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Old 02-26-2019, 05:40 PM   #21
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It may be some comfort that the lead time from exposure to mesothelioma is thought to be 35 years.
Against that, it has been as short as 10 years. There is a view "one fiber" lodged in the lung is enough to cause it. Even family members washing clothes of exposed workers have developed the illness.
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Old 02-26-2019, 05:46 PM   #22
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As a certified contractor I can tell you about the hell that the federal and State governments put us through when the word "asbestos" is whispered. Even on government projects, we do not disturb the stuff. Leave it alone. This is an old thread, so I'm curious if the OP tested his tiles or just covered them up.
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This is an old thread, so I'm curious if the OP tested his tiles or just covered them up.
I am curious as well. However the thread is only about 30 hours old. The testing may take a little longer.
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I am curious as well. However the thread is only about 30 hours old. The testing may take a little longer.
Haha you're right! I was thinking about another thread, identical, but was a long time ago. Either here or on the CF.
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Sometimes it is hard to keep take of everything.


It's all good!
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As an aside, any time you're working with material that's kicking up dust (of any sort) it's good to wear at least basic dust masks. You don't have to go 'whole hog' and suit up with a respirator.

There are also such things as portable air filtration systems. I've got one of these from Rigid.

RIDGID® Portable Dust Filter System - Lee Valley Tools

Works pretty well to pull in ambient air and filter it. It's certainly not as effective as HEPA-grade filtration, but it's a whole lot better than nothing.
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As an aside, any time you're working with material that's kicking up dust (of any sort) it's good to wear at least basic dust masks. You don't have to go 'whole hog' and suit up with a respirator.

There are also such things as portable air filtration systems. I've got one of these from Rigid.
Good. However if there is possibility of asbestos, then a suit would be a good idea. Even just basic overalls from Home Depot is better than wearing street clothes.

When we burnt out tar from the bilge of my steel boat, we ran a carpet dryer with 12" hose down to the burn zone (the suction end), and blew everything into the atmosphere. There were no residual smells inside the boat after that at all
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I am investing a lab here in Victoria BC. So hopefully i get them a sample soon.
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Found a lab close to me. $40 per sample. I am going drop one off to them next week. Worth the peace of mind if nothing else.
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Here are two pictures of the type of tile I have.Click image for larger version

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senan, that is nasty worthless stuff. Let us know how the lab results come out, then replace all that gunk with modern acoustic insulation. good luck!
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Sample is dropped off to the lab today. Will get result in approximately 5 days. I will update once the results are in.
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I was told by the lab, if it is asbestos, It would be easier to paint in over with a few coats of paint. Removing it would be expensive.
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Removing it would be expensive.
If you hired out the job.
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If you hired out the job.
Yes that is correct. I suppose I could do it with the right PPE
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If you hired out the job.
Balance the risk of death from mesothelioma against paying a professional to do it.I`ve seen patients giving evidence on their deathbed in negligence claims against employers, which get expedited to resolve the case before their imminent death. It`s not pretty.
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I worked in the automotive service industry when asbestos was used in brake friction parts and clutch parts.


Based on my past experience, I have an opinion regarding a single exposure versus being at a work place where the exposure is continuous over a long period of time. However I will not disagree that asbestos handling has some risks.
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I was told by the lab, if it is asbestos, It would be easier to paint in over with a few coats of paint. Removing it would be expensive.
Yup do not disturb it and any place that shows wear, PAINT IT
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I worked in the automotive service industry when asbestos was used in brake friction parts and clutch parts.


Based on my past experience, I have an opinion regarding a single exposure versus being at a work place where the exposure is continuous over a long period of time. However I will not disagree that asbestos handling has some risks.
Of course, the greater the exposure the greater the risk. But, it only takes one fiber to lodge in the pleura to cause mesothelioma. Your training to modify your industrial risk must be valuable to you but not all have the benefit of safety training.I`d not want less knowledgeable members to take the risk.

https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/pleural-mesothelioma/
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The results are in.
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