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Old 12-29-2009, 09:25 PM   #1
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Asbestos Black Mastic Removal?

Hi all, I searched and found a 5 page thread dealing with asbestos tile removal, but they only touched lightly on the black mastic (asbestos also) left on the concrete.

I would like to ask the pros out there what the best technique is for removing the black asbestos adhesive that is left behind after you remove the tile.

I am laying a new wood floor and want to start with a clean slate (I'll be asking for advice on installing the wood floor in another thread).

it's about 250 sq ft.



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Old 12-30-2009, 03:32 AM   #2
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Asbestos Black Mastic Removal?

I have never tried this but heard it works.


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Asbestos Black Mastic Removal?

Citrus solvents also seem to be popular.
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When I removed the vinyl tile in my kitchen, I left the mastic behind. I installed stone tile directly on top of the mastic, no problem. For hardwood, you could almost certainly install a thin layer of plywood over the mastic, and install the hardwood above that. I suspect removing the mastic will prove to be more trouble than it is worth.
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