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Old 09-13-2010, 07:16 PM   #16
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I appreciate that you can take my joking. I do realize that asbestos and lead are nothing to sneeze at, pardon the pun. I think most people think getting it tested is prohibitively expensive, or just a pain. I've heard its not too expensive, so why not do it?

Especially if you are young and haven't already exposed yourself to myriad toxins over the years. Or have kids around. Or anyone else around you care about, for that matter. That's the point, here.

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PS: UPDATE: I willl never make it as a skim coat pro. I am still skimming the 25x13 ceiling, 8 hours later, including a lunch and dinner break. And there's a lot of touch up to do when I am done! OH, AND NO BUBBLES!

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Old 09-13-2010, 07:56 PM   #17
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I appreciate that you can take my joking. I do realize that asbestos and lead are nothing to sneeze at, pardon the pun. I think most people think getting it tested is prohibitively expensive, or just a pain. I've heard its not too expensive, so why not do it?

The test is cheap. Possessing actual knowledge is.... well, it's smart. But there is a legal downside to actual knowledge after the lab test. When you sell, you will probably be asked to sign a disclosure. If you're honest you say its there and the buyers walk or talk down in price or insist on removal. Also rules limit how many sq ft DIYers can do before they are supposed to call the hazmat guys. That's why some informed people make a conscious decision to NOT find out. If I ever have another textured ceiling from an older home I want to mess with, I'll try hard to think about NOT messing with it.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:34 PM   #18
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Also rules limit how many sq ft DIYers can do before they are supposed to call the hazmat guys. That's why some informed people make a conscious decision to NOT find out. If I ever have another textured ceiling from an older home I want to mess with, I'll try hard to think about NOT messing with it.

From the EPA site:

http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/ashome.html#dosdonts

I haven't been able to find anything as far as a sq ft "trigger" for calling in the Pro's
Or anything that outlines defines a Major repair VS Minor repair

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Asbestos Do's And Don'ts for the Homeowner
  • Do keep activities to a minimum in any areas having damaged material that may contain asbestos.
  • Do take every precaution to avoid damaging asbestos material.
  • Do have removal and major repair done by people trained and qualified in handling asbestos. It is highly recommended that sampling and minor repair also be done by asbestos professionals.
  • Don't dust, sweep, or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos.
  • Don't saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in asbestos materials.
  • Don't use abrasive pads or brushes on power strippers to strip wax from asbestos flooring. Never use a power stripper on a dry floor.
  • Don't sand or try to level asbestos flooring or its backing. When asbestos flooring needs replacing, install new floor covering over it, if possible.
  • Don't track material that could contain asbestos through the house. If you cannot avoid walking through the area, have it cleaned with a wet mop. If the material is from a damaged area, or if a large area must be cleaned, call an asbestos professional.
Major repairs must be done only by a professional trained in methods for safely handling asbestos.
Minor repairs should also be done by professionals since there is always a risk of exposure to fibers when asbestos is disturbed.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:27 PM   #19
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Thanks Scuba.... I don't see any fed rule either.... I dealt with my asbestos problems 10 years ago in Michigan. Makes me wonder if it was a state thing, or they may have changed the rule, or (quite possible) I got it wrong in the first place.
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Local & state rules can be stricter as I understand
Finding the info can be a pain

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