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Old 06-29-2009, 06:36 AM   #16
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Alright. This looks like a rant. And having read through all of the ranting, and some mis-information, let me ask you this:
What was done? How was it left? What are the current conditions?

A true asbestos rated HEPA vac will cost you about $800.00 dollars. Obviously this doesn't appear to be an option. Give us an idea of what your problem is. We will help you sort it out, short of giving you advice on how to get your butt in trouble or helping you come down with asbestosis.
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:27 PM   #17
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There was some fireboard we didn't know it was asbestos until after removal as well as 12% popcorn ceiling. Everythings cleaned out. We aren't living in the home until situation is resolved, and no this is not a flip. Do you know if an air filter in the home would make a difference? I was reading about IQ air its Hyper HEPA which is 99% at .001 microns! Obviously its very expensive though.
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:01 PM   #18
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Popcorn texture is notorious for being an ACM. Fireboard can mean a lot of things. Many board type products are non-friable, meaning that they are not easily reduced to powder by hand pressure. Being non-friable, they don't pose much health risk unless broken or sanded, which could release airborne fibers. In order to be effective, an air cleaner would need to filter ALL of the air in a space within a reasonable amount of time. That is not likely to happen. Those types of systems are fairly effective on dust, pollen or mold spores, but are not likely to trap everything effectively. Additionally, in order to be HEPA rated they would need to meet an efficiency standard of 99.97%. That is a set standard. Period. This means that for every 10,000 air borne particles 0.3 microns or larger, a HEPA filter will only allow 3 of them to pass through. And that is ONLY for the filter. A poorly constructed housing may allow an untold number of particles in all sizes to pass through. If you have had a contamination, then the house needs to be THOROUGHLY cleaned by someone with a true HEPA vac, rated for asbestos. Homeowner vacs with HEPA filters won't cut it.. The filters will meet the HEPA standard (at least when new), but the fine print will tell you that the vac is not constructed to HEPA standards................. only the filter. Then it needs to be certified by someone taking clearance air samples which need to be lab analyzed both for quantity of fibers and type of fibers.
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:09 PM   #19
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THIS IS RIDICULOUS!

Call a professional asbestos abatement company and get an inspection. That will answer all of your questions and your money will be well spent. It will be a lot less expensive than buying a special vacuum cleaner that you will use only one time. This isn't making any sense.
To continue to hash this out here at this point is totally counterproductive. I'm beginning to believe this whole story is contrived merely for your own entertainment.

If you were so concerned about the health of you and your family you would be doing something positive about it by now.
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:39 PM   #20
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Curiously no follow up with airborne testing numbers was ever posted...
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:59 PM   #21
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Probably was none. Some people come here looking for validation to do something the wrong way. When they don't get it, they move into the twilight zone and are never heard from again.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:56 PM   #22
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If a contractor made this mess, just report him to the local EPA. Call OSHA too, just for the giggle factor. It'll be cleaned up, on his dime, in short order. I bet he won't be laughing either.

You did post this as if the work was hired out.


"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?"

"Is it normal for contractors to totally laugh about this stuff?"
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Didn't sound like there was much in the way of permits on this project in the first place. I'm guessing he wants to keep it on the down low to save his own butt.
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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?
Do you realize what you're doing is ILLEGAL? If somebody drops a dime on OSHA or the EPA, you could go to prison or, at the minimum, face hefty fines and remediation expenses.
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You guys do realize this post is from 3 years ago. I know it does not absolve the OP but I would bet he is not even watching this any more
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You guys do realize this post is from 3 years ago. I know it does not absolve the OP but I would bet he is not even watching this any more
He's probably dead from asbestosis.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:14 PM   #28
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Im curious as to how it really happened. If he had a contractor i would think law suits would be in order, but you arent going to accomplish much from that. The fact that he had no money was already a problem. If he was on lots of forums, everyone of them mentions the dangers of asbestos. half of them say its no big deal and just keep it wet. the others take it seriously so who do you really believe?

Its interesting to say the least.....
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The problem with a botched asbestos removal is that the stuff keeps getting reintroduced to the airstream where it stands an increasing chance of being inhaled. A slight exposure may never cause you a problem. Kepp repeating the exposure and the odds keep changing. Most of those that say it isn't a big deal are not people who have been certified to do abatement and understand what happens to the asbestos, how it acts, how it travels and what it can or can't do. Keeping it wet is only a portion of the process.
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