exposure that ...
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what is my risk of asbestos exposure due to a previous drywall work?

if it was an interior wall, there would likely be no insulation. Even if it was insulated for some odd reason, most wool-type insulation (the kind you'd expect to find in walls) does not contain ...
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Potential asbestos exposure from adding screws to drywall?

IMHO Asbestos dangers have been dramatically over-stated for the general public. The people who were in real danger are people who worked with asbestos in an industrial setting, like ship workers ...
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Exposure to asbestos, what to do with stuff and worries?

What's actually true is that workers in environments saturated with asbestos dust (i.e. asbestos factories and boiler construction), where they are huffing it into their lungs 8 hours a day, 250 days ...
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Fibrous, crumbling papery material falling off old mattress — what is it? Asbestos?

Hell no. It's just harmless nonwoven fabric. What you have there is ordinary nonwoven textile (plastic fibers that were pressed together and partially melted to fuse). It has just weathered (oxidized) ...
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I might have accidentally vacuumed asbestos. Is the vacuum ruined now?

I dug up a statistic that 2-10% of individuals with heavy occupational exposure contract an asbestos related disease- and it doesn't show up for 30-50 years. This is things like shipyard workers from ...
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Does this look like asbestos?

No, it is plaster with animal hairs in it, probably pig or cow hair. To determine if there are asbestos fibers inside the plaster, break it apart and examine with magnifying glass. Asbestos is a fine ...
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How can I get this asbestos sheet removed?

I have looked and never been able to find any data that indicates there is any measurable risk from a single, limited, isolated exposure to asbestos like this job would entail. Here is what I would ...
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Possibly Asbestos Contaminated Washer! What do I do?

I wouldn't worry so much about it. Wipe it down as best you can and then run a few empty cycles to flush the machine. The wastewater goes... well assuming you are in a relatively modern area with ...
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Question about Asbestos Exposure

If you were not making dust to breathe from the space behind the wall, approximately zero asbestos exposure, if there's even any there to begin with. 1980 is a bit late for most new installations. ...
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Is this Asbestos?

Where have you seen asbestos ? When I dug it out of a 50 lb bag in the back of a store room that everybody forgot; 100 % Asbestos was a fluffy grey powder . I mixed it with sodium silicate to make my ...
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Asbestos Exposure, need help!

TL;DR Don't worry, be happy. In my non-professional, non-government opinion, you are overreacting. The risk with asbestos (as with smoking, radon and many similar things) is repeated exposure. That ...
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What is this stuff in the wall behind my bathroom? (Is it asbestos?)

It's the backside of a plaster wall that was applied to metal mesh as the backing material. Basically, they put up something like chicken wire and apply plaster to that to form the wall. The other ...
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Does this look like asbestos?

Since you've already got it in a bag, send the bag off to a test lab. It's the only way to know for sure.
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Cleaning/scrubbing asbestos from the air and heating ducts?

Asbestos removal is very much the job for experts. If there is a chance that it has become airborne, you really need to call in a licensed professional to evaluate and, if necessary, remediate. This ...
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Asbestos in older homes

Depending on where you live abstos abatement can be a DIY project but to answer your question if not disturbed and or encapsulated with paint there is no risk. The risk comes from disturbing it. ...
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Is my plan to safely remove asbestos siding sound?

Be as safe as possible and be as fast as possible. If it is legal to do it then: Do not do it by yourself. Ask a couple friends to help you. Do it all at once, no unnecessary breaks. All of you wear ...
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Does the cloth jacket on my wiring contain asbestos?

This cloth covered wire is very common and not an asbestos product. With that said in some cases where ceiling were sprayed with popcorn texture or the wire pulled through an area with asbestos the ...
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If popcorn ceiling contains asbestos, then does it mean it's made out of vermiculite?

Vermiculite itself has not been shown to be a health problem or contain asbestos. However, some vermiculite insulation contained asbestos fibers due to it being extracted from a mine in Montana that ...
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