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Old 03-15-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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Under my carpet and padding there are tiles that I don't think are intended to be decorative. There's no grout line but you could see the seams between tiles that are flush against each other, like the tiles in the picture in this post. The apartment, which I own, was built in the mid 60s. Could I screw a steel track directly to these tiles? It's only for an 8 inch x 1 foot half-column that will be against a corner of the existing walls. (The column will go from floor to ceiling but I call it a half-column because it will consist of just two walls.)


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if you can screw to it do it. I would if I was building the wall

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what are the odds of it being asbestos 9x9 in size.
i am not saying not to do it but just to warn you not to disturb it to much
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I'll have my particulate respirator and a wet sponge ready if I ever mess with the tile, but I think I'll build on it. There's some kind of plastic sheet that's sometimes used under tile and I've heard it referred to as a subfloor, so based on that I'm considering my tile a subfloor and I'll build on top of it.

Even when I drill through it I'll use the respirator.
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the asbestos still get in the air. 9x9 tile was the only floor tile to be asbestos. you should take an OSHA class and you will understand the importance of containment
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Yeah, it's 9x9.
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dont do it dude. do you want your kids wife being exposed to asbestos? i mean maybe if you wet the tile you will be ok but in my own home I would not do it
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I think I can wall mount the tracks so I don't have to drill the tile...

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I am assuming you are using steel studs in which case you should have top an bottom track. my best advice I can give you is to glue the bottom track and use your wall studs to keep it plumb to your top track. I do know the seriousness of asbestos, and the consequences are not worth one wall. the fibers will get in to your clothes and then into your home. abatement guys use tyvex suits and are in containment areas. I work union in pittsburgh and I have seen an entire skyscraper shut down to abate the place. they take this stuff seriously, and its no joke. once in your lungs, it is their forever. I cant tell you what to do, but I can give you my best advise. remember is not the stuff you can see that hurt you, its the stuff you cant see
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If I glue it, it becomes a bigger danger if it has to be removed. It can be wall mounted like below. Or else I'll chisel small squares for the screws and try to pry them off, and keep everything wet.
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I know what I'll do...the studs that will go against the current wall will be screwed to the wall and the stud in the corner where there's no wall will be attached with a plate to the studs on the wall. I won't use a track on the floor.

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No...I know what I'll do...I'll make a thick wooden base, screw it into the wall, and screw the track on the base.


Nevermind...the wood could warp. I'll attach a patio brick to the wall with construction adhesive and screw the track to it. I was looking for removable construction adhesive and found it but it said not for use on substrates containing asbestos, so I'm glad I didn't glue the track to the tile.

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i thought you were framing a rather large wall for something like your picture, I would pin wall studs use top track. cut my drywall, and pin stud at the corner. cut my other piece of board, and pin it to the wall stud and square the corner screw it off.

so basically you put your wall studs. cut your drywall and screw it to the wall stud. and then screw a stud to the end of your drywall for a corner stud. take your next number for drywall and screw it to the wall stud then hold the corner square and your done
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That might be strong enough, but I already bought the track and a 12" X 12" step stone for the floor so I'll use it. If someone bumps the wall it might break without the bottom track.
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yeah that could work, I was suggesting that thinking you were using 5/8 board, but you are probably using 1/2. I build electrical chases like that all the time, and it is always more than sufficient. I also pretty much only hang 5/8.

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