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Cob: natural remodelTheodore L. Stacy tlstacy at niia.net
Wed Oct 24 20:05:02 PDT 2001
Seal as in EPA standards for encapsulation. Barrier must be solid and capable of keeping those pesky fibers in. Maybe take a gander at the EPA website and search for asbestos encapsulation. Plaster would seal it up well, I think, as would a thick cob. The object is to make the surface non friable. Really heavy paint might do. Those hard shingles on the sides of many old houses are asbestos but the base material keeps the fibers in place so they are not considered hazardous. Old hard floor tiles are also asbestos containing. The problem is with asbestos that becomes flaky and can become airborne. The micro fibers can then be inhaled and cause serious health problems. Smokers are 25 x more likely to get the rare cancer mesothelioma when exposed to asbestos than are non smokers. On a legal note, if the fiberous material is asbestos, you might have a legal cause of action against the previous owners who sold you the house if they knew or should have known it and did not tell you. If you do seal up the old material, it does not really present any health problem. The key to it all is "sealed". You go to the gas station to by gas for the car. Gasoline is very hazardous and contains cancer causing chemicals. If the gasoline is sealed in the ground tank and then in the car tank, it is not presenting a health risk from inhalation. Same with most hazardous substances. Keep them in their place and they are not a hazard. Just make sure the storage container does the containment job. TLS
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