Saving old wood floor covered with tile

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Q: We have a 100 year old house. The entrance way has wood floor, with very old tile on top. We want to save the wood floor. What can be done?

A: A number of issues arise here. How do you know the floor is thick enough to be sanded? If it is hardwood, it is likely the old 3/8 thick type which can be sanded twice. The tiles, almost guaranteed are reinforced asbestos tile. I would advice you to pass unless you are able to easily remove the tiles without much breakage.

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