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Old September 2, 2006, 02:06 AM   #1
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Piles of sand under carpet?


I pulled up 1300 ft of carpet and padding over plywood last week and there was a tremendous amount of something like sand underneath the yellow foam padding. I mean piles and piles. I have never run into this before, at least not this bad. I took some pictures but I have not downloaded them yet. It was much worse in the traffic lanes. Carpet is about 15 years old.

What is this stuff? Do I need to go have shots?

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Old September 2, 2006, 02:26 AM   #2
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probably is sand .. i have sweap sand off steps 1/2 " high [no kidding]. cust never heard of a vacum cleaner .

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Old September 2, 2006, 03:22 AM   #3
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It could be sand, but it also could be the fillers and latex from the carpet breaking down. I also have run into a lot of stuff between the pad and carpet where the customer was using alot of the carpet fresh stuff.
WEas it a sandy area?

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Old September 2, 2006, 05:03 AM   #4
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Quite common here especially the homes on the lake.

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Old September 2, 2006, 06:49 AM   #5
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I see the same thing around here, figured it was lousy maintenance.

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Old September 2, 2006, 07:10 AM   #6
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i have seen the carpet fresh under them like Daris says , but it is always white ..

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Old September 2, 2006, 07:24 AM   #7
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i use to get that a lot in hawaii,one time i got a whole half pad bag full.i guess some people do not vacuum ...dj

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Old September 2, 2006, 12:00 PM   #8
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Sounds like the stuff left over from that Host dry carpet cleaner.

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Old February 16, 2015, 10:26 AM   #9
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It might be boric acid... An insect repellent often added beneath carpet and inside walls to prevent cockroaches and ants. The powder can be white or yellow.

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Old February 16, 2015, 01:29 PM   #10
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How important was that to add to a topic that has been dead for over 8 years?

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Old February 16, 2015, 03:36 PM   #11
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Yeah, and it's not sand.
It's carpet backing breaking down.
It'll likely be focused where cleaning agents have been used in the past, but will otherwise be present everywhere.
It kind of shocks me that not one carpet guy caught that.

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How important was that to add to a topic that has been dead for over 8 years?
LMAO

The real pisser is...I read the whole damn thing.

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I've seen plenty of it and always thought that it was just super fine dirt that sifted through. Seems that it happened more often with the waffle pad if my memory serves me right.

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How important was that to add to a topic that has been dead for over 8 years?
But it's been viewed over 4000 times...

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Old February 17, 2015, 04:43 PM   #15
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I've seen plenty of it and always thought that it was just super fine dirt that sifted through. Seems that it happened more often with the waffle pad if my memory serves me right.
This....

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