Avoiding a positive asbestos test for house demolition

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I have no idea whether the house has it or not, but its really hard to tell since it can even be in the linoleum!

I'm seen houses gutted right down to the skeleton, ive always wondered if this was to avoid a positive asbestos test. What are the creative builders doing?

What you're asking for isn't 'creative'... I'd call it, 'unethical and illegal'

Do the right thing for the workers and future home owners: Test honestly, react appropriately. 

Most of the time when a house gets gutted to the skeleton, it's because there was asbestos and it had to be remediated.

Future homeowners? The home will be torn down to the ground. I'm not talking about a rehab

... soil contamination, airborne particles, neighbors, worker safety... The fact that you're razing the house actually makes it worse. The amount of dust created by a steel track backhoe when it wrecks a house is tremendous. Trying to think of ways to avoid doing the right thing and potentially making that dust cloud toxic is absolutely repugnant and the kind of behaviour that gives decently-minded investors and contractors a bad name.

I am literally the last person on earth who loves regulations, but in the case of asbestos the regulations are there for a good reason. Asbestos is a known toxic carcinogen at its most deadly when it becomes particalized... which is exactly what happens to it when you demolish a house.

Asbestos is overrated. Insulation, no. But if it's in the adhesive of a  floor tile or in the sealant of a window. You don't need to spend 5k for a specialist to remove, the likelihood of something going airborne is very minimal, unless you run it through a wood chipper

And I'm talking about getting it out before excavation, if I was excavating, I would already had to get the asbestos test. 

Originally posted by @Sean H. :

Asbestos is overrated. Insulation, no. But if it's in the adhesive of a  floor tile or in the sealant of a window. You don't need to spend 5k for a specialist to remove, the likelihood of something going airborne is very minimal, unless you run it through a wood chipper

And I'm talking about getting it out before excavation, if I was excavating, I would already had to get the asbestos test. 

 That is crazy to say "asbestos is overrated". Asbestos was used in many things, including as a backing material for vinyl flooring. Literally the entire paper backing of the flooring is 100% asbestos fibers bound by latex. Popcorn ceilings can contain up to 10% asbestos and the particles are released by merely brushing the material. It is considered as bad as asbestos pipe insulation. Mesothelioma, laryngeal cancer, lung cancer and asbestosis can all be caused by asbestos exposure. People in the construction industry have higher incidents. People under estimate the damage, because exposure presents no immediate symptoms and takes 15 to 35 years to show up as major illness. My wife's uncle died in his 50's from exposure to asbestos in his 30's. Follow the law and use proper remediation.