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John Bunzick, CCS, CCCA
Senior Member
Username: bunzick

Post Number: 198
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2004 - 10:23 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I'm trying to nail down the exact meaning of the term "Transite". I have always thought that it was a trade name that referred to corrugated asbestos-cement board used for siding in industrial facilities. However, I have recently heard it being used to describe residential asbestos siding. Can Transite be used to describe that type of material?
Ralph Liebing
Senior Member
Username: rliebing

Post Number: 63
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2004 - 11:20 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Vaguely recall [from the '50s] "transite" as a material used for making pipe or ductwork [underfloor slab heating ducts for example], and also for siding. I think there was use as both industrial siding and residential, as at the time, it was considered as very economical product. It was brittle but still, as best I can remember, widely used mainly because of the low cost.I think it was made by Johns-Manville, and then fabricated into various usable forms. The name became the misnomer for many similar products over the years.Understand there is still a non-asbestos form, call "Transite HT".
Stephen H. Falk
Advanced Member
Username: shfalk

Post Number: 7
Registered: 08-2002
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2004 - 05:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

The material was extensively used in airport hanger and factory construction as well as for wall panels, fascias and soffits in institutional construction like schools. It has been refined and is available from U.S. Architectural Products "Plycem" for sheathing and exposed surfaces not decorative. There are other manufacturers of this type of product and it has a lot of uses.

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