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Posted by Jay J -Moderator on May 25th, 2001 01:28 PM
In reply to measuring stairs and hallways for carpeting by Theresa on May 25th, 2001 11:54 AM [Go to top of thread]

Hi Theresa,

Removing linoleum from hardwood can be done but it's very hard. It involves a lot of scraping and sanding. And to boot, if the linoleum is pre-1980s, then it most likely contains asbestos. Sanding it means running the risk of inhaling a cancerous material. You can buy a respirator for this job for under $30, along with a change of filters. It would be nice. You can consider doing the removal yourself and contracting out the 'sanding/finishing' part. DO tell the contractor that you removed linoleum so he knows to wear the proper respirator. (A plain dust mask is hazardous.)

To test your glue & tiles, look in the YELLOW PAGES under ASBESTOS ABATEMENT & REMOVAL SERVICES for companies. If none of the 'listings' do the test, ask them if they know. At worst, contact a local Municipal Inspector or County Health Department for leads. It's $$$ well-spent to find out you do, or DON'T, have to worry about the glue and tiles.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

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