So the fact that *you* dampened it makes this something that is universally
done by everyone who approaches this task?
As someone who has worked in healthcare all my life and who has seen the
effects of asbestos fibers firsthand, your anecdotal experience is hardly
reassuring or authoratative.
BTW, the results of exposure to asbestos fibers can take several years to
Dampened it is how its universally done, how else do you remove it? Suite up
and use respirator suitable for fibers, of course and you close off the
working area too. (Not sure if you need to apply negative pressure.) Double
bag the trash.
Was this from someone who was exposed to asbestos fibers regularly or was it
from Joe homeowner working on his house?
How much exposure and how long will it take? Any information available for
Joe homeowner removing a popcorn ceiling once or twice in his lifetime?
I don't think that everyone who goes at it would dampen it first. My
neighbor didn't when he scraped the stuff of his bedroom ceiling.
There is no data currently that correlates levels of exposure to the
development of asbestosis. People who also smoke, however, are at higher
Again, there isn't any data like that. It depends on many factors, so it's
not a simple issue.
I don't at all have an alarmist attitude, but I thought I would mention it
because I think it's best to avoid any unnecessary exposure to the stuff if
Keeping it nice and damp when removing it would seem to be a very prudent
thing to do in addition to making it a lot easier to remove. I'm glad you
mentioned doing so.
It's official. Idiots live in clusters. Even if it DOES NOT contain
asbestos, taking it off while wet is the EASY way. Taking it off dry is
more work, and not the suggested method.
Are you two related?
Well, I thought I would comment on the issue based on the fact that some
people may not be aware of the "suggested" method.
It seems I have ruffled your feathers, but I'm sure you can get over it in
Then, you are an idiot or you didn't pay attention in class. Asbestos
fibers float in the air. They can't get dislodged individually and float
around if they're wet.
How much do you make a year? Return it.
My neighbor scraped all of it off his bedroom ceiling without wetting it at
This is far from being universal knowledge and I've never really seen a
class called "popcorn ceiling removal 101."
In any case, thank you for continuing the thread, maybe it will help raise
the consciousness over the issue.
Well, you wouldn't want to do it with an infant stuck in the crib
in the corner, and anytime you're doing ANYTHING that kicks up a
lot of dust, you should wear a mask, but that's as far as I'd
bother going. Doesn't the normal removal technique also involve
misting water onto the ceiling, to soften the stuff up and help keep
the dust down?
<<You might want to know for certain before you go scraping away at
I sent a sample of mine to a local laboratory for testing. The cost
was $50 and it came out clean. Now, I suppose they could have used
other materials for the ceilings in different rooms, but the odds seem
low and their are no certainties in life.
My name is Greg just wondering if you solved your ceiling problems ?
There are a couple of options you can consider .
1) As far as a textured look you could buy a cheap , bedding(drywall)
knife and scrape the popcorn off and then paint it for a different look
.But dont scrape hard just enough to remove the top layer/loose popcorn
.Cheap but different. Or another alternative is use water to wet the
popcorn and then use a drywall knife to remove it.Take some joint
compound on the knife sling it on the ceiling , wait about 15minutes
and pull the knife across the compound in three different directions to
flaten the compound,try to keep your pulls and mud consistent.And there
you go a cheap alt. your very own skip trowel pattern.A little elbow
grease,and determination and youll get it.
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