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Old 03-30-2014, 04:10 PM   #1
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Two products are attached to the floor of this bathroom. One is a sheet above the joists and below the flooring (some has been spray painted white, some remains tan). The other is in a similar location, but colored black (most of it looks like it has been ripped out).

I know the only way to know if something contains asbestos is to get it tested, but is this the sort of thing you would spend the time and money to have tested or am I just being paranoid? Parts of the house are 1908 and others are 1940.
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If you are not sure, you need to send a sample off to be tested. Most likely just Masonite board. Think of it as Wood pulp Fiber board, before it becomes Cardboard or paper.

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Probably tentest type board put up to keep the dirt from falling through the cracks in the plank flooring laid directly on the joists.
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Thanks. I plan on having both tested.
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Most times it does not have Asbestos. If Tentest, no Asbestos to worry about. Celotex is another product that looks like this. I would be worried about having the fibers from it floating in the air, causing you to get itchy.

If you plan on taking it down, treat it like you do with Fiberglass Insulation. Mask, eye protection. long sleeved shirts and pants. Wet the product down with Water with a little bit of Dish Detergent in it. You can use a Garden Pump sprayer to wet it down, while you remove and bag it.

Then just toss in the trash dumpster.
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Also place a fan in the window and seal open part of window where fan is not.
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Also place a fan in the window and seal open part of window where fan is not.
Especially if you are gutting a room. I found that the fan looks worse then you do, when pulling down old Gyprock.

When we gutted our bath, one of the neighbors came knocking on our door, due to it looked like Smoke going out of the window that the fan was in. Nope, just a bunch of Gypsum & Cement/Plaster.

It is odd how it takes less time to gut a space, then it does to put the drywall up and finish it.

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