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Old 02-03-00, 11:01 AM
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I know that asbestos is in older floor tiles but is there a year that they stopped using it? And if a person had no idea about asbestos in tiles (which I don't think many do-it-yourselfers know) and removed them before putting down new ceramic tiles how long would the asbestos stay in the house and how dangerous would it be for a small small room or foyer??? If you removed the tiles in one piece would that be safe??
 
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Old 02-04-00, 05:03 PM
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Hi Judy:

If you even suspect that these are old asbestos tiles, don't try to remove them yourself. Asbestos is one of the greatest health hazards today. People are highly trained to deal with asbestos and it takes a great deal of special personal protection gear and disposal methods. Consequently, it will probably be very expensive to call in a contractor to remove the tiles.

Rather than remove the tiles, simply cover them up with a thin layer of plywood, seal the joints and screw holes and apply the new ceramic tile on this new "sub floor".

Please DON'T remove the tiles. This can make you very sick.

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Old 02-14-00, 03:33 PM
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I am remodeling the lower level of a tri-level. Floor is concrete with old linoleum covered by carpet. I had no intention of pulling out the linoleum from 1959; however, when I pulled out the carpet in the bathroom, half of the old stuff came off. There is some kind of black gunk underneath. Can I still cover with plywood or that durock stuff without removing anymore of the tiles? Thanks!
 
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Old 02-15-00, 04:10 PM
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Hi Mary:

The "Black Gunk" left on the floor is probably the tile adhesive used to secure the tiles to the floor. If you go over an uneven surface with plywood, it "might" show up in the finished product.

Personally, I would remove the old tiles before adding any kind of new floor surface. If you put plywood over the uneven floor, eventually, the plywood and new floor will adopt the contours of the floor below and become uneven.

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