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HBomb
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Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement

Does anyone on the board have experience with having popcorn ceiling abatement done?

I recently purchased a home built in 1966 with popcorn ceilings. I was aware there was a decent chance it contained asbestos. I had some samples taken and 1 of 3 areas came back with 3% chrysolite.

I'm totally aware that left undisturbed and sealed(with paint) it poses very little chance of harm...but it looks pretty bad and I would like to add a good bit of recessed lighting.

If anyone here has had abatement done, what did it run you? Is it a one day job? House is about 2,000 sq ft. TIA!


ItzMe1972
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re: Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement
2000 square feet is not a one day job.

The ceiling has to be scraped, floated, sanded, refloated, primed and painted in my experience.

It's a mess if the house is occupied. But sure looks nice after.

I would be checking with local paint contractors, or check with paint stores to find someone to do it.
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HBomb
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re: Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement
Ok, thanks, yeah I was actually just referring to actual removal of the popcorn/asbestos material.


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TDsngumbo
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re: Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement
My house was built in the 1970s and had popcorn ceilings. I have no idea if they contained asbestos or not but I just wet it down good then scraped it off. Refinished and they look good now.

Am I gonna die? Even if it did contain asbestos, is that small amount really going to hurt me? It’s not like I was exposed to it for years.


Shexter
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re: Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement
I did mine myself. Covered floors and furniture with plastic sheeting. Sprayed a light coat of water with a garden sprayer, then scraped it all off. I didn't go back and float, sand, etc. I just primed and painted the bare sheetrock. This tool from Home Depot made it easy work.





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Cracker
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re: Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement
Prob easier cover it up with 1/4 in drywall


WPBTiger
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re: Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement
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2000 square feet is not a one day job.


This.

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The ceiling has to be scraped, floated, sanded, refloated, primed and painted in my experience.


Not necessarily. I had popcorn removed from my house in Florida. The sheetrock underneath the popcorn was finished well and we were able to just paint it.


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TDsngumbo
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re: Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement
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Prob easier cover it up with 1/4 in drywall

Repairing the mold damage after a few years won’t be easy.


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terriblegreen
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re: Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement
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Am I gonna die? Even if it did contain asbestos, is that small amount really going to hurt me? It’s not like I was exposed to it for years.


I did the same. We gonna be alright.


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3nOut
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re: Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement
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My house was built in the 1970s and had popcorn ceilings. I have no idea if they contained asbestos or not but I just wet it down good then scraped it off. Refinished and they look good now.

Am I gonna die? Even if it did contain asbestos, is that small amount really going to hurt me? It’s not like I was exposed to it for years.


when we did our remodel, we had 3 untouched rooms. i had popcorn everywhere and the remodel took care of 90% of those.

we were going to replace the carpet in those rooms before we moved back in. since i didn't have to worry about protecting anything and the carpet was leaving anyways, i just wore glasses and a faceguard and scraped away. then i just pulled up the carpet and rolled it myself.

100% had asbestos and i'm still alive a year later.


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Weekend Warrior79
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re: Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement
Tried to do this in all of our rooms. Did the first bedroom, and was a pain in the arse because of the multiple paint jobs. We decided to just rip out all the sheet rock and start fresh in every other room. Only regret is not going back and doing it to 1st bedroom.

No asbestos, and did it before moving into house.


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lsujro
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re: Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement
I would think scraping popcorn wouldn't be super dangerous - it's the dust that is not so great for you. If you're wetting it and scraping, shouldn't be much dust. I'd still wear a respirator and definitely don't tell anyone what it is. Will cost you a pretty $ to have it handled professionally.


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Splackavellie
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re: Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement
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It's a mess if the house is occupied.


Understatement. Did my old house, looked good when it was done but damn it was a mess.


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gumbo2176
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re: Asbestos Popcorn ceiling abatement
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Prob easier cover it up with 1/4 in drywall


Nope. They you will have to corner tape where the walls and ceiling meet to make it look finished and that will require the walls to need painting too.

Even if you put up some type moulding like crown or a big cove moulding, it will still have to be caulked and that too will have the walls needing painting.


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