07:55PM | 03/19/05
Member Since: 03/19/05
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I was also wondering about the black stuff (paper/glue?)that is underneath the tile. Does it need to be removed also? I suppose it has asbestos also. What is the best way to remove it?


01:50PM | 03/21/05
Member Since: 02/17/05
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While removal of asbestos floor tile is something reasonably safe--as long as it is taken up "intact" (unbroken) and kept wet--the black stuff (be it black mastic glue or black paper like backer) is much more likely to be dangerous for the average do it yourselfer. The reason? Asbestos is most hazardous when it is dusty and airborne. If you're going to do this kind of thing yourself you MUST keep it wet. I'm not sure whether you have paper or glue or both, but in either case it must be kept wet. Black mastic will be tough to get up without specialize equipment (which can also be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing). The OSHA approved method of removing black mastic is what they call "wet scraping".

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