Trying to redo the floor in an old church basement kitchen: it is the old 9"
square asphalt tile & dark adhesive on concrete. Several tiles are coming
loose and a few are missing leaving the dark adhesive exposed. (Are we
looking at the "a" stuff?) We'd like to put an 18" peel & stick vinyl down
as a DIY project. We've been coached to use some adhesive anyway even though
it is peel and stick. We've also been coached to encapsulate the old
adhesive with leveler/sealer. Thoughts?
It is a near certanty that the tile and the mastic contain asbestos.
The cheap way to deal with it is to encapsulate.
I'd do "due dilegance" and check with local building official -
without giving specific address - about local requirements. Actual
removal can be expensive. While working for Feds, I ran iinto this
situation a number of times about 10 years ago. I sense the anxiety
level has subsided. However, it is still an issue for lawyers - one of
my renters is headed out of state with an actual truck load of
equipment and records as part of a legal case.
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