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Is this "asbestos siding"?

Just as we here in internet land cannot tell without a lab report, neither can the Insurance company. Ask them for the lab report that verifies that your home has asbestos siding. When they cannot ...
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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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Asbestos contamination

Understand the asbestos "threat". First, the feeling of alarm actually comes from the constant pounding of advertisements - from lawyers looking for easy work tapping several trust funds ...
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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 this "asbestos siding"?

A lot of asbestos siding was textured to look like wood. Newer mineral siding looks exactly like asbestos (and so, like wood) siding but contains no asbestos. And may still be called "asbestos ...
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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 this asbestos wiring insulation?

That's the old, old silver fabric covered wire. It was very commonly used and is still functioning in many residences. It normally doesn't get replaced unless there are renovations being done, and ...
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Does old household wire insulation pose an 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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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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Do knockdown texture walls usually contain asbestos?

There are a few ways to apply texture. The most common method I've used is a texturing roller. Spraying is messier and harder to get consistent. If the building was built legally in 2012 it does not ...
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Potential Asbestos - Health and Abatement Concerns

Asbestos is not plutonium. Hell, even plutonium is not "plutonium" in that meaning. Let's review the reasons you even give a care about asbestos. Career workers who spent 5-40 years of ...
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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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Do n95 masks provide ANY protection against asbestos?

It's asbestos, not kryptonite It's not that toxic, or it would have never attained its status as a popular material in the first place. Doctors started noticing that laborers who worked every day in ...
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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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Drywall and ceiling tile removal in a 1973 home

I specialize in old houses, and most of the houses I work with have had renovation projects through the years, and the exposure to asbestos is a constant concern. First, you can test for asbestos. You ...
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Does old household wire insulation pose an 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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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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What precautions are needed when doing electrical work on cables containing asbestos?

Turn off the breaker. Since older wiring often has faults or simply unmarked MWBCs (which cannot be detected by voltage testers), I suggest turning off the main breaker. For the other risk, look into ...
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Drywall and ceiling tile removal in a 1973 home

If you're really concerned, take samples and send them to a testing lab. That will tell you if there's actually asbestos there or not. (There are DIY test kits, but for this I don't trust 'em. The ...
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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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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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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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Is this asbestos insulation in my attic?

That looks like standard cellulose insulation. It's not particularly hazardous. We can't completely rule out asbestos from here. If the house is in the US and was constructed in the last 40 years, the ...
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Do knockdown texture walls usually contain asbestos?

The texture shown in the picture on your post was sprayed on using a compound that was mostly water and a common and readily available powder or paste. There is virtually no dangerous asbestos in that ...
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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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