That's black mold. Aka the dangerous kind of mold. It's still possible for you to remove this on you're own. But if you were exposed to it without any kind of protective gear, then I would go to a doctor and tell them that you were heavily exposed to toxic mold. As far as fixing it. You're going to have to buy a set of air tight Google's and a p100 mask/respirator. And seal off that section in what's called a negative pressure chamber. You can make an NPC by sealing up the room or whatever with tape and tarps and use a box fan or something to draw the air inside, to outside. But the wood and anything else that's contaminated with mold is going to have to be replaced and cleaned.
>>937971 westerners are acting like pussies when it comes to asbestos, even tho they use to make baby clothes in the US out of asbestos fibers in the 30's. Not to mention lead paint, to which they still act like absolute faglords, no matter that 70 years ago they literally painted their whole continent with it. Overreacting douches, as usual.
>>937994 IIRC, it was actually China that fucked up asbestos for everyone. There's two kinds of asbestos: white and red. I can never remember which is which, but the kind that we used for most everything was the one that has longer fiber lengths which are too big to cause cancer. China (or some other eastern supplier) flooded the market with the other kind for hella cheap that had the super small fiber lengths that fuck up lungs and cause cancer, so instead of trying to limit the supply to just the good kind, they banned all of it.
>>938413 Nah, leaded may be bad for cats, but the real reason was they came up with decent knock reducing compounds to replace lead. A side effect was unhardened valve seats got eaten away at because lead also acted as a conditioner. And as shady as it may be, I run AvBlu in my old cars (with an upper cylinder lubricant additive of course.
>>937770 Back to OP, that's pretty fucked. The "good" thing is, whenever you've been at your friends house, you've been getting lungfuls of this nonstop, so you're not dead yet and don't have terrible respiratory shit. You can clean it, but probably will have to tear it out. That's why you insulate the duct.
Bleach it and wipe it down. Mold wax only an issue asbold time click bait before it was called click bait. Is been discredited as a risk in every study unless you already have immune issues. You've been breathing mold with every breathe since you were born.
Besides that, the entire line will have grown not just what you can see.
>>937916 >But if you were exposed to it without any kind of protective gear LOL look closer at the pic: the WHOLE HOUSE has been exposed for who knows how long? a decade? maybe more?
wear a decent mask and wet ti down and then rip the shit out and put into a plastic bag. done. clean up whats left in the box with soap water and mayeb some sort of mold/mildew spray like what ya use in the bathroom shower... best its gonna be unless you go ahead a tear out the box as well and replace that too.. but how far are you going to go? all the ducts in the house have also been "exposed"....
>>938438 >You've been breathing mold with every breathe since you were born. spores are EVERYWHERE at all times. they are just waiting to find the right conditions (nice dark damp corner) to start to grow... if you don't create the right conditions they won't grow and you won't have a problem but the spores are still there and always will be.... waiting....
>>938014 Wow, I don't think any part of your post is correct. Impressive.
"Asbestos" refers to a crystal habit (shape), and so there are many different minerals that are all considered to be asbestos. There are 6 different types of asbestos, but only 4 have been used commercially: Chrysotile (white asbestos), Amosite (brown asbestos), Anthophyllite, and Crocidolite (blue asbestos). The other unused types are Actinolite and Tremolite.
Broadly speaking there are two principal types of asbestos: 'amphibolite asbestos' and 'serpentine asbestos'. Amphibolite asbestos has an amphibole structure, and so the fibers are straight and needle-like. Serpentine asbestos (see: chrysotile in pic related) has a continuous structure, and so the fibers coil up.
The idea that there is good and bad asbestos is because serpentine asbestos is somewhat less harmful than amphibolite asbestos. While both types cause asbestosis, only amphibolite asbestos has been definitively proven to cause mesothelioma. Serpentine asbestos is associated with mesothelioma, but has not been definitively proven to be a cause, and requires greater exposure to cause asbestosis.
>>938521 more likely if you work long term in an industry that uses this stuff. a one time minor exposure isn't going to mean instant death. of course be smart and wear a good mask. wet it down. carefully pull it out and put directly into a plastic bag. seal the bag. I doubt there would be any great risk with moderate precautions. from the OP pic it is such a small amount. its not like yer going to sprinkle it on yer breakfast cereal every morning for cripes sake. this is even assuming the insulation in the pic is even asbestos in the first place...
>>937770 It's not asbestos, firstly. It's regular old duct insulation. Don't disturb the mold; put bleach & water in a spray bottle and give that shit a spray. Wait a few hours and then do it again. Wipe away. The real problem is that you have a condensation issue. That is what needs to be figured out and fixed so this doesn't happen again.
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