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Re: [Shop-talk] Floor scraper...but it's not that easy

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Floor scraper...but it's not that easy
From: Jim Stone <>
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2015 15:01:45 -0600
References: <d79V1r01a0NyJgq0179XCh> <>
"The tile is so old that it's disintegrating..."

Old floor tile sometimes contained asbestos.  If it is more than around 50
years old (I'm just guessing on that date; a little Googling would give you
the correct one) the right thing to do would be to have it tested and hire
professionals if necessary.  I may get slammed for saying this, but short of
hiring a professional, you might want to do something to keep dust down while
removing it. Maybe wet the surface while you are working?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 3, 2015, at 2:22 PM, John T. Blair <> wrote:
> At 02:02 PM 11/3/2015, you wrote:
>> Now I'm moving to the bathroom, which isn't over a slab--it's hung off the
>> side of the building over a crawlspace. Which means a wood subfloor.
>> The scraper is too sharp. The vinyl tile is at least two layers deep (they
>> just tiled over the old tile) and it flexes. So running the scraper over
>> it, it either bites into the tile and binds up (it can't bear against the
>> rigid concrete subfloor), or it bites into the wood floor itself.
> I just pulled the vinyl tiles on my bathroom floor.   I tried using a
> heavy duty scrapper like you are talking about to no avail.  I ended
> up using a "multi tool" from
> Harbor freight:
> using a blade like this:
> Made short work of the job.
> John
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