Use Those Extra Asbestos Shingles (Apr, 1948)

I had an art teacher in high school who once explained how she loved sculpting with asbestos and how pissed off she was that she was no longer allowed to buy it, mesothelioma be damned.

Use Those Extra Asbestos Shingles

Who ever heard of the shingling job that ended in a perfect tie between the number bought and the number needed? Whether you like it or not, part of that last bundle will be left over. But you certainly ought to like it, because left-over shingles—both asbestos and asphalt—have countless uses around the house. A few are illustrated here, and you will think of others. Both types are good for friction uses, but stick to asbestos for jobs that call for heat resistance.— B. Halpern, Jackson Heights, N. Y.

Deaden the noise and vibration of a typewriter and keep the machine from crawling by putting it on a shingle. Use another under the phone, especially a dial type, which tends to slip.

Protect walls and floors with asbestos sheets when soldering or using a torch on a pipe. If you use a torch to remove old paint, protect the surrounding wall area with the shingles.

Prevent slipping by nailing strips to ladder rungs or to worn cellar steps. Lessen the danger of electric shock through a damp floor by laying a shingle platform near the fuse box.

Under an iron, or as a hotplate for glue pots, asbestos shingles protect working surfaces.

For a better grip and as a scratch preventer, put a piece under the food-chopper clamp.

Rest a hot soldering: iron on asbestos shingle and stop worrying about scorching the bench. You can even do your soldering right on the pad; it won’t draw heat away from the work.

1 comment
  1. Hirudinea says: July 24, 20122:53 pm

    Just don’t cut it for God’s sake!

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