The Walls Are Talking About Asbestos

I’ve been sort of assuming that the rear addition (1950s) comprised asbestos siding. It looks like asbestos siding. The timing is right so I figured we might as well treat it like asbestos siding and leave it alone.  (Based on the “walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, must be a duck” theory.*)

Rear addition siding

During Apartment 1 demolition last week, I came across evidence tending to corroborate my belief.

Cardboard shims in Apt 3 See up at the joint between the wall and ceiling? It’s a shim made of cardboard, but the words are upside down. Never fear, though, I can rotate and crop.

Right side up

But, for those of you who don’t want to click through, what does it say?

Rub Er Oid Asbestos Siding

Yep. Ruberoid Eternit Asbestos Cement Siding. Woo-hoo!

* Although James Whitcomb Riley, the Hoosier poet, probably coined the phrase first, we should also look to Douglas Adams‘ theory:  “If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.”  As long as I’ve mentioned Riley, his Italianate house** is in Indianapolis and is open for touring.  It has exquisite examples of stenciling.  We always intended to go back for inspiration, but we never stayed in our Victorians long enough to do the finish stenciling.

**OK, it wasn’t really Riley’s house.  He was a houseguest who never left.  He lived there for 23 years with the family who did own the house.

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