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Old 11-06-2008, 07:52 PM   #16
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OK so my basement is a poured slab that currently has some sort of awful looking "vinyl" tile on it. I use that in quotes since I have no idea what it really is. the house was built in 1970 and i suspect that it is original. It is not coming up off of the floor on its own account, but it comes up pretty easily with a scraper. the problem is that the glue remains. It is black, and somewhat tar like, although it is not all that sticky. It doesn't really stick to the tiles, but it is adhered to the floor pretty well

I'm afraid I'll need to rent some sort of floor sander to get all of the remaining glue off of the floor before I start with the ceramic tile. If thats what I have to do then so be it, I'll do it right once. I'm hoping that I don't have to do that though.

Whats the right way to got this done?
Did you test the flooring or mastic for asbestos? Asbestos flooring was still in use in the 70s. A lot of the older black mastic tests postive for asbestos. IF the tile is 9x9, it likely has asbestos as well. I don't want to be a party pooper, but before you grind it and make the particles friable, you may want to check it out.

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Old 11-06-2008, 10:07 PM   #17
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[plugs ears] LALALALALALALLALALA I CAN"T HEAR YOU[/plugs ears]

it's 12inch tile so i'm not worried about that. I think I'm just going to scrape it anyway. Until I go get the grinder, do it, clean up that mess, and take it back, I can scrape it.
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you gotta get rid of the glue,that's out of the question.Grind it all the way ,then lay the ceramic tiles
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you gotta get rid of the glue,that's out of the question .You can grind the whole floor then tile
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OK just to follow up on this.

I've found that that best way to get the cut back up off of the floor is to bring it up WITH the tile. I have been slowly using a heat gun to soften the tile and the adhesive and scraping them up slowly one at a time. I can get them to come up with about 80% of the cut back on the tile instead of the floor. Mostly it's at the edge of the tile that it doesn't want to come up. It's not too bad to get the rest of it up at that point.

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