Okay, so six years ago my husband and I bought a wonderful 125+ year old Victorian - good structural condition, really needs some minor renovation/decor updates. We finally pay off the credit cards, save about $5000 for our upstairs bathroom remodel, and try to get started with it. Well, load-bearing blah, blah, so we go up to the attic, and decide to sister the joists up there first so we can get that out of the way. No problem, we wanted to get that yucky, kitty-litter like insulation replaced anyway. So, Husband is poking around up there Monday night and finds an empty bag of the yucky insulation, It says…
“Zonolite” otherwise known as “deadly tremolite asbestos” There turns out to be a long story involved with the mining and distribution of this insulation, including a federal criminal trial, an “Erin Brockovich” type water contamination on other company products, and a GWB power struggle with the EPA. In any case, I want this stuff out of my house like, yesterday.
Question - should we take it out ourselves? Based on the square footage of my attic (and smaller lower attic off the side of house) it will probably cost about $20,000 - $28,000 to hire a professional. It is not illegal in Indiana for a homeowner to do it themselves, but it’s scary. But, with all the research I’ve done, it seems that it’s not that difficult. Hard work, time-consuming, but requires no special skill, just undivided attention to details. And, to buy the necessary removal equipment (HEPA vacuum, respirator, miles of 6mm sheeting) and to pay for hauling and disposal, will probably only cost about $4,000.00.
Any dopers have any thoughts or experience with something like this?