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Renovation Nation Asbestos is one of the scariest thing a renovator or home owner can come across even scarier is the regulatory environment making it more expensive and difficult to remove safely.
"People think if they stare at it, they'll go blind," says asbestos removal contractor Vince Bradvica, who jokes that the James Hardie scandal has caused such a panic about pandora charms buy the mesothelioma causing substance that people freak out if they find fibro in their home. But it's not just fibro home owners that need to worry about asbestos. The deadly fibre was also used in vinyl floor tiles, the backing board of electrical meters and as packing underneath homes or as the formwork for concrete paths. Many houses built before the 1980s have fibro sheeting in bathrooms and laundries, or under eaves. Even worse, many home owners don't know whether they have asbestos in their house. and would prefer to never find out. Master Builders Association trainer Peter Becker says asbestos roofing from the 1950s and 1960s is perhaps the most hazardous, as it has been exposed to the elements potentially allowing asbestos fibres to waft into gutters and drainpipes. "If you go out in your street on a windy day, you could breathe asbestos in from old rooves and materials in your area," he says. The president of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association Ross Mitchell says any house or apartment built before 1990 could contain asbestos in some form or another. From July, new NSW rules mean more than 50 square metres of asbestos must be removed by a licenced asbestos removal contractor. From January 2008, that will go down to 10 square metres of asbestos. Someone like Mitchell should heidi klum jewelry be whooping for joy at tougher restrictions forcing people to use his services but he isn't. Mitchell says the industry doesn't have enough well trained and licenced people to perform the work. He believes the legacy of the asbestos clean up is being left for home owners and renovators to pay for. Workcover which regulates safe asbestos removal in pandora us NSW could not provide me with a list of licenced contractors to interview for the story I wrote about asbestos removal in today's Sydney Morning Herald Essential section. If a journalist can't obtain a comprehensive list of licenced residential asbestos removal contractors, how is the average home renovator supposed to find a skilled, licenced and reputable contractor? Mitchell says the Victorian regulators are more adept at handling asbestos removal in that state, and lists of contractors are easy to obtain. And doesn't Becker have a point? The Australian government only stopped mining asbestos in 1983 and banned it in 2003 yet householders are left to pay the price of the clean up. The James Hardie "compensation fund" relates only to the health impacts of asbestos caused in the past pandora jewelry offers it doesn't provide for future asbestos related health problems caused by illegal asbestos dumping or poor removal practices. Shouldn't it be easy, accessible and affordable for householders to safely remove asbestos? Surely the risk of illegal and hazardous dumping of asbestos products will only increase if tipping fees and asbestos removal charges keep skyrocketing. If it's too hard and too expensive to remove asbestos in 2007, what will happens in 50 or 100 years when old asbestos building products reach the end of their life and potentially release fibres into the air? "We need to get asbestos back into the ground, where it can't hurt anyone," Mitchell says. So how are we going to make it happen? And who should be responsible for the costs? I recently lifted the vinyl tiles in my unit (built in 1968) to polish the boards underneath. They looked very different to the usual vinyl tiles and I'm certain they contained asbestos. I stopped after about 15 minutes. Do you know if this amount of exposure can cause a problem? I don't think anyone knows with any certainty how much exposure is a problem. Some people argue that it takes only one fibre to contract asbestosis, other studies show long term exposure is more dangerous. Ross Mitchell told me vinyl tiles with imperial measurements were most likely to contain asbestos. Imagine my surprise when a mini minor pulled up at the door and 28 guys in pancake makeup, squeaky shoes, colourful afro wigs and baggy striped jumpsuits climbed out and then proceeded to smash it pieces with a hammer. At least thats what I assume happened when I surveyed the mess left behind when the job was supposedly done and ticked off by the supposedly independent inspector that reviewed the site. A pile of broken pieces beside the shed from the initial construction was left behind on the grounds that it wasnt part of the contracted job. Some two years down the track, I am still finding small broken pieces of cement asbesos sheeting almost every time I stick a shovel in the ground, fortunately we kept a disposal bag so it is safely sealed. I regularly find large sheets of the same absestos fibre panelling at the local tip, mixed in with waste from builders renovators who apparently cant be bothered going to the same trouble. Whats more, the tip workers either dont recognise it, or worse dont seem to care. Its alarming to wonder how much airborne asbestos I am exposed to courtesy of cowboys like these, irrespective of the steps I take in my own backyard. At times it seems like a purely moral victory. Our 1937 built home has an asbestos roof on the garage which we haven't removed or touched. It the wavy stuff like in the picture on the blog (that person who dumped that asbestos on the side of the road should be prosecuted!). Ideally I'd love to have it removed, but removing asbestos is such a painful process, from obtaining permission from the local council, to getting someone to actually do it, so we are just leaving it as is. The Victorian government has provided information on safe asbestos removal and the equipment required, but i'm certainly not game enough to take matters like this into my own hands. I am aware that there are some other bits of asbestos under the eaves but we just paint over it every 5 years so that it doesn't flake off and leave it as is. Sometimes its better to leave these sorts of things alone that opening a pandora's box.
There were multiple layers starting with some grey cardboard and then various shades of layered red/ green/ neutral coloured vinyl. It's lying in our backyard now, but I am thinking that perhaps we should have it inspected to either confirm or clear it as being asbestos. They do have some pictures of what it may look like (such as that wavy sheeting and in eaves) but I don't recall them having any.
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