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Old 10-14-2011, 06:28 PM   #1
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Asbestos in Lath & Plaster?


Hi,

I asked this question before for a different wall that i am removing And it turned out to be two layers of gypsum. I'm removing an adjacent wall as well and started opening up a few sections. I got to one lathe and plaster section and noticed in the plaster these brown hairs (horse hair?).

I plan on getting an actual respirator instead of this face mask. Maybe a shield as well.

But can some take a look at this picture and let me know what I'm looking at? I did a little research and read that people put hairs in plaster to keep it from crack and provide stiffness.

Just want to make sure that it's not asbestos. Any thoughts?

Thanks.

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Not asbestos--various fibers were used in plaster --horse hair--linen (flax)--hemp and what ever was available locally.----
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Ok great. So I'm free to proceed with respirators, etc?
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Yes,you are---Lead paint may be present so plastic off the area---use strong fans in the windows to blow the dust out and create a negative pressure (Helps keep the dust out of the house)

Shower well after work and keep kids out of the house while working.


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Yes,you are---Lead paint may be present so plastic off the area---use strong fans in the windows to blow the dust out and create a negative pressure (Helps keep the dust out of the house)

Shower well after work and keep kids out of the house while working.


And have fun!---Mike---

As a home owner you can do this. As a contractor, NOT
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What's the problem for a contractor? I'm not one btw I'm the homeowner.
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New government regulations---RRP---Joe Sheridan has a blog on it ----Contractors need to get certified in lead abatement--then follow strict rules when working in or on a house built before 1978.

This adds approximately $600 to a fairly simple demolition job.(supplies --time--testing)
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Man I love this forum. Thank you.

Lastly, behind the wall there is some metal lathe running vertical instead of horizontal like wooden lathe. Seems like a door use to be there. What's an easy way to remove metal lathe?

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It's just nailed on--knock it loose with a hammer--

How old is the house??---those studs make me think you have a very old structure there.
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It's just nailed on--knock it loose with a hammer--

How old is the house??---those studs make me think you have a very old structure there.
It was built in 1880. Pretty old house.

My first house and I'm renovating it. Learning a lot as I go. :-)

That wall you see is coming down.
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Those old places are a challenge to work on----the framing methods were different back then---

I love working on antique houses but seldom get the chance----

I'm helping a young couple get a 100 + years old house ready to move into---

They had a setback when I pointed out the wiring was to dangerous to live with---so their 'new bathroom' money went to 'complete new electric'---

At least I can sleep , knowing that the house won't burn down for bad wiring.

Neat little cottage----All the old trims remain---nice--we salvaged the original floors (home owner hand belt sanded the two rooms using my 4" sander)---Looks nice---

Keep the pictures coming---Mike----
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Mike - My house is built exactly the same way. They used real 2x4 oak studs and 1" thick oak boards as sheathing around the house. The studs were twisted as a screw and i had to sister 2x4 pine studs next to them so I could hang drywall after i gutted the room.

I only have 2 out of 4 rooms done. Not looking forward to the next two. Good luck!
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