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How do I transition from a wood floor to tile that has a 1-1/4" height difference?

I have three of these transitions that I need to do something about. I thought I would be able to buy a reducer but them seem to top out around 3/4". After doing some more research it seems that I ...
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Shower niche tile unfinished edge?

I hired a construction company to remodel my master bath, they just completed the job and upon first glance it looked great and I blessed the work. After they left and I looked more closely, they have ...
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Laying ceramic or porcelain tile over concrete covered with very thin black mastic

With a 4" razor scrapper I have removed all but a very thin transparent layer of the black mastic. It is very smooth and there is no rough or poroused concrete exposed. Will thinset stick to the floor ...
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Protecting tiles from damage caused by child

I have a one year old at home who takes great pleasure in pulling utensils from kitchen cabinets (which are just a little higher than him) and banging and dragging them on the floor. This has made ...
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Use both self-leveling compound and anti-cracking compound?

I have a home built in 1998 that had a carpeted basement (with kitchen and cabinets atop the carpet). The plan is to replace this with porcelain tile. In the concrete subfloor is a hydronic heating ...
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Is there any reason not to tile right over a freshly-laid block-and-beam subfloor?

The block-and-beam method of building subfloors is very popular in the UK: Once the blocks are laid, typically a thin bed of mortar or concrete is troweled or poured on top to secure everything. I ...
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Tiled surfaces in kitchen and bathroom…how do I refresh it to make it look better and/or newer?

Please refer to the following photos. The kitchen counter looks a bit weathered/worn and the finish is matte. The bathroom floor also looks a bit weathered/worn and the finish is also matte. The ...
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Do I need to replace or treat moisture-damaged studs in a shower area before replacing cement board?

I bought my house in 2011 after it was built in 2009. It originally had a cheap molded plastic shower surround, but I removed it in order to install tile. I then discovered that the cement board had ...
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Can you help me match this grout?

Could someone help me match the grout that appears in the picture. I realize that many grouts have similar tones and that the picture is probably not accurate enough for identification but maybe you'...
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How do you get interlocking natural stone mosaic tile sheets to fit together?

I just purchased interlocking natural stone on sheets and find that two sheets don't fit together. If I force them, I end up cracking the tile at the flange. Is there a trick or method of getting ...
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Messy mortar on brick looking ceramic tile floor

I laid a brick looking ceramic tile on the floor. I was think g about doing a messy mortar look to it. Am I able to use mortar as grout to achieve this? I was to smear it kind of everywhere and wipe ...
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What should I use to raise the height of floor tiles in a shower?

Initially, the wall tiles were installed too high off the shower floor so if floor tiles were installed, there would be a gap at the bottom of the wall tiles to top of the floor tiles. I hired a ...
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How to fix the slant of bathroom floor

This is a follow up question to How long does caulk need to dry in a 1" gap? Some additional background information is that this is in China and bathrooms are not designed for contained bathtubs/...
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Removing old glue from ceramic fireplace

We have uncovered a 1930s fireplace in our home and are looking to clean it up. When it was covered up the previous owner glued some fibreboard onto the front, presumably to keep the main facia off ...
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KItchen backsplash tile cut too short and grout line too thick

I just had my back splash installed in my kitchen and the tiler cut one section a bit too short. The grout went up today and the area is thicker then any other areas and very noticeable especially ...
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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 directly?...
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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 re-...
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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 ...