Attaching Trim Pieces,Molding, Brackets to Asbestos = Impossible?

new_homeowner1August 25, 2014

I recently told my contractor to forget about the vinyl and just repaint my asbestos siding.

I'd like to restore some of the architectural detail to my 150 year old house, but the contractor thinks it will be too difficult to do with my intact but brittle asbestos siding. He said the only way to add all the trim that I want would be to wrap the house in vinyl or some other siding. OR remove all the existing asbestos and trying to restore the original wood siding, which he said would take his crew around 3 weeks (expensive) and risky because we have no idea what condition wood is in underneath the asbestos.

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Trebruchet

new_homeowner1:

I know you're the one making the payments, but old house owners have to look at themselves more as stewards than dictators. Demolition is forever. Make sure the things you do are reversible if possible.

Strip the siding and restore the architectural features you want. The neighborhood and our collective history will be better for it. Good luck.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 9:43AM
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lazy_gardens

What detail is missing?

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 4:54PM
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renovator8

I'm trying to imagine your house but nothing happens.

With apologies to Lou Costello, you need to show us what your house looks like.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 7:57PM
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