12:10PM | 09/22/06
Member Since: 09/21/06
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We have been helping our son remodel an old house he bought during the summer.

Yesterday we pulled up square vinyl tiles, which were glued to plywood. After removing the plywood, we found an old layer of vinyl flooring. We started scraping this up with prybars, and it was a real job--this finally done, there is a layer of black stuff left on top of original hardwood floor, which is what we are trying to restore.

The black stuff comes up with plain water and scrubbing, but I am now wondering if it is safe to be working on?

I started doing internet searches today on old vinyl flooring and find that it is a good chance what we took up had asbestos backing - that's scary, but it's too late now since it's already done. Does anybody know if using water to take up the black stuff is ok?


07:46AM | 09/26/06
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
The water probably helped limit the amount of dust brought up in scraping up that material.

I have vinyl tiles that I don't trust to be Asbestos free. I am just covering them up with thinset and backerboard. I pull the loose ones and mop the whole area to limit dust before putting down the thinset. I am not using a vaccuum.

I use you junk vinyl tiles to fill the gaps left by removing the loose tiles. I am sure the thinset won't stick well to vinyl, but it is really there to fill any gaps for a solid floor.

good luck. Remember that if you know officially that you had asbestos, you have to declare it when you sell your house, if the buyers ask.
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