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Disassembling an IBR Arcoliner

IBR stands for "Institute of Boiler and Radiator Manufacturers", an industry group which is now part of GAMA (Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association).

The Arcoliner was made by the "American Radiator and Standard Sanitary Corporation", now known as American-Standard. Sometime in the early 1970s A-S sold their boiler line to Burnham.

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  • LarryC
    LarryC Member Posts: 331
    Disassembling a IBR Arcoliner

    Gentlemen and Ladies,
    The previous owners of our house left us a little present in the basement. An IBR Arcoliner Number WO551 Series 4BJ4.

    How do I disassemble it and does it contain asbestos? I see what appears to be mineral wool under the outside sheet metal. I have a plasma cutter if that becomes necessary.

    Thanks LarryC
  • Leo
    Leo Member Posts: 767
    A choice

    It was probably never removed in order to save the money of the asbestos removal fees.

  • left it

    Left the oversized boat achcor in ur basement? What are u using for replacment? With the abestos removed properly, I used the heavy hammer and cold chisel to "break open" the sections to be carry out... Job for the pro...
  • Guy_6
    Guy_6 Member Posts: 450

    I didn't think that the Arcoliners had the A-stuff for insulation, although the early ones had a cardboard based material under the jacket.
  • outback
    outback Member Posts: 1
    American standard beast

    Can anybody tell me how old an American Standard Arcoliner Model wo 551 4bj4 series is and is it rapped with asbestos's material
  • icesailor
    icesailor Member Posts: 7,265
    Cardboard based material:

    Take that cardboard based material to an asbestos remediation specialist for testing and it will probably pass as asbestos. Same as that cardboard like stuff inside the asbestos pipe insulation.