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    Default Asbestos Sheeting, Loose Fibres or unnecessary freak out?

    Hi There,

    I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice on the attached image.
    It's from the bathroom ceiling of a pre 1950's South Australian bungalow... I've already arranged for an appropriately qualified asbestos inspector to check it our next week but I thought I'd ask here and see if anyone could take an educated guess.

    I'm assuming it's one of two things:
    - Asbestos ceiling sheets (exposed fibres from the hole cut).
    - Loose asbestos fibres as ceiling insulation (which I had thought was fairly unlikely).

    The house was entirely re-roofed 12 years ago if that makes any difference so I guess it could be a recent insulation product of some kind.

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    Thanks in advance for any comments or advice.

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    Looks like horse-hair plaster to me.

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    x2 for hair plaster look at the pics in the top sticky

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    It is neither; it is the fibre used if fibrous plasterboard, made with gypsum. there is no asbestos in fibrous plaster. Although the ceiling does look to have been re-sheeted over with Canite (again, no asbestos) at some stage. .

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    not asbestos, asbestos fibres are invisible, those ones look a bit big to breathe in!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pulse View Post
    not asbestos, asbestos fibres are invisible, those ones look a bit big to breathe in!!!
    Asbestos fibres are very clearly visible, they become invisible when someone starts cutting asbestos material with power tools or your age dictates you need coke bottle bottom glasses to see anything.
    regards inter

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    Thanks everyone for the comments. I'm having a building inspection tomorrow so I'll update the post when I have a definitive answer.

    Intertd6 I assume you're speaking generally when you say "Asbestos Fibres are clearly visible"... as opposed to meaning clearly visible in the picture I've posted.

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    Just to try to clarify this, Intertd6 was replying to Pulse more so than your original question.

    There are some pics here, http://www.renovateforum.com/f217/as...sbestos-99776/ showing some asbestos sheet with fine fibres and also the horse hair type plaster like in your pic.

    Quote Originally Posted by tychocaine View Post
    Thanks everyone for the comments. I'm having a building inspection tomorrow so I'll update the post when I have a definitive answer.

    Intertd6 I assume you're speaking generally when you say "Asbestos Fibres are clearly visible"... as opposed to meaning clearly visible in the picture I've posted.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pulse View Post
    not asbestos, asbestos fibres are invisible, those ones look a bit big to breathe in!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by intertd6 View Post
    Asbestos fibres are very clearly visible, they become invisible when someone starts cutting asbestos material with power tools or your age dictates you need coke bottle bottom glasses to see anything.
    regards inter
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    "Bedford
    Just to try to clarify this, Intertd6 was replying to Pulse more so than your original question."

    The above is correct.
    regards inter

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