Is this asbestos?

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Old 02-14-17, 04:21 PM
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Is this asbestos?

I am demo-ing my bathroom and behind the vanity tile there is : sheetrock, some brown composite material, then sheetrock, then pipes.

Is the brown composite material asbestos or maybe some sound deadening material?

Why would a builder put sheetrock over this brown material?

The building is an old loft style building built in the 1920s. It was converted to condos in 1983.

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Old 02-14-17, 05:17 PM
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I wouldn't think so?
But should be sure!
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Old 02-14-17, 05:26 PM
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If the time frame that that material was installed is 1983 then it would not be asbestos.
Its use was discontinued many years before that.
 
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Old 02-15-17, 02:51 AM
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Is that on every wall or just the party wall between units?
 
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Old 02-15-17, 05:57 AM
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The wall with the brown material does separate my unit from another unit.

I've only opened up two walls. The other wall was internal to my apartment and there was only cement board behind there.
 
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Old 02-15-17, 07:42 AM
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I wonder if maybe it is cellotex sandwiched between 2 layers of drywall.
 
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Old 02-17-17, 07:07 AM
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I randomly met a nyc contractor yesterday and ran the asbestos question past him.

He said asbestos won't be in wall materials but will be wrapped around pipes as insulation. Not seeing the latter for any of the pipes I have exposed.
 
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