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Old 05-15-2014, 08:11 AM   #1
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Black Cut Back left

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Looking for some advice and input.
Pulled up some old vinyl and I now have black cutback adhesive left. It is on top on 2 1/4" white oak hardwoods.

i am looking for the safest/best way to remove this. I am under the impression that it most likely contains asbestos. I am going to treat it as it does regardless.

Would wetting it down well with soapy water and then removing the actually hardwood boards be the best way to get rid of it?

Ideally we want to refinish the hardwoods but if ripping up and installing new hardwoods is the safest bet, i'll go that road.


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Old 05-15-2014, 10:09 AM   #2
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I don't know of any way to save the hardwood. If you use a chemical to take up the cutback, a finish will probably not stick to the hardwood. You can scrape up most of the cutback, but you can't sand the rest of it if it contains asbestos.


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Old 05-15-2014, 10:28 AM   #3
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Yes I agree, that is why I was thinking it maybe easier to just soak it down to contain any dust and rip out the adhesive and hardwood all at once.

Just seeing if anyone else does this and if it is considered a safe approach
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Might be worth the price to have the residue analyzed at an asbestos abatement center.

And they can advise you on how to remove it or replace it.

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