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Old 01-18-2009, 04:19 PM   #1
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Asbestos in vintage trailers???

Does anyone know what was used for insulation in the '49 models? Has it been documented whether or not asbestos was was used? I assume they were using the same kind of insulation in the liners, whirlind, wee winds, trailwinds.
I plan to remove the inner skins this spring to redo the electrical and plan to re-insulate it as well. If there is asbestos in there, is there a proper way to handle it and dispose of it safely. Thx!
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:18 PM   #2
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The only asbestos ever used that I'm aware of were vinyl asbestos tile (VAT). These were 9" by 9". In all uses across the country, that measurement was never used again after they switched to 12x12 vinyl composite tile (VCT). So 9x9 is all you have to look for.
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:32 PM   #3
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Here's a list of actions to take when dealing with asbestos. (I like the first one best~)
Quoted from this site..
http://www.cfmeu-construction-nsw.co...uggestions.htm

"10 Suggestions for Safe Handling Asbestos Cement
1 Have the work done by a licensed contractor.
If you must work with asbestos materials, follow these suggestions so that you and your family do not breathe in any fibres.
If these tiny invisible fibres are inhaled or swallowed, they can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural diseases.
Even single, short exposure to low levels of airborne fibres may result in asbestos related disease.
2. Always use a mask approved to Australian Standard AS 1715 to protect against asbestos. Do not remove the mask until you have completed the other steps below.
3. Always thoroughly wet the material you are working with to reduce dust.
4.Use hand tools rather than electric power tools.
5. Do not allow any family members or other people near where you are working.
6. Wear old clothes. When you have finished work, put the clothes into a rubbish bag and seal it. Do not allow anyone else to touch the clothes. Shower thoroughly immediately after finishing work.
7. Never sweep up. Always use a vacuum cleaner which has an internal sealed and removable bag. Put the vacuum bag carefully into a rubbish bag and seal it.
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If you do not have a vacuum cleaner with an internal sealed and removable bag, then wet the remaining dust and use a damp mop to get it into the rubbish bag.
9. Put any discarded material in a strong rubbish bag and seal it. Then remove your mask and seal it in a rubbish bag.
10. Never put the rubbish bags in your garbage bin and do not take them to the tip.
Call your local Council to find out how and where to dispose of them legally and safely."


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Old 01-18-2009, 05:36 PM   #4
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Canoestream-when i got a hold of my trailer a majority if not all of the floor tiles were already removed or deteriorated so i think i'm good there. i was concerned about the insulation so i hope i will be clear on that one too.
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Benjo,

Be very careful working around the oven and range. I found raw asbestos used as insulation material in a couple of locations.

Asbestos is a light gray material that looks like loosely bonded cardstock. Any light gray material should be treated with suspicion.
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:30 PM   #6
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no over or range---does anyone have any pics of asbestos so we know we are looking for if we do in fact run into it
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no over or range---does anyone have any pics of asbestos so we know we are looking for if we do in fact run into it
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yeah i haven;t run into anything like that. thank God!
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Benjo -
In my '59, there was a sheet if insulation under my furnace, which I assume was made of asbestos. I believe this is the material Don (markdoane) is referencing. My floor tiles were 9x9" asbestos VAT. The insulation in walls and floor looks like today's fiberglass batt insulation, and I don't suspect it contains any asbestos. Here's a photo of the insulation under my furnace:
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i think i had those 9x9 tiles and got rid of them pretty quick--took me about 2hrs and they were out that trailer and disposed of. i hope that exposure doesnt have any consequences.
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