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Old 10-01-2005, 07:46 AM   #1
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Asbestos in floor tiles?

Hello all,

I am brand new to Airstreams and have a ton of questions... The most important one right now is Do you know if there is asbestos in the floor tiles of a 1962 Safari? I believe that there is so I will take precautions, but I would like to know for sure. Thank you for your help.

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Old 10-01-2005, 08:05 AM   #2
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Good morning David & welcome to Airstream Forums!

The answer is a qualified yes. The asbestos tiles were one specific size -- was it 9" or 12" square? That size was never used again throughout the US so the old type would be recognized. I would suggest using the search function and entering keyword: asbestos. You'll find other discussions I'm sure.
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9 inch is the asbestos variety.

As long as its stuck down good its not an issue. when you will have to take precaution is when cutting it or pulling it up. If its coming off then get a GOOD particle mask and a cheap Tyvak jump suit. Hide and pull it out.
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Here's a couple of old threads that discuss asbestos at great length...

Asbestos concern in Vintage Airstreams
Replacing the flooring - 61 Bambi

There are others...do a search on 'asbestos' for them all.

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Hello all,

I am brand new to Airstreams and have a ton of questions... The most important one right now is Do you know if there is asbestos in the floor tiles of a 1962 Safari? I believe that there is so I will take precautions, but I would like to know for sure. Thank you for your help.

Take care.
David
Floor tiles of the 50's and 60's did have some asbestos in them.
There are a few trains of thought about floor tiles with asbestos.
1.) The asbestos is non-friable due to being captured in the tile, and nothing needs to be done about it. Just keep a good coat of wax on them and do not disturb them and all is well.
2.) The tiles are non-friable and just cover them with a new floor covering, i.e. tile, vinyl or carpet...
3.) Have them removed professionally by an asbestos remediation company.
4.) Remove them your self.
All of the options are valid, some more expensive than others.
The Oregon official method is listed here http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/asbestos/Asbflr.pdf
The state of Minnesota says to do it this way.
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/e...residental.htm
Quite a lot of work. and preparation but these are safe methods of removal.

Tiles can be removed 99% of the time by using 'Dry Ice' just place a block of dry ice on the tile let it sit for a minute or so and the tile will pop off in one piece.
The asbestos is not a problem if it is not disturbed in the tile.
You are the one who must make the decision on how you will proceed.
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Old 10-01-2005, 11:30 AM   #6
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Wow, I am impressed.

I never would have thought that I would recieve so many responses so quickly. This forum is amazing. Thank you to everyone that replied. I guess I should have been more specific. The interior of my trailer has been completely gutted (Ibought it that way) and I will be redesigning the floorplan. I will be replacing the floor with a bamboo flooring. Most of the tiles are broken. And yes they are the 9 inch variety. Well I am off to do some more reading and thanks again

Have a great day.
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