08:51PM | 03/23/04
Member Since: 03/22/04
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We recently bought a condo (built in 1969) that had 10% Chrysotile asbestos in the "acoustic ceiling". Has anyone had this removed with radiant heating (in the ceiling)?

We are concerned that the removal may damage the heating unit, and that having a smooth surface or retexturing won't be possible due to the heating.

Anyone have any experience with this situation and whether or not it can be done with no damage to the heating unit and whether or not the ceiling can be refinished once the popcorn is removed?

I have searched the archives and all over the Internet, but haven't found any information for this scenario.

Any feedback would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance!

:) Charlotte


09:51AM | 03/24/04
Member Since: 03/22/04
4 lifetime posts
There were several reasons why we decided that removal was the best option...

1. This is a bottom unit and susceptible to vibrations from the upper unit. Also, the upper units dishwasher leaked and caused water damage to the bottom units ceiling, so I'm unsure if the ceiling may have delaminated.

2. The current owners have only owned the unit for 2 years, so they don't know the history behind some spotty looking patch jobs in the bedrooms.

3. I plan on having kids relatively soon, and worry that stray balls and toys will make their way to the ceiling (which often happens) and causes the ceiling to crumble.

We considered encapsulation, but because of the radiant heating, we didn't know if that was an option. I think for peace of mind we would rather have it removed, for the above reasons.

I just hope we can refinish it!

:) Charlotte


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