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10:43AM | 11/26/13
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We are in the middle of a DIY kitchen Reno on a 50 year old house, when to our surprise we removed old linoleum only to find asbestos tiles and Black mastic glue. We removed the tiles using precautions. My question is what to do about the glue? Can it be sealed to the sub floor before installing hardwood? Any comments appreciated.

David, Moderator

09:22PM | 11/27/13
Member Since: 11/15/13
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I am not an asbestos expert and I don't want to tell you what to do or not to do for liability reasons.
I was involved in the renovation of several apartment units which had asbestos tile. I was told by the experts that there was actually more asbestos in the mastic than in the tile.
We were told that as long as we didn't grind or sand the mastic, other words make a dust, we were ok.
You could apply a skim coat of a feather leveling compound just to seal it.Once your floor goes down it will be sealed also.
While you are working around the material wear a good mask.
Hope this was helpful


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