Woodchip removal dust concerns

I want to rid a couple of bedrooms of woodchip wallpaper and can not face doing it myself. The house is built in the 1920s.

I have a few quotes and they are around a grand for each room which includes the removal of all wallpaper from all walls including the ceiling, sanding + filling with a dustless sander, and putting wallrock liner paper on for a smooth finish and if walls can not be made perfect without a full plaste + painting. Also includes woodwork but I might get new skirtings and doors + wood flooring so not decided on that yet.

I am worried about how much dust will end up in the house even though they are using a professional dustless sander. Would it be a lot still or barely anything?

Also concerned when they take the woodchip off the ceiling if it could be asbestos material underneath and they sand. Would it be clear to a pro if it was an asbestos-free material such as plasterboard etc or something more sinister?

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  • FreeBear
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    AdventureRocks said: Also concerned when they take the woodchip off the ceiling if it could be asbestos material underneath and they sand. Would it be clear to a pro if it was an asbestos-free material such as plasterboard etc or something more sinister?
    Woodchip is often used to cover up cracks in the plaster. I wouldn't normally expect to see artex under the woodchip. Probably find the ceilings are the original lath & lime plaster, so no real risk of asbestos. Good chance that lumps of plaster will come down when the woodchip is removed- Had some come down when I stripped the stairwell of woodchip here (1229 semi).
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    FreeBear said:
    AdventureRocks said: Also concerned when they take the woodchip off the ceiling if it could be asbestos material underneath and they sand. Would it be clear to a pro if it was an asbestos-free material such as plasterboard etc or something more sinister?
    Woodchip is often used to cover up cracks in the plaster. I wouldn't normally expect to see artex under the woodchip. Probably find the ceilings are the original lath & lime plaster, so no real risk of asbestos. Good chance that lumps of plaster will come down when the woodchip is removed- Had some come down when I stripped the stairwell of woodchip here (1229 semi).

    Thanks appreciate the info! The guy who has quoted said it will be a grand for a middle size bedroom and a little under for a box room and he can do small bits of plastering if required included in the quote. Did you just touch your up with the bits of plaster which came down ?
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    AdventureRocks said: Did you just touch your up with the bits of plaster which came down ?
    <Ahem> Nope.
    Removed the plaster from all the walls and ceiling, insulated where needed, fixed plasterboard up, and had the whole lot skimmed. The lad that did the plastering made a pretty poor job of it, despite claiming to be a professional. Looking at it, I thought "I can do better", and enrolled on a short course being run by the local adult education department (free of charge).
    Went on to remove woodchip paper from the hallway, uncovering loads of cracks in the process. As I was replacing the heating system, taking that ceiling down made access to the pipework much easier. More plasterboard put up, and skimmed it myself (and yes, it was a much better job).
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