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Asbestos linoleum tiles?

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My '74 Eichler has 12" linoleum tiles in the bathrooms, and under the carpet in some of the bedrooms. The tiles are off-white with a little beige mixed in, and they have a textured pattern.

I'm planning on removing the linoleum and putting down ceramic tile. Do later model Eichlers have asbestos in the linoleum? How do I go about getting it tested to find out? If there is asbestos in the linoleum, how do I remove it?

Thanks,

Steve

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Your best bet is to use the Search button at the top of this page and search on the word asbestos. You should get a lot of information from previous postings. I think a couple of them mention where you can get it tested. You'll also see discussions on hiring abatement companies and on doing it yourself (observing necessary safety precautions).

It does seem the smaller tiles (8-9") are typically asbestos composite. I'm not that clear on the 12" tiles--maybe someone else can comment.

Cheers.
Jake

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As Jake mentioned it'd be worthwhile to do a search on "asbestos" and you'll see a bunch of earlier posts on the topic.

Re your 12" linoleum. Don't think there's a way to say without testing the linoleum and the mastic.

In our '62 Eichler, all of the original VAT was in the house, and in some rooms they had SHEET linoleum on top of the VAT. We had all of the vinyl/linoleum professionally removed by a licensed company. It turned out that the mastic on the back of the sheet linoleum had higher asbestos content that either the original VAT or the original mastic.

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A random thought...

Someone must know when the law changed to disallow construction using asbestos tile. I think Eichler mostly used Armstrong, so you could call them to see if they know when they stopped manufacturing tile with asbestos in it.

Also, your county probably has a hazardous waste hotline/dept that you could call--I'm guessing they might know as well.

As I said, just a thought.

Jake

eichfan at rawbw dot com

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Thanks for the Search tip, it turned up lots of info. I'll check with Armstrong and Santa Clara County for additional information.

I'll probably want to have the existing tile/mastic tested anyway. I'll look through previous post for how to get it tested in my area.

Steve

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Hi, I have a similiar problem in my Eichler and was wondering wat you found out about your 12" tiles - whether or not they had asbestos?

Thanks!

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