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  1. Les, Are you saying that asbestos was DEFINITELY in the gypsam board and the taping compound in the 1970s? I assume gypsam board is what is underneath the popcorn ceiling. If so, I scraped plenty of the dry gypsam board too. Great even more asbestos that I inhaled. Sigh.
  2. Marc, I did use a water sprayer to soften the popcorn tile when removing it. But at times I ran out of water and I am sure scraped plenty of it into dust. I just wish I knew if asbestos was the rule or the exception regarding popcorn ceilings installed in the 1970s to know if I likely breathed the bad stuff in or not. The same goes for the tiles and mastic that I scraped and hammered up. The tiles certainly looked like real wood but they were in the form of small squares that appeared to contain even smaller squares of wood within each one. Don't know if they were vinyl with asbestos or no
  3. Of course, upon my research I have found I might have been stirring up asbestos by using a hand jackhammer to bust out floor tile and mastic as well. The tiles looked like they were small square tiles of wood but who knows maybe it was vinyl containing asbestos made to look like wood...along with the potentially asbestos mastic underneath. They sure made some dangerous stuff in the 1970s. What were they thinking?
  4. Yes I know. When I said mask I meant a respirator that I am sure has been approved for asbestos removal. Thanks.
  5. Thanks for the responses! I just freaked when I read all the stuff online about this. Then when I read the friable part then I really freaked out because I was sraping, grinding and sanding like mad on the project and breathed plenty of whatever was flying around in the room. There was quite a bit of dust and of course I was directly underneath what I was scraping when I was doing the popcorn removing. It seems with the danger involved there would be some kind of public service announcements on TV about this given so many houses have it. I do not smoke at all and exercise a decent amount s
  6. Yes I am older and wiser than I was then and obviously now I would not think of doing work like that without a mask on. On top of that I know nothing about construction or remodeling homes. I was simply doing grunt work for a friend. Thank you for the response.
  7. One more bit of information...a random person on Yahoo Answers made the following statement: "If it was a new house built in the 1970s and the 'popcorn' was sprayed or rolled on the new 'drywall' gypsum board, there is no asbestos.... The product used did not contain asbestos. If the product was used in an older house, there may be asbestos in the underlying ceiling board." Does this statment sound true to any of you professionals out there? If this statement is true then I feel a little better because I am fairly certain the house was built in the 1970s and that the popcorn ceiling w
  8. I forgot to mention that I did plenty of scraping of the popcorn with it falling in my face and plenty of mini-jackhammering of the tile because the adhesive was so strong. So I breathed plenty of dust and unfortunately probably asbestos. This is what I get for helping a friend out. So worried.
  9. I am not a professional inspector and I hope you don't mind me asking a question regarding asbestos on this board. I am generally a cautious person but I recently found out that popcorn ceilings can and probably do contain asbestos. Further I found that some adhesives used to stick tile down in houses may also contain asbestos. I am VERY alarmed! Several years ago I helped a friend who was an odd job contractor remove popcorn ceiling and old tile from a house that was built some time in the 1970s. He did not mention any thing to me at all about potential asbestos exposure and I personally
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