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Gentlemen,

I'm looking at taking on a new rehabilitation project. An old Victorian - built ~1890 - big red brick thing. These things sometimes have vermiculite in the walls or roof as insulation. I know some vermiculite contains asbestos. So would opening the walls to get it out and re-insulate fall under asbestos remediation rules? That is, if I find vermicultite in there, does what I thought was going to be a straight forward open, re-do, close-up job suddenly turn into a full-blown asbestos remediation I have to call specialists in for?

Thanks.
 

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In many areas, asbestos regulations do not apply when it is a residential property.

Still, test and be prudently safe.

Ed
 

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If there's asbestos in the vermiculite (and you won't know unless you have it tested), I'd treat it as a remediation project even if the state doesn't require you to. What happens when the homeowner develops lung cancer a few years down the road and starts thinking "hmmm...Bob took all that asbestos-laden insulation out without proper containment and ventilation- he must have caused this!" It's not worth risking your business to save the owner some $$.
 

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Ya, ok, message received everyone. Thanks. Very sensible.

When I was a kid on the farm we mixed bags of vermiculite into soil for potting - it just seems odd to imgine it as something dangerous.
 

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once you find asbestos in the walls, it is an abestos remediation project. what if you blow in insulation from the top of the stud bays-would it be possible to fully settle and not have any original material blow out during the initial installation?
 
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