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Duct blaster with asbestos?
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I'd like to know if BPI has banned the use of the duct blaster in the presence of asbestos ductwork. Is this the case? If there is any documentation from BPI, what/where is it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colin Genge 13 hours ago.

Crawlspaces in Bay Area
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Does anyone have any info/thoughts on the effectiveness of crawlspace vapor barriers over the soil in a vented crawlspace in the bay area, and how well it reduces indoor humidity?IMO, I think there's…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by tedkidd Jan 9, 2014.

 

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Colin Genge replied to Blake Shurtz's discussion Duct blaster with asbestos?
"Two states have concluded that blower door testing does not increase the liability wrt asbestos.  As some of you have suggested, life as usual disturbs it more than testing would. I doubt most blower door or duct testers have the time or skills…"
13 hours ago
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Duct blaster with asbestos?

I'd like to know if BPI has banned the use of the duct blaster in the presence of asbestos ductwork. Is this the case? If there is any documentation from BPI, what/where is it?
Jul 14
Blake Shurtz replied to Blake Shurtz's discussion Duct blaster with asbestos?
"I rarely test asbestos- I just perform a visual on-site. I do not think running the duct blaster would be worse than running the system itself. For this reason, in particularly bad cases, I have recommended not running the system at all until…"
Jul 7
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Blake Shurtz's discussion Duct blaster with asbestos?
"In all seriousness - just how many do you see (tested to make sure it was) & do you really think running the tester would be worse than them running the unit normally? With that - BPI states in EP / Heat & not sure which other ones: Where…"
Jun 27
Bud Poll replied to Blake Shurtz's discussion Duct blaster with asbestos?
"I don't know about BPI, but I discussed this issue (blower door and asbestos, same thing) years back with my insurance carrier and we agreed, any, that is any, asbestos and they want to see documentation from a licensed abatement company (who…"
Jun 25
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Duct blaster with asbestos?

I'd like to know if BPI has banned the use of the duct blaster in the presence of asbestos ductwork. Is this the case? If there is any documentation from BPI, what/where is it?
Jun 25
Blake Shurtz's discussion was featured

Crawlspaces in Bay Area

Does anyone have any info/thoughts on the effectiveness of crawlspace vapor barriers over the soil in a vented crawlspace in the bay area, and how well it reduces indoor humidity?IMO, I think there's a lot of snake oil here.See More
Jan 13, 2014
tedkidd replied to Blake Shurtz's discussion Crawlspaces in Bay Area
"So Blake, Looks like your answer is "always recommend" as you have no idea or control of what may happen in the future with weather or soil.  This summer my lawn NEVER turned brown, and some people indicated their dehumidifiers were…"
Jan 9, 2014
Scott Wood replied to Blake Shurtz's discussion Crawlspaces in Bay Area
"Climate is definitely a factor, aseptically in the many varied climates of the SF area. Ground water needs to be controlled even with a complete vapor barrier. Radon mat systems work to remove excess moisture under the vapor barrier, but will not…"
Jan 9, 2014
Iain Walker replied to Blake Shurtz's discussion Crawlspaces in Bay Area
"It depends where you are in the Bay Area.  If on high ground with dry soil there isn't much effect.  But in my old house in Alameda where water came up out of the ground when it rained and the soil surface was permanently wet then the…"
Jan 9, 2014
Scott Wood replied to Blake Shurtz's discussion Crawlspaces in Bay Area
"Yes, I agree that it is usually less of an issue in a dry climate. One of the problems I've seen in "dry" climates is if there is any vegetation, watering is required. Even though this can become more of an issue with slab on grade,…"
Jan 3, 2014
tedkidd replied to Blake Shurtz's discussion Crawlspaces in Bay Area
"It's very important in humid climates.   It may be less important in dry climates, you'd want to consult a dry climate expert like Mike MacFarland or Rick Chitwood. Where you are has a lot of microclimates, so if it's not…"
Jan 3, 2014
Blake Shurtz posted a discussion

Crawlspaces in Bay Area

Does anyone have any info/thoughts on the effectiveness of crawlspace vapor barriers over the soil in a vented crawlspace in the bay area, and how well it reduces indoor humidity?IMO, I think there's a lot of snake oil here.See More
Jan 2, 2014
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Feb 22, 2012
Blake Shurtz commented on Elisa Wood's blog post Obama's budget good for energy efficiency
"What a wonderful overview of the macroeconomics, as well as the politics, of energy efficiency in America! Thank you!"
Feb 22, 2012
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At 9:28pm on January 9, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Blake,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!


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Colin Genge replied to Kim Tanner's discussion Blower Door Applications Guide in the group Multifamily Buildings
"This is a great guide that anyone testing with multiple fans should get hold  of. "
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