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The only way to be sure is to send a sample to a testing lab. Send a sample of the adhesive too, since asbestos was sometimes mixed into that. I'm assuming this is tiles; if so you can lift one buy using a heat gun to soften the adhesive and gently lifting with a putty knife. In most cases, encapsulating the suspect tile under a floating floor is acceptable ...


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I recently abated my house's asbestos exterior siding and did a LOT of research before doing so. The short answer is, don't vacuum it. Use something wet to pick it up (like mopping or a carpet shampoo machine) instead. Mostly, you'll be fine. I called my municipal inspector, state regulator, and the national advisory council and they all gave me the same ...



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