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    1. Chris Boehm fills in for Ray on this week’s Ace on the House. The guys relive stories from their youth, dread the days of their earthquake rehab work, and help fans with issues ranging from roof venting to wood floor restoration.

Show Summary

Ray’s on vacation, so Chris Boehm is filling in for the week. The guys open the show discussing their forty years of friendship, from pop warner trophy ceremonies, to wheat pasta dinner with the Carollas. They also share stories from their earthquake rehab days and Adam relives one of his all time worst afternoons. Later, the guys respond to a video question about roof venting, and an email question about wood floor restoration. As the show wraps up, Adam and Chris help a caller with their flowerbed.

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  • Everett

    Diamabrush on a floor buffer with dust collection will make short work of that glued down carpet pad.

  • Chris from Lakeland

    Everett may be right, but so may be Adam and Chris. The answer for a NON Professional is to contact a local lab and see if they will do an asbestos analysis for you. If you can find one, send them 3 samples collected form 3 different places. They may not do this, unless one of their guys collects the samples and they charge you a bunch for that effort. But try. Collect all the way down to the wood. If you can get somebody to analyze the samples, the cost for analysis should be less than $100, so maybe offer them $200 to move your samples into their lab. At least try to do it that way, then maybe you can try Everett’s suggestion. If you don’t know, or it comes back as asbestos, you have to use Adam/Chris’ method and use the long-handled scraper and a Hudson Sprayer to keep everything wet. Dust collection will be entirely inadequate if you have asbestos. You must keep it soaking wet and use muscle, instead of a machine. Don’t get one of those weenie 6-foot scrapers with a wooden handle that has no heft. Get a real commercial scraper with a steel handle and some weight to it and sharpen the edge with a grinder. Don’t dig the corner into the wood. When you get down to mostly glue left, lightly spray on commercial grade Mastic Remover, to get rid of the glue layer. This job is a ball-buster and you are better off hiring a professional crew to come in and take that stuff out, if you have asbestos. Adam is right that his approach would be OK for maybe an old floor tile job, but I just don’t see it for carpet padding. If you have asbestos, it’s probably in that glue, or what is called the mastic. You are going to have an unholy mess if you try to abrade that shit off, down to the wood. If you have asbestos, no amount of dust collection will work, because you will have to wet everything down and no HEPA filter is going to survive without completely clogging, when that material is wet. You would have to remove that stuff grossly by hand (scraper), while wet, then chemically, when you get down to the glue, if the glue is hot (asbestos). Do not try this job until you decide whether or not you are going to have samples analyzed, all the way down to the glue layer. Asbestos is not that dangerous, until you turn it into a fine powder that floats in the air! I don’t carry the rating for what is called an Asbestos Designer, but I carry all of the other AHERA certifications and I can guarantee you that there is no legal, safe way to remove that particular stuff, other than what is called Wet Demo. That is the opposite of dust collection. You MUST have that material tested, all the way down to the glue layer, or risk spreading fine asbestos particles all over the building. Abrading asbestos with some kind of grinding machine is the one thing you would never do, unless everything was soaking wet. You can’t use dust collection if everything is soaking wet. Therefore, you have no options except to hand remove everything while wet, or get it tested. Given the age of the home, it probably has asbestos. Either accept that, or find a way to test it. If you want to risk it, do everything soaking wet, with heavy scrapers, then chemicals, and hire some help. Soaking wet. Not a particle of dust. Wet Demo. Lots of ventilation during the chemical removal of the glue.

  • Chris from Lakeland

    Dave from NC:

    Where? Mountains, Piedmont, Coast? I’ll guess Piedmont, so clay soils. Here’s the thing, even if your from the Piedmont, where did somebody haul that soil in for your lot, from? Three initials:SCS.

    Take some samples of your soil to the local Extension Agent at the Soil Conservation Service and then see what they tell you to plant. Absent, that effort, wouldn’t Azaleas work? they are native to any soils you may have. Either way, go meet your SCS Extension Agent and he/she will be your friend. Probably free, or darn close to it. Probably in the Blue Pages under SCS, or on the net under Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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  • Ed

    Much better show without Rays condescending, abrasive BS.

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  • Ras

    Ace’s buddy Chris sounds like a really cool, sweet guy. From the stories I’ve heard in the past, I guess Chris was a bit estosterone, turbo charged douchey – but seems with age and experience, Chris has mellowed into a really cool guy.

    • Valhalla

      do you English at all?

  • pete goesinya

    Ray Just can’t help it….the annoying remarks pop out of his mouth like he has Tourettes….

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