10:36AM | 11/23/01
Member Since: 11/17/01
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My basement floor has 9" asphalt/asbestos tile that I want to encapulate. In the end, I simply want to put down some carpeting. I've had several suggestion including "skim coat", plywood, and trowel on carpet glue and let dry. What's the best approach? Thanks in advance!


11:38AM | 11/23/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
Hi bclerico,
Floor tile containing asbestos is actually quite safe unless it is broken to pieces or you use mechanical action (such as machine scrubbing)while it is dry.I personally would leave it alone or have it removed by professionals.

Jay J

05:17AM | 11/24/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi bclerico,

Ditto w/what Matches said. Wherever there are loose or missing pieces, remove what's loose and use a filler to 'level' the floor, and go ahead and install your padding and carpeting. The leveler compound can be bought at any Home Center.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

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