I've heard lots of conflicting information on the presence (or not) of white
asbestos as a bulking agent in Artex until relatively recently i.e. within
the last 20 years. The view seems to be the date at which it can be
guaranteed it won't be present doesn't seem to be agreed on, as it was mixed
locally by whoever applied it.
I want to install some downlights which will involve a little bit of
drilling work and I'd prefer to have it tested if possible as this house may
well be just old enough to be affected. The dillemma is companies
undertaking such work appear to be the suited/respirated brigade geared up
to major works on anything up to the more dangerous types. All I need is a
sample tested from a disk which was cut out for a extractor fan and left in
the loft, but can't seem to find a lab who would deal direct.
Best I have found was a DIY sample collection kit priced at around £100 (c/w
the aformentioned suit, masks, dust sheets, pre-paid enveloping for sending
samples off to a lab etc.). It's a bit overkill since I have the sample
already but is probably cheaper then calling someone in.
Any ideas? TIA