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Black vapor barrier paper

clarkfamilyct | Posted in General Questions on

Hi all,

We will be renovating a guest house that dates back to the 1700s. We’ll be abating the lead and asbestos, and the environmental report found “black vapor barrier paper” Chrysotile-70% behind the siding. We had originally thought that the siding was original to the house and dating back to the early 1700s. However, it appears that the asbestos paper may indicate that the siding is from a later time. Does anyone know when asbestos-containing “black vapor barrier paper” started being used in the U.S.?

Thank you!

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    Martin Holladay | | #1

    I don't know the answer to your question.

    I found one document that mentions the use of asbestos in building paper: Asbestos Awareness for Building Occupants and Maintenance Workers.

    On page 4, the document notes that asbestos can be found in older "Roofing felt and building paper." Unfortunately, no further information on these products is provided.

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