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    asbestos insulation

    before i go playing around in my crawl space, i wanted to check to make sure this is not asbestos insulation. It's got the paper back and looks like fiberglass insulation, but i'm not sure.






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    Re: asbestos insulation

    How old is the house? Or more importantly, how old is the insulation? Any idea?



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    Re: asbestos insulation

    built in the 50s, 53 i think. i've had 3 other people tell me it's fiber glass and that asbestos insulation is usually around pipes and not used like this. but i'm so scared of asbestos i just wanna make sure



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    Re: asbestos insulation

    Quote Originally Posted by isubeatle View Post
    built in the 50s, 53 i think. i've had 3 other people tell me it's fiber glass and that asbestos insulation is usually around pipes and not used like this. but i'm so scared of asbestos i just wanna make sure
    If the insulation is faced it's most likely fiberglass. If you have some that's loose it might be vermiculite which might have asbestos in it. Around pipes in your vintage house would probably be asbestos.

    Are you wanting to get rid of it?

    edit: looks like fiberglass or mineral wool batt insulation in the photos.


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    Re: asbestos insulation

    I think asbestos is typically of the blown in variety



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    Re: asbestos insulation


    Or just wear a mask while you're getting rid of it.


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    Re: asbestos insulation

    no i'm not getting rid of it, just installing a new vent fan in my bathroom and so i have to craw into that area and have to move a little bit of insulation around is all



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    Re: asbestos insulation

    Quote Originally Posted by isubeatle View Post
    no i'm not getting rid of it, just installing a new vent fan in my bathroom and so i have to craw into that area and have to move a little bit of insulation around is all
    In that case make sure penetrations are sealed well and you're good. I don't think you have to worry though.


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    Re: asbestos insulation

    Don't want to sound obvious, but can't you just wear a mask?



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    Re: asbestos insulation

    Quote Originally Posted by isubeatle View Post
    no i'm not getting rid of it, just installing a new vent fan in my bathroom and so i have to craw into that area and have to move a little bit of insulation around is all
    Use the face mask/respirator...you should probably do this even if it is fiberglass. If you need to remove any check with the experts.



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    Re: asbestos insulation

    Quote Originally Posted by jl112481 View Post
    Don't want to sound obvious, but can't you just wear a mask?
    Yes. And regardless of the nature of the insulation it's a good idea to wear one while removing it from the crawlspace.


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    Re: asbestos insulation

    Quote Originally Posted by isubeatle View Post
    before i go playing around in my crawl space, i wanted to check to make sure this is not asbestos insulation. It's got the paper back and looks like fiberglass insulation, but i'm not sure.



    Looks exactly like the kind of insulation my parents have in their basement, and their house was built in 1984, so based on looks alone I'd say not asbestos. Then again, I'm no expert, and I didn't sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night, so if you're uncomfortable about it you might want to have a professional look at it.


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    Re: asbestos insulation

    Quote Originally Posted by weR138 View Post
    If the insulation is faced it's most likely fiberglass. If you have some that's loose it might be vermiculite which might have asbestos in it. Around pipes in your vintage house would probably be asbestos.

    Are you wanting to get rid of it?

    edit: looks like fiberglass or mineral wool batt insulation in the photos.
    Agree with this, just wear a mask when working in your attic.

    Make sure you tape all your vent joints well.


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