DEAR BARRY: If a home inspector knew there was asbestos in a building that was being renovated, shouldn’t he have said something? In this case, a safety officer finally shut down the project. Is the home inspector liable for not warning us about asbestos? –Gerald

DEAR GERALD: The answer to your question has some complexities. First of all, a home inspector cannot know for certain that a particular material contains asbestos. Some building materials may be suspect, but laboratory analysis is necessary to conclude that asbestos fibers are present.

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