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Old 12-09-2010, 12:15 PM   #21
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I read up on it about a year ago,
I was handling some at the time, and just googled it to see if it was harmful or not.

I found that not all has asbesto's, but their certain a decent percentage does.

So IMO, you should just treat it as it does, just to be on the safe side.

It may or may not, but how are you going to tell without tests.
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:33 PM   #22
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Education is important.

Hysteria and panic is silly.

Maybe we should just build everything out of lolipops and licorice.
Oh no, there is lead under the hood of my truck, I better not open it.
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:36 AM   #23
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just saw a similer article a few minutes ago... good to know
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I read up on it about a year ago,
I was handling some at the time, and just googled it to see if it was harmful or not.

I found that not all has asbesto's, but their certain a decent percentage does.

So IMO, you should just treat it as it does, just to be on the safe side.

It may or may not, but how are you going to tell without tests.
Your points are very good, and is what all responsible people should do. Not make flippant jokes, and belittle its danger as proof of some sort of nanny state
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Your points are very good, and is what all responsible people should do. Not make flippant jokes, and belittle its danger as proof of some sort of nanny state
Back in 1990, a requirement for California Contractor License renewal was passing the state bar on Asbestos. Anybody who passed the test knows there is asbestos in concrete, stucco, plaster, mortar, tile, siding, shingles, electrical wiring, duct work, insulation, accoustic ceilings, and much more in structures built before 1980.
Education is very important to safe abatement and encapsulation.
In todays economy, how many people are going to turn down work on projects built before 1980 because of asbestos ?
Or blow the whistle on home owners to have all the asbestos in their house removed, at a cost of thousands, before they start work.
The home owner will simply cancel the job or give it to some less educated labor force.
Who can believe anything they read on the internet ? I don't see a problem mixing in a few jokes. Just read between the lines.

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Well I understand that some of the regulars on here know all about this topic.
But my point of posting this article, was to let some of the contractors that have no idea
that they working with potentially hazardous material and can bring it home on their clothes and affect their family. I for one not only have to think of myself, but for my family too.
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Just found in a house i am looking at had it tested in several locations and came back clean
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Sir Mixalot's warning is apt, be it vermiculite, saw dust, mould, fiberglass or whatever it just makes common sense to try to minimize one's exposure to airborne particles.
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I think one of the biggest concerns that I see to often around here is when the forced air ducts go into the attic and the attic is filled with this stuff. Then the cable guy or the electrician goes crawling around in the attic and kicks loose/open some ductwork.

I just read an inspection report yesterday and there it was. An attic picture with zonolite and open ductwork.

Just be careful. I personally hate the stuff.
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Menards still sells the stuff; zonolite. This issue is that particularly one mine in Montana had high levels. Other sources do not, so do not assume that all is bad.

In my hometown there was a guy who had a building tested for asbestos. It came back positive. He then proceeded to demo the house and he is facing some huge fines for willfully exposing many people to asbestos.

If you test for zonolite and it comes back as tainted with asbestos and it is determined that you did some kind of work that disturbs it, you could be endangering yourself, the occupant and face some kind of fines or culpability. Once it's on record....... beware.

Thanks for the post, it is not that unusual to work around this insulation.

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Most home centers have it in the garden department. Sold as soil conditioner.
Drink the cool-aid.

When I was a kid on the farm, we mixed vermiculite into soil for potting. Kept bags and bags of it laying around, handled it with an open shovel. No one from the farm has died of anything other than old age.

On the other hand - I pretty much always wear a P100 dust mask whenever what I'm doing creates or disturbs ANY dust - you just never know.

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I cannot get over the fact that it looks like chewed up wood.. you guys have this in your attics?!!!!??? Freakin weird man..

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