Find out how to cut asbestos shingles. Learn what kind of special blade you need when cutting asbestos.
LESLIE: Peter in New York, welcome to The Money Pit. What can we help you with?
PETER: Yes, I have asbestos on the rear of my house . They’re about 12 inches high and about 24 inches wide.
PETER: And I can’t find, at any of the rental places, a cutter. I know there’s an asbestos cutter. I’ve never seen one but I know there’s one out there.
PETER: So, but I can’t locate one. So, they told me I can cut it with a circular saw with a plywood blade on it.
PETER: But I keep burning out the blade. I can’t make the corner cuts. And there’s a lot of smoke.
PETER: Dust, I should say.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Well, these are cement asbestos shingles, correct?
TOM: Why do you need to cut them? What kind of a job are you doing?
PETER: Oh, well we’re taking out the windows. In the rear, we’re changing the windows .
PETER: And then we want to put them back but naturally we have a different shape to the building now.
PETER: So, I want to put them back and naturally they were painted a few years ago and it all blends.
TOM: Yeah, well you’re absolutely right. There is an asbestos tile shear that is used specifically to cut tiles.
TOM: And it kind of, you know, kind of scores them and breaks them, I guess would be the best way to explain it. And it’s something that you typically do find at a rental house and if you can’t locate it your option would be probably …
LESLIE: What about a stone blade?
TOM: Well …
LESLIE: Like a masonry blade? Since it’s encased in cement, essentially.
TOM: Yeah, that probably would work but you need to use a full respirator …
TOM: … so you’re completely isolated from this because you’re going to be stirring up that dust and breathing and it’s really, really bad for you.
PETER: I know, it’s happened already. Yes.
PETER: My only problem with the saw, I tried that saw. But unless you really hold this asbestos down, you’ll crack them. At least I cracked them, let’s put it that way.
LESLIE: Oh, yeah.
TOM: You might find that it’s easier to put a plywood blade or a stone blade on a table saw. If you had a table saw.
PETER: Oh, (INAUDIBLE).
TOM: You wouldn’t be holding on to a circular saw. Then you don’t have to worry about holding them down and …
LESLIE: And then you know your cut’s straight.
TOM: … the guard back. You can really have both hands to use to move the material.
PETER: Oh, no. Very good. (Leslie chuckles) I’m glad I called.
PETER: OK, thank you for your time.