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Old 03-16-2011, 08:55 PM   #1
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Anyone dealing with this yet. Here in Mass on public works projects pretty much any building prior to 1985 is now being tested for lead, asbestos and now PCBs. Apparently PCB can leach into virtually material. The abatement process is a giant mess. From the way the PCB is going their going to push it into residential market as soon as they can.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:05 PM   #2
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Funny you should say - I was talking to my sealant supplier (thorosystems) and he mentioned a commercial contractor/customer had lost a big job because of this testing - apparently there was asbestos in the sealant and they weren't qualified to remove it. Seemed weird to me as I have removed miles of urethane and never heard of it before - modern materials that is.

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Its only started up about 2 years ago. Of course the Hazardous Testing companies are finding it everwhere. Abating is very intrusive. Apparrently PCB's are a leachant and can migrate. A local college had a dorm window replacement project done that was found to have had PCB caulking, it almost tripled the cost of the project to abate the caulk and all the masonry that it had contaminated. Talking to different abatement companies and the word is that PCB abatement will be coming to the residiential segment. Its at the point now virtually every building you look to work on is contaminated with something.
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:57 AM   #4
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Thanks, this is news to me. Wonderful wonderful.

Moon suit, respirators and plastification. ; (

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lovely.
we're constantly making new products that perform better and better, but have unintended consequences. it's a neverending cycle.
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just what in ten years you will have to abate dry wall because of Gypsum lol
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In Mass we already have to recycle drywall.
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Just wait, in ten years wood will need an abatement process....its already "known to cause cancer"
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In Mass we already have to recycle drywall.
I'd love to be able to recycle drywall (If it's free). It's costs a pretty penny at the dump.

How does it work in Mass?
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In Mass for small loads its handled at the transfer stations. They only recycle new clean drywall. Anything with paint or wallpaper gets trashed. On big jobs a dedicated drywall dumpster is used. Dont believe there is any cost savings its just the law.
As far as asbestos we have had to deal with it in compound and even in the glazing Anderson Windows used in their glazing.
Nothing is clean.
Don't mean to take this off on a political rant but between the EPA and OSHA they are not helping the unemployment numbers. I just don't get how any of this is going to get the construction industry back. The only industries that benefit from any of this is the testing companies and the compliance companies.

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