Asbestos tile, that's why.
Guy came in, pulled up the register in the family room, and said, "Whoops, no, asbestos tile, can't do it," and booked it out of here like his ass was on fire.
150 square feet of tile is all there is. There's more tile in the front hall but it's slate; and even if it wasn't slate, it's only an additional 40 square feet or so.
...but of course asbestos is "hazardous material" and removing it requires people in bunny suits. I couldn't care less; given my druthers I'd just dump water on the tile and lift it myself, but I have no idea where the hell I'd dispose of it. Probably need to take it to the waste disposal place that took all the used motor oil. But I'm not worried about mesothelioma or asbestosis, because of all the brake jobs I did on cars prior to 1997, when asbestos brake pads were supposed to be no more. I've already been exposed to asbestos; and further I'm not worried about it because out of my fifty years on this planet, thirty-four of them have been spent living in close proximity to someone who smoked two packs of cigarettes per day. If second-hand smoke has any effect at all on people, I'm already screwed. (And Dad used tooth powder instead of toothpaste. I used it myself a few times when I was out of paste. One of the ingredients in that was asbestos. True story; that's why you can't buy tooth powder any longer.)
But to be honest, given Dad's track record for safety-consciousness, I'd be flabbergasted if he'd allowed asbestos tile to be used. They knew in the 1960s that it was bad for you, and Dad was all about reducing toxicity wherever possible. He wouldn't even use treated lumber, because they used to treat it with arsenic (which is why it was green) and arsenic is poison.
Interestingly enough, though, we have this:
If the total amount of asbestos to be removed or disturbed is less than 260 linear feet, 160 square feet, or 35 cubic feet off of facility components (if the material could not be measured previously), then the Asbestos NESHAP does not require regulated asbestos-containing material to be removed before demolition or renovation activities occur.We have 150 square feet of this nonsense; if I'm reading everything correctly, the EPA regulations say we don't have to remove it, but can leave it in place.
And there's no guarantee that the tile has asbestos in it anyway. It only probably does.
And according to what I'm reading on-line, you can safely carpet over asbestos tile.
What really pisses me off about all this is the way the guy fled as soon as he found this. Like I said, he ran out of here like his ass was on fire. He told me he was going to call in; next thing I know I hear his truck starting and he's driving away. Didn't bother to ask me if I wanted the other room (which has a wood floor) done, oh no!
Predictably, I've made several calls to Luna and have been promised a call back, but so far no one has called me. I have a few things to say about the installer and the guy who sold us the carpeting (who gave us his number but has a "family emergency" today, so he's no help).
So the day I set aside specifically to get the one thing accomplished has instead been spent waiting for someone who did nothing, and now for phone calls.
On the plus side? I did talk to the recruiter about the job in Oak Brook, and they're working on securing me an interview there--so that's a big plus. But so far it is the only upside.