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MinCA

08:10PM | 07/09/03
Member Since: 07/15/02
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Hello-My house (built 1920's) currently has an older furnace (Fraser Johnston) which still works but I plan to replace it shortly. It has circular-shaped rigid metal ducts leading out from the furnace, and they are coated with asbestos covering--not flaking--the coating still appears intact. My question is: can I replace the furnace and leave the ducts remaining? A couple people suggested I paint the asbestos with latex paint to keep it sustainable going forward. I fear the abatement will be expensive. I know neighboring homes have a similar situation (typical in these older homes).

treebeard

02:21AM | 07/10/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
Abatement will be more expensive, indeed.

The question of whether you can leave the old ducts, as long as the asbestos encasulation is still in good condition, would be one to put to your heating contractor. He's the one who will be dealing with the stuff as he makes the connections. He may also have a better handle on the laws in your area regarding required removals, if any.

MinCA

06:03AM | 07/10/03
Member Since: 07/15/02
6 lifetime posts
Thx for responding. I was inclined to think the contractors would almost insist that the ducts/asbestos be removed before they replaced the furnance---but since I'm in the process of painting before the contractors start coming in, thought I'd ask if I was doing the right thing in the interim.
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