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How can I prepare this concrete floor for tile?

I'm looking to replace an old carpet in my finished basement with tile. I've removed the carpet and found a surface with some peeling paint, which I've read needs to be removed since the thinset for ...
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Can I lay new ceramic tile over old linoleum tile?

I want to re-tile my laundry room. The existing linoleum tile is glued directly to the concrete slab with some sort of black adhesive. I don't want to pull up the old tile. If I put down backerboard ...
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How can I remove the tile from this wall?

Doing a tile removal on our master tub/shower. I'm pretty sure the tile is original to the house, which is 34 years old (1978). It's a 4 1/4 inch tile, that has been backed by dry wall. When I was ...
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Laying Tile Over Asbestos Floor Tile

In my laundry room, I've got asbestos floor tile. (The house was built in 1967.) The tile is laid on the concrete slab. Is it possible to lay ceramic penny tile over the asbestos tile if I put down ...
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How can I tile the raised edges in my basement?

I'm looking to tile a basement floor that was dug out about 6", so there is a roughly 6" tall x 4" wide raised concrete border around the whole room, as they didn't dig out the edges. This border is ...
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How can I get my shower tiles really clean?

My shower tiles in my apartment are kind of nasty, and I've tried spraying them with Clorox Bleach Foamer and also Tilex:Mold & Mildew and then scrubbing with a magic eraser thing. I can try ...
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How do I install a glass tile backsplash on 1/2" drywall?

I am currently building a house and am at the point where the builder has just finished the drywall and is ready for the kitchen cabinets and countertops to be installed. There will be no backsplash ...
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Is it safe to use Greenboard drywall in a shower?

I've seem a lot of people telling that greenboard drywall SHOULD NOT be used in bathroom and wet areas. However, in Brazil (where drywall is kind of a novelty yet) the manufactures recommend ...
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How do I prepare my new bathtub alcove?

I will be expanding my bathroom and moving the bathtub, meaning I need to prepare a new bathtub alcove. I know how to frame and plumb - but preparing for tile is new to me. I know that there are ...
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What thinset should I use?

I will be tiling a tub/shower area using 8x10 ceramic tile with glass mosaic tile accent rows. I see about half a dozen varieties of thin-set on the market: Weights: - 25lb - 50lb Types: - ...
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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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What should I use to transition from tiles to hard wood floor?

There's currently some kind of solid filling between the tiles in my kitchen and the hard wood in my living room. During the summer when it gets hot and humid, the hard wood expand and cracks the ...
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How can I fix/polish a slate tile imperfection after it has been laid down and grouted?

Our contractor laid down a tile on our renovated bathroom and somehow did not realized that it was defective (see picture). The defect is some sort of metal mineral (kind of rough) the kind that ...
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Should cement board be glued and screwed to the studs?

I've seen some people recommend that cement board be glued and screwed to the stud framing for wall and ceiling application. I haven't seen this recommendation on any of the manufacturers install ...
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Should I apply waterproofer on the subfloor beneath a shower pan?

I'm going to be using the Kerdi shower pan and membrane to seal a steam shower. I understand the process of installing the membrane, deck and preparing the wall and ceiling substrate. This question ...
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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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Will this floor tile break?

So, I've got some 12"x12"x1/4" tile laid over a concrete floor. I'm cleaning up between the tiles getting ready to grout and I notice I can see some concrete between and underneath (the small amount i ...
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Are “Waterproofing Primer” and “Grout Sealer” the same?

As I'm getting close to end of bathroom renovation, hardware store recommends me to purchase 'grout sealer' to finish off new layered grout. When I test it out, I found out it is very similar to ...
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Any ideas on how to keep a refrigerator from moving without wheel locks?

I've got a frig on a tile floor without any wheel locks, and it likes to slide forward every time I open a refrigerator door quickly. So far I have tried: toilet shims shoved under the wheels. ...
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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 ...
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How can I fix an uneven and damaged transition from drywall to tile in the bathroom?

We recently replaced some old, cracking shower walls in a bathtub area with tile. Looks great. However, on one wall the drywall next to the tile bows out so it's not even with the tile in the middle ...
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What should I use as backing for mosaic accent tiles that are a different thickness than the main field tiles?

I noticed, too late (during install), that the mosaic tile my wife chose for accent in our shower is a different depth than the regular tile we're using. The mosaic tiles are about 1/8-3/16" thinner ...
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Do I need water protection over tile grout in my bathtub?

A handyman suggested to me that I might need to periodically apply water-sealant to the tile and grout on the tile wall of my bathtub. Is he correct? If so, what's a good sealant to use, how is it ...
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How can I prevent water pooling on a windowsill from getting behind wall tiles in a shower?

I have a windowsill in a shower which had regular 6" ceramic wall tiles over drywall. Some water had obviously pooled on this, got under the joint at the lip of the tiles and rotted the drywall. So I ...
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What size screws and spacer should I use for installing shelves on tiles?

