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Asbestos rope was usually fitted in boxes needing a heat-resistant seal like power boxes, street lighting choke boxes, wood heaters and stoves. Asbestos rope was also used as packing or padding material around pipes. It was also used in window frames.
Asbestos rope is found in 100A Wilco power outlets and 11kV oil circuit breakers (OCB) contactor boxes. Of the known (104) 100A Wilco power outlets, 10% did not contain asbestos.
Residential, Commercial, Industrial
Windows, Fireplace, Electrical and power boxes, Plant and machinery, Plumbing and drainage
Hatch or box recess sealant, padding and packing.
Asbestos seal, Door seal, Asbestos packing rope
Asbestos-containing rope seals are hard to identify.
Asbestos rope seals can be white, grey or brown. The rope seal hardens with age.
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Asbestos-containing rope packing on brick walls
Asbestos-containing fibrous rope used as padding between bracket and pipework
Asbestos-containing fibrous rope used as padding between bracket, pipework and gaskets
Cloth linings around material needing thermal insulation, like this fire cabinet
Asbestos rope was used around oven doors. Credit: Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Consultants Association Members
Asbestos rope was used around flange in industrial equipment. Credit: Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Consultants Association Members
Asbestos rope was used in window frames Credit: Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Consultants Association Members