I'm considering removing the antediluvian gravity-fed furnace
in my basement to clear the way for a new furnace. The ducts are wrapped in asbestos and have to go too; the HVAC contractor won't touch them, even if the asbestos were encapsulated.
It's my understanding that I can save a lot of money by removing the asbestos myself, and that done correctly it's not a huge safety problem. Let's not recommend professional abatement here, please, because the additional cost would make the whole furnace replacement adventure a financial non-starter.
The internet has lots of conflicting information, so I'm turning to AskMe. What are the best practices for DIY asbestos duct removal?
Here's the plan so far:
1. Seal the basement (and vents) from the rest of the house.
2. Wear an asbestos respirator
3. Thoroughly drench the asbestos with a misting attachment hose. Wet asbestos releases a lot less fiber into the air.
4. Scrape of the wet asbestos, then tear out the ducts.
5. Garbage goes into thick, sealed plastic bags.
6. Check with local waste disposal for appropriate disposal site.
Am I missing anything? There are no children in the house.