Helping Hand Message board
is being replaced by -

Ask A Handyman
Please post new questions there.

| View Thread | Return to Index | Read Prev Msg | Read Next Msg |

A Handyman Helping Hand

Re: Removing asbestos tiled from concrete floor

Posted By: Phil
Monday, 2 July 2001, at 11:12 a.m.

In Response To: Removing asbestos tiled from concrete floor (Denis Lynch)

While most people choose to cover an existing floor with new flooring, I recommend that asbestos flooring be removed entirely. You can try using a blowtorch or an electric heat gun to melt the glue binding the tiles to the floor. I have used this method in the past, but it is a slow and tedious process. The best and quickest way is to rent an electric floor striper. This machine will pop the vinyl tiles up in no time. The rental rate is about $55 per day plus the cost of the blades. Depending on the size of the room, you may need more than one blades. I think the blade costs $9.95 each. Make sure that you get blades suitable for concrete floors. You may ask to see the video on how it is done when you rent the stripper. It is only about 10 minutes long. If you cannot afford to rent a floor stripper, I suggest that you use a long handle scrapper similarly to the type that roofers use to remove roof shingles. The flooring department has them. Or you will find a similar tool for chipping ice in the garden shop. Both will work well and will remove vinyl tiles faster than a hand-held scrapper or a heat gun. If cost is not an issue, go with the electrical floor stripper.

Messages in This Thread

| View Thread | Return to Index | Read Prev Msg | Read Next Msg |

A Handyman Helping Hand is maintained with WebBBS 3.12. and proudly sponsored by Productive Connection