I need help confirming what size of screws, spacer and drillbit to use for installation of a shelf in my kitchen. Some specifics: shelf is 200 x 30 x 1.8cm (spruce). shelf brackets ask for 4mm ...
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How do I fix a broken tile?

I broke a tile and am trying to work out how I can fix it. Any ideas?
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How to install tub into non-square rough opening?

I am remodeling a bathroom and I am putting in a new tub and then tile the walls of the tub. My problem (right now) is that my rough opening is 60-3/4" at the back and 60-1/2" at the front. This ...
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Do tiles need to be cut to fit area between back wall and the edge of the bathtub?

I am in the process of remodeling a bathroom and I am putting in a new tub and plan to tile the walls. It seems most tubs are standard depths of 30 or 32 inches, ours is 32". Now the new tub is ...
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tiles getting spongy and water coming up between the cracks

I have press-on tiles in my bathroom. We noticed they are getting spongy near the cooling vent. When I press it with my foot, I can see little bit of water coming up between the cracks. Duct work is ...
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Can I use leveling compound between plywood and cement backer board?

I'd like to install slate tiles over a pre-existing plywood floor. The plywood floor is 3/4" and sits on joists. There's a dip about 3/8" deep by 2 feet wide by 5 feet long. My plan was to fill it ...
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How do I size this wall to make tiles look right?

I am expanding my entryway by building a new half-wall, and then I will be tiling (which I have never done before). What I'm looking for is some advice on the best way to size the wall so that the ...
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What's the best way to lay tile in a straight line

I'm about to lay porcelain tile over backerboard in my kitchen. There are several entrances in the kitchen, and several points of visual reference that will cause even a slightly skewed line to be ...
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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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When should a waterproof membrane be installed for shower tiling?

For what kinds of wall structure - tile type combinations a waterproof membrane should be used between walls and tiles?
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How should I prepare the shower walls for tiling to prevent mold and mildew?

What is the proper way to prepare a bathroom wall before tiling for a shower area to prevent the growth of mold and mildew?
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Can I use epoxy grout on tiled shower and bathroom floors?

I'm considering white grout for bathroom shower walls (the floor will be covered with a shower tub). Wanting to avoid problems with graying, mold and mildew in the shower and sink back-splash area, I ...
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Chair rail or tile cap in bathroom?

The previous homeowners put tile approximately halfway up the bathroom wall, and there it goes right into the drywall/plaster. Is it better to put a chair rail (composite?) between the two, or is it ...
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How much thinset is enough?

I'm having a shower tiled and I noticed that the tiler didn't put thinset over the entire area, just on the back of individual tiles. The tiles are heavy stone 3/8x6x12. He used a 1/2 x 1/2 trowel to ...
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How do I repair a minor scratch in wall tile?

I've just discovered a few of the brand new ceramic wall tiles in my bathroom have a faint scratch. It's certainly not deep or wide as I can just barely feel it tug if I pull my fingernails across it ...
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What preparation is required for tiling over poorly laid floor boards?

4" hardwood floor boards mounted on a poorly-designed frame made out of whatever wood the constructor had lying around it seems. There's a lot of bounce, some boards even drooping 1/2" when walking on ...
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How robust is ceramic tile paint?

A friend wants to paint the ceramic tile around her fireplace including some of the tiles on the floor in front of it. If those floor tiles get just a little foot traffic, is ceramic tile paint strong ...
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Is urethane based grout worth the cost for bathroom tile?

We are beginning a project to tile the master bathroom. The local tile shop where we are purchasing the tile is recommending a urethane based grout (specifically Bostik TruColor Pre-Mixed Grout). I ...
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Should tiles of “stones” be removed from the backing?

We had a stone floor installed in our shower. The stones came on 1' x 1' "sheets". The installer kept the stones on the backing, and now you can clearly see lines in both directions where each 1' ...
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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 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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Where should the floor transition from tile to carpet go?

I have 2 rooms planned, one will be tiled and the other will be carpeted with a door opening between them. Where should the tile stop and the carpet begin? In the figure below I have 3 different ...
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How do I install transition molding between my new hardwood and existing tile floors?

I have ripped out some old carpet and am preparing to install a new solid hardwood floor myself. In several places, the floor transitions to an existing tile floor. The hardwood floor guys told me ...
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Can you use an outdoor paving stone for indoors?

I want to tile my kitchen with a tile that continues outside to a patio. I have seen a nice 25 mm thick lime stone tile (outdoor) that would look good, but I'm not sure about using an outdoor tile ...
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Can I put fresh grout over grout that was done less than 48 hours ago?

We had bad light when rinsing last night and today the grout seems uneven in the lines. If I mix grout tonight can I fill in some of the problem areas? Or do I have to dig out all the grout first?
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Our tiler put Grout Boost on after laying grout, thinking it was grout sealer. What should we do?

Our tiler made an error and put Grout Boost on after laying the grout, thinking it was grout sealer. What should we do? Will Grout Boost act as sealer when applied after grout is put down and dry? ...