Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




2792 posts

Uber Geek


# 201412 17-Aug-2016 14:32
Send private message

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.

 

 

 

 





 Home:                                                           Work:
Home Work


Create new topic
1034 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  # 1613267 17-Aug-2016 14:45
Send private message

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.


4962 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 1613271 17-Aug-2016 14:48
One person supports this post
Send private message

Which DHB do you fall under? They should have a free testing service for asbestos. I got my laundry panels tested this way.


 
 
 
 


3022 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1613272 17-Aug-2016 14:49
Send private message

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.


4139 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1613280 17-Aug-2016 14:53
Send private message

$100 bucks and these guys will test whatever you send them ( and I am sure there are others that do something similar)

 

http://www.fibres.co.nz/sampling-and-testing/

 

 

 

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

 

http://asbestosaware.co.nz/identify.php

 

 

 

 


15218 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1613285 17-Aug-2016 15:02
Send private message

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.




2792 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1613318 17-Aug-2016 15:49
Send private message

DarthKermit:

 

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!


3340 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 1613326 17-Aug-2016 16:10
Send private message

Public Health Units contacts

 

Ring the relevant DHB and ask?


 
 
 
 




2792 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1613330 17-Aug-2016 16:19
One person supports this post
Send private message

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 :(


310 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  # 1613368 17-Aug-2016 17:19
Send private message

What about the floor covering? Asbestos in the home




2792 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1613386 17-Aug-2016 18:31
Send private message

lapimate:

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.

Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Microsoft launches first Experience Center worldwide for Asia Pacific in Singapore
Posted 13-Nov-2019 13:08


Disney+ comes to LG Smart TVs
Posted 13-Nov-2019 12:55


Spark launches new wireless broadband "Unplan Metro"
Posted 11-Nov-2019 08:19


Malwarebytes overhauls flagship product with new UI, faster engine and lighter footprint
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:48


CarbonClick launches into Digital Marketplaces
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:42


Kordia offers Microsoft Azure Peering Service
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:41


Spark 5G live on Auckland Harbour for Emirates Team New Zealand
Posted 4-Nov-2019 17:30


BNZ and Vodafone partner to boost NZ Tech for SME
Posted 31-Oct-2019 17:14


Nokia 7.2 available in New Zealand
Posted 31-Oct-2019 16:24


2talk launches Microsoft Teams Direct Routing product
Posted 29-Oct-2019 10:35


New Breast Cancer Foundation app puts power in Kiwi women's hands
Posted 25-Oct-2019 16:13


OPPO Reno2 Series lands, alongside hybrid noise-cancelling Wireless Headphones
Posted 24-Oct-2019 15:32


Waikato Data Scientists awarded $13 million from the Government
Posted 24-Oct-2019 15:27


D-Link launches Wave 2 Unified Access Points
Posted 24-Oct-2019 15:07


LG Electronics begins distributing the G8X THINQ
Posted 24-Oct-2019 10:58



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.