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Hello, I'd like to remodel a bathroom in my home that was built in 1961. I found out the hard way about asbestos in my house by cutting a few transite siding pieces :mad:. The bathroom is tile over sheetrock. I'd like to tear off the tile and replace with new. Just concerned about asbestos in the sheetrock. Any idea's? I was thinking of carefully pulling the tile and then just putting new 1/4 sheetrock over the old? Any help or idea's would be appreciated.
 

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Hello, I'd like to remodel a bathroom in my home that was built in 1961. I found out the hard way about asbestos in my house by cutting a few transite siding pieces :mad:. The bathroom is tile over sheetrock. I'd like to tear off the tile and replace with new. Just concerned about asbestos in the sheetrock. Any idea's? I was thinking of carefully pulling the tile and then just putting new 1/4 sheetrock over the old? Any help or idea's would be appreciated.
If the tile is set in black mastic,
that likely contains the only asbestos.
Tear the drywall off with the tile
attached.
 

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You need to be aware of the possibility of lead as well - it could be in the tile glazing.

What Kenn said and also mask off to control and contain the dust and debris and follow up with thorough cleaning (wipe down and hepa vac). Kids are the ones that could be affected if done carelessly.
 

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More times than not the asbestos tests come back with the drywall mud containing asbestos. With early 60's drywall asbestos could be a problem also. It doesn't cost much for a test to know what you're dealing with. Abatement costs could be cheap compared to a liability lawsuit or OSHA/EPA fines & intervention. Good luck!!
 

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Wear a suitable respirator, create a negative air pressure system out a window and wrap all debris in plastic before transporting if you're really concerned about asbestos. Asbestos typically causes problems when people are exposed to large amounts over a long period of time, but every time you breathe it, you're rolling the dice.
 

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Put on a purple filtered respirator.
http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_id=12716&p_table=standards

Never give a respirator to anyone without training...you are opening yourself up to more lawsuits...

From OSHA
In any workplace where respirators are necessary to protect the health of the employee or whenever respirators are required by the employer, the employer shall establish and implement a written respiratory protection program with worksite-specific procedures. The program shall be updated as necessary to reflect those changes in workplace conditions that affect respirator use. The employer shall include in the program the following provisions of this section, as applicable:​
1910.134(c)(1)(i)
Procedures for selecting respirators for use in the workplace;​
1910.134(c)(1)(ii)
Medical evaluations of employees required to use respirators;​
1910.134(c)(1)(iii)
Fit testing procedures for tight-fitting respirators;​
1910.134(c)(1)(iv)
Procedures for proper use of respirators in routine and reasonably foreseeable emergency situations;​
1910.134(c)(1)(v)
Procedures and schedules for cleaning, disinfecting, storing, inspecting, repairing, discarding, and otherwise maintaining respirators;​
1910.134(c)(1)(vi)
Procedures to ensure adequate air quality, quantity, and flow of breathing air for atmosphere-supplying respirators;​
1910.134(c)(1)(vii)
Training of employees in the respiratory hazards to which they are potentially exposed during routine and emergency situations;​
1910.134(c)(1)(viii)
Training of employees in the proper use of respirators, including putting on and removing them, any limitations on their use, and their maintenance; and​
1910.134(c)(1)(ix)
Procedures for regularly evaluating the effectiveness of the program.​
1910.134(c)(2)
 

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If your profession is asbestos abatement take every precaution you can, if not, use some common sense and you'll be fine. Hepa masks work, but you probably don't need a PAPR, and disposable clothes and a shower on the way out.

Why not get it tested to find out? Can't hurt.

Keep the area wet as you demo, this keeps dust down anyway. Pull the rock off the studs with the tiles on as much as you can, it's easier and faster to the dump.

I always like to demo to the studs, gives you a chance to inspect the framing, fir it if necessary or desirable for plumb/square, and you wind up with more room and particularly in your own home, you get to know more about your house.

What is your final finish? Is 1/4" rock appropriate for that?
 

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Hey guys, the last time I checked this was still the U.S. and it is HIS house.

"Hello, I'd like to remodel a bathroom in my home that"

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You are correct. But, what about real estate disclosure laws when he goes to sell the house. You going to fail to mention you did an illegal remodel (no permit)& an illegal asbestos abatement, with no clearance. There are procedures in place not only to protect the OP & his family but workers on the job & future owners. Buyers have become pretty smart questioning remodels & repairs & the permits & procedures to complete them. You mentioned lead paint in your post. Don't forget the new Federal rules coming into play. Asbestos can be nasty stuff to deal with.
 
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