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KendraBarnes

06:59AM | 06/05/05
Member Since: 04/16/05
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I live in a house that is close to 100 years old and I recently removed wallpaper from two of the rooms. The walls are tounge and groove wood walls. One of the rooms had wallpaper on the ceiling. Is there a chance that there is asbestos under the wallpaper on the walls or ceiling? There was a brown hard layer that I removed and I was informed by someone that I was removing asbestos. I cannot find anything on the internet mentioning asbestos under old wallpaper so that is why I am asking. I am quite concerned. Thank you for any help!

tomh

10:40AM | 06/05/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
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The old brown layer is just adhesive and cellulose backing. I have never heard of asbestos being used in this application. If you are wet stripping, the paper should peel fairly clean. If you are still concerned, simple take a sample in a zip lock bag or film canister to a local analytical lab adn ask for PLM analysis (polarized light microscopy). Your cost will be $25 to $45/sample. See: Laboratoy, analytical in the yellow pages.

KendraBarnes

06:22PM | 06/06/05
Member Since: 04/16/05
4 lifetime posts
Thank you for the response TomH. You have eased a troubled mind. *smile*

KendraBarnes

06:34PM | 06/06/05
Member Since: 04/16/05
4 lifetime posts
Tomh,

The person that told me that there was asbestos under the wallpaper is saying that there was felt put on the boards before the wallpaper and that it is the felt that contains the asbestos. So, I guess I am going to have to ask, is she right? Sorry to ask again, but since I didnt mention the word "felt" the first time, I thought I would rephrase it just incase this makes a difference.

Thanks again for your earlier response.

Kendra

tomh

06:13AM | 06/07/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
558 lifetime posts
Asbestos fiber was used in a wide variety of products between the 1930s and late 70s as reinforcement in and on sheet products. Its nearly impossible to state with absolute certainty that a product does, or does not contain asbestos. For that reason we often test to eliminate the uncertainty. If you look in your Yellow Pages under Laboratory, Analytical, you will likely see firms that offer PLM testing for asbestos. Price is $25 to $45 per test. Samples are easily collected by a homeowner, put in a sealed container, and analyzed by the lab.

Asbestos felt was more often used as backing to vinyl flooring products or in applications requiring thermal stability. I have not personally run across it in wall coverings.

KendraBarnes

05:52AM | 06/08/05
Member Since: 04/16/05
4 lifetime posts
Thank you again for your quick response. I will have to look into getting a piece tested. I truly apppreciate the information.

:) Kendra
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