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  1. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    New to flooring, renovating a small half bath. Took out all the fixtures, and started to remove the rolled-out sheet vinyl floor. There was older vinyl or linoleum underneath, which started to come up so I took that up too (seems like it was also sheet, not tiles) as I want to make sure the...
  2. Insulation
    Hi, I'm in the process of buying my first house. Because I'm not familiar with types of insulations I wanted to ask you guys for your wisdom. I took a picture of the attic insulation and would love to hear what you guys think. Thanks in advance.
  3. Insulation
    Yes, I know, test it, but given the location and context (attic, 1942 house, but two rounds if insulation were done in 2009 and 2018 with the last one--at least being cellulose) I gather someone can ID this product-wise. I was pushing away some insulation to see if there was airflow to the...
  4. Flooring
    Good morning all, First time poster here but long time DIYer I have about 400 sq ft of poor quality vinyl flooring in the lower level of my split-level home. I've attached some pictures but it looks like it was laid on top of some kind of cushioned underlayment. Under that are asbestos tiles...
  5. Flooring
    this tile is driving me nuts. as per the photos it appears to be some type of vinyl laid over the original (?) porcelain hex tile. in a perfect world that vinyl would be easy and (more importantly) safe to remove and the porcelain underneath in good condition. my gut tells me neither of these...
  6. HVAC
    Are draft inducer gasket s made of asbestos? How about in 1990? Thanks
  7. Flooring
    some questions: 1. any way to tell if this tile contains asbestos - does it appear as if it might? 2. can i tile right on top of the existing tile? 3. do the toilet and pedestal sink need to be removed or can i tile around them? thanks!
  8. HVAC
    So on the house I purchased last year had a lot of renovations done by an incompetent's contractor (who is nowhere to be found). The furnace in the crawlspace was replaced with a new 80% efficiency Goodman. The exhaust vent from the furnace connects to the transite oval wall pipe that goes up...
  9. Building & Construction
    Does anyone know anyone who is certified to remove asbestos safely?? Trying to remove it in the future and wanna have someone who knows what they're doing. In LA , California Area
  10. Flooring
    Hi I have just removed tiles and concrete hardibacker from a bathroom. As I removed it, I saw that the layer of 1950s sheet flooring with felt backing approx 1/8" thick beneath is was already removed in some random shaped areas. The areas that remain are easily pried up and if it was safe, I...
  11. Windows and Doors
    Hello Everyone, Has anyone ever heard of a door being filled with a "white" substance? very flaky and a few fibers in it. Looked it up and doesn't appear as if Asbestos usually shows up in doors. Any info anyone had would be great. Thanks.
  12. Flooring
    I think I may have mold underneath my flooring. I think the subfloor may have residue of an adhesive with asbestos. Given these concerns, which of the following four options would be the best to do after I remove the existing flooring and before I put down new flooring? 1. use a Clorox and...
  13. Flooring
    I recently moved into a small home. Roughly 30 to 40 ounces of water accidentally got on to a laminate floor and sat there. I am also concerned that the previous owners were not diligent with maintenance and may have allowed water to get onto the floor. They may have been negligent...
  14. Flooring
    Hi, I apologize for this being so long, I understand if no one reads it. Anyway, this weekend I was an idiot. I was removing ceramic tile and hardiebacker from my 30 square foot bathroom in order to put new ceramic tile down. After I got through the hardiebacker I found vinyl sheet flooring...
  15. Insulation
    I'm remodeling a house built in 1928. I used and insulation vacuum to take out all of the wool insulation throughout the attic. There's a small little alcove that was sealed off probably around 8 square feet. The same soft wool insulation is all over the lath and also stuff down the side of the...
  16. Remodeling
    I'm having an Asbestos abatement crew come in and remove my 9"x9" floor tiles and furring strips in my 1950s built home in basement. As an extra precaution after removal, before re-finishing, I'm wondering if it's a good idea to put a paint over the walls and floor to seal everythin up...
  17. Drywall & Plaster
    I just ripped off the paneling in my basement and on the bare foundation walls is 1" x 2" wood glued and nailed to concrete joints. Before I frame up with 2" x 4"s, I plan to pull these off. Should I be concerned that the glue used has asbestos? Should I fill the nail holes with caulk? See...
  18. Insulation
    Hi all, A little freaked out right now. Long story short--today was part one of two days to remove asbestos contaminated vermiculite in my attic. The goal is to get it reinsulated to improve energy efficiency of the home. I hired an abatement company--he is licensed and EPA certified. Seemed...
  19. Drywall & Plaster
    I recently took an asbestos awareness training class for my maintenance job at a school. I learned that both plaster and drywall may contain it. Ironically, I did a minor demolition in which my wife and I removed plaster from the 1930's and drywall from the 1960's, a week before the class. I...
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