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What should I do about this gap between the tub and tile?

anyone have any ideas what to do with the front edge of the tub. My tub is rounded on the front top edges. I have about a half inch gap. Looks to small to cut and mortar in a triangular piece of ...
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Are Gemini Harmonie tiles and Gemini Ceramic Pool tiles safe to use for an outdoor mosaic?

Are Gemini Harmonie tiles and Gemini Ceramic Pool tiles safe to use for an outdoor mosaic? I can't find much information about them online.
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What can I do to prevent water from penetrating a poorly tiled tub surround?

I rent, and my landlord won't fix anything. I have white tiles in my shower/bath combo, which are off plane (some stick out further than others) and are cracking. I am assuming the uneven plane is ...
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How to I cut glass and marble tiles when they are on a mesh backing?

How do you cut combination marble and glass tiles when they are both on the same mesh backing? When I tried this, the tiles move and the glass shatters.
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Tiling over latex paint that has water proofing membrane

So I am wanting to turn my tub only area into a tub and shower and because of this I am wanting to tile the entire surrounding area with tile. The big question I have is if the wall has latex paint, ...
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How do I fix a leak in the bathroom floor?

Five years ago a friend and I made this master bathroom. The floor was pored with radient heat in it. This floor supports a toilet, a bidet and a sink. The walls are equipped with many shower heads so ...
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Should the backer board be in front of or behind the tub flange?

I'm installing a new bath tub and shower. I've removed the old tile down to the studs. Should the backer board be in front of or behind the tub flange? I put it on the rear tub wall from floor to ...
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How do I clean paint and glue from bluestone?

I have Bluestone interior floors in new construction. Ready to finish but slight paint overspray and several glue spots. Is there a problem using a diluted muriatic acid to clean?
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Is it practical to glue stuff to tiles with hot glue?

I need to hang several small things in the shower (like a soap holder). The shower cabin has tiles. To do this, I am thinking to use a hot glue gun. I've seen it used before to glue small plastic ...
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What is the sandy substance underneath my old ceramic tiles and what preparation should I do before installing a new one?

We are removing old ceramic tile from a cement floor. There is a sandy substance underneath. Do I have to remove the cement or can I just sweep this substance off and continue installing ceramic ...
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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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Help me fix a gap between tile and baseboard!

I just removed the paneling in my den. When I started with the base boards and noticed that when when my tile was installed they were installed with the base boards in place. Before I could remove the ...
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How to fill between door frame and tile

When tiling the bathroom, I cut the door frame higher up than I needed to and now have a large gap. Please advise the best method of filling this gaps so that it looks professional. Some choices - 1. ...
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What kind of mask is required for grouting?

I finished putting up tiles for a backsplash last night and am getting ready to grout tonight. I looked at the package and saw Contains known or probable carcinogens. Yikes! What kind of mask ...
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How do I polish a marble table top?

I have an old 42" diameter round marble table top which I would like to restore. It is very dull and has deep scratches. On some of the edges, tiny chunks have come off. I would like to know if this ...
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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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What is an efficient way of removing thick grout haze?

I have replaced a cracked tile in my kitchen and have set the grout accordingly. I must have missed a step because the haze (which is supposed to come up with a cheese cloth) is more like London fog, ...
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Easy way to remove tile concrete from bathroom wall?

Are there an easy to to remove tile concrete from the wall? Are there e.g. some way to get it off in whole pieces so cleaning up afterwards will be easier? Here is a picture of the wall in question. ...
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Can I reuse ditra underlayment?

I'm re-tiling for the first time. It's just a small powder room. After I took out the tile, I discovered that who ever had laid the tile had done it directly over vinyl. I removed the vinyl and it ...
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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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How do I mark out gradient for tiling?

I am planning to lay a blue stone tiled terrace at the back of my house that needs to run in a slope away from 2 joining walls. The diagram might explain this better. How can I mark out this sloping ...
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Will thinset be damaged if it gets wet after drying 18 hours?

I laid tile in the bathroom yesterday. About 18 hours later, it felt pretty solid, so I took the opportunity to do some minor plumbing work under the sink (replaced the water shutoff valves). I had ...
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Will 12" tiles crack if laid on a bowed concrete floor?

Today I laid tile in a 25sq ft bathroom with a concrete subfloor. The concrete had a slight "bow" to it, meaning if you hold a straight edge across the 5' width, there is a gap of about 1/8" in the ...
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Should I use 2' x 2' tiles for a galley kitchen?

I am redoing my kitchen and I'm considering using a large tile size. Are 2 foot by 2 foot tiles difficult to work with? Will I run into problems with size limitations of the tools I'm using and layout ...
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Will my new adhesive-backed cork tiles adhere to my existing sheet vinyl?

I have a vinyl floor, not tiles one full piece, over concrete, in my bathroom. The vinyl is solid and perfectly fitting to all the walls and runs beneath the bath, shower, toilet, sink and fitted wall ...
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How do I bend a wooden edging for a tile counter top?

I'm about to build a tile counter top (or bench top as we call it here) for a new kitchen. I'm going to be using large porcelain floor tiles on top and thought I'd finish the edges with a nice native ...
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How should I install a plywood subfloor that will be covered by granite tiles?

I am replacing my entryway floor and I have removed the old mud bed. I'm left with planks perpendicular to the joists. However the room is defined at a 45 degrees angle from the joists, so the planks ...
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How can I recess an electrical outlet that protrudes from a glass mosaic tile wall?

The electrical outlet in my newly installed glass mosaic tile backsplash protrudes. How can I recess it without damaging the glass tile? It is a wall switch that runs to my disposal.
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How do you seal travertine floors?

I moved into a house with travertine floors. They appear to have been sealed and polished. I recently learned that travertine is highly porous. I recently noticed this tile where the seal appears to ...
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When tiling a shower surround, how do you transition from backer board to greenrock?

I am remodeling a bathroom and have done demo down to bare studs. I am going to tile the bath tub (with shower) up to about 6 ft, and one wall will have tile up the wall 4 ft high. I am planning on ...
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What can I do about a toilet flange that is 1/4" below the finished floor?

I used two wax seals to set my toilet since the flange is 1/4" below the new tile. At first it seemed to be water tight but after a few flushes I noticed water seeping and pulled it out. As can be ...
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How do I apply tile to a small wood platform?

I have done some research and mostly I have found that putting cement board on top of plywood is the general answer to tile on wood, but it doesn't really fit my situation as much as I had hoped... I ...
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How do I extend outlets after installing a backsplash?

I have installed a back splash in my kitchen, if I use the plastic spacers how many should I use or is there a limit? I understand that this can cause to much air space around the receptacle or light ...
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What underlay is used for installing pool tiles

Is it concrete? (i.e. cement and water) Is it some kind of special caulk? