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What kind of backing should I use for a glass mosaic backsplash?

I want to install a glass mosaic backsplash. These are a bunch of small square tiles of different colors on a mesh. Each meash measures 13 x 13. They are so thin, that I want to put some plywood or 1/...
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How do I put up a travertine tile backsplash?

I'm trying to put up a tile backsplash in the kitchen (approx 25 sq ft) and I'm having trouble deciding between mastic and thinset for putting it on the drywall. For that matter, is it OK to put the ...
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How can I fill gaps in wall plates on an uneven backsplash?

We're having a new house built, and the kitchen backsplash that was just installed is a tumbled stone, which looks great, but isn't a flat surface. As a result, the wall plates for electrical outlets, ...
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How do cement boards and Kerdi boards for wall tile compare?

I came across an interesting product the other day, and thought it might be perfect for an upcoming project. I'm redoing the tile back splash in my kitchen and was planning on using cement board ...
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How do I extend outlets after installing a backsplash?

I have installed a back splash in my kitchen, if I use the plastic spacers how many should I use or is there a limit? I understand that this can cause to much air space around the receptacle or light ...
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Should backsplash be tiled before or after installing kitchen cabinets?

I've been searching the Internet and all English-speaking web sites state that the backsplash should be tiled after installing the kitchen cabinets (both lower and upper) and countertops. In some ...
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Sourcing and installing a stainless steel backsplash

I recently replaced an over-the-range microwave with a hood. Since the hood is about half the height of the microwave, this left a ~15" gap between the preexisting tile backsplash and the start of ...
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What is a recommended height for tile edging?

I'm trying to put up a tiled mosaic back splash and I'm trying to figure out the profile height for the edging. My tiles are 1/4" (6mm) thick. Should I be getting an edge where the profile height ...
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Should I use mastic or thinset for ceramic tile backsplash in kitchen?

I am about to install a tile backsplash in our kitchen, using these tiles, in 2" x 4" "mosaic" sheets. When I tiled my bathroom I used thinset (unmodified on the floor and modified on the wall/shower)...
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Installing Glass Mosaic Backsplash

I'm installing a glass mosaic back splash. The tiles are 3/4 inch square and are mounted on a mesh of size 13 x 13 inches. They are 5/32 of an inch thick. I am having trouble with my technique to get ...
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Can I attach my mosaic tiles to wall in stages?

I am doing a tile backsplash in the kitchen and I am not able to adhere all of the tiles at the same time. Can I do the adhering in stages as long as I don't leave any excess adhesive on the wall ...
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What kind of trim should I use for an aluminum backsplash behind a stove?

I would like to use metal trim for the aluminum backsplash behind the stove; the trim would go between the backsplash and the cabinet and tile. What kind of trim would you recommend and what is the ...
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What should I do about a gap between a kitchen backsplash and the cupboards?

Theres a small gap between the backsplash and cupboards, the gap is too small to cut strips of backsplash to Make it look normal. I have run out of ideas. Any of you pros got any ideas?
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Should we install beadboard paneling or countertop first?

We are planning to install bead board paneling to our kitchen back splash, and new Formica for the counter tops. Which product should be installed first, and why?
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What is the easiest way to replace an existing backsplash?

I've got an unusual backsplash in my kitchen that I would like to replace. As you can see from the picture, there's about 6" of granite tile acting as a proper backsplash, but above that it appears ...
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How can I repair drywall after removing tile?

We installed ceramic tiles for our kitchen backsplash and after 1yr, I am unhappy with it. How would I repair the drywall after removing the tiles? I do not want to re-tile over the backsplash (I want ...
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Are there alternatives to sinktop backsplashes and sidesplashes?

I just got a new vanity with a counter top that I am having a hard time finding splashes for. It's a very nice counter top as is and looks really good just nestled in the corner without any splash at ...
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Is it common to tile behind an OTR microwave?

I have an over the range (OTR) microwave, and am about to tile a new back splash. I'm not sure which way to go: Tile behind the microwave and then install the microwave Install the microwave first ...
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How to caulk stone backsplash to granite countertop?

My kitchen has a stone backsplash and granite countertops. In some places there is a gap between the two, as illustrated below. I would like to seal this gap to prevent moisture from getting ...
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What maintenance is needed for subway tiles?

I see many kitchens with subway tiles on their backsplash in design magazines, but this isn't a popular design here in Singapore. It seems like most people consider it a durable option, but I have ...
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How do I prepare a wall for backsplash tile?

I am getting ready to tile my blacksplash. I had laminate counters and backsplash. Of course when I removed the old backsplash the paper on the drywall was damaged. How should I fix this ? Will ...
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Our backsplash tile has raised oval design a how do we work around electrical outlets?

The tile we chose for our kitchen redesign is long and narrow (3" x 9") with a raised oval design. This image isn't the same brand as ours (We purchased Portfolio) but this is almost identical. ...
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Can I use silicone “window & door” caulk between a kitchen counter and backsplash?

I need to caulk my granite counter-top and ceramic tile back-splash. The big box store only has "kitchen" caulk in white, clear and almond. These colors are not going to work for me, I really want to ...
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What should I do about a gap between a quartz countertop and backsplash?

I had new quartz kitchen counters installed yesterday. On one side by the cooktop there is no gap between the counter and backslash. The other side, by and behind the sink, was left with a gap between ...
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How to attach a wood moulding trim around a backsplash

I'm installing a backsplash and trying to hide the ugly edges at the countertop ends. My wife and I decided on a wood moulding type trim, but I'm stuck on the best way to attach it to the drywall ...
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Can you replace upper kitchen cabinets without removing tile/glass backsplash?

Can upper kitchen cabinets be removed and replaced with new ones without damaging a tile or glass backsplash? If not, when the backsplash is removed, can it be done without damaging the granite ...
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How should I grout when there's a combination of natural stone and glass tiles?

My tile sheets are a mixture of linear slate and glass and I would like to know to grout when there's a combination. The concern is that the grout (unsanded) will stick to the natural stone and ruin ...
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How to fill the joint between tiles and cabinets in a kitchen backsplash?

We have a tiled kitchen backsplash, see photo below. In between the tiles, there's grout. I wonder what choice of materials I can use (if it's different from the grout I use between the tiles) in ...
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Cutting Ceramic Glass Glazed Tile

I have some glass glazed ceramic mosaic tile that I will soon install as our new kitchen backsplash. The tiles are 4" x 4", with pre-scoring into 1" x 1" mosaics with a grout line of 1/16". They are ...
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How do I reapply travertine tile used for a backsplash on my kitchen wall

I originally used to double-sided sticky paper to install my travertine tile pieces to the wall, but some have come off and some are loose. We didn't space them at all just did a pyramid type ...
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How to handle painted backsplash that now has bubbling paint

We have a painted wooden backsplash by our kitchen faucet. Sadly, the wooden is now swelling because of the moisture around. Note that the wood doesn't normally get water on it directly - it appears ...
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Backsplash moulding with an outlet

So I made the mistake of hiring a handyman to put in our beautiful butcher block counter tops the other day, and they left a 3/4 inch gap between the countertop and wall, which used to be covered by a ...
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how to adhere a stainless steel backsplash to painted drywall surface

I have a 30" x 21" 22 ga. stainless steel backsplash with 4 (3/16") mounting holes 3/4" from edges. Since I will be using 4 screws to put it up, can I use removable (not permanent) double sided tape, ...
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Peel n Stick Tiles For Backsplash

Looking to make a mosaic tile backsplash between my range and vent hood. I am looking at the various tile options out there and am considering the peel and stick. Do these really adhere as well as ...
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How do I clean backsplash tiles to reuse them?

I'm repairing a damaged bathroom due to a flood and I want to reuse the backsplash tile. I have the grout removed from the tile, but how do I get the old mastic off or is that necessary?
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Tile veneer cabinets / fix veener damage

My wife would like me to put in a tile backsplash for the kitchen. She really didn't like the granite backer, so I had to pull it off. Problem is, the granite was glued onto the cabinet, and when I ...
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Do I use grout to install my travertine backsplash?

We just purchased 3x6 tumbled travertine backsplash. Do you have to have a grout line or can you install without. Will it stay up?
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Kitchen backsplash tile (24“ x 1.5” x 1/2") to drywall; which mortar & trowel notch size?

I will be installing kitchen backsplash tile to a drywall. tile size: 24" width x 1.5" height x 1/2" depth tile type: limestone tile Which mortar or mastic would you recommend as well as trowel ...
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When to stop a backsplash? [closed]

We have a kitchen with a U shaped with a peninsula that divides the kitchen and the living room/dining room. If the end of the peninsula is against a black wall, how far up the wall do we stop the ...