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Asbestos Plaster

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Dylan123, 8 Dec 2019.

  1. Dylan123

    Dylan123

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    I’m overly anxious about this so wonder if anyone would put my mind at rest.

    I’m renovating my soon to be born daughters room and I had a family member die of asbestos related disease (he was a builder for 40 years 1950s-90s)

    I am stripping wallpaper. I decided low asbestos risk in plaster because:

    - it looks like larthe and plaster. It’s pink on 2 walls and yellow on the other 2. Thoughts the pink stuff is plasterboard but the old socket looks like lathe behind.

    - house built in 1939.

    - not near a kitchen so not sure why they would choose asbestos plaster.

    from what I’ve read, it’s almost unheard of for asbestos plaster in domestic gypsum/lime plaster.

    I’ve just been scraping it and covered in dust and started worrying again.

    if anyone can reassure me I’m being stupidly over cautious I’d appreciate it. I’ve tested a couple of other things but thought it over the top to worry about the wall plaster.

    thanks
     
  2. footprints

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    Asbestos in plaster in the UK would be really unlikely, even old reinforced plaster like Victorian cornice or very old Tudor plaster will normally use Horsehair or organic fibres like Hessian Jute etc.
    There is no reason to use asbestos for fire protection unless it is a boiler room or similar and even then usually it is in sheet form.

    The only likely asbestos plaster in the UK is plastered on asbestos pipe insulation, that thick coating you see in factories, ships boiler rooms, in films, that is nasty stuff if damaged but I have never come across it in a domestic house.[​IMG]

    There is always the possibility of textured Artex being skimmed over (often on ceilings) a stupid idea in my view as you can drill into it for down lighters etc without knowing it is there, but even if it was skimmed just scraping the surface of the new plaster would not put you at risk.
     
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  4. Thomasthepiperson

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    My old house was built in 1983, and there was asbestos pipe lagging in the loft. If you are concerned then would you consider an asbestos survey ?
     
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    I don't understand how you are getting plaster dust on you from stripping wallpaper.
     
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