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Old January 13th 06, 02:21 PM posted to alt.home.repair
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I am taking up the carpet in my house and going back to
the original hardwood. The original hardwood is in
pretty good shape. But! When I took the carpet out of
the coat closet I found that at one time or another
somebody put down some ugly green asphalt tile in it. I
tried lifting a piece and it looks like I can get the
tile up fairly easy. But then there will be that black
mastic left on the floor. Is there any good way to get
that stuff up so I can do something with the floor?

Thanks for any help.

Bill Gill
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Old January 13th 06, 02:26 PM posted to alt.home.repair
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"I am taking up the carpet in my house and going back to
the original hardwood. The original hardwood is in
pretty good shape. But! When I took the carpet out of
the coat closet I found that at one time or another
somebody put down some ugly green asphalt tile in it. I
tried lifting a piece and it looks like I can get the
tile up fairly easy. But then there will be that black
mastic left on the floor. Is there any good way to get
that stuff up so I can do something with the floor?
Thanks for any help. "


Before you do anything, consider the possibility that if it's old floor
tile, there is
a good chance it contains asbestos. You can do a web search and find
info
on proper ways of dealing with it. Left alone, it's not a problem, but
if you want
to remove it, you need to follow some basic safety procedures. If you
can simply
go over it with new flooring, that IMO, is the simplest and best
solution.

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Old January 13th 06, 02:54 PM posted to alt.home.repair
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"Bill Gill" wrote in message
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I am taking up the carpet in my house and going back to the original
hardwood. The original hardwood is in pretty good shape. But! When I took
the carpet out of the coat closet I found that at one time or another
somebody put down some ugly green asphalt tile in it. I tried lifting a
piece and it looks like I can get the tile up fairly easy. But then there
will be that black mastic left on the floor. Is there any good way to get
that stuff up so I can do something with the floor?

Thanks for any help.

Bill Gill


warm it slightly and more will come up. there are chemicals which will turn
it into a goo that can be scraped off, but anyway you do this, it'll be a
lot of work.


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Old January 13th 06, 04:06 PM posted to alt.home.repair
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If you
can simply
go over it with new flooring, that IMO, is the simplest and best
solution.


That's what I'd do.


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Old January 13th 06, 04:48 PM posted to alt.home.repair
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Scrape the heavy stuff off with a large putty knife, then can try kerosene,
or a solvent based cleaner, or waterless hand soap.

"Bill Gill" wrote in message
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I am taking up the carpet in my house and going back to
the original hardwood. The original hardwood is in
pretty good shape. But! When I took the carpet out of
the coat closet I found that at one time or another
somebody put down some ugly green asphalt tile in it. I
tried lifting a piece and it looks like I can get the
tile up fairly easy. But then there will be that black
mastic left on the floor. Is there any good way to get
that stuff up so I can do something with the floor?

Thanks for any help.

Bill Gill



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Old January 13th 06, 04:56 PM posted to alt.home.repair
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asbestos can be dangerous.

a liquid cleaner that might work is goof off, I saw it remove a 3 foot
circle of contact cement that had spilled on a vinyl floor months
earlier.

you would never know it happened

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Old January 14th 06, 01:11 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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On Fri, 13 Jan 2006 08:21:58 -0600, Bill Gill
wrote:

I am taking up the carpet in my house and going back to
the original hardwood. The original hardwood is in
pretty good shape. But! When I took the carpet out of
the coat closet I found that at one time or another
somebody put down some ugly green asphalt tile in it. I
tried lifting a piece and it looks like I can get the
tile up fairly easy. But then there will be that black
mastic left on the floor. Is there any good way to get
that stuff up so I can do something with the floor?

Thanks for any help.

Bill Gill


Having worked for a flooring company for several years, you already
did the hard part, getting the tiles off.

Ignore the comments about asbestos. You said ASPHALT tile, not vinyl
asbestos, correct?
Yes, I know you did, because it was glued with asphalt tile adhesive.
Basically TAR.

However, I hate to tell you this. You will never get all that tar off
and be able to get a decent looking wood floor. It's between the
boards and will gum up every sandpaper and spread like crazy. You are
lucky though. It's just a closet. Put new vinyl or tile on it and
refisish your other floors. It's just a closet, it dont need to
match. Besides you can always get some woodgrain vinyl that will
match, and put a metal bar across the doorway to prevent kicking up
the edge of the new vinyl. If you MUST have a finished hardwood, you
may as well replace the boards in that closet. But in my opinion,
thats too much work for a mere closet
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Old January 14th 06, 11:30 PM posted to alt.home.repair
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On Fri, 13 Jan 2006 08:21:58 -0600, Bill Gill
wrote:


I am taking up the carpet in my house and going back to
the original hardwood. The original hardwood is in
pretty good shape. But! When I took the carpet out of
the coat closet I found that at one time or another
somebody put down some ugly green asphalt tile in it. I
tried lifting a piece and it looks like I can get the
tile up fairly easy. But then there will be that black
mastic left on the floor. Is there any good way to get
that stuff up so I can do something with the floor?

Thanks for any help.

Bill Gill



Having worked for a flooring company for several years, you already
did the hard part, getting the tiles off.

Ignore the comments about asbestos. You said ASPHALT tile, not vinyl
asbestos, correct?
Yes, I know you did, because it was glued with asphalt tile adhesive.
Basically TAR.

However, I hate to tell you this. You will never get all that tar off
and be able to get a decent looking wood floor. It's between the
boards and will gum up every sandpaper and spread like crazy. You are
lucky though. It's just a closet. Put new vinyl or tile on it and
refisish your other floors. It's just a closet, it dont need to
match. Besides you can always get some woodgrain vinyl that will
match, and put a metal bar across the doorway to prevent kicking up
the edge of the new vinyl. If you MUST have a finished hardwood, you
may as well replace the boards in that closet. But in my opinion,
thats too much work for a mere closet

Thanks for the information. I was kind of afraid that
was what would happen. My fall back idea was to do just
what you suggested. I will try to find a wood grain
vinyl tile that will be a fairly close match to the
floor and put the trim strip across the door.

Bill Gill
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Old January 15th 06, 05:44 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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"Charles Spitzer" wrote in message
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"Bill Gill" wrote in message
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I am taking up the carpet in my house and going back to the original
hardwood. The original hardwood is in pretty good shape. But! When I

took
the carpet out of the coat closet I found that at one time or another
somebody put down some ugly green asphalt tile in it. I tried lifting a
piece and it looks like I can get the tile up fairly easy. But then

there
will be that black mastic left on the floor. Is there any good way to

get
that stuff up so I can do something with the floor?

Thanks for any help.

Bill Gill


warm it slightly and more will come up. there are chemicals which will

turn
it into a goo that can be scraped off, but anyway you do this, it'll be a
lot of work.

I did this job at my house. JASCO makes an adhesive remover, which will turn
the adhesive. I then scubbed the floor out with citrus cleaner. I have to
tell you this one of the messiest and tedious jobs I have ever done at my
house.


 




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