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diybrad 12-07-2011 12:51 PM

Asbestos Linoleum floor
 
So i am doing some remodeling and i started to pull up the old linoleum in the kitchen. Little to my dismay there are 6 or 7 layers of this stuff and i am guessing it dates back to the original build date of 1958. I am guessing there is a good chance of asbestos in one or more of these layers. Am i correct that they used asbestos in linoleum and/or the glue?

Below the layers of flooring there is half inch plywood ontop of the subfloor. My though was to find the seams of the plywood underlayment and score all layers and remove the underlayment and plywood as one piece to prevent disturbing the bottom layers. Would that be enough to prevent making any possible asbestos from going airborn?

And another thing i noticed is there is a silver paper under the subfloor that if fairly brittle. looks like it may be a tar paper with a silver back. What is it called and would it possibly have asbestos?

I know the only real way to know is to have stuff tested, but i am just looking for quick opinions so i can determine my next remodel step before i send stuff to get tested.

Thanks
Brad

Bud Cline 12-07-2011 12:57 PM

Take it all out down to the original subfloor.

How long do think a person can continue to heap floor covering on top of floor covering on top of floor covering before it begins to effect a new floor covering installation?

Chances are there is asbestos containing products buried down there somewhere. So what? If you don't sand it and don't grind it and don't crumble it and use it on your breakfast cereal, it can be removed with little to no concerns.:)

REMOVE THE VINYL(S)

diybrad 12-07-2011 01:06 PM

Great. That is what i was thinking. There is already a 1/2 to 3/4 inch raised threshold going from my hardwood to the linoleum. i knew there would be a few layers but not that many. I have never understood why someone wouldnt take the little bit of extra time to pull the old up before putting down the new on a floor or a roof.

Any idea on the paper that is below the subfloor? I dont see any markings or manufacturer on it. I have a few places that the subfloor needs to be replaced and that stuff crumbles pretty bad.

Bud Cline 12-07-2011 01:14 PM

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Any idea on the paper that is below the subfloor?
Have no idea, get it out of there too. Probably some kind of roofing paper but who knows!


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