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Re: Asbestos air ducts

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Tim Barnes

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I agree with all that recommended to leave the dang stuff alone, if possible. I was exposed to asbestos while in the service. We used it in rope like links as a fire proof grommet. It was attached to the outer edge of the stainless steel fire wall or shield that went around the the aft end of a radial engine. We had to remove and replace it when it became compressed from expanding and contracting with the fire shield. Also, I would guess that all the wiring and ducts on the older aircraft were protected by the stuff too. We also stripped, buffed and polished the asbestos tile flooring in our barracks, as did anyone that pulled orderly duty in the service back then. I reckon if Agent Orange don't get me, the asbestos will. Speaking of A/O, if you ever played or walked along side the railroad tracks back in the 50's or 60's. you were exposed to the same compounds that made up Agent Orange, along with the dust from the trains brakes . We walked to school back then and the Seaboard Coastline rail bed was the shortest route to school. The maintenance pony engine and car would pass by spraying and by the next day any foliage near the track would be all brown and crunchy. Sorry for going OT.

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