Old House Journal - - Contents - —Mary Ellen Pol­son

Breath­ing dust and fumes.

When I was in my early thir­ties and work­ing on a 1923 Colo­nial Re­vival house, I proudly re­moved all the 1960s vinyl tiles in the sun­room (us­ing a heat gun bought mail or­der through OHJ!). I did not wear any sort of mask, nor did I think to have the tiles checked for as­bestos. Later I read up on the grue­some health af­fects pos­si­ble af­ter ex­po­sure to as­bestos fibers. I haven’t de­vel­oped mesothe­lioma, but I do get bron­chi­tis ev­ery win­ter.

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