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Old 06-28-2009, 01:58 AM   #1
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Not once but twice now. Remodel going on and well i'm not even going to go into how it happened. But it did. So does anyone have any recommendations for vacuuming the dust up and making it safe to live in the house again?

I read HEPA vacuums are good. But that a lot of them lie about being true HEPA. The filters are rated for HEPA but the vacuum itself has leaks around the seals etc..

The only vacuums I know that are rated for asbestos are $700. And they use HEPA. So if I could find a consumer grade vacuum that I know is air tight it should do the same job.

Is it normal for contractors to totally laugh about this stuff?

And please don't tell me to bring in the pros, that is not an option.

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And please don't tell me to bring in the pros, that is not an option.
For medical questions do you just ask around or do you see a MD?

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For medical questions do you just ask around or do you see a MD?
Well I know true HEPA cleans asbestos, i've talked to the pros about that. Finding a consumer level hepa that doesn't leak is what i'm seeking. Either that or I go and buy abatement HEPA vacuums that are $800 which is overkill
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The only vacuums I know that are rated for asbestos are $700. And they use HEPA....
$700 is Cheap. I have a Festool CT 22 Dust Extractor that is rated for 0.3 micron filtration that is NOT rated for asbestos and costs over $500
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...1&cookietest=1

Even if you could get a free asbestos Dust Extractor the following point is far more important:
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So if I could find a consumer grade vacuum that I know is air tight it should do the same job..
Absolutely NOT
The Dust extraction tool is only a small part of the problem. Just as important all the personal protection and barrier construction to seal off the area.

Then and this is a BIGGIE how to dispose of the vacuum bags, now contaminated filters, contaminated protective suit and booties, and all the plastic sheeting and tape used to hold the whole shebang together.
Did you think about this problem?

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Is it normal for contractors to totally laugh about this stuff?
Any Contractor with any kind of license takes this VERY seriously
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And please don't tell me to bring in the pros, that is not an option.
You seem to keep making the same mistakes. Why do you not learn from them?

You need to call the Professionals and stop thinking you are smarter than they are. Health risks exist here.
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$700 is Cheap. I have a Festool CT 22 Dust Extractor that is rated for 0.3 micron filtration that is NOT rated for asbestos and costs over $500
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...1&cookietest=1

Even if you could get a free asbestos Dust Extractor the following point is far more important:Absolutely NOT
The Dust extraction tool is only a small part of the problem. Just as important all the personal protection and barrier construction to seal off the area.

Then and this is a BIGGIE how to dispose of the vacuum bags, now contaminated filters, contaminated protective suit and booties, and all the plastic sheeting and tape used to hold the whole shebang together.
Did you think about this problem?

This is NO DIY Project


Any Contractor with any kind of license takes this VERY seriously
They all laugh about it here
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You seem to keep making the same mistakes. Why do you not learn from them?

You need to call the Professionals and stop thinking you are smarter than they are. Health risks exist here.
I told you the options if you want to ignore my question go ahead. The pros aren't coming in, except to do an air test after i've vacuumed everything up.

I've talked to abatement contractors and they say a hepa vacuum is fine, so whos word should I take?
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You're an idiot. You do not have the knowledge or experience to be doing what you are doing. Just a heads up there are serious legal consequences for improper containment and disposal of asbestos. When doing asbestos removal or working with asbestos companies are required to keep records on all employees exposed for at least twenty years. Do yourself, your family, and the general public a favor and hire a licensed abatement company.
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I hope you live alone

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Asbestos abatement (removal) contractors — anyone handling or removing asbestos in Washington Note to Homeowners:

If you are working on your own residence and it is not used for commercial purposes, then you are exempt from these requirements. However, you must provide information to contractors and other workers you bring in to work on your house. If you need asbestos assistance,
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A growing number of doctors and researchers are concerned about the long-term effects of low-level exposure. As a rule, asbestos fibers tend to attach themselves permanently to lung tissue; long term, residual accumulation might eventually cause disease.

