Hi all,

First I’d just like to say how much we appreciate this site. My wife and I have just purchased a BISF and this site has really reassured us that it was a viable option; thanks to that we’ve gotten ourselves a house which is far bigger and nicer than we could otherwise have afforded, so thanks very much!

This is our first home and I’m pretty new to DIY. The stove/chimney pipe frame in the front bedroom has some old fibreboards bolted on which I’m concerned may contain asbestos; the previous owner appears to have had a rather casual attitude to this sort of thing and has drilled several holes in it, as can be seen in the attached photo.

Can anyone tell me whether this is likely to be asbestos? I can’t find any reference to the chimney frame having asbestos fibreboard attached in the original design but of course it’s entirely possible that this was added after the fact, and it might have been considered desirable to add there, for its insulatory properties.

If it is asbestos, how easy/safe is it to remove oneself? I think it’s just screwed/nailed/bolted on and shouldn’t be too hard to remove, but obviously if it is asbestos I’m concerned about breaking it up. It’s entirely within the cupboard.

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Hi, from what I can see in the image, it looks as the the box has been covered in fibreboard which was used extensively in BISF houses, particularly on the ceilings and this fibreboard has either been plastered or plaster-boarded over and skimmed. It’s difficult to tell from the image, but if that is the box work surrounded the flue pipe from the back boiler fire from the ground floor, it has not been found to contain asbestos as far as we are aware. You may also find lagging around the flue pipe, we do not believe this to be asbestos either but it does contain very small dusty fibres which could irritate the lungs.

If removing, always wear a mask and disposable overalls and always use a water bottle spray to fully dampen the area been worked or removed and place any discarded materials into heavy duty rubble sacks or bin liners and seal them before disposal.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry but this this is the method that I use when removing flue pipes etc from these houses.

Apologies for the delay in answering but I thought your question had already been answered.

I hope this helps, welcome aboard and good luck in your new home.


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