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Cutting Wall Tile with Oscillating tool?

Installing a bathroom vanity cabinet. It fits fine, but I need to cut a half inch of the base board tile (tile along the wall, where it meets floor tile) to have the cabinet flush to the wall. I ...
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How can I drill through very hard porcelain tile?

I've read multiple instructions on mounting a shower rod in bathroom tile, however I've spent much longer than the internet suggests it should take to drill through my tile. I drilled for about 50 ...
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Need to fix tile that has fallen off

I have some tile in my kitchen that has fallen off (unglued I suppose). See pictures below. How do I fix this? Recommendations for a novice DIYer?
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Ceramic tile on concrete with shrinkage cracks

I am interested in the opinions of any experienced tile-setters here as to ceramic tile or stone laid on concrete regarding crack isolation. I am building a new house with lightweight concrete poured ...
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Do I have to remove the old thinset before installing new tile?

I will be installing some new 12x12 tiles in two bathrooms approx 25 sq/ft each. When I pulled up the old tiles, there was no thin set that had made contact with them so the removal was very easy. ...
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How do I repair a minor scratch in wall tile?

I've just discovered a few of the brand new ceramic wall tiles in my bathroom have a faint scratch. It's certainly not deep or wide as I can just barely feel it tug if I pull my fingernails across it ...
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Do I also need to apply thinset to my Subway tiles or is it enough to just put it on the wall?

Subway tile question regarding a bathtub surround. Do I need to apply thinset on the back of the tile? Subway tiles are small, can I just put thinset on the wall and apply the tiles? Thank you
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Do you need spacers for subway tiles?

A lot of Youtube videos is showing subway tiles being installed without spacers... Do you really need spacers or not for Subway tiles (Bathtub surround tiling) ?? Thank you Andrew
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Tiling over 1/2in subfloor with 1/2in Hardiebacker

I just pulled up the hardwood floor in the house I just bought, and found that there is 1/2in plywood subfloor. House was built in 1982. Joists are 2x10 16"OC. The room is 16x13. The person who ...
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Cover all walls of the bathroom with bathroom tiles?

I want to completely cover the bathroom walls with tiles, but a friend of mine told me that it's a bad idea because the walls "can't breath". He said to at least keep a portion of 20-30 centimeters on ...
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Should you seal grout when using RedGard Backing?

I did a shower in Hardieboard sealed with two layers of Redgard. Should I still seal the grout lines even though we used Redgard underneath?
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Contractor not using thin set between sub floor and cement board

So, I've made a big stink with the flooring guys about how they have installed the Hardiebacker cement board for our tile. They skipped putting down the thin set under the cement board even though ...
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Is there a type of cement that can be used to glue tiles to a wall?

My father told me there is a kind of cement which also acts as glue. This would be very useful for me to put back the tiles above my washbasin. Is there really a cement that can glue tiles to the ...
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Repairing ceramic tile

A small chunk has broken out of this white ceramic tile (see photos), from impact. It is on a wall in a bathroom. Are there any good ways to fill in/cover up the hole?
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What would be the best temporary adhesive to stick a shower head holder onto a ceramic tile wall?

I recently broke the shower bracket and can't get a replacement since it's out of stock everywhere. I bought a suction cup shower head holder as a temporary fix but that won't stay on the wall so I ...
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What are the pros/cons of using porcelain over ceramic tile in a bathroom?

I'm planning on tiling a bathroom floor and a walk-in shower (including the ceiling). I haven't looked into pricing yet, but I've heard that porcelain would be a better, yet more expensive material to ...
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Cracked bathroom tile - runs almost entire length of the wall

Have lived in this house 8 years. Finally redoing (full gut) bathroom this July. Just recently we have noticed horizontal cracks in the bathroom tile. Runs almost the entire width of the ...
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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 ...
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How would 8x32 tiles look with one vertical seam on shower walls that measure 39.5“ by 35.5” by 39.5"? [closed]

I asked this question yesterday with 8x16 tiles, but today I found this tile in a larger size, 8"x32". The thing is, I made the mistake of putting 2" x 2" tiles on my shower floor of a tile that is ...
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Maintainability of natural stone vs porcelain floor tile?

I am planning a kitchen floor retile project, I'm initially researching tile selection. I was comparing two tiles and someone at a big box retailer told me that while marble tiles look nicer, they ...
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What should I use to seal around the perimeter of a tile floor?

I recently tiled our bathroom floor (nothing fancy - just a 7 x 5 room). In between the tiles, I've used a sanded grout and that's worked nicely but I'm confused on what to use around the perimeter ...
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How to avoid air bubble under the floor ceramic-tile?

My house is an Indian style apartment. I have laid floor ceramic-tile with no other covering over it. There are of air bubbles developing under the ceramic-tiles which eventually leads to breaking of ...
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Ceramics spots after placement

I renovated my apartment this month and hired some guys to place the ceramics in the bathroom. They used points of adhesive to glue pottery on the wall. In the evening I observed that few spots ...
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Loose bathroom wall tiles

So after hosing down the bathroom, I started to hear some cracking. I looked at the tiles and they were bulging out from the center. I guess water got into the top and loosened the tiles. I ...
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How should I apply silicone sealing to shower screen glass?

What's the best and easiest way to apply good quality silicone, which I'm told are never the water-based types, to freestanding glass and ceramic tiles in showers? Can I remove it with a razor blade ...
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Can a cheap angle grinder be used to cut concrete and ceramic tiles?