The prudent assumption, according to the EPA, is that there is “no safe exposure” to airborne asbestos.
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After asbestos has been located in the home, there are two options: hire a professional abatement team, or remove the asbestos yourself. Although removing the asbestos without a specialized company often brings further complications and is costly, some homeowners feel as though it is the best option. In order to ensure the highest safety measures for you and your family, it is important to obtain samples and have it tested to make sure asbestos has indeed contaminated the area. You can then proceed with the abatement process after a diagnosis of the room has been performed. Once again, it cannot be stressed enough that asbestos, if left alone, is non-toxic. By removing undisturbed asbestos, you could be creating more of a problem (health wise and financially) if you choose to remove it.
Removing asbestos is not an easy task. By taking on this type of project and the responsibility associated with it, you are foregoing any legal help that you could have received by hiring a professional abatement company. When you do decide to take on the project, it is important to have a game plan. The first steps should include: getting proper breathing ventilation systems for yourself and others that may be working on the project, purchasing protective clothing that can be thrown away after abatement is complete and becoming aware of state and federal regulations when removing asbestos on your own.
Removal procedures first begin with permits that you must obtain from your state regulators. These documents are a guide on how to proceed with the abatement process and proper disposal after removal of the material has been complete. The application that follows with this permit is proof that you are taking full responsibility for safely removing the asbestos from your home without contaminating those inside the house or anyone else that could potentially come in contact with the loose material until it is properly disposed of. There are also fees that vary from state to state regarding the permit and application process.
At this time, if you are taking on a team to help you with the project, you must think of their safety and your liability to them. Proper work gear, clothing (overalls, boots, eye protection, gloves) and breathing respirators are required for the safety of the team. However, it is important to realize that hiring any form of workers other than a professional abatement team is against the law. Having more than one person help you with abatement is important because it allows one person to concentrate on removing the material while the other packages the material and keeps it wet until disposal. It is also important to note that individuals with facial hair should not participate in asbestos removal, as protective gear may not fit properly and potentially expose them to loose particles.
There are several preparatory steps necessary before the abatement process begins. Those who are participating in the project should make sure all tools are purchased and ready for the process (such as hoses, water sprayer, dish washing detergent, pry bar and a knife). There is also specific equipment that can be purchased for asbestos removal. You can find these resources by checking in your local phonebook for companies who specialize in making protective gear and apparel. When beginning to remove the asbestos from the designated area, it is imperative to keep the material wet at all times. This allows the fibers to settle and not become airborne. The goal for the abatement process is to remove the asbestos without the particles becoming airborne. The material should be carefully scraped off the surface into bags that are specially designed for asbestos removal, sealed and handed over to the other worker to be sealed again. The process for removing asbestos differs depending on what kind of asbestos you are removing and what portion of the home it is in. For example, removing siding may have different tasks for removal than if you are abating a room that had flooring filled with the toxic material.
Contained material should be kept in storage bins that are properly sealed and labeled to be taken to a landfill designed for asbestos. The landfill should be picked and notified before the abatement process takes place. You have to make sure that your local landfill accepts asbestos material and has enough room for the amount of waste that you will be bringing. Clean up should consist of wetting any area of the room that had not been finished or is still in question for containing asbestos. Even if you think you got it all, it is still important to keep everything wet and out of the air. When workers have completed the job, they must decontaminate themselves by wetting themselves down and removing the protective clothing. Always remove respirators last after all garments have been removed. If dust particles are still present, do not vacuum or sweep them up. Instead, wet them down and remove them the same way. Make sure all workers, including you, have thoroughly showered after the project is complete. When the process if finished, make sure to obtain an "after" sample to make sure that all asbestos has been safely removed from the area.

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It's already been removed. Man i've been looking for consumer vacuums all afternoon with no luck finding true hepa. (under $400)

Lets see take the advice from abatement contractor with 20 years experience. Or some hypochondriac hippies on an internet forum.


My plans are clean up what was already removed. Paint and seal. Then yes i'm brining in a pro to do an air test. AFTER things are painted and sealed. Everything is legal here.

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Also if this substance was so dangerous, why don't they close off all the natural occuring deposits ALL OVER CALIFORNIA?!
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Also if this substance was so dangerous, why don't they close off all the natural occuring deposits ALL OVER CALIFORNIA?!
Because asbestos is only dangerous when it is friable/disturbed.
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Personally, my recommendation is to not try to jury rig a retail vacuum cleaner into something it wasn't mean to do. It will leak, and you'll end up with asbestos left behind, which will get kicked up and into the ductwork, your clothes, bed spreads, you'll fail any air test, and it will be in that house forever. Hopefully this isn't a flip. If you get caught doing that as part of a flip, they call that a willful disregard of public safety, and well, I just strongly recommend you fix the problem within the law.

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Lets see take the advice from abatement contractor with 20 years experience. Or some hypochondriac hippies on an internet forum.
I feel so sorry for you. You come here to ask for advice then you blast those of us that try to help you. You are a very ignorant person. Look up the definition of hypochondriac, that word doesn't begin to fit what you are trying to say. Not only are you thankless and ignorant of life you are also uneducated.

Good luck to you. I'm outa here. You're welcome by the way.
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I feel so sorry for you. You come here to ask for advice then you blast those of us that try to help you. You are a very ignorant person. Look up the definition of hypochondriac, that word doesn't begin to fit what you are trying to say. Not only are you thankless and ignorant of life you are also uneducated.

Good luck to you. I'm outa here. You're welcome by the way.
Cut me some slack I was pissed off and ranting. I'm definitely not thrilled about the situation, and I don't have the money....

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