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Old 01-27-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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yeah i agree
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Old 01-28-2012, 04:56 AM
 
Location: NY,NY
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I don't get this. What is with all the clandestine pondering?

Why don't you simply speak with your LL and come to some arrangement?

Then hire PROFESSIONALS!!!

Also, what is with this tipping the super stuff?

You tip the super as a courtesy for doing the job the LL pays him to do.

If you want the super do work outside the normal scope of the duties the LL pays for him to do, then you simply pay the super for his services the same as you would any contractor, handyman, or laborer.

You buy the materials, then pay a decent hourly rate. $50 per?
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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you're probably not dealing with asbestos as I doubt it's the first floor used in the apartment.
If the tile is in bad shape I think the odds are very good that these are the original vinyl-asbestos tiles...they have a VERY long lifespan and 40 years in a rental, especially over concrete flooring, would not surprise me one bit.

But if they are the thin self shine kind with their own glue-on back they are newer and without asbestos.

rlrl,
When was your building BUILT? It is in the '60's and 70's that these asbestos tiles were ubiquitous.
But whatever the case, if your super will replace them, say YES, ask no questions and tip generously...it's messy work. Afterwards, wear a mask as you wash up every bit of dust.
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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they are very thin (like your link cited some being 1/16 of an inch) and the backs have a black adhesive coating

the flooring underneath is hardwood but it is darker than the hardwood on the other side of the apt due to a sticky residue on the hardwood from the tiles

i believe the bldg was built in 1959
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:27 AM
 
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Does that underfloor look like REAL hardwood or just a cheap underflooring to support the tiles. If it was REAL hardwood built in 1959 and then convered when it got wrecked then the odds are good your tiles are new enough to be non-asbestos.

If it IS real hardwood and it isn;t totally demolished, perhaps exploring whether to refinish it to it's former beauty might be worth considereing before you recover it with new tile.

Under that wood do you expect to see concrete or do you live in a frame building? If there is concrete, then you probably have REAL hardwoood under the tile. Concrete doesn't need subflooring. (Highrises almost always have concrete floors.)
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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I was just thinking about keeping the hardwood. i would have to ask if there was concrete under the wood. all i can tell you is that the tiles all change to a darker color at the point where the tiles are.
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