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Old 08-10-2011, 09:18 PM   #1
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has anyone tried removing asphalt tiles (asbestos containing usually) with an IR heat system?

I found 2 here...

http://www.uasautomation.com/

http://www.novatekco.com/html/NovaStrip.html

the US automation has one for under 800 to buy that does single tiles while the novatekco is well over 1k for a similar product but I was wondering if anyone has come across any others, perhaps one that does paint removal and tile removal?

any experience is greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-10-2011, 10:51 PM   #2
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Look for a used propane machine.

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Old 08-11-2011, 09:02 AM   #3
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I googled and it came up with propane strippers which seem to be more on the cleaning tile rather then heating them up so the mastic gets loose.

Did I find the wrong product? Is there something else I should be finding?

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Old 08-11-2011, 09:12 AM   #4
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Tile removal and asbestos abatement contractors have been using propane heaters to remove vinyl tile for a long long time. Have no idea what they call the machines but the heat removal concept is not new. I thought maybe a person could find a used machine cheap compared to some IR fancy shmancy machine. Just a guess.
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Oooo, yea, I was considering just getting one of those weed burning devices and having a friend heat the tiles up as I work them but was hoping there was a similar but not as wild approach. Maybe someone else will have a product name I can hunt down.

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How much tile are you removing?
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A little over 1000 sq ft, maybe 1,200 total. Might not do it ALL in one effort but it'll all get done
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I guess you know there are also electric walk-behind floor scalers as well as pneumatic scalers. Both can be rented for a small fee.
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both of those seem to be the types that just pop them up, which is nice but if the mastic is real good it might break the tile into a few pieces and since I'm worried about asbestos I'm trying like the devil to avoid that, unless I'm finding the wrong products.
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The machine will cost more than an abatement contractor. For a DIY project with no deadline, I'd go with a small propane torch. Wear a real respirator, no paper dust masks. Damp wipe everything as you go and don't let tile dust travel everywhere in the house.

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