Perry Henderson MBA 512.791.7462 REALTOR® This interview, Removing Asbestos Shingles and Water Table with Donovan White Builder is shown by Hyde Park Austin Real Estate Expert Perry Henderson. Removing Asbestos Shingles is a very common repair in Hyde Park Austin

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Removing Asbestos Shingles



  1. Good job. I have to remove some to replace a wall and rough in for large window opening and door. I want to carefully do the same and put them back on after replacing wall. I like the way the asbestus holds up to the weather. They lasted over 50 years!

  2. When I trained in aircraft crash recovery we trained to protect ourselves against burnt composites. (DO NOT fuck with burned composite parts without protection!) The way the Air Force controls friable composites is to spray heavily with undiluted floor wax, the stuff you buy in 5 gallon pails. We then wrapped the composite in clear "crash wrap" (plastic sheeting) and secured with duct tape. I have asbestos shingles I don't disturb because they work very well and cause no problems, but if I ever remove any they'll get a wax bath and crash wrap. I'll mask up and wear Tyvek coveralls to do the work. Not a problem.

    Interviewing a builder is not interviewing a a HAZMAT expert! Know the difference then go elsewhere for best methods and practices.

  3. all these experts …. hilarious. it's evident that most of you all have been brainwashed into hearing asbestos and immediately​ think of fibers flying all in the air..duh. these shingles are almost entirely made of concrete mixtures with very little asbestos. there's no risk of these shingles releasing fivwrs into the air….man y'all here donething and run with it….but half of y'all shout herion and smoke meth..

  4. I wouldn't want to be paying this guy by the hour. Easiest and quickest way is to grab a sawsall and run the saw behind the siding and cut those nails and your done!

  5. I don't think this guy has ever removed any asbestos siding, he must be an office person,or an inspector, or have all the time in the world to complete the job,not only that h3 must of bid the job for big buck go back to your desk fellow

  6. Its all crap.. I have been installing vinyl siding for 32 years and have ripped over 1000 houses with so called asbestos siding. Before the EPA got involved with no masks no suits and no protection. I have been tested and have had my lungs tested and I have no signs of asbestos poisoning what so ever! The amount of asbestos in most of these shingles is a small percentage they are made mostly of a concrete substance. We break it up and inhale it 3 times a month and my crew and I are all fine..

  7. Seriously, that man needs to have at least a hazmat suit and a respirator on even if he's just pulling the nails. Pulling nails will still put asbestos in the air. Crazy.

  8. A nightmare to be sure – there's no easy, quick solution.

    And they don't give away those (non-asbestos) replacement shingles that break if you look at them hard.  The best bet is getting them off a tear down, etc.

    The end nippers are a must – along with gobs of patience.  Aluminum nails are relatively easy to deal with because they can be sheared off with a stout  putty knife (which you slide under the shingle) and a hammer.  But pulling them is far preferable.  Good luck on those nails not breaking, though.

    Stainless steel nails are a different matter.  They must be pulled, and often they are tenacious, residing as they are in old, _hard_wood.  A sheared off nail head can present a problem, if you're looking to replace that shingle later.  New (drilled) hole, caulk up the old hole…yikes.

    Being way up on a ladder doesn't help – the pulled nails will come out suddenly sometimes, and you could lose your balance.  So bending the nails out slowly as shown is a must.  You might want to think about a good dust mask also.  Think about that real hard.

    The real pain is the hidden nails up under the top edge of each shingle, where a partial removal (say around a window) is sometimes necessary.  Then sometimes you must resort to a hacksaw blade to blind saw them suckers off.

    Oh, and did I mention?  Contractors will make an infuriating mess if you're looking to keep the asbestos siding but are just having repairs/retro-fitting done.  Hit a lick… and then head to the barn – except for the ones who simply tell you, "We refuse to deal with those things."

  9. In Massachusetts, They make us set up a poly containment now. We use a boom lift for high elevations and have to make a poly containment on the carriage and seal to house area were removing. It's insane !!!

  10. This guy is right on. I 've owned a house since '77 with asbestos roof shingles that was built in '43 mostly by women, all of the men were overseas fighting. I coated it last year with airport runway sealer and it looks brand new! Just remember don't drill, sand or break it and nothing to be afraid of. I wonder how many fiberglass shingles would last that long? I bet none!

  11. Do not attempt to remove ANY asbestos yourself unless you have become trained to do so. You won't get any compensation and you can get into legal trouble for exposing others.This guy is an IDEOT just for the fact that he's not wearing a mask and not keeping the surface wet. He's attempting to make a non-friable removal but he's still hitting the shingles with a hammer, which is possibly releasing microscopic fibers into the air around the house and neighbors.

  12. If you own the home, you can expose you and your family by the federal and at least in NY and PA laws.

    Just thought people should know that. You can kill your self, but that depends on exposure time and concentration.

    NYS DOL Asbestos Inspector # 06-16512

  13. Lets see what was done here, removal of an asbestos Class II non-friable material as defined by the OSHA Regulations. So he is trying to keep it from becomming a Class I frable materal by keeping the asbestos tiles intact. Here are the issues is he trained as an asbestos worker, is the company licensed by the state as an asbestos contractor? I would hate to see some enforcement officer to see this like OSHA. Even the inspectors in NY and PA would have fun with this video.


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