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Old 04-22-2013, 02:15 PM   #1
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Asbestos wire?

Wondering if anyone has been wire insulation like this before. Could it be insulated with asbestos?
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:23 PM   #2
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Asbestos wire?

Yes I have seen and no there is no asbestos on it. Early 50's wire I think.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:24 PM   #3
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Asbestos wire?

Hmmm, is that so?

House was built in 1967 as far as I know
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:11 PM   #4
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I have a house full of it. Built 1959. No asbestos as far as I know.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:06 PM   #5
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Asbestos wire?

I too have a house that was built in 1959 with that style of insulation. Could it have asbestos in the insulation? Of course, there were tens of thousands of products produced with asbestos in them. The topic of "Does X have asbestos in it" has been discussed repeatedly on this forum over the past few years, do a search if you care to. The only way to tell if X contains asbestos is to have it professionally tested by a qualified laboratory.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:13 PM   #6
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If that old rag wiring had Asbestos in it, every electrician on the planet would already be dead. The only hazard from that old pitch impregnated cloth (it's sheathing, not insulation) is having black hands for a few days.

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Old 04-22-2013, 06:32 PM   #7
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Asbestos wire?

I had a house that was built around 1965 and it was full of that type wiring. it is ok till it gets brittle and you try to work with it, it just crumbles.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:36 AM   #8
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Asbestos wire?

Asbestos danger is way overrated anyway, but still, that cable probably DOES have some trace of the stuff. It was used in everything back then, even diapers (OK, maybe not, but you get the idea).

However, even if it does contain asbestos, it poses no danger at all unless it is manipulated. The covering is an encapsulation due to paint or other coating applied. The friable fibers are contained.

If you want to move it around, simply wear a face mask, glasses and gloves, clean up the work area when you are finished, vacuum your clothes before laundering and take a shower. You will not die.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:39 AM   #9
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Asbestos wire?

Well my biggest concern with it is with the resale of the home. But I have no idea if home inspections are keen on that sort of thing.
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