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# 201412 17-Aug-2016 14:32
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Ok, so we are planning to redo our kitchen which will undoubtedly involve cutting into the walls.


It is 1940s house and has lathe and plaster walls. We previously had other stuff done several years ago that involved removing some lathe and plaster and replacing with gib, the builder certainly didn't mention anything about asbestos at the time, but I believe health and safety regulations have become much stricter in the past couple of years.


I have no idea if asbestos was used in lathe and plaster at that time, and everything I read is pretty vague with a lot of mights and maybes.


Is this something I am meant to check before, or just leave it up to the builder doing the work? What do people normally do?


I don't want to find myself in situation where I have paid for a bunch of work and materials to then be told I need to spend an extra $xxxx for asbestos removal.





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  # 1613267 17-Aug-2016 14:45
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Yep, you need to get it tested.




If it comes back positive then you need to get an approved Asbestos handler.




Check with your local council, they may be able to point you in the right direction.

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  # 1613271 17-Aug-2016 14:48
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Which DHB do you fall under? They should have a free testing service for asbestos. I got my laundry panels tested this way.


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  # 1613272 17-Aug-2016 14:49
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Worksafe suggest that lath and plaster walls of that vintage could have asbestos in the skim coat.


I suggest you get a sample tested now before work starts.

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  # 1613280 17-Aug-2016 14:53
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$100 bucks and these guys will test whatever you send them ( and I am sure there are others that do something similar)




This says that lathe and Plaster is a candidate for having asbestos in it





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  # 1613285 17-Aug-2016 15:02
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Cross you fingers it doesn't have asbestos, and I think the odds are quite low. It is now very expensive to get it removed since the new regulations  came in. A lot of people got it removed before they came in, so it would be cheaper to remove it, although that sort of makes a mockery of the speed these laws come in. I don't think our methods in NZ are anywhere near as good as overseas. In Oz they require they spray the material with a PVA solution so it encapsulates loose material. But I have seen roofs being removed without it, and sheets have just been dropped onto grass, before it was wrapped in polythene sheets. Albeit that was before the new regulations came in.

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  # 1613318 17-Aug-2016 15:49
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Which DHB do you fall under? They should have a free testing service for asbestos. I got my laundry panels tested this way.



I'm in Christchurch, I would rather have it tested for free than pay $100!

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  # 1613326 17-Aug-2016 16:10
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Public Health Units contacts


Ring the relevant DHB and ask?


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  # 1613330 17-Aug-2016 16:19
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Well, nowhere to get it tested free in Christchurch. I can live with $100, just really hope it doesn't have asbestos as removal would probably make the reno more expensive than we can afford at the moment :(

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  # 1613368 17-Aug-2016 17:19
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What about the floor covering? Asbestos in the home

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  # 1613386 17-Aug-2016 18:31
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What about the floor covering? Asbestos in the home

Floor covering is much newer lino (maybe 10 years old) and we are not planning on replacing this anyway.

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