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 Post subject: 1960's Popcorn Ceiling
PostPosted: Dec Thu 06, 2018 5:37 am 
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I have a small house full of the 1960's era spray on popcorn style ceiling texture. We had a water leak in the back room ceiling and the popcorn that fell off was tested positive for asbestos. It wasn't cheap, but we had that ceiling scraped and repaired but the rest of our palace is still coated with the stuff. We were told that leaving it alone with the years of paint as a sealer would keep the asbestos fibers safely in place.

We now are considering putting up a couple of track lights in the living room to show off some new deco we have. Mounting the lights and doing a neat and tidy job of dressing the wiring wouldn't be a problem except for the popcorn.

How worried would you be if you were going to DIY?
Shave off the beard and wear a respirator while the wife is out shopping?
Ask the wife to do it while I go shopping? (I wouldn't have to shave)

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 Post subject: Re: 1960's Popcorn
PostPosted: Dec Thu 06, 2018 5:41 am 
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Definitely ask the wife to do it---save the beard! :P

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 Post subject: Re: 1960's Popcorn
PostPosted: Dec Thu 06, 2018 5:50 am 
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I sure wouldn't worry about it, its not like you are working with it everyday.

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 Post subject: Re: 1960's Popcorn
PostPosted: Dec Thu 06, 2018 5:52 am 
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overblown.

Just scrape it off but be prepared to do sheetrock patching


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 Post subject: Re: 1960's Popcorn
PostPosted: Dec Thu 06, 2018 8:36 am 
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You can make your own catcher from a thin cereal box.

Spray mist with water and wipe down surfaces afterwards - (stops airborne particles).
Use a disposable-paper decorators suit (white CSI. Lol).

Think Butch Cassidy for a dust mask!

Greg.

When I was a teenager I ripped about No.20 8' sheets of asbestos panels on a table saw. Couldn't see across the workshop for the cloud of white dust. No mask.
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 Post subject: Re: 1960's Popcorn
PostPosted: Dec Thu 06, 2018 1:46 pm 
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Way overblown.

So long as you don't eat the stuff you'll be fine.

The main ones who have problems are those who worked with it every day.


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 Post subject: Re: 1960's Popcorn Ceiling
PostPosted: Dec Fri 07, 2018 12:41 am 
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I dunno if eating it is harmful or not, but if inhaled it's a potential problem. The asbestos fibers penetrate lung tissue then more or less lodge in the soft tissue surrounding the lungs. At that point it's possible to develop Mesothelioma. The progress generally requires several years. My dad had it from working in shipyard & a good friend is also battling the disease.

For proper way to work with it, contact FStephenMasek

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 Post subject: Re: 1960's Popcorn Ceiling
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I saw a video of a guy removing a popcorn ceiling. He had a scraper in one hand and a shop vac in the other. The business end of the vacuum was shaped like a large funnel.


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 Post subject: Re: 1960's Popcorn Ceiling
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This looks like a cleaner way to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvSNFDuqX5g

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 Post subject: Re: 1960's Popcorn Ceiling
PostPosted: Dec Fri 07, 2018 4:42 am 
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To remove popcorn ceiling plaster, you spread poly on the floor, tape the edges to the wall. Then mist the ceiling with water, lots of misty water spray to keep the plaster damp. Scrapers on long poles so you are not right under the sludge. No vacuum, shovel damp plaster into buckets lined with garbage bags.

A vacuum blows as much as it sucks, stirs up dust.

You can make holes for hanging lights without making a lot of dust. Make a small hole with a screw used as a drill. Have a bucket under your work, maybe on top of a stepladder. Into the small hole, screw an anchor that will accept the screws for the fixture.
The best screw anchors have a spiral thread that cuts its way in and enlarges the hole in the drywall.

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 Post subject: Re: 1960's Popcorn Ceiling
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Self-Drilling PoziDriv/PH2 drywall fixings are great. Drive (lean hard) in with battery drill first.

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I have hung 6' long double walled radiators with these. They come in various lengths.

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