10:41PM | 07/30/05
Member Since: 07/30/05
1 lifetime posts
I have a home built in the 1890's that was re-sided with Asbestos Siding at some point. We knew it was pretty safe to leave alone so we did so. On Friday a large tractor-trailer rig came down our street and caught the power line hooked to our home. Thankfully no fire happened, allthough there are burn marks on the siding (love this siding for that reason).

Anyway damage has been done to the siding and boards underneath where he ripped the weatherhead off the side of our home. We have about 6 pieces of siding (and one board) now laying in the yard. Some other pieces of siding on the house have been broken. An electrian has been out and replaced the weatherhead and restored power, and the power company had him send the bill to them, and said they would pay for additional charges to fix the house.

I will be calling contractors on Monday, but thought someone may be able to give me an idea of what to expect now. I know finding replacement siding is next to impossible and I am now worried about the broken siding and if we now have a hazard.

A little advice would be wonderful....


Kathy Tatro

Portland, Oregon


04:01AM | 07/31/05
Member Since: 02/17/05
43 lifetime posts
There are a lot of unpredictables at this point. Depending on how compliant your contractors are, they may say they won't touch the stuff and it will have to be done either by you (as a homeowner you can handle it if you are willing) or some kind of asbestos professional.

From a legal standpoint, OSHA says that a contractor must have Class II asbestos worker training to deal with a non-friable substance like asbestos board. This means they have had at least 8 hours and can prove it.

Personally, I would suggest you just clean it up and dispose of it yourself. IF you're nervous about it, wet it down with a hose and then wrap it up in plastic and tape the edges with duct tape. As I said, it's non-friable so poses a very minor hazard and if done wet there is virtually no hazard at all.

As for replacement, I can't speak to that issue. I'm just a lowly asbestos inspector!

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