10:21AM | 09/28/05
Member Since: 09/12/05
10 lifetime posts
The inspection was done by the only licensed asbestos inspector in my town. They send the samples to a licensed lab out of town and from my understanding the lab uses PLM. The inspector said the plaster on the walls contains 2-4% asbestos and is a full plaster. The sq footage of all walls involved is approx 600. The insulation around the water heater is 80% asbestos. As I said earlier the inspector said we could remove the floor tile ourselves. I had called the CO dept of public health...prior to the inspection and was informed that I am not exempt that I would need the inspection and if asbestos found would have to have it removed before a demo permit could be issued. The inspector had to come back today and retest the celing tile there was not enough sample to test. He thought however it would be negative (Im praying hes right). Anyway based on this info could you give me a rough estimate on the removal? Was thinking in the range of 3-4 thousand. Does that soud right? Thanks alot for all your info and suggestions it has been very helpful.


11:22AM | 10/02/05
Member Since: 02/17/05
43 lifetime posts
I know in Michigan you could get all that done for under $4000. I would say 2,000 should take care of 600 sq ft of asbestos plaster and, depending on the size of the jacket, less than a thousand. When you're getting prices, be sure to tell them that this is for demolition.

Did you think about contacting a demolition contractor who also does asbestos removal (legally!)? It might be cheaper that way. There are legal short cuts that might be available because of it being demolition. I would also get separate prices from seperate contractors doing them separately just for comparison purposes.

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07:13PM | 10/02/05
Member Since: 10/01/05
3 lifetime posts
Per your post "Just got the results of the asbestos inspection. ...found asbestos in hallway celing and all plaster walls but not in the drywall.Im not real sure what that means. Does that mean the abatement contractor will remove just the plaster from the walls or the entire wall?"

The ceiling removal will likely be quite costly, as I am assuming from your post that it is the entire ceiling an that this is a sprayed-on or troweled-on surfacing (not something simpler to manage, like drop-in ceiling tiles). The plaster removal depends on what layer of plaster contains asbestos. If it is just the skimcoat (the nice smooth white coating) then they might be able to remove just that coat. If it's the greycoat or browncoat underneath, or the scratchcoat underneath that, you may be looking at removal of the entire wall.

No matter what, though, since you indicate this is throughout the house, I hate to say it but it looks like you are facing a potentially costly abatement if you do have to abate before demolition. However, you have gotten some encouraging posts from people more familiar with your state's standards than I am indicating that you may be exempt from any abatement standards.

Bravo to you for giving this thought and not simply pushing ahead and exposing yourself, family, or neighbors.


09:11AM | 10/03/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
You have done an excellent job of investigating the scope of asbestos materials in the structure and gotten regulatory guidance on applicability. At this point you seem to be down to developing a job specification and taking bids. This is probably a good time of year to get the work done as the contractors are not as busy doing abatement work at schools. Good luck, and keep us informed what your bids actually come in at.
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