I've been a fan of this old house since I was a kid. :)
I did something recently that has me extremely worried and stressed. I was laid-off last summer, completed a class and then decided to do a quick remodel in my basement. Nothing major paint the panel walls, replace some of the ceiling tile and replace the carpet with laminate flooring. Basically turn the space into a second living room/office for myself. I live alone in Philly, in a "twin"attached 2 bedroom home.
So one day I just went into the basement and started removing the rubber baseboard. I realized the glue had stayed attached tot he paneling. I asked my brother I can't get the glue off what should I use he told me a paint scrapper and then told me to just leave and when i replaced the baseboards with wood ones I could get the higher baseboards and just cover it up.
So I went down and I scrapped two walls. I've come to realize through the internet and in doing research which I shouldn't have done that the mastic may have asbestos. Needless to say I have a zit on my face the size of small mountain from the sleepless nights and worry/stress.
I left those bits and pieces of mastic/glue on the rug since then I figured once I pulled out the rug I would give the floor a really good cleaning. Since finding out what it may be and no I don't know for sure and I actually don't want to know now. I'm just going to assume it is. I have to clean it I plan on going there tomorrow morning with a heavy duty mask, a dust buster (which i think I did use on some of it already back when I did it) and some duct tape. I was going to use the dust buster even though websites say not to because it just goes into the canister and I figured I would dispose of the dust buster as well. It will help me get the bits that fell into the side of the rug by the edge its wall to wall. I was going to try picking up the pieces by using duct tape don't know if this will work. I'm concerned I won't get it all up from the rug.
The carpet in the finished portion of the basement is wall to wall with tack strips, I'm afraid if I remove the rug and the tack strips they've probably already nail it into the floor and punctured the lineoleum (probably asbestos) tiles already there.I dont want to cause a bigger issue.
The remainder of the basement laundry area, a walkin closet and a bathroom have the same tile and they seem to be in good shape. I was planning having ceramic tile installed right on top, to contain it. The remainder of the mastic I will leave on the paneling and continue to prime and paint over it and hopefully have baseboard reinstalled. Although I am worried about that as well b/c of the nails puncturing through the mastic.
I'm a bit confused not sure what to do and would appreciate any helpful advice. People are telling me I am worrying too much. What I really want to do is move at this point.
I know its been my own doing I just wanted to make the space look nice and I know, KNOW I should've researched this first.