Probably asbestos containers

batyabethApril 7, 2011

Lurker question here.....I got a call that someone had taken apart a huge garden in town, and all of the pots/containers were sitting on the street for the taking. I bit, and took home three huge, rectangular deep lovlies, giddy at my score. Call the next day from the same person - careful, they are asbestos.

I looked them over, no cracks, breaks, etc. I really need these as my garden is, well, challenged for space. I looked all over GW and the Web, could find no advice, so I'm asking you all: can I line them with plastic, or something, and use 'em anyway? Not for veggies, I already know, but for flowers? Yarrow (sometimes used medicinally here by crushing the leaves to stop bleeding)? Other pot herbs? What kind of lining? Thick plastic? Sailcloth or other thick cloth? Can I paint them with oil-based or primer or something?

I gotta start planting and need to know if these go back out to the street or if they can find some sorely needed use. Any ideas?

Peace, Batya

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MojaveLove(5 - IL)

I personally would stay far away from asbestos. Bad news, not worth it in my opinion. Is asbestos even used in the US anymore? I don't even know!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 12:58PM
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what if you painted them with dryloc. the stuff they use to seal basement walls.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 1:23PM
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One vote for chucking them, one for painting with dryloc.

Any others? It's planting week here, Spring has sprung in earnest! Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 2:57AM
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Bumping this question up, as I hope there might be more answers. I'm probably going to try the paint this week. Scrape them out, wash them down with a hose, let dry, paint, let dry again, fill with soil and plant flowers. Unless of course someone tells me I'm out of my mind.
Peace, Batya

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 7:01AM
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The only problem I have ever heard of is with the fibers in the lung tissue. We have a house with asbestos siding and have never been recommended we do anything with it to make it safe. Asbestos is mined out of the earth, and I do not see the danger if it is part of a gardening container. Al

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 8:52AM
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If you scrape them be sure to wear a mask to filter any particles released by cleaning. Asbestos isn't a problem until you expose it.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 10:35AM
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can any one tell me if I should be worried. I live in an apartment comples with asbestos in it since the building was erected in the early 70's. I went to the huge trash bin out back and some one had left a pile of trash bags outside since the trash bin was over its limit. I decided to throw the bags in the bin since the garbage had already been picked up. I noticed they had white dust on them and it completely freaked me out when the white dust blew up in the air when I moved the bag. Should I be worried about exposure to asbestos? There is also a huge tree on the other side of the wall that gives off alot of debree but the dust looked white in color. I have no idea what asbestos looks like or what color it is. I immediately came in and washed my hands and arms as well as legs since I was wearing shorts. I am seriously worried.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 5:13PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

Asbestos is heavily regulated in the US now. It is unlikely that the dust you saw was asbestos. It doesn't form noticeable dust unless old structures are being demolished, and you would be aware of that.

If you are concerned you might try calling the local health department EPA office.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 10:44PM
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As for limited exposure to absestos for a few minutes its not a big deal. If you get over 8 hrs exposure at once it could cause problems down the road (many yrs most of time it 30yr later). Some people it bothers and some it doesn't. I was an insulator local#27 absestos worker local # 27 kc mo.
We have member that dies as young as 50 and guys that are still alive at 90.It has been outlawed for use snce 1978. There was a big push in the 90's and early 2000's to remove it from most buildings. Asbests used in siding and floor tile is no big deal until it become friable. Bottom line is don't drill or sand on it or you won't have a problem. But as for me why have anything asbestos around if you can get something out that asbestos free

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 8:12PM
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