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01:13PM | 08/28/07
Member Since: 08/27/07
1 lifetime posts
My basement flooded. I pulled up the carpeting to find tile. I pulled up the tile and found tar. I can remove it with a hand sander, but that is too time consuming. Is there a machine I can rent or a solution I can use?


12:56PM | 08/29/07
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
try a product called GoldSolv sold at It worked as advertised for me when we removed some old VCT before putting ceramic tile down over the concrete.


10:59PM | 08/29/07
Member Since: 10/28/05
311 lifetime posts
I recommend mechanical removal means.

When using chemicals, it may have adverse effects with any new coatings, surfaces, or adhesives being applied unless the product used is sufficiently neutralized.

We use the Pearle Abrasives HEXPIN Surface Preparation System to mechanically scrape vct "cutback".

As always, ensure it does not contain asbestos (if installed prior to 1979 - if installed after 1979 you should be safe unless someone broke the law).

A construction equipment rental facility may have it or something like it. If not, a mechanical grit or diamon grinder can also be used.


There are two ways to do any job.

The right way and the wrong way.

Do it right everytime.



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