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My house was built in 1971. Dining room and living room are popcorn ceiling but I can see the joints. Also, there was brick running up the wall when I bought it, the popcorn ceiling was only run up to the brick, leaving about a 6' section of the ceiling with just plain drywall which leads me to believe that the popcorn ceiling was not originally installed. I want to remove the popcorn ceiling is why I'm asking. I feel like they put popcorn ceiling on to cover joints. I know they had to be in the ceiling because my house is wired with aluminum and there is copper running to outlets and switches. I have pictures, any thoughts? Thanks
 

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Not all popcorn used in the 70s had asbestos in it but as Chris stated the only way to know for sure is to have it tested!
 

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I guess I was trying to point out that I can see the joints and where it stopped where it met the brick in the living room. I was hoping it would be safe to say it was applied after the fact to cover bad joints and. It when he house wasn't originally built. I know that the brick was added by a former homeowner.
 

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Do your closets have popcorn on the ceiling? They typically get textured when the house is being built but seldom get textured later on.
 

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No they dont. It's only my downstairs dining room and living room. The kitchen in between the two also is regular drywall ceiling.
Upstairs is also regular drywall.
 

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While we can't say for certain, it does sound like the texture was done at a later date. Typically all the ceilings [except kitchen/bath] get textured. If I remember correctly, asbestos was banned from residential work in the late 70s BUT they were allowed to use up existing stock. Some say you're safe after the early 80s.
 

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My house was built in 1971. .......... leaving about a 6' section of the ceiling with just plain drywall
Sounds like it's drywall to me :wink2:
Even so, the likelihood of the texture having asbestos depends on when it was applied.
 

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That's what I was questioning kind of, how do I know if it's drywall mud they used to make the texture as opposed to popcorn ceiling? Are their better pictures I can take to help identify? Thank you everyone for their help, I really appreciate it.
 

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Popcorn texture has little round balls in it. It comes in 3 different sizes; fine, medium and coarse. Your first pic looks more like thinned downed joint compound but the 2nd pic looks like it could be popcorn. More pics would help verify.
 

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Only once have I ever painted a wall that was purposely textured with popcorn.
It's been awhile since I've painted a popcorn ceiling but your ceiling pics resemble fine/medium popcorn that has been painted multiple times.
 

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Ok That being said I'm going to just be safe and assume it has asbestos.
Rent a lift and hang drywall or skim coat?
 

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Personally I'd scrape and contain the debris, then skim coat. IMO that is less work [not everyone agrees] Basically asbestos is only dangerous in dry breathable form. Keeping it damp while scraping helps keep the dust down although since it's been painted it might not help much.
 

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Yea it being painted is why I was leaning towards drywall but I can isolate a small area and see how it goes from there
Thank you again sir
 
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