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Posted by David on April 1st, 2003 07:16 AM
In reply to another question with the "awful lanolium" by jennifer on April 1st, 2003 05:35 AM [Go to top of thread]

Jen, Tom will correct me if I'm wrong here, but my understanding is that non-friable asbestos (that which is "solid", & "contained", such as in a floor tile, siding or possibly the backing in your linoleum) poses no real health hazard, so long as it's not being disturbed.

I understand your concerns, but also think many people would be amazed at all the sources in which asbestos might be found in their homes, which has surrounded them safely for years. My feeling would be that if it poses no risk, and is not "in the way" you could "let sleeping dogs lie."

So long as the addition of 1/2"-3/4" of total material to the existing height of the floor would not cause major problems or interference, you could install 1/4" cement board directly over the offensive flooring & then your new tile.

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