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QuestionUsually I hear about asbestos being used as an insulating product. In what other products is asbestos found?

AnswerAsbestos is both durable and fire retardant. It became popular to manufacturers and builders from the early 1900s to the 1970s because it resists corrosion and insulates well. It has been estimated that 3,000 different types of commercial products contain some amount of asbestos (from as little as 1 percent to as much as 100 percent).

Asbestos can be found in many items from paper products and brake linings to floor tiles and thermal insulation. The list includes such products as fire retardant sheeting (gray asbestos paper), cement asbestos board, loose blown-in and batt insulation (1930 1950), sheet vinyl flooring (including the backing or underlayment), vinyl tile and vinyl adhesive, insulation blankets (the outside covering or shell for steam and hot water pipes), door gaskets, duct insulation and tape at duct connections of furnaces and boilers, sprayed- or troweled-on surface material for walls and ceilings, spackle, joint compounds, textured paints, vinyl wallpaper, roofing felts, roof felt shingles, roofing shingles, roofing tiles, and siding, just to name a few.

I've been in the construction field for over 25 years and wish I'd known then what I know now about asbestos. I would not have tackled a lot of projects because of the asbestos content of so many building products.

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