I am interested in the Black & Decker KG100 600W Angle Grinder because it is cheap enough. I will only use it occasionally for small scale do-it-yourself home improvement works. But, I really ...
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Adjusting the spacing between small (2“ x 2”) tiles

I'm laying 2" x 2" tiles over a raised concrete patio slab that is 11' 6" by 16' 1 1/4". The tiles come in 12" x 24" sheets with the individual tiles joined by little blobs of a rubbery substance. ...
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What should we do with floor tiles that were applied with Type 1 Mapei mastic?

We tiled a 25 sq. ft bathroom with 12X12 porcelain tiles. Instead of a bag of normal powered mortar (which covered more area than we needed), we picked up the tub of Type 1 Mapei and were told it was ...
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How to tile a “wet room” style bathroom?

I have 2 rectangular bathroom that are buing built in a wet room style (curbless open shower, drain in blue with all edges sloping towards it, see below). It was already properly sloped and now we ...
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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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Problem with tile cutting

I'm tiling my bathroom floor with some large ceramic tiles (33cm x 33cm aka 13" x 13") and I'm having difficulty cutting them. I'm using a simple glass cutter, because the tile cutter for such large ...
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Is there a glue which holds to glazed porcelain tiles?

My shower does not have a cabin, only a curtain. Said curtain tends to wave around while I am in the shower, clinging to my legs and letting water flow outside. My best idea for a low-cost solution ...
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Do I seal just the grout or the tiles and grout?

I just tiled the bathtub alcove and it came out great. Now I need to seal the grout. My question is, do i seal just the grout lines or do I apply the seal on the tiles and the grout? Thank you.
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What types of tile require a wet tile saw?

I have tiled with all kind of tile in the past. When redoing my kitchen I custom ordered hand painted tiles to match the odd color of the granite. So I only had enough tiles for the project without ...
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What type of tile should I install in a bath/shower surround?

I am about to remodel our bathroom. Currently the tub/shower is all tiled but the backing is not secure/stable so there is cracking in the grout and I know water is getting behind. I prefer the look ...
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Drill through kitchen floor tile

I recently purchased a new refrigerator and in doing so want to swap out the copper ice maker line for a stainless steel flex line. In order to do so I need to make the water line access hole to the ...
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Fixing ceramic tile that have a large ceramic chip off

How do I fix ceramic tile that have a large ceramic chipped off. (the size is around 5 cm width and 3 cm height). Overall, the whole tile is still intact except that part of the top layer, which is ...
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How can I add tile to my fireplace?

[UPDATE: After reading the question and answers, please see this blog that shows how the fireplace renovation was completed.] I am getting ready to begin tiling part of my fireplace. The current ...
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How to calculate cutting angle for a circle of tiles?

I'm looking to calculate the angle I need to cut on square tiles that will be arranged around the edge of a circular pool. Given that radius is 7' and that tile width is 12", how many tiles are ...
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Towel hook in bathroom ceramic tile grout

I few years ago I installed tile on the wall of my bathroom. I needed a little hook for a hand towel in the tile, so I drilled two little holes into the grout in between two tiles and screwed the hook ...
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Remove tile, or not when changing from range vent to a microhood?

I have a tiled wall behind my electric range. Ceramic tile extends up to, but not behind, the existing Whirlpool non-vented range hood. I want to remove the range hood and replace it with a microhood. ...
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Easiest, fastest, and most precise way to cut Ceramic Tile

I'm looking for a fast and precise way to cut precise pieces of ceramic tile. Any recommendations on tools with pros and cons would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Is it possible to install backer-board on a curved surface?

We are replacing the carpet around our Heart Shaped tub with tile. For better waterproofing we are using cement board on the top surface. The tub is sunk in the concrete floor with a 7" step up to ...
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How do I remove spots from my new ceramic tiles?

I just laid dark brown ceramic tile in my kitchen. After grouting and cleaning I still have spots and round circles (from the cleaning bucket's bottom) on the floor. I have tried soap and water and ...
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Information resources for Traditional Japanese Homes

My family and I are preparing to purchase a more or less traditional Japanese home in Hawaii. I am checking up on the claims that it was brought here from Japan and built in 1965. Interior ...
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How do I prep and plaster a bowed wall before tiling?

I'm about to tile a shower alcove. However, I put a straight edge against the walls and the rear wall bows out very badly. The wall is 950mm wide and putting a straight edge across shows a gap about ...
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What are the substitutes for kitchen wall tiles above a kitchen counter?

Can anyone let me know what are the various options that we can use in place of ceramic wall tiles in kitchen (just above the kitchen counter)?
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What is the recommended thinset when tiling over concrete?

I am about to start tiling a concrete area of my home about 220 sq feet. I was wondering if there is any specific type of thinset I should be using for a concrete surface. The tiles will be 12x12" ...
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How do I glue moving ceramic tiles without removing them?

There was a problem with the pipes under the floor, which resulted in several ceramic tiles being removed. At the moment these tiles are back in place. The problem is that 2 tiles next to them, that ...
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How can I cut the tiles outside of the cabinet?

I want to replace the tiles in my kitchen but I don't want to redo all the cabinets. Some tiles are partially underneath the cabinets, so I suppose I need to cut the portion exposed outside of the ...