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Old 07-13-2008, 04:43 PM   #1
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i removed some old asbestos tiles off of the concrete floor in my basement. how do i get the glue off before i paint the floor?

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Is the glue black and if you try cleaning it with a paper towel damp with paint thinner, does the paper towel turn all black, too?

Or, is it a brownish colour?

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elec grinder, 24segment diamond turbo cup wheel, dustmuzzle, & good wet/dry vac,,, legally you can do this work yourself but if a contractor were involved, he'd have epa regs to follow,,, disposal methods're the same for anyone, tho.
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what is a 24 segment diamond turbo cup wheel ? i have a hitaki 4" grinder, will this work? i will check tonight to see what color the glue is.
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turbo refers to the curve & soldering arrangement of the segments which'll ' throw ' the swarf OUT of the wheel,,, there are also 12seg turbo wheels & single or double row segments arranged concentrically.

our 4" grinders're hitachi - yes, they'll work fine tho slower'n 7", of course.

watch out for dust - lots & LOTSA DUST !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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If these tiles are the kind of tiles I'm thinking of, then it's likely the adhesive used also contained asbestos.

I don't like the idea of transforming all that adhesive into dust.
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Nestor is correct watch out for the asbestoes dust that is what creates the problem.
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First of all, that tile is either 9x9x1/8" or 3/32" asphalt tile or it could be 9x9" or 12" vinyl asbestos. The adhesive is black emulsion or cutback, and you can bet it contains asbestos. Sanding it is not very smart. It can be removed with a terrazzo grinder used with sand and lots of water. Big job and no guarantee it'll easily take it all off so you can paint. Do not use solvents. NK, you're going to get someone hurt if you don't stop.

Paint? why would you want to paint a floor? If anything a concrete floor should be stained...not painted. Paint will wear, show traffic flow, peel and look like crap.

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Paint? why would you want to paint a floor? If anything a concrete floor should be stained...not painted. Paint will wear, show traffic flow, peel and look like crap.

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why waste the guy's time & $$$ ??? there's no paint that'll adhere to conc permanently,,, 1 of the reasons we've gotten so good at taking it off before we either overlay it OR stain it is few know that

another reason we ALWAYS use dust muzzles & 7" grinders hook'd up to GOOD wet/dry vacs is the hellacious amt of dust,,, if we didn't, even the husbands'd have us out on our ears QUIK !!!
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ok so i should stain it, sounds good. what kind of stain? is still dont get what this attachment for the grinder is though??
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You don't necessarily have to remove it. You can seal it, then overlay it with another kind of flooring. Asbestos remediation can involve "encapsulating" the asbestos material.

Example:
"...If a new floor is being installed, the safest and most cost-effective method is to place the new material directly on top of the old..." - http://www.geosci.unc.edu/Piedmont/abstestos_home.html



To the OP: You may have already reviewed this information, but I thought I'd post the link anyways (in case you haven't): http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/
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ok so i should stain it, sounds good. what kind of stain? is still dont get what this attachment for the grinder is though??
Just realize that the safest, and advised approach, to asbestos material removal, is a method that keeps dust and airborn particles to an extreme minimum.
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There is a way of removing that old black adhesive which will keep airborne dust to an extreme minimum, and will NOT result in the black adhesive being absorbed into the concrete. But it involves using solvents.

Are we at the stage yet that we can recognize that A DIY CAN work SAFELY with solvents without asphyxiating himself or blowing his house up?
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yes i would rather use solvents, although i do have a good resperator if needed.

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