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Asbestos on duct boots: Remove or encapsulate?

Zach_SF | Posted in General Questions on

For an upcoming project to add insulation and upgrade furnace & ductwork, ductwork, I can’t decide what to do with the duct boots that have what appears to be asbestos containing tape. I already have an asbestos contractor set up to remove the ducts since they contain the same tape. Basically it’s the same cost to remove or encapsulate the boots. Psychologically, I love the idea of completing removing the boots to just have them gone, and to install new boots since everything else will be new. Of course this will come at an extra cost – new boots, installation, probable minor drywall patching. The original boots appear to be in decent condition, though they have one or two colors or paint on the inside. I thought the inside of ductwork should never be painted or coated with anything, though my insulation contractor says it’s common practice to paint. Any ideas or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks…

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    Martin Holladay | | #1

    I'm pretty sure (from the way you phrased your question) that you already know the answer. It's best to have a certified asbestos abatement contractor remove the asbestos-covered boots.

    Of course, if your budget is tight and you can't afford the work, you may have to compromise on this issue. But removal makes sense -- especially since you will already have an asbestos abatement contractor performing work on the ducts.

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