05:37PM | 11/30/02
Member Since: 11/29/02
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It ends up that this great, dry, carpeted basement that we envisioned as a playroom for our baby daughter in our new house is lined with tiles that contain asbestos. The previous owners added padding and carpet over these tiles. The tiles on their own, don't bother me much because I don't believe the baby will be breaking up or sanding the tiles. However, it's my understanding that the glue used to lay the tiles also contains asbestos and as the tiles become loose (and I can tell some are loose under the carpeting and padding)the asbestos fibers are released.

I am not sure what to do . Certainly, dropping a mint on professional removal is an option, but I know I can also try to cover it some more or encapsualte it. I was thinking about ripping up the carpet (which is not in bad shape) and cementing over the tiles and then re-carpeting. Is that stupid? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


willies all thumbs

01:20PM | 12/08/02
Member Since: 10/03/02
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I'ved installed floor covering since the mid fiftys with no health problems developing.
The asbestos problem is overrated. How old is the tile? asbestos was removed from tile and vinyl over twenty years ago, sadly, the product is less without it. If its that loose, just scoop it up and lay a new floor covering


05:52PM | 12/08/02
Member Since: 11/29/02
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The tile is pretty old, probably original or at least from the 50s (house was built in 43). Since I posted this message, I have been poking around some more down there. It looks like the tile is underneath every square inch of the carpeting. The previous owners actually nailed through the tile to lay the carpet tacking strips. Most of the tile, from what I can tell, is not in bad shape (including the ones they nailed through). But, there are quite a few tiles that obviously were soaking in water for a long time (somewhere along the line a drainage system was installed to fix the water problem). Those tiles are now disintegrating into dust. I was going to cover them, but now everything I have read says to get rid of them,. Somone else mentioned that there is some sort of solvert you can just put on the tiles to loosen them and then take them right off. Any idea? Am I nuts for thinking about doing this myself?

willies all thumbs

02:40PM | 12/10/02
Member Since: 10/03/02
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There is a nonflamable solvent to take off the adhesive.If any tiles are stuck tight, Dry ice (in a wood frame, to keep it in place) will help pop them loose. for crumbled, dusty tile, try spraying with water before picking it up


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