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    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 12th Jun 17, 2:53 PM
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    corrugated garage roof - asbestos or not?
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    • 12th Jun 17, 2:53 PM
    corrugated garage roof - asbestos or not? 12th Jun 17 at 2:53 PM
    Hi all,
    Does anyone know if it is possible to tell whether corrugated sheets are asbestos based or not without sending off a sample?
    and if not, then how do I break off a sample safely?!



    Thanks!
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    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 15th Jun 17, 11:48 PM
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    Also I have done enough research to know that the stuff used in these roofing sheets is not the really lethal stuff.
    Originally posted by andrewf75
    Unfortunately this is one of the problems with the DIY approach. All forms of asbestos commonly used in building products have the potential to cause mesothelioma - which is deadly.

    Assuming your roofing product doesn't contain the 'really lethal stuff' could be a fatal decision.

    Unless the material is sampled and tested there is no way of knowing which type of asbestos fibre (if any) was used in an asbestos cement product like roofing sheets. Some fibre types are more likely to be used in particular types of products than other fibre types, but which type you are dealing with can only be confirmed by testing.

    Sadly there will be people dying from mesothelioma in the future who will say they only ever came into contact with asbestos cement products and thought they were 'safe'.
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    • Niv
    • By Niv 16th Jun 17, 7:42 AM
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    Even if the asbestos cement is predominantly white asbestos I have found blue in cement too, so best not to assume it is only white.
    YNWA

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    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 16th Jun 17, 9:03 AM
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    Well thanks for the advice. Don't think I am going to touch the stuff (and I never was until I was sure anyway) just wanted to know more about it before approaching companies as I have heard of people getting charged huge fees for removal.
    Niv- given the state the sheets are in would you say it is actually dangerous and urgently in need of doing? Don't want to be taking risks by simply going into the garage.
    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 16th Jun 17, 9:03 AM
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    Even if the asbestos cement is predominantly white asbestos I have found blue in cement too, so best not to assume it is only white.
    Originally posted by Niv
    Exactly, which is why the advice in these comments is really bad advice -
    Post a picture on here & somebody will be along with an informed guess as to what it is.
    I would not waste £40.00 finding out if it was asbestos cement sheeting.
    Just treat it as such........with sensible precautions
    I would do the job youself.
    Originally posted by firefox1956
    It's safe to remove yourself, just find bags big enough....Can you get access to them to use a hacksaw or other cutting implement?
    Originally posted by stator
    Also I have done enough research to know that the stuff used in these roofing sheets is not the really lethal stuff.
    Originally posted by andrewf75
    Whereas the comment -
    The sheets have cracked so badly you can see major daylight through it. It has been deteriorating gradually over the last few years.
    Originally posted by andrewf75
    ...screams out that this is not a job for a DIYer to even consider unless the material is tested and confirmed not to contain any kind of asbestos.

    This site is about money saving - but there are some things in life where saving money should not come in to the decision at all.
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    • Niv
    • By Niv 16th Jun 17, 9:45 AM
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    Well thanks for the advice. Don't think I am going to touch the stuff (and I never was until I was sure anyway) just wanted to know more about it before approaching companies as I have heard of people getting charged huge fees for removal.
    Niv- given the state the sheets are in would you say it is actually dangerous and urgently in need of doing? Don't want to be taking risks by simply going into the garage.
    Originally posted by andrewf75

    I personally wouldn't choose to spend time in the vicinity if the sheets are badly damaged. You need to arrange for a clean up as it is only going to deteriorate further and quicker if it is now damaged. It is cement so is not the most expensive clean up if that is any comfort. At least it is outside so no need for enclosures too, which is also time consuming and so would add to the cost.
    YNWA

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    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 16th Jun 17, 10:19 AM
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    I personally wouldn't choose to spend time in the vicinity if the sheets are badly damaged. You need to arrange for a clean up as it is only going to deteriorate further and quicker if it is now damaged. It is cement so is not the most expensive clean up if that is any comfort. At least it is outside so no need for enclosures too, which is also time consuming and so would add to the cost.
    Originally posted by Niv
    Right, will get on the case immediately and get someone in to remove and replace. It is not somewhere anyone spends any time, just a dumping ground for stuff, but don't want to take any chances.
    Thanks all.
    Last edited by andrewf75; 16-06-2017 at 10:22 AM.
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