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Old 04-08-2014, 04:12 AM   #1
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How to remove vct

I need to remove the 1/8th inch vct that is glued down on top of the original tile floor in my 1961 bambi. I know the original tile had some asbestos. Any ideas on removing the vct so I can install a floating floor above it? The vct is glued down and not coming up very easily.
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:26 AM   #2
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heat gun and a wide putty knife. As long as you do not cut them and make dust the asbestos is not friable. If they snap, no big deal. Wear a dust mask, wash your clothes, and shower afterwards. The amount of asbestos in your tiles is very low.
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heat gun and a wide putty knife. As long as you do not cut them and make dust the asbestos is not friable. If they snap, no big deal. Wear a dust mask, wash your clothes, and shower afterwards. The amount of asbestos in your tiles is very low.
Not quite true. If they snap, some asbestos fibers do come loose.

Handy trick, taught to me by a contractor who worked for us removing asbestos floor tiles from a building constructed in 1919 Get some Gilette Foamy shave cream. Coat each tile with shave cream before trying to pry it up. The shave cream will trap any fibers that do come loose. Don't bother trying to remove the shave cream afterwards, just put the foamed-up tiles directly into a disposal bag.

Then, a regulatory requirement: Non-friable asbestos such as floor tiles can be disposed of in a common landfill, you don't need to go to the expense of taking it to a controlled landfill. BUT the floor tiles need to be double-bagged first. Wrap them in a heavy-duty plastic bag, and tape it securely. Then wrap that in another plastic bag, and tape that securely, too. Then you're ready to dispose of it in any dumpster.
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heat gun and a wide putty knife. As long as you do not cut them and make dust the asbestos is not friable. If they snap, no big deal. Wear a dust mask, wash your clothes, and shower afterwards. The amount of asbestos in your tiles is very low.
What Frank said.. Get a $10. Harbor freight heat gun and a putty knife. I have taken it to the extreme of welding a hoe blade to an air chisel. No matter how you do it it will be slow and time consuming.
Being old enough to remember asbestos everywhere and cutting it with a circular saw I wouldn't panic about that little bit. Just use common sense.
Of course we used to roll globs of mercury around also and lived to tell about it

Not sure what you are planning for a replacement but I can pretty well garantee that self stick tile doesn't..
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I used one of these along with a heat gun. Had to sharpen the blade frequently.
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Thanks everyone! Sounds like it will be just as fun as I thought it would be! I have a multi tool and maybe that would work.
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The multi tool and heatworks very well, forgot about that as it has been a whie.

While you are going through the grief I would remove the tile as well as anything on top of it
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