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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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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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What should I use to reattach loose tile?

Two loose tiles in my bathroom. Is their any product that holds better than the rest?
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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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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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When tiling a floor must I start in the middle of the room?

I am tiling a small bathroom ~45sq ft. The book I am referencing suggested starting the tile in the center of the room to prevent laying any tiny fractions of tile near one side of the room. I'm ...
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Must I remove all mortar between tiles before grouting?

I'm just getting ready to lay down the grout after successfully tiling our master bathroom. I've been told in no uncertain terms that I must remove the spacers between tiles (or else grouting over ...
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Joining two different tile

We recently had wood-look tiles placed in our living room. There were already some retro-looking tile in front of the fireplace that we liked and complimented the wood-look tile that was going in. ...
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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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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 ...
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How to seal marble tile mixed with glass?

I recently put up a tile backsplash with mosaic marble and glass tiles. I'm preparing to apply sealer to the stone before I start grouting. It's several hundred 1/2" x 2" to 7" mixed in a random ...
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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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Can I caulk over cracked grout (shower floor) as a temporary fix?

We have an older shower, with 1x1 tiles on the floor. Some of these, the grout has started to crack, and we want to prevent water damage. However, we've exhausted our renovation budget for the year, ...
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Is there a downside to using epoxy grout?

Other than cost and more complexity of install is there a downside to using epoxy grout?
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Most important features when selecting a tile saw?

I am looking to invest in a tile saw that will get a fair amount of daily use. Which features are something I should look for when selecting such a tool (i.e. blade size, cleanup, traveling distance ...
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Preparation for laying ceramic tile

Can you lay ceramic floor tile over a floor that has thin linoleum-like tiles already on the floor or do you have to remove them all before installation?
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Mortar in Mosaic Grout Lines

I installed 100 sq ft of mosaic tile on a floor without cleaning excess mortar as I went. Now I have what seems like 10,000 grout lines that all need to be cleaned. Any advice or suggestions on how to ...
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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 wall/shower)...
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Would tiling a basement floor provide any effective moisture barrier?

I'm about to undertake another basement remodel. With our first, we simply stained the concrete floor. We really liked the look of it. However, it still would bring in moisture at times. This time, ...
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Thin-set mortar advise

I was advised by Home Depot tech and bought a thin-set mortar VersaBond. Then, after I came home, I watched a Home Depot video on how to prepare my kitchen cement floor for laying on a 13.5" X 13.5" ...
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filling holes in bathroom tile

When you walk in our bathroom on the tiles with high heels, it puts a hole in the tile. It seems likely the tiles were not meant to be for floor. Regardless, we'd like to find some way to fill in the ...
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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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Peel n Stick Tiles For Backsplash

Looking to make a mosaic tile backsplash between my range and vent hood. I am looking at the various tile options out there and am considering the peel and stick. Do these really adhere as well as ...
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Can new wall go over tile floor?

Looking at moving my laundry upstairs, and the right answer is to combine two adjacent closets to get the width and move one of their walls a foot or two into the kitchen to get the depth. The ...
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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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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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Is there a way to remove the mildew smell from under tile without damaging the tile?

We live in a rental. The toilet was leaking when we arrived. Landlord paid for a plumber to do a simple repair, but before that, there was definitely water pooling underneath the tile (and seeping ...
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Bathroom slate tile stain/decoloration

A few months ago we installed slate tiles around our bathtub/shower and we sealed them with 511 Seal & Enhance (by Miracle Sealants) . Since then we started to notice notice some areas of the ...
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White grout turns dark when wet

My clean white grout in the shower stall turns a darker shade when it gets wet. I had someone come and re-seal the grout, but that didn't help. Can someone recommend a method to prevent my grout from ...
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Should unsanded grout become darker when wet?

Anyone who recognizes me at this point will know I've been working on remodeling our bathroom (Should we use a tub surround and Curing time for grout with GroutBoost). We finally finished everything ...
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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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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 maintenance is needed for subway tiles?

I see many kitchens with subway tiles on their backsplash in design magazines, but this isn't a popular design here in Singapore. It seems like most people consider it a durable option, but I have ...
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How do I fill a wide gap between tile and other flooring / sill plate?

I recently installed 16" porcelain tile in a new laundry room addition. As luck would have it, the room ended up being the same width as 4 tiles, so I had to do very little cutting to complete the ...
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Used “polymer modified” versa bond on top of Ditra

So, let's skip the "how" and get to the mistake. I used VersaBond (A118.1, A118.4, A118.11) "Polymer modified" "fast setting" for the entire project. It wasn't till today that I was looking up dry ...
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How can I protect my slate floor from essential oils?

I set slate tiles in my bathroom floor and counter top. I notice that where essential oils (aroma therapy types) have dropped on the surface, the shine is gone and the sealer appears to have been ...
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Will marble dust trash my router?

I'm getting ready to tile a bathroom, and got an incredible deal on a short lot of marble tile. Problem is, there isn't any matching bullnose available so I'm going to have to cut the bullnose myself....
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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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Installing tile outside

I have a cement patio that I would like to install some type of tile (likely a hardwood look tile) over. Is there any special consideration or installation methodology I should use to install it? Do I ...
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Installing one piece stand alone shower

I am installing a shower, I ripped out all the previous sheet rock and cleaned up the wood then I put up hardie board my question now,is that my standalone shower is flush with the hardy board how do ...
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What are my options for handling kitchen floor/dining room floor height differences?

I'm reflooring both my kitchen and the adjoining rooms. The kitchen will be tile and the Living Room/Dining Room will be engineered hardwood. I'm going down to the joists in the kitchen because the ...
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Tile over Luan which is glued to a cement floor

Can tile be laid over luan that is glued to a cement floor? WE are updating a second kitchen and bath. pulled up the origianl vinyl sheet lino. Luan is in excellent condition and glued tightly to ...
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Leaking whirlpool tub; in alcove, but no tile flange at bottom of walls

In brief: my alcove whirlpool tub has always leaked at the seam between the tub and tile wall, and it needs to be fixed. I just discovered that this tub has no tile flanges where it meets the walls; ...
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Backspalsh morter and grout vs peel and stick

Looking at creating a back splash does peel and stick tile hold up or should I just to the traditional methods?
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Cement board over existing drywall dilemma

Can you use cement board OVER an existing drywall for a new tile shower installation in a bathroom renovation?