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Gayle

10:49AM | 01/24/12
Member Since: 01/24/12
5 lifetime posts
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I live in an apartment in which there was obviously a floor before we moved in (1995) causing the vinyl asbestos tiles to come totally loose from the wood subflooring. My husband promised me when we moved in that he would replace the floor. Now, 17 years later, the tiles are beginning to crumble.
Husband's response: It's too dangerous to move the tiles. He bought those awful flat pieces of carpet to cover the floor. They are not only ugly but they constantly shed piles of grey dust where the backing is piecing off.
We have the original dishwasher and he tells me that if we put in a floor and the dishwasher needs to be replaced we will have to rip the floor out to get the dishwasher out.
Finally, when I heavily suggest how unhappy I am with the floor, he tells me to go buy a lineoleum remnant which he will then nail down the center of the exposed floor space (not under the stove or refrigerator). We have a galley kitchen 13 ft. X 4 ft. (walkable surface).
Having exhibited the patience of 1,000 saints, I would so appreciate some help.

Gayle

10:53AM | 01/24/12
Member Since: 01/24/12
5 lifetime posts
Oops! I meant to say FLOOD, not floor.... sorry!

Gayle

10:54AM | 01/24/12
Member Since: 01/24/12
5 lifetime posts
Sorry, I meant to say FLOOD not floor.

danielleb

03:44PM | 01/24/12
Member Since: 12/20/10
130 lifetime posts
Once asbestos starts to crumble, it really should be removed. Your state regulations will determine whether that's easy or not. At the time we removed asbestos siding, it was a DIY-as-long-as-you-follow-guidelines allowed job. We made sure that the ground was lined with the thickest mil plastic, kept the siding wet so nothing would go airborne (when asbestos is dangerous), wore regulation masks, double wrapped the siding in thick mil plastic and taped it up completely. Then we delivered it to a land field designated for hazardous materials, where we paid to have it dumped and was given a certificate verifying that we did everything legally.

We live in Pandora's house. Every task either dictates we do it fully and spend a lot more money than we anticipated but have it done right or we slap lipstick on the pig and ignore it for a few more years. What we've found is that lipstick wears off quickly. Sometimes it's just better to buck it up and do something right, especially if you're going to be there for a while.

longbenz

02:02PM | 02/17/12
Member Since: 01/25/12
25 lifetime posts
If there was a flood and you are having issues with the floor, it needs to be completely replaced point blank

munchkinclif

03:37PM | 04/24/12
Member Since: 04/18/12
26 lifetime posts
Hearing your story, I don't think it's too dangerous to remove the tiles?

cceditorial

10:16AM | 04/25/12
Member Since: 04/24/12
2 lifetime posts
I had the same situation, my whole kitchen flooded and I ended up having to pull up all the tiles and redo my floor. I ended up having to use my credit cards to cover it, what a nightmare.

froggy50

05:15PM | 07/09/12
Member Since: 05/06/12
20 lifetime posts
You will be fine. Go ahead and replace it.
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