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Carol,
  Firstly, thank you for being part of this group. It is a very helpful tool.
  My house was built in 1956. There is Tile in the entrance way inside the front door. I'm replacing it with a roll of linoleum. As I'm removing the old tile, the "glue" appears to be tar. Will I have to remove that old "tar" before I apply the glue for the new linoleum? I'm applying, what is called "Releasable Pressure Sensitive Adhesive".
  IF I do have to remove it, what is the best way? I could sand it but it looks like it would just "clog" the sanding disks. It washes off my hands with solvent but I'm not sure I want to use solvent to clean 60 square feet of plywood inside my house.
 I appreciate your time in this matter. I hope this finds you and your family well and happy. Get ready for this Arctic Blast that the Weather Guessers are predicting!! Hope to hear from you soon.
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Sorry for the delay, I've been doctoring.  

The black tar type adhesive is most likely containing asbestos.  Don't freak.  Its OK and typical  However, you should not sand it.  I would go to a store carrying fills like Aardex (Home depot, etc) and find a good floor fill.  Then you will encapsulate it, a perfectly fine way of dealing with it.  I would look on your manufacturer's website-- and contact their tech support to find out which fill would be compatible.  My best advice is to go direct to manufacturer, as generic advice doesn't work with all manufacturers.  Your adhesive is pressure releasable, so other than verifying you don't have moisture issues-- and please don't sand.  Find a good floor fill and cover it.  

Another "beware" is vinyl must be smooth or anything under will telegraph.  I would prefer you to use something self leveling.  

Hope that helps, keep warm.  I'm in GA, where we are freaking out as temps might drop to 31... I have lived in PA and CO, I find it amusing. Till I walked outside after losing my cold resistance.  

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Carol Blaha

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Flooring questions: Specification, Warranties, Inspections, Product Knowledge, Enviromental Issues

Experience

I have been in the field 25 years, first as a specifier, then retailer and currently manufacturer representative on contract with 8 manufacturers, independent inspector and conduct moisture testing. Founding board member of the CO Chapter, US Green Building Council

Organizations
WFCA (World Floor Covering Association), NTCA (National Tile Council America) SCRT (Society of Cleaning & Restoration Technician), ASTM F60, (Environment) and F06 (Resilient Floor)

Publications
Colorado Real Estate Journal, Smart Buildings

Education/Credentials
MBA, CTC (Certified Tile Consultant), RRT (Carpet Repair & Reinstallation), CCT (Carpet Cleaning Technician, ISSI (Substrate Inspection) and completed coursework for Independent Ceramic Tile Inspector, Hardwood/Laminate Inspector and Senior Carpet Inspector. Scheduled to complete Independent Resilient Inspector in April.

Awards and Honors
Multiple Awards for Salesperson of Year and President's Club

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Clients include Fortune Co's to mom and pop

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