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jackie61

06:13AM | 02/11/05
Member Since: 02/08/05
11 lifetime posts
MONEY? I have credit cards!!!!!! Doesn't cost me a thing. DUH, perfect solution....going to a tile store. Kill two birds with one stone, err tile. I'll let you know how I make out. Thanks

ethanbancroft

08:18AM | 02/11/05
Member Since: 01/28/05
11 lifetime posts
well,4 whatever it is worth,

i had sme stuff on my cement pad under flooring

i had plenty of ventilation, and no pilot lights on

the ans "a small amount of mineral spirits, brushed over your tar goop, softens it enough to put new fooring down.

i did it, using wood parquet squares, they had tar like adhesive on backing!

worked nicely

the tar goop u have is probably what the contractor , probably put down to keep water out

you could put 1/2 inch ply wood down and start over

but then you have to worry about trim around toilet

jackie61

08:37AM | 02/11/05
Member Since: 02/08/05
11 lifetime posts
Seeing that my skills are extremely limited. That sounds like another alternative. Worth a shot. Not thrilled about mineral spirits though. If it works GREAT. I'll just do it in small batches... with plenty of ventalation. Thanks for the tip.

womanonamission

02:13PM | 02/20/05
Member Since: 01/20/99
23 lifetime posts
jackie61 and k2, thanks for helping me figure out what the heck the stuff was underneath my 40+ year old vinyl tile flooring that had been hidden under a rather pretty but smelly carpet.

Unfortunately the stuff I have is not goopy anymore and as I began to remove the carpet pad, the tiles began to break and adhere to padding. I have not started in earnest to remove the tiles because I am afraid that with the breakage removal will become a real chore.

Since I don't have the goop problem am I OK just installing a new floor over the concrete? I'd thought about doing another layer of vinyl since my dogs like it down there. However, since the room is pretty cool in winter, I thought carpet might be better. Also since this is one bottom floor of a tri-level I couldn't figure out what to do with the stairs leading down to it if I did do vinyl.

jackie61, after using mineral spirits to clean layers of adhesive and other assorted goo in my kitchen cabinets, I'd hold off using the mineral spirits until warm weather will allow you to open a few windows. I did this during an Illinois winter and it was pretty miserable. I ended up having to open the windows and pretty much catching the biggest chill this former New Orleanian has ever seen.

Thanks for your post I hope you can find a good solution to your goop problem.

jackie61

04:59AM | 02/22/05
Member Since: 02/08/05
11 lifetime posts
Don't remove any more of the tiles!!!!They are pobably asbestos tiles. For the last few weeks I have been racking my brains. The best thing that everyone could come up with (and actually the least amount of work) is to appy a leveler. I spoke to a tile man and he suggested a product called Ardex. I did come across that name a few times when I was searching. He told me I really should have not even removed the vinyl and that this stuff can go over that as well. As long as the vinyl was stuck down properly.I pulled my vinyl up and opened a can of worms. I wanted to shoot my self. As for you I would go with a vinyl floor over the old tiles and use and area rug. That would be in my opinion the wises choice. Because you really don't know what kind of tiles your dealing with. With the Ardex and the vinyl all that will be sealed. I'm not sure you'll get that with carpet. What ever you choose I wish you the best of luck. By the way I love the user name. Keep me posted
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