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Ira_ZoeMarch 28, 2011

I really hope somebody can help answer our questions...

Please see photos: http://s1124.photobucket.com/albums/l561/Ira_Zoe/

1) Is that (stained) pine on the stairs?

2) Do these vinyl tiles contain asbestos and require special care to remove?

3) How can we get the black glue off the hardwood floor in order to refinish it?

Looking forward to reading your suggestions!

Here is a link that might be useful: wooden stairs and vinyl tiles

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Could be either asphalt asbestos, vinyl asbestos or rubber tile that was improperly installed with cutback type adhesive.

A professional would slice off the adhesive with sharp razor scrapers and then sand the remainder off. Does the adhesive contain asbestos? Probably. Is that a problem? Probably not, but you have to make that decision for yourself.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 10:14PM
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Your stairs look like oak treads and chestnut risers.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 10:08AM
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What size are the vinyl tiles? If they are 9" x 9" there's a good chance they contain asbestos.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 1:22PM
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We were told our trim is gumwood... Could that be the wood on the staircase?

Also, the tiles are 9"x9". Is asbestos in the tiles, or in the black adhesive, or both?

The tiles seem to be pried up using a scraper quite easily without breaking, so is it ok to remove them that way? (I read somewhere they should be wetted down first.)

If there's asbestos in the tiles/adhesive, do we need to wear a special mask when removing them?

Thanks again for your advice!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 4:20PM
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The asbestos would most likely be in both the tiles and the adhesive.

What kind of a floor are you planning to install where the asbestos tiles currently are? If the tiles are not friable and are level, maybe you can leave them in place and install right over them?

You should were a mask for any kind of demo work regardless of whether you think there's asbestos or not. Breathing any kind of dust is not a good thing.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 1:05PM
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We believe there's hardwood (oak) under the vinyl tiles. So, we plan to refinish rather than replace... unless we get a nasty surprise.

I guess we should consider a plan B!

TX for responding, all!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2011 at 2:09PM
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It would be silly to give up on your hardwood, especially if it is very decent lumber to begin with. However, that said, you may want to remove it all and install new. It would avoid your having to deal with the asphaltic adhesive removal.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2011 at 11:05AM
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