Doctor of Teleocity
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- Mar 17, 2003
- The Far-Flung Isles of Langerhans
So how do you tell if they’re asbestos or not?
I own a few rental properties one of them is a duplex built in 1951 and the quality of construction and materials used are so much better. My wife at some point wants to down size and sell the house and renovate one of the sides back to it's original condition and in we go.....I don't know if up for that one though.
Our little(ish) 1929 Craftsman had a hard pine floor under the ratty old carpets and other flooring attempts. It was pine cut from the very old/big early generation pines...turned out pretty and as hard as any oak floor we've ever had. The upper story floors were oak. The Mrs oversaw the reno's of that one as I was occupied elsewhere. ((also a lot of junk that needed abatement--flooring and insulation)).
The normal method is by the flooring pattern. There weren't that many makers of the stuff and the pattern and size of square in the pattern often tells you. The other is still pull up a section and put it under a microscope to check for fibers.
What has been noted by others is also true, after all these years, that adhesive is likely into the wood and would require sanding to restore the wood flooring which would take hiring a hazmat company to do safely unless you have such equipment.
If the floor is sound and flat, just install a hardwood floor over it while you restore the original flooring elsewhere in the house. It will not match perfectly, but you can get close. It might cause a raised floor in relation to the other areas which requires a transition to make work, but it is done often.
Would you still have that paper by chance?we had a reno we did on a house that said on the title it was built 1956. While doing the remodel we found newspapers stuck in the crawl spaces for insulation that dated 1901 with news about the Philippines War.
That location also had some old pine or fir flooring that was beautiful other than the big hole in the center for the floor furnace.
You might find a place under a cabinet or a refrigerator where you can lift up some the the linoleum and find out what kind of adhesive is holding it down. Sentinel makes a product for removing it that costs about $25 per gallon. If its the black adhesive, it's called "black cutback" and it is tough stuff. There are a lot of YouTube videos about how to remove it.Well if that’s the case that sucks, there was carpet through the rest of the house. The kitchen is the only room with this many layers. Guess I might just have to do a alternate option for the kitchen.