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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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Can you waterproof Luxury Vinyl Tile floors without grout?

My questions are on the use of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring - my preference is to use the LVT without grout. However, I'm skeptical on how well the LVT will hold up to moisture without the grout ...
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Ceramic tiles on drywall on steel studs, any problems?

I was told that there was no problem installing tiles on drywall hung on steel studs. I had never worked with drywall before and accepted that. Now after the wall is done, if I hit it, I noticed that ...
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Adding a layer of concrete and tiles in the garage

I just wanted to get opinions on my plans to fix the somewhat sunken slab in our garage. We bought the house two years and (it's about 50 years old) and I have been monitoring the slab since day 1. ...
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Demolition of 1.5"+ tile/concrete floor on second story

I began demolition of a bathroom today and ran into an unusual (for me) flooring issue. The floor is tiled and it's set on a 1.5" thick bed of mortar. The mortar was spread directly onto the 2x8 ...
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Bevel or Bullnose a Slate Tile

I know that most people bullnose a slate tile using an angle grinder, but can I cut a 4" square slate tile at a 45 degree bevel? The application is a kitchen backsplash, specifically the spot where ...
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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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Basement shower tiled floor not sealed by builder what now

So I have recently had a tenant move out and have found water damage around the basement shower floor. Looks like black mold so I started ripping it out. Now I am at the point where I have found ...
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Grouting Porcelain Tile Walls

When I am applying the grout to the tile walls, most of the grout just falls off the wall and the float while I am trying to apply it. I am using a pre-mix grout, so the consistency is right. What am ...
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New grout yesterday, efflorescence today - what do I do?

I just finished grouting my kitchen floor with unsanded dark gray grout (near-black "charcoal" according to the box, also it contains portland cement). Not long after the first section I started ...
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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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How to flatten a plywood subfloor for tile?

I've got a 5/8" plywood subfloor in my bathroom. I'm prepping to install 1/4" Hardiebacker on top of that so I can install 12x24" marble tiles. In checking for flatness, I noticed there is a 1/2" drop ...
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Need For Redgard On Cement Board - Can I apply it before hanging?

Basically I'm getting a guy to do my tile around my tub/shower. He swears you don't need Redgard and we are on a tight timeline so applying it when hung would put us behind anyway (We really have 2 ...
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Gaps created by cement-board being further that the bathtub-lip when tiling?

My installation: Cement-board = over the bathtup lip. There's one-two spots where the cement-board is not not flush with the bathtub lip creating gaps behind few tiles are supposed to be. Can i just ...
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Cover/block square Schluter Kerdi tile-in shower drain

I'm looking to buy a square Schluter Kerdi tile-in shower drain for my current bathroom project. However, there are times when I would like to be able to plug this drain and allow some water to ...
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How grout entire floor without disturbing the grout?

It's my first time grouting a floor (5x9' bathroom). The tiles are 2" hex. I figured I would only be able to do half the floor at a time to avoid disturbing the grout when it's soft. Is this true, ...
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Is This Wood Still Good? (Water Stained or Rotten)

I have an attachment on the side of my house, basically an enclosed porch but could also be a mudroom. One of the doors leads to a deck where the prior owners let the gutter downspout fall out of ...
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What power tool is the best and fastest to take up floor tile?

I need to pull up the floor tile in my kitchen. i've tried using a hammer and chisel and the tile pops up easily, but it's too slow. what power tool is the best and fastest to take up floor tile? is ...
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Cement Board vs Dry Wall

What is the downside with using green dry wall vs cement backer board in a tub/shower surround? If green board is completely sealed with RedGard or similar product, will it not be impervious to ...
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Wall Anchor for shower door slider

I am going to be installing a 3/8in glass frameless shower door system in my new project. I have the opportunity to screw into a stud on one side, but not the other. I would have added a stud in the ...
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Hanging a large bowl on a stone backsplash

I'm desperately seeking an answer to how I can hang a beautiful decorative shallow bowl between my stovetop and my range hood. The bowl is about about 15 inches across and 3 or so inches deep. It is ...
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Where to install underfloor heating under tile; thinset layer or concrete?

Putting in either a thermal wire/mesh (SunTouch) type underfloor heater or carbon film under tile. The subfloor is OSB. Going to pour 3/4" of LevelQuik Self-Leveling Concrete (replacing Gyp-Crete ...
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Tiling on greenboards?

I'm planning on tiling all of the walls in my master bath. I'll be using cement backerboards for the shower and surrounds, can I use greenboard for the rest and just tile onto the greenboard ...
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How to remove stains from tile?

I have a very weird stain on the bathroom floor of an apartment I just moved into. Is there an easy way to remove this stain? Also, what is the material of this tile? Is it like a concrete tile? ...
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Tiling over rough uneven plaster wall

After pulling down some paneling in our bathroom I discovered why they had it there in the first place. At one time there was plastic tile over the walls and they damaged the surface while removing ...
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What is the 2-inch layer of masonry under my bathroom tile?

My house is 1 story, but I have a basement so all the floors on the main level are "upstairs" and have a wooden subfloor. I ripped out the vanity in a bathroom I'm working on and starting taking out ...
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Replacing Toilet without Replacing Tile

The previous owners of our house tiled around the toilet, rather than removing the toilet and placing it on top of the new tile. I would like to replace the toilet, but I don't want to have to ...
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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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Retiling a tub surround, not sure how to shim it

I just ripped out the original tile and backer board on a secondary bathroom in my home and now it's time to put the new stuff up and I'm a bit stumped. The backer board was originally installed 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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Dealing with Asbestos Floor Tiling

This is a cement kitchen floor (about 300 sq ft). Removed cheap pergo flooring and discovered a layer of tiles from 1962. Had them tested and came back with a high composition of asbestos. Here are ...
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Do I need a vapor barrier on tub surround with 1 external wall?

I know variations of this question have been asked dozens times and it seems like there is no real consensus. Each post or website I look at seems to advocate something different. I understand that ...
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Can I patch and tile over a phone jack?

I am tiling a backsplash in the kitchen and there's an unsightly phone jack that I will never use. Is it advisable cut the wire, remove the box and patch over it? That's a stud behind the gap between ...
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How do I fix squishy tiles in shower floor?

I bought this property a few months ago. The master bathroom has a tile shower. After the shower is used and the floor has dried, stepping on some of the tiles results in a "squish" noise, and a ...
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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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Removed tiles… what's underneath and how to proceed?

I've removed a couple of tiles from my bathroom wall (for a remodel), and I'm unsure about what each of the layers are underneath, how to proceed, and how to make sure I'm not damaging anything ...
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Precautions to take using half completed bathroom

What sort of precautions should be taken when using a half completed bathroom that is mid-refurbishment, to avoid damage or extra time/money having to be spent. Specifically, when using the shower ...
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Remove tiles (and plywood underneath) around toilet without removing toilet

Is it possible to remove tiles and plywood from a bathroom floor around the toilet without removing it? If so, how? The floor is ceramic tiles over plywood over floorboards, in a 1st floor (one floor ...
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How do I replace a worn isolation valve which is partially recessed into a tiled wall?

The outer screw on an isolation valve in our bathroom has been worn away: We believe it needs to be replaced. The valve itself is partially recessed into the bathroom's tiled wall: We have a few ...
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Can I use self leveling compound to level old thin set over plywood subfloor?

The previous owner of my house tiled all the bedrooms on the second floor. I would like to remove all the tile and lay down hardwood flooring. So far I have removed the tile and now have all the thin ...
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cracked shower tile/underlayment

I had three cracked floor tiles in the shower and just removed them thinking I'd just simply replace and grout. However, after removing I noticed a lot of moisture and as you can see from the ...
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uneven terracotta work arounds for Furniture

So in another post I asked how I can solve my uneven tiles + lippage. unfortunately it sounds like I cannot grind them flatter with a rotary floor buffer/polisher, due to the terracotta. how can I ...
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Tools for installing splitfaced stone sheets (mosaic-like) on a wall

We're installing a split face stone that has interlocking edges like this What type of trowel? Manf. website indicates 1/4 to 1/8. Since they are going on a wall I assume v-notch? Will nippers cut ...
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Covering knob holes in bathroom tile

I have recently replaced an old leaking shower manifold (three handle) with a one handle model. In hindsight I should have used an adapter plate like this one to cover the two outer holes and expose ...
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Strategy for installing interlocking stone tiles

We're installing a split face stone that has interlocking edges like this. The stone will be one entire wall in a bathroom (2 inside corners). What is a good strategy for putting the tiles on the ...
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Should I install the vanity, or the split faced stone first?

We're going to do the entire vanity wall in this tile. Here is the vanity. Originally we picked out a vanity that had open legs and probably could have been left freestanding in front of the ...
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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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terra cotta lippage removal?

We have some extremely uneven and ugly terra cotta tiles. They're old, stained, and unevenly laid. The grout is pitted and poorly done. I'm wondering if there's a way to perform the lippage removal ...
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Cleaning and sealing tile grout

In our kitchen, the tile grout has gotten a little dirty. It isn't bad, but you can definitely tell that certain spots are changing their color a little bit. Is there a way to do a very deep clean ...
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Carpeting over a ceramic tile patio- backerboard?

We have a 20ft x 10' second floor patio outside the master bedroom. Structurally, it is sound. The tile matches bedroom and rest of house- looks very nice. However, we want to put a good outdoor ...