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Joined: August 2008
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Brandon, SD
Posted: October 21, 2008 12:08 AM

I removed old ceramic tiles in my basement and plan to install vinyl.  The tiles left behind a black tar-like glue on the concrete subfloor.  Any idea if there is a product or method to easily remove it?
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Joined: July 2008
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Orlando, FL
Posted: October 21, 2008 11:03 AM

RE: remove tar from concrete to install vinyl
The substance is most likely "cut back" adhesive. Be careful as this stuff can be toxic and flammable. I would use an electric floor scraper (with a wide, flat blade) to remove as much as possible. Do not use flammable solvents to remove the residue as this can be extremely dangerous. You have a very tough job ahead of you and I strongly recommend you have a professional come out and prep your floor.
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