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Old 09-05-2011, 01:06 AM   #1
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Any (reasonable) chance this attic insulation has asbestos?


I know the true answer is that to be sure if something has asbestos, the only way to tell for sure is to have it tested.

That being said, if your adult kid was going to be putting in R49 blown in cellulose into their attic, and these pictures were in their attic, would you have it tested or say go for it?

I don't have much DIY home expertise at all. But, I think I'm looking at a bit of fiberglass batts with a small amount of cellulose blown in insulation on top of it. The only thing that concerns me is the appearance of a bit of gravel'ish substance on top. I know vermiculite often contains asbestos. But, it makes more sense to me that these bits are from shingles, because for some reason there's shingles up there too. I'm assuming the roof's wood may have been replaced along with shingles, and perhaps that got bits of shingle all over the place?

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Any (reasonable) chance this attic insulation has asbestos?


That's just debris from the roof reconstruction---I see no signs of asbestos type insulation.

Add more insulation and be done.---That's the advice I'd give my kids.

Asbestos is only a threat if it is stirred up and becomes airborne. Bury that old fiberglass and get on to another project.

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That's just debris from the roof reconstruction---I see no signs of asbestos type insulation.

Add more insulation and be done.---That's the advice I'd give my kids.

Asbestos is only a threat if it is stirred up and becomes airborne. Bury that old fiberglass and get on to another project.
Thank you so much for your time. I wasn't very worried, but was worried just enough to be considering an asbestos inspection, which run hundreds of dollars in the area... Now think the fluffy stuff might be rock wool.
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Any (reasonable) chance this attic insulation has asbestos?


One thing to remember when blowing in insulation-----add the plastic baffles at the soffit /ceiling so that you don't plug up the soffit vents---that leads to mold in the attic.

When you are in the attic --turn off the lights--you should see light coming in through the edges where the rafters go down to the ceiling joists,---

Fresh air in the attic is your friend!---Mike---
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Any (reasonable) chance this attic insulation has asbestos?


Vent chutes, blown in cellulose, and be done.

Wear proper PPE when working up there too!
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