If a few of the tiles have come loose, then the rest are about ready to
let go. I just finished a job like this. The tiles that weren't yet
loose came up mostly whole using only a steel prybar.
Check a few more tiles. You might have only a 15-minute job getting rid
of the whole mess.
I agree to remove ALL of them. Use a wide 4 or 5" putty knife with a
thick blade, not those that flex easily. Those tiles were either
"Asphalt Tile" and was glued down with a black tar-like adhesive. Or
it was "Vinyl Asbestos" and glued down with a yellow colored adhesive.
Since you said they are 9x9 inch, they are likely the Asphalt Tiles
and are easier to remove. After tiles are removed, scrape the whole
floor with your putty knife to remove lumps and bumps in that old
adhesive. Then sweep and vacuum the floor before laying the new
If after trying to remove several tiles, you find they are not lifting
fairly easily, then you may be best to NOT remove them. In which case
you glue down the loose ones and use filler as needed. If they show
signs of cupping, lifted corners, etc. This WILL show up in the new
flooring, so removal is almost required. Note, a heat gun often helps
to remove stubborn ones. One other thing, if they have been waxed
with a floor wax, you MUST remove the wax with a special wax remover
available at a flooring store. Using this chemical can be a pain in
the ass job and the odor is nasty, and the stuff is costly This alone
makes removal of the old tiles more suitable.
As far as the health risks of the asbestos, there are none unless you
start sanding or grinding them. The asbestos is encased in the tiles
themselvesm it's not a powder, and is harmless if it's not breathable
dust. Skin contact is not harmful. Even if they break, they are not
turning to dust. Using a heat gun (if needed) should make them come
up in one piece.
I've done many of these floors, most were not too bad to remove.
Flooring stores also sell special heavy duty scrapers. Costly but
worth the money if it's a large floor.
On Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:06:58 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
But they MUST be removed or they will continue to kill whoever lives
in that house. In fact 100% of everyone exposed to asbestos will die,
sooner or later. So, you really should be experiencing a severe panic
because your life has been threatened just from living in a house with
You seem extremely phobic about this, and rightfully so. No one
should spend their lives living in fear. However I can help. Right
after reading this message, I formed an asbestos abatement company. I
will remove your tiles at the very reasonable cost of $50 per square
foot of tiled floor, plus the cost of materials and plane fare and/or
other transportation to and from the job.
Just think how much better you'll sleep at night knowing these tiles
are gone, and no longer poisoning your home. But dont delay, every
minute of your time spent in that house is one minute closer to your
death. You need to act immediately or all your worst fears about
asbestos will come true, and that will occur soon. ACT NOW.
I dont give out the phone number online, but you can reach my company
Franks Asbestos Abatement Service
Email open 24 hours a day.
Since you'll be my first customer, I'd like to offer you a $10
discount on the job. Simply copy and paste this message to your
email, and you'll get this discount. However, you MUST act within the
next 24 hours to receive this discount.
President of: Franks Asbestos Abatement Service
Don't listen to Frank, he'd taking advantage of a crisis. I, on the other
hand, can help you get rid of that phobia and live in harmony with the
tiles. In only a few months time, I'll coach you to live life to the
fullest and have no fears. Don't fall for some abatement company scam when
for a low weekly payment of $59,99, you can have true peace in your life.
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