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Budwardo

07:41AM | 06/02/02
Member Since: 06/01/02
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We are purchasing a home built in 1945, with an addition built in 1975. We weren't able to gain access to the addition until yesterday, 2 weeks before closing. That inspection revealed that the ceiling is insulated with Vermiculite.

We planned on placing an indoor access to this part of the house for attic storage space, but now we know we shouldn't unless the Vermiculite is removed.

I know it's best left to the professionals, but if I chose to remove the Vermiculite myself, how could I do so in the safest possible manner? Is there any way to secure the insulation in such a way that it doesn't have to be removed, but that we could still use the space for storage?

Any suggestions would be appreciated...Buddy

bfg9k

01:56AM | 10/15/02
Member Since: 10/14/02
3 lifetime posts
Vermiculite/asbestos info: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/asbestos/verm.html

The asbestos type found in some vermiculite, tremolite, is the worst type. I'd get your vermiculite tested (wearing eye protection and a HEPA respirator during the sampling), and then hire a professional to do the removing...

Housebroken

10:08PM | 01/13/03
Member Since: 12/23/02
18 lifetime posts
If it contains asbestos, you may be able to get compensation for the removal costs, if you join the class-action lawsuit against the manufacturer.

I've heard you can encapsulate the vermiculite so it can safely stay in place, but that's not a do-it-yourself job.




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