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rarapink3
Old tile floor

We recently purchased an old cabin and were doing some remodeling and pulled up old carpet and tile. After we ripped up the tile in the kitchen and living area we found out it may contain asbestos. Now we are not sure what to do to seal what is left on the floor. There is a lot of glue and some pieces of tile that did not come up. Any good ideas to seal the floor to prevent further exposure??

dj1
Re: Old tile floor

You need to consult an asbestos abatement/removal contractors. They will know how to handle it from here, safely and legally.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Old tile floor

As long as you aren't grinding the tiles, there is no risk. Only airborn asbestos poses a hazard. Chunks do not.

WHat were you fixin to put down as flooring?

rarapink3
Re: Old tile floor

Thanks for responding.

We pulled up the tile with a flat shovel and putty knofe, some of them did break and some were fragile and broke into pieces. We don't know what we want to put back down yet. We are thinking of putting down thinset with plywood over it for a temporary base and eventuall ceramic tile. We just want to make sure we seal what is left now to minimize and further asbestos exposure.

dj1
Re: Old tile floor

Leaving the floor like this is not a good idea. Either you finish what you started, have someone else finish it or finish you new floor now.

Is the kitchen floor raised?

rarapink3
Re: Old tile floor

The Kitchen floor is not raised. The kitchen, dinning room and living room are all on the same level.. We want to finish it asap. This is why I am asking for advise on what is the best thing to do to seal the floor with.

There is a lot of remodeling that needs to be done in the place and I don't want to put carpet in and ruin it right away. Will putting thinset down with plywood over it seal it enough?

If you have any ideas they would be greatly appreciated.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Old tile floor

Thinset and plywood isn't a suggested professional install for tile. While it is in the realm of posibility to set tile over plywood, there are very strict requirements.

Before considering ceramic tile, make sure your floor joists can handle tile. Use the deflecto meter on the John Bridge Tile Forum. You'll need a deflection over L360 for ceramic or porcelain.

stevehappens
Re: Old tile floor

I wouldn't mess with asbestos myself.

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