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09:43AM | 05/15/04
Member Since: 05/14/04
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I have just purchased a home that was built in 1968. While removing the wall paper in the bathroom, I discovered several layers. I finally found one end that went through all the different layers off wallpaper. I pulled it back and the whole sheet of wallpaper came off only to reveal brown, hard stuff which I am assuming is wallpaper glue all over the wall. While I was scraping at it (of course it would not come off!) the questioned crossed my mind that this could be asbestos. I know that I am paranoid and in researching on the internet, I do not think I have anything to worry about, but....

Does anyone know if asbestos is found behind wallpaper or in the glue?


08:30PM | 05/15/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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I have found asbestos in a lot of places, but wallpaper glue is not one of them. I have seen it in older joint compounds, but not in the drywall or drywall. My opinion is that the material you are dealing with has a low potential for containing asbestos. By 1968, asbestos in homes was in vinyl flooring, mastics, some thermal products, wiring, sometimes in joint compound.

If you want to be certain a $35 test using polarized light microscopy at a local analytical laboratory can provide a definitive answer.

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