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wateron1 09-20-2009 11:32 AM

Thoughts on asbestos

Was wondering if at all possible for Kitchen Counter Tile in a home built in 1986 would contain asbestos? We have started removing ourselves but was a little worried about this? Was concerned also about the paper (pictured) which has two layers with some black mastis stuff in between?? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.. Hopefully Im just over worrying... Pictues below. Thanks!!

wateron1 09-20-2009 03:49 PM

wow.. 23 people have viewed this thread and no one is saying anything.. Ah Oh.. Any thoughts from experienced people on this matter would be GREATLY apreciated.. Of course I would not hold anyone responsible for anything said- just want to know if I should worry at all with a home built in 1986 possibly containing espestos in the Counter Tiles pictured?? Thanks

b_corwin 09-20-2009 04:47 PM

I'd just take it to a lab. In my area asbestos testing can be done in a couple of hours for less than 50 bucks.

Mop in Hand 09-20-2009 09:52 PM

As far as I know there is no way of telling just by looking at it. However, does it make any difference at this point? If there was it's all over your kitchen by now. I am not trying to alarm you, just telling it like it is. Asbestos removal is an involved process normally done by the pros that have the right equipment and knowledge. I'm sure I have removed plenty of asbestos in my earlier years as well as most of the older guys on this forum, back in the 50's, 60's and 70's no one knew any better. To my knowledge not many clay or ceramic tiles were made with asbestos, some black mastics were though. As b corwin says the only way of knowing for sure is have it tested.

Maintenance 6 09-21-2009 08:32 AM

It is true that the only sure fire way to know is by having a lab test the stuff, but, by 1986, hardly any of these types of products still used asbestos. Most asbestos used in construction products was dropped by 1982. Suppliers were allowed to sell whatever products they still had on the shelf until it was gone. Only a handful of very specialized products still used it. Some of those still use it today, but you are not likely to encounter it in home construction and even more rarely in a situation where fibers can become airborne. In all of my years of dealing with asbestos (20 yrs), I have never encountered it in a situation like you have. As a general rule, things constructed after 1982 are likely to be asbestos free.

wateron1 09-21-2009 09:06 AM

Thanks everyone.. Yeah, that what was worrying me as I read suppliers could still use the stuff after the Manufacturer ban--BUT I would think by '86 they would have virtually run dry on the stuff.. Think it was that paper that had me wondering as it had the black glue but maybe there is other mastic type stuff that is black?? Anyway, if there is any in there it's too late now as we broke it up.. I do have a big Hepa Air Cleaner running so hopefully this will get anything in the air.. Seems you cant turn around these days without something causing cancer or being unhealthy. Julie

HautingLu 09-22-2009 09:36 AM

If you want, I can dig up an phone number/email for a local company I sent out samples for asbestos testing in PA. It's $10/sample. I sent out 5 via USPS with a M/O and they emailed me a pdf after a few days.

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