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ScottyDinBoston
Asbestos?
ScottyDinBoston

I live in a three family home outside Boston built in 1900. I have a no working gas fireplace insert and I am wondering if the cement like coating on the top half of the back of the insert is asbestos. Please help.

ScottyDinBoston
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ScottyDinBoston

Here is a pic....actually this site is not allowing me to upload pics. I'll try tomorrow

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

If the insert is circa 1978 or newer, then it is unlikely to be asbestos, if it is a concern, you can have the material tested.

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bill
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bill

You can call a company that does this type of testing, In fact alot of towns call for a report from a company before demolition of walls ceiling floors etc.

ed21
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ed21

It may or may not have asbestos in it, but if it's entact any asbestos in it will not be released. If doing demo getting it tested will let you know.

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As I've read beforeIt is very difficult to identify the presence of asbestos just by looking at it. As a general rule, certain building materials installed before the late 1980s may contain asbestos. However, the only way to be certain is to have a sample of the material analysed by a laboratory.:)

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce
ElleHarries wrote:

As I've read beforeIt is very difficult to identify the presence of asbestos just by looking at it. As a general rule, certain building materials installed before the late 1980s may contain asbestos. However, the only way to be certain is to have a sample of the material analysed by a laboratory.:)

1978 was when Asbestos was banned from building materials, however, it's presence did continue in some things into the 80's. Yes, absolutely, if you are concerned, no matter what age the house, have the material tested. Check with your local extension office.

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