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    Mar 2012

    Default What is this material under carpet padding on stairs?

    I started to remove the carpet from the stairs that lead to my basement. Under the carpet is a foam padding, but under that is a dark, hard, speckled material. I'm scared to remove it as I have no idea what the material is. It doesn't seem to be glued to the stairs from what I can tell.

    Does anyone know what it is, why it's there and if it's safe for me to remove it?

    My house was built in 1950, but I have no idea when the carpet was installed.

    Image can be seen here: flickr.com/photos/75964940@N07/6969296269/in/photostream
    Last edited by thjk; 03-10-2012 at 08:23 AM. Reason: add picture

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