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Removing asbestos-containing popcorn ceiling - can DIYer do it?


Old 11-22-04, 03:26 PM
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Removing asbestos-containing popcorn ceiling - can DIYer do it?

I am remodeling a bedroom and want to remove the original (ca. 1963) popcorn ceiling that has been tested and is known to contain 2% asbestos. I've read a number of articles on the internet, some of which say in no uncertain terms that the homeowner should not attempt this work and that a licensed asbestos removal contractor must be hired. Other articles are less strong in this regard, mainly emphasizing the precautions that should be taken by whoever does the job. Adding to my uncertainty on this: I know that as a practical matter a number of homeowners in my area have done this job themselves, and I suspect some were not even familiar with the potential risks. Also, other homeowners I know have hired this work done, but not necessarily by licensed individuals.

In short, I want to avoid unnecessary risks, but probably would not hire a "pro" for this small job if I could reasonably and carefully do the work myself. Any opinions out there?

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Old 11-22-04, 05:37 PM
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I kinda doubt your going to get the answer you want to hear. Noone on here, if they're smart, is going to tell you to break the law and do it yourself. So...

Officially, I would say, you must hire a professional,. licensed asbestos abatement contractor to remove any and all material containing asbestos.

Naturally you may read whatever you like into the "officially" part, but I won't say any more than that , have a good day, and good luck with whatever YOU decide.
Old 11-24-04, 04:12 PM
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Thanks for the comments, jproffer. I may be confused about the law, but what I have read led me to believe that the legal options are to either do it myself or hire a licensed specialist. What the law seems to prohibit is hiring an unlicensed individual to do the work. What I got out of this was that the law seems to be saying "hire a licensed specialist or assume the risk of doing the work yourself (as the homeowner), but you cannot hire someone else that may not be familiar with the risks or be equipped to do the job."

Anyway, I appreciate your input.
Old 11-24-04, 05:29 PM
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You would also have to find some way of disposal. There are STRICT laws concerning the disposal of asbestos. It can not be disposed of in the grneral trash and must be clearly marked in a special bag/container.
Good luck and post back

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