The basement of our split level, built in the 1950's has 9 inch tiles that are primarily vinyl. The area covered with these tiles is about 120 square feet. It is a fact that many 9 inch tiles had asbestos. Such tiles are not considered dangerous unless they break and crumple into powder, (or are tampered with and pulverized). I am not handy enough to do this kind of job. We have spoken to several people, and have gotten 3 responses: 1) Some won't touch the tiles saying they have asbestos in them. 2) Some say they are willing to take all the tiles up and put down either 12 inch vinyl squares or sheet vinyl. 3) Some say they would remove the damaged tiles and then cover over the rest of the tiles with either 12 inch squares or sheet vinyl. With this method, a thin set mortar is used to bring the area where the tiles have been removed up to the same hight as the areas where the tiles are OK. After doing some reading on the net it seems that in a situation like this, it is preferable not to have the tiles tested for asbestos ($65). The fact that the gas hot air furnace is in this space is one reason I am hesitant about completely taking the tiles up right now. I feel like using the laundromat until April when we won't have to use the furnace. I don't know enough to know if that makes sense or not. As I mentioned, if the loose tiles are removed, a thin-set mortar, (or something like that), would be used to level the areas without tiles with the rest of the floor and then the whole area would be covered with new vinyl. Based on speaking to a hand full of people, it seems that this repair/replacement could be anywhere from a ~$1,000 job to $7,500. We are not looking to spend $7,500. All comments, suggestions, questions will be appreciated.