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Does my travertine-tiled shower have thin set leaking out the bottom?

I have shower tiled with travertine and along the entire bottom a thick almost rubber-like substance is slowly leaking out. It is a grey / black color. I'm assuming it is thin set that wasn't mixed ...
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Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months

About 6 months ago we had red/blue reclaimed Victorian tiles laid in a checkerboard pattern outside the front of our house. Red dust seems to be constantly coming off the red tiles, so that the grout ...
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The best kind of tiles for using on floor and walls

I'm in the process of doing up a room in my home for short term rental. It is a small room, and approximately square; about 12.5 ft by 12.5 ft. This room is on the edge of a building; we normally ...
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Shower Base over or to the side of tiles

I am tiling my bathroom floor and putting in a new shower base. What do i do first? Do I put tiles on the whole floor and then but the base over it? or put the base and then put the tiles to it?
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Imperfectly cut tile (4mm short) within acceptable range of error?

Recently we had a tiler who tiled the backsplash in our kitchen. He had to cut a tile to fit right below the extractor fan (hood). And he grouted the space between the top of this tile and the ...
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How do I properly cut pre-existing kitchen backsplash tile for new low voltage wall plates?

I'm doing a little bit of kitchen remodeling, overflow from my home theater remodeling. I'm adding some RCA input ports to a pre-existing low voltage wall plate that previously hosted just Cat5 and ...
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How to remove dry grout

How do you remove dry grout on tile. We have tried everything from vinegar to tile cleaner, but nothing is working. Any suggestions?
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How to finish tiling an outside edge for a shower?

I am installing stone tile (travertine) in a shower. I do not have bullnose tile so I was planning on simply finishing the edge by slightly filing the corners of the tile so they're not sharp and then ...
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Questions after a test-run grout replacement

I have very little experience with this sort of thing, so after reading and watching you-tube videos I attempted a test patch - a 3 tile wide, 1.5 tile deep section (these are 12" floor tiles). And ...
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How to clean grout over grout?

We are doing over our bathroom. We have tiled the shower with large white tiles with a gray strip down each side. After we grouted the white tiles (waited a couple of days) we used gray grout for ...
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Why is my bathroom floor raised up very high?

I know that it needs to be raised a little bit so that the floor can slope towards the drain. But on my floor the slant towards the drain is shallow, but the floor of the bathroom is much higher ...
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Tile cracks on a convex edge

I am a DIY newbie, and I need help with some damage that starts to appear in tiles along a convex edge. The corner of my bathroom looks like this (walls, floors and that "cube" are all tiled): The ...
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What material might be behind my old bathroom tile? [closed]

I am considering removing the tile in my bathroom. The house was built in 1948, and I am concerned of what I might find behind the tile. Can anyone tell me how they attached the tile back in those ...
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How do I do a minor grout repair properly?

I've got grout between some floor tiles that is cracking and coming out in small chips, over time. The tiles and remaining grout are otherwise in great shape. I suspect this is just a problem ...
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How do I level a sloping floor that has been tiled?

We have a large room that we want to use as a bedroom and it has been tiled, over a concrete slab. On further inspection we now realise that there is a slope of approximately 5cm from one end of the ...
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Do I need to use a waterproof sealant in my entryway?

Do I need to use a waterproof sealant in my entryway, over the backerboard and under the porcelain tile or is the thinset adequate? Sub floor is above grade, 3/4" plywood. thanks!
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Is the thickness of glass tile important in pool installations? If so, would thicker be better?

I have a gunite pool which desperately needs resurfacing. I'm seriously considering going with glass tile mosaics for the entire thing. What I'm somewhat confused about is whether I should be looking ...
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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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When installing backer board for wall tiles, do the screws need to be absolutely flush or even pushed into the backer?

I'm asking because some screws will not go in fully flush. But I'm thinking the layer of thinset then tile will surely cover any screws that aren't flush, so tiles won't 'pop' out.
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Laying new tile on subfloor with old plumbing holes, patch needed?

Laying floor on a subfloor that has old plumbing holes in 3 places. The biggest one is just 2 inches, the rest are smaller. Otherwise the floor is in excellent condition. I'm using ditra. Is it ...
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How to resolve a crack in the shower floor?

My dad did a great job renewing his bathroom, but sadly a crack has appeared on the shower's plastic floor base. He believes the crack has developed because he installed it on top of wooden beams ...
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is this ceiling tile asbestos?

Looking to see if anyone can tell if this is asbestos or not http://imgur.com/IsvbL2C http://imgur.com/v4dPYEI Edit: house was finished in 1984
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Do I need to caulk the walls and around tub of my shower all at the same time?

I caulked two sides of my tub surround last night and waited a day to caulk the long wall, is this ok or was i supposed to caulk all sides and corners at the same time to ensure there is no leakage?
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basement bathroom flooring options in old 1929 house

I have an old house built in 1929 in Minneapolis, Mn. I need to replace water damaged rotted basement bathroom floor(toilet and shower leak another story). Current floor is 2" by 4" sleepers set on ...
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Why is cracked bath tile a problem?

I have some old baby blue wall tile in a house I purchased a couple of years ago. During the home inspection, the inspector noted the cracks as a possible area of improvement. I've been keeping an ...
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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 To Level Uneven Fireplace Hearth Concrete?

I am remodeling my fireplace. The hearth and mantle were granite/marble slabs (huge ones cut around the firebox). I removed them from the mantle and hearth with a sledge and chisel, expecting thinset ...
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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 ...
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Does this black subflooring need to be replaced?

I'm working on replacing some laminate in my bathroom with tile. I ripped up the laminated and the particle board (which was black near the bathtub) the subfloor underneath appears to be black as well ...
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Mosaic installation: thinset excess spilling between the gaps

I'm currently placing mosaic on a concrete staircase. When I push the tiles into the thinset often the thinset is spilling through the gap. I'm removing the excess with a brush which is annoying ...
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What's the risk of water/rain falling on a recently placed tilework that's not grouted yet

I'm currently working on renewing a concrete staircase going to the garden. The shape of the stairs make it a very time-consuming job, as every step needs several custom cuts. Currently I've 3 steps ...
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What is the right way/tool to remove this tile and thinset from a concrete slab?

I'm finishing up my hardwood flooring project and realized I had enough material to replace a tile entry pad with hardwood. So I started removing the tile and thinset with my handy prybar. I'm finding ...
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How to use fiber optics to illuminate glass tiles?

Just a cool idea I've been kicking around for about an hour, I'm trying to figure out how it could work. I'm considering doing this with backslpash tiles and maybe even some shower tiles. Ideas: ...
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How can I remove this tile window stool without compromising the installation of the vinyl window?

I'm planning to replace the tile window stool below this window with a piece of quartz countertop. In this picture, I have already removed part of the thick tan tile the stool is made of. It looks ...
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Do I have to remove the thinset before re-installing new cermic tiles

I have just pulled up my old ceramic tiles from my bathroom an there is the thinset on the subfloor an some grout left on it. Do I need to clean that before putting new thinset on it?
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Why are my floor tiles cracked and how can I lay them again so they won't crack

When I moved into my house, the kitchen has large floor tiles on the floor. Quite a few of these tiles are cracked. I've been told that the reason they are cracked is because under the floor tiles is ...
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2-part door for raised patio (horizontal and vertical) with tiles possible?

I have a patio that is raised on meter off the ground. On a side of it there are stairs that lead to a storage room. I would like to build a door for this opening from two parts a 1-meter high ...
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Tile Around bathtub. Over drywall vs. vapor shield & backerboard

I am remodeling my bathroom, and the last step is the tub. The Place for the tub was about 3 inches longer than the tub, so we built the wall out by putting drywall over the studs. I keep reading ...
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What type of paint to recoat a ceramic tile hearth?

The hearth in front of my newly retiled fireplace (which was described in a DIY blog) needs repainting to complete the job. The hearth is made up of 6x6 ceramic tiles that have a well adhered coat of ...
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How to make an uneven, damaged 'rustic' tile floor even for tile & parquet laying

I want to lay a tile border & parquet centre in my kitchen. That requires an even floor, ideally level too. The existing floor is an uneven mix of badly damaged tiles, with some parts plain ...
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How do I remove Cement Board that has been screwed in and is bonded to wood subfloor with thinset?

I am in the process of purchasing a townhome and I am looking to tear up the existing 12" ceramic tile that covers the entire main level... an area close to 600 sq. ft. to make way for laminate ...
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CertainTeed DiamondBack- Waterproofing needed for tile?

I picked up some DiamondBack CBU to tile a shower enclosure, as it seems like it would be a lot easier to work with than Hardibacker (I can't cut the stuff without making a huge dusty mess, so if you ...
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How do I secure a one-armed toilet paper holder, which constantly slips off the mount?

I have a toilet paper holder attached to a tile wall with a single finger bracket (per the manufacturer). The holder constantly slips the finger bracket, goes loose, and leans to the side. The ...
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Should I be able to just peel tile off the wall by hand if it is installed right?

We hired a contractor to remodel our master bathroom. For the tile installation in the shower, he started with a float-cement backing. To show quick progress, he rushed through this step and the final ...
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How can I rehabilitate the grout in my tile floor?

My home is 11 years old, and I've owned it for the last 9. The grout was already breaking up in a few places in the entryway when I bought it, so I know that it probably wasn't installed properly. ...
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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 can I get plastic wall anchors to work with a tile wall?

I'm putting up hooks on the tile wall in my bathrooom. I have to use hollow wall anchors because the tile is over drywall or possibly cement board. But, I'm having a problem. I've used these types of ...
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What kind of thinset should I use on porcelain?

I found some porcelain tiles that look like the wood planks, they are 6x24 and I am having trouble figuring out what kind of thinset and trowel I should use.
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Do I have to replace backerboard before tiling a floor?

We recently pulled up the vinyl in our bathroom to discover that there is backerboard underneath. It is in good shape but has a thin layer of glue on parts. The surface is completely smooth. Can I ...
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Water seeping out of grout in exterior corner of tiled shower curb

I have a two year old tiled shower with glass enclosure. The grout is sanded grout. The exterior corner of the shower curb is leaking a small bit of water after every shower. Over time it has ...