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Should my toilet flange sit on top of the backer board or the tile of the floor?

The bathroom model saga continues. The old toilet flange was rusting, and the subfloor was rotting, so I pulled up the subfloor around the toilet, and replaced the drain pipe with ABS, and an elbow. ...
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What are some methods to get rid of and prevent pink mold in the bathroom?

I have some pink mold on the seam where the bathtub connects to my wall tiles. There's also some on the grout on some of my tiles. I've tried to clean them with ajax. It doesn't get it all off. I've ...
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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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How to remove latex-based tile adhesive

A friend bought a house that has tiles mounted over original tiles and she wants to remove the new tiles to restore/reveal the original ones. The over-layed tiles can be pried off easily enough with ...
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What to do with pushed in tile?

I need to fix this slightly pushed in tile and get it looking normal again. Can anybody advise on what I should do, e.g. what to buy and general instructions/technique? I'm worried that it's going to ...
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Can/Should I use Uncoupling Membrane for tiling stairs?

I am preparing to tile my bathroom, which currently has carpet. I would like to use uncoupling membrane as a base, but there is a small step in front of the shower. Since it's in front of the shower, ...
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How should I tile under kitchen cabinets?

I currently have tile on the floor of the kitchen that just butts up to my cabinets. I plan to change the floors and also change the cabinets. Is is best to rip out all the cabinets and tile, and ...
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How should I remove tiles and backer board from my bathroom?

I have a pink tiled bathroom and want to remove them. The tiles come up fairly easy but some do not and the backer board is intact mostly. What is the best way to remove the tiles and backer board if ...
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Should I be concerned about the waterproofing method of this tub surround?

I had two tub with tile surrounds completed, one looks terrible so it needs to be replaced. The other looks great, but I am going with a new contractor who says we should redo both. We have metal ...
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Epoxy / Urethane grout - double membrane?

I'm getting started on a bathroom remodel, going to make a "wet room" with Redguard waterproofing membrane painted up the walls and floor to "tank" the entire room. I've also settled on using a ...
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How can I mount a clock on tiles?

My father likes to have a clock in our bathroom. Currently, it looks like this: As you can see the clock is already damaged because we need to move it all the time when we want to open the window. ...
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Can I put tile in my basement over Ditra and existing mastic?

My basement has been prone to getting water for many years before I bought the house. We're having the basement walls repaired (excavated outside) & sealed. So this problem should go away. The ...
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How to correct possible subfloor l/360 deflection under live load, when basement below is finished

Installing porcelain planks 6"x 36" with 11mm thickness, in main floor Living room that was previously carpeted. House is 2 story town, 13yrs old. Room size across W 18' x Length joist span of ...
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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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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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How do I install carpet tiles in a below grade room?

A few years ago, I saw an advertisement for carpet tiles that had a jagged edge so there would be less movement in the interlock between tiles, and prevented the need for glue. (would like to find ...
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Can I lay tile over drywall that has torn paper?

Can I lay tile over drywall that has had the paper torn from removing tile that was installed wrong when doing new home construction?
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How do I clean a white cement Spanish-type tile roof?

I have a white cement Spanish type tile roof that is very dirty. What is the best way to clean it? Can I power wash it?
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Do we need to re-install tiles if it was exposed to water for 20 minutes after installation?

The tile installers didn't shut off the shower valve when they left after installing tile work in our shower. We turned on the main water supply and 15 minutes later, we went to the bathroom to check ...
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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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Hardie Board Subfloor—Thinset or No?

I'm remodeling the bathroom in my house that was built in the 1930s. I stripped out the old flooring down to the 1x8 wood planks (about 1/4" between each). I have 1/4" Hardie Board to put down in ...
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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 ...
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What is the fastest way to remove adhesive from ceramic tile?

What is the fastest way to remove adhesive from the ceramic tile? I have no patience for removing the adhesive by using an utility knife.
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How do i clean porous natural stone tile?

I recently moved into an apartment with porous natural stone tiles on the floor in the bathroom. After doing some re-grouting on the walls, I used a diluted solution of grout haze remover to clean ...
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Tape or corner bead where Hardi meets Drywall?

I need to finish the outside corner above the shower alcove. The shower ceiling is hardibacker and the wall outside the shower is drywall. Where these two meet, what is the proper way to finish it so ...
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Tile Shower Surround—Cement Backerboard Location?

I'm in the process of remodeling an old bathroom and I'm coming up on the point where I'll need to drywall/install backer-board. I've been reading up on this and I just want to make sure I have my ...
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How can I safely remove stick-on tiles that are on top of asbestos tiles?

I have an issue when I started renovating my basement. When I bought my house 3 years ago, the basement had 12" stick tiles through-out. I removed a bar, a built in cabinet and a few other things ...
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How to make bathroom tiles non slippery

We currently have the typical floor tiles in our bedroom and bathroom. I dont know if they are ceramic or porcelain. The problem is the bathroom floor can get very slippery when wet (and when the bath ...
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How to level bathroom plywood subfloor before tiling?

In a bathroom remodeling project, I noticed the newly installed plywood sub-floor is flat but not level, which may cause issues when installing the shower and the sink cabinet (water evacuation and ...
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When drilling a tiled wall, should I aim for the seams or avoid them?

I'm going to drill a couple of holes in a tiled wall in my bathroom. Is it best to drill through the seams or the tiles? Should I avoid vertical or horizontal seams, or does it really not matter? The ...
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Can tile be removed and placed again before it sets?

20 x 20 tiles were started today in my living room. The tile has been laid straight without any kind of staggering. They are in complete rows which is not what I had wanted. The room has not been ...
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replace one tile bathroom floor

18" tile part adjacent to toilet and under the flange cracked during toilet install (plumber). first try result: replacement tile is too high, i I had to remove it. Complication: tile rocks due to ...
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Should I be concerned about water spilling behind tile wall?

I recently attempted to replace a single handle shower valve (cartridge and all). During removal of the assembly, there was water remaining in the pipes after I had shut off the main. The water leaked ...
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Will sealing ceramic floor tile in the bathroom prevent mold?

We have never sealed our bathroom ceramic tile / grout. Will this allow mold to grow easier?
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Sill plates (thresholds) before floor tiles or otherwise?

The contractor wants to install the granite sill plates now and later have the tiles installed. I heard from one granite fellow that the sill plates should be last. Is there any advantage for going ...
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Should I use self-leveling concrete or mortar to level a patched area of concrete prior to tiling it?

I had to repair cast iron pipe in the basement. This left me with a 2ft x 3ft hole in my tiled basement floor. We cut along the grout lines, so I just need to replace the tile and concrete. Well, ...
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What type of underlayment should I use for tile that looks like hardwood?

What is the best underlayment to use when installing tile that looks like hard wood? I have a wooden subfloor.
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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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How should I prepare a concrete slab for plank porcelain tiles?

I have several questions about laying plank porcelain tile on a concrete slab. First do I need to get 100% of the glue from the concrete floor, there are small spots and patches here and there that ...
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How can I repair a hole in bathroom wall tile?

My shower had two towel bar anchors mounted on the shower wall when I moved in. Eventually, one of the anchors has broken, and taken the plaster it was mounted to with it. This has left a 2 in. ...
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How can I transition from tile to stained concrete?

What are some good ways to transition from tile to stained concrete? We pulled up the carpet that was next to our tile and stained the floor instead of new carpet? I am looking for simple DIY ...
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Can I apply grout over grout to change the color?

We grouted tile on counter tops and glass tile backsplash last night and the grout looks white and it was supposed to be a tan color. Can I grout over it with a darker coloured grout?
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Best way to affix plywood to wood unit?

I'm planning on affixing some mosaic tile to a panel of plywood (43" x 44"), and then affixing that tiled panel to the back of an entertainment center which I'm re-purposing to become a bar. Once ...
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Can I safely affix tile to a panel of plywood?

I plan on affixing some 5/8" glass mosaic tile to a panel of plywood roughly 43 x 44". I then plan on using that as the face of our bar by affixing that plywood to the bar. My concern is that they ...
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Will porcelain tile provide enough thermal mass for off peak heat storage?

The U.S. department of energy suggests electric radiant heat can be cost effective if preheated during off peak electricity hours if installed within an appropriately massive covering. Is there a way ...
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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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How should I clean stone surfaces prior to applying sealer?

I apply impregnating sealer to all my tile and stone surfaces annually. I had been cleaning it with just soap and water, then letting the surface dry for a few minutes before applying the sealer. It ...
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Custom pocket door with insulation, water pipes and tile!

So I have a little house and would love to use pocket doors all over it. It seems the Johnson hardware 1500 series doors with the ball bearing rollers have great reviews and slide like butter. So I'm ...
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Installing a Bathtub that does not have a flange

We are in the process of doing a bathroom remodel and we noticed that the bathtub we ordered does not have a flange. The bathtub will be installed in an alcove setup (surrounded by 3 walls) and will ...
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How can I clean floor tile grout?

Someone I know had tile laid in their kitchen and was supposed to seal the grout after the work was done. This never happened and now they have dirty grout. What's the best way to make the grout look ...