What is the best way to do hardwood in a kitchen that has 2 layers of abets type vinyl and an underlayment next to sub floor. I am concerned that taking up existing material would be hazardous but the rest of the house is old hardwood and would like to use the 3/4" wood to match, but will have a higher floor in the kitchen. A wall is being removed so the two floors need to be the same height. Is there a non-engineered wood that is thinner but still looks like the old style hardwood. Home is about 60 yrs . old. Thanks
I assume you mean asbestos, not abets. I don't know what abets is.
As to removing asbestos floor tile, first of all you CANNOT assume that the tile contains asbestos, the only way to know is to get the tile tested. If it comes back negative, no problem, just remove it. When you are testing, test the tile and adhesive.
Even if it comes back positive for asbestos, removing asbestos floor tile is not rocket science, there are numerous discussion threads on this site that discuss safe, appropriate ways to remove such tile, or if you are truly paranoid, you can always get a professional company to do the removal for you.