Originally Posted By: mcyr
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Tried to find information on the transite asbestos product for you, but obviously,lawyers firms keep popping up, guess it is because of this money making mesothelioma deal for people that worked with this product over a life time.
To answer your question, I worked with transite board material in 1972, installing it on the facade of a Zayre Store I was building in Madawaska, Maine. At that time I had no idea what that product was made of. We cut it and made dust all over the place. We did not have carbide blades for our saws and had to use abrasive blades. Dust masks, none in site, and did not know about them. The transite board was used as a backerboard for an epoxy applied stone rock face. The adhesive was troweled on and the 3/4" stone was actually placed by hand by being pushed on the product and would stick to the adhesive.
At the same time, the water and sewer district was also installing piping of the same material. All pipes were cut using abrasive blades with no air inhalant protection.
The product was of a gray color, resembled cement piping or the such, was heavy, and very difficult to cut at the time. Of course, Maine has been ten years behind technology for a century or more , ha. ha. .
Carbide blades would have produced the same hazardous dust, if we would have had them.
Chimney material was also manufactured at the time to resemble the pipe in this forum.
Anything that you see in the future that resembles this character of composite is asbestos containing product. It is not a friable material and is safe to look at, but do not cut it in any way. I am surprised to see myself talking about it when I installed it, cut it, breath it, installed asbestos joint compounds, sanded it breathed it, and still here to talk about it.
Hope this helps you understand this product, and hopefully some other forum reader might elaborate on the subject.
Hope this helps and any communication amongst us always helps to enlighten the reality of the consequences of technology.
Have a good night.