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Old 01-16-2013, 09:26 AM   #16
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It was built in 89 so I think I'm good there
Yea....your good....the stuff was banned in 1977...

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Old 01-16-2013, 10:22 AM   #17
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Yea....your good....the stuff was banned in 1977...

Here is a good link regarding asbestos.

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:47 AM   #18
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Hi, just wanted to second the vote for going for it!!

I just got done removing almost 1200 sq feet of the stuff, (1 bedroom, hallway, living room, dining room, 12 foot ceilings) and it's so rewarding seeing the stuff gone finally.

My ceilings had been painted so it was a bit more difficult but I had read that using a little vinegar in the water helps.

Another thing I did differently was to do a skip trowel type texture on the ceilings. This way once I was done scraping and cleaning any left over dust I textured and fixed any issues at the same time.

It's inevitable that you will scratch the drywall or expose some low spots that will need repair.

And the stuff is messy, be prepared that the dust goes everywhere so seal off everything as much as possible.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:07 PM   #19
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Hi, just wanted to second the vote for going for it!!

I just got done removing almost 1200 sq feet of the stuff, (1 bedroom, hallway, living room, dining room, 12 foot ceilings) and it's so rewarding seeing the stuff gone finally.

My ceilings had been painted so it was a bit more difficult but I had read that using a little vinegar in the water helps.

Another thing I did differently was to do a skip trowel type texture on the ceilings. This way once I was done scraping and cleaning any left over dust I textured and fixed any issues at the same time.

It's inevitable that you will scratch the drywall or expose some low spots that will need repair.

And the stuff is messy, be prepared that the dust goes everywhere so seal off everything as much as possible.
Thanks for the advice. I have roughly the same amount of sq footage to remove but I'm only tackling the bathroom at the moment. I finished removing the wallpaper so once the texture is removed I plan to fix any tears I made on the wall & ceiling, level the ceiling if needed, then prime the wall and the ceiling with a primer at the same time then paint both. I have a second bath to use while this one gets over hauled. I have a question though. I'm going to level the ceiling if need but I've seen ppl use a damp sponge to decrease the amount of dust. Has anyone tried this method?
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I did battle with popcorn ceilings for three years at a large retirement community I worked for. In the end I discovered it was easy enough to remove. Unfortunately this was only after trying my best for a year to repair/refurbish the stuff. I am sure there is a special place in hell for the folks that came up with this finish.
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I did battle with popcorn ceilings for three years at a large retirement community I worked for. In the end I discovered it was easy enough to remove. Unfortunately this was only after trying my best for a year to repair/refurbish the stuff. I am sure there is a special place in hell for the folks that came up with this finish.
Be careful lol. I did a big rant on popcorn ceilings and boy did I catch the devil. I was informed in no uncertain terms that there are parts of the country that are still putting it up. Ala was one if I remember right.
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Just a word of caution. Asbestos was NEVER really banned in anything. Most companies voluntarily removed it from their consumer products, but anything that was setting on the shelf before about 1982 could still contain the big A. The EPA attempted to ban it but that was overturned by the courts on the basis that the EPA did not have the authority to ban anything. We still import asbestos by the ton in this country and place it into products. AND we don't require a disclosure on manufactured products that we import. Think about what has come in, like Chinese drywall. You think they'd tell us if they put asbestos in anything?
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Just my opinion but I wouldn't go to the trouble or expense of having it tested. You are going to wet it down twice there will be no dust. When you are finished it will be wrapped in plastic. I am not telling you not to do it I"m just saying what I would do.
Agreed. I worked in asbestos abatement for a couple years, did a few popcorn ceilings. A couple years ago, when redecorating a friends living room, had the popcorn tested, no asbestos... thought ok, that saves 4 hours or so of sealing up the room with plastic, just put down some drop sheets before starting.. big mistake, once I was done wetting down, scraping, stopping and sanding, the clean up took A LOT longer than if I'd just used the methods used for an asbestos one! I'd worn the same suit and mask to protect eyes and lungs from the debris and drywall dust anyhow!
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I started my war on the acoustical ceilings in my house a few weeks ago. Removing it was the easiest part. It took about an hour to seal up the room and another hour to remove the texture. I can't believe the original owners were willing to pay for an architect and this much millwork, but ruined the look with heavy acoustical texturing. I don't like the paint color, but changing that is easy and I got a good price for 15 gallons of high build paint on Craigslist.
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I'm still working on the second room;


Here's the room I am dreading;


I did spend about two hours a day(x3 days) mudding joints and sanding,I prefer smooth ceilings. I used one of these for sanding;

It has done a very good job, so far.
The most time consuming part of my project has been to fix the very poor installation of the millwork. It has taken many tubes of Journeyman to make it look presentable.
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I started my war on the acoustical ceilings in my house a few weeks ago. Removing it was the easiest part. It took about an hour to seal up the room and another hour to remove the texture. I can't believe the original owners were willing to pay for an architect and this much millwork, but ruined the look with heavy acoustical texturing. I don't like the paint color, but changing that is easy and I got a good price for 15 gallons of high build paint on Craigslist.
Here's the first room:

I'm still working on the second room;

Here's the room I am dreading;

I did spend about two hours a day(x3 days) mudding joints and sanding,I prefer smooth ceilings. I used one of these for sanding;

It has done a very good job, so far.
The most time consuming part of my project has been to fix the very poor installation of the millwork. It has taken many tubes of Journeyman to make it look presentable.
It looks nice. Tomorrow is the big day for me. My bathroom is only 60 sq ft so I don't anticipate much removal time. I'm guessing that mudding & sanding will take me longer. Good job though I love the high ceiling.
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I like the high ceilings too, but they are a pain to work on. I'm going to need scaffolding for the room in the last picture, it's 19 feet tall and sloped. Ironically all of the flat ceilings in my house are either smooth or hand textured.
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I like the high ceilings too, but they are a pain to work on. I'm going to need scaffolding for the room in the last picture, it's 19 feet tall and sloped. Ironically all of the flat ceilings in my house are either smooth or hand textured.
My living is about that tall also. I was thinking it might be too much of a job for me but I will see how the bathroom goes first.
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I like the high ceilings too, but they are a pain to work on. I'm going to need scaffolding for the room in the last picture, it's 19 feet tall and sloped. Ironically all of the flat ceilings in my house are either smooth or hand textured.
Buy the scaffolding.....I have a bunch of it around my house right now....I was surprised at how cheap it was.....when I'm done I'll sell all of it....except for 2-3 sections so I can access the high parts of the house.

When you don't need the stuff....it breaks down to a really small footprint.

Don't buy it off CL...until I bought my stuff I was watching CL and everything I saw was way over priced.....

If you were in LA I could tell you where to go.....
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I like the high ceilings too, but they are a pain to work on. I'm going to need scaffolding for the room in the last picture, it's 19 feet tall and sloped. Ironically all of the flat ceilings in my house are either smooth or hand textured.
I did my aunt's vaulted ceiling using an extension ladder. I got pretty buff with all the up and down move the ladder drills.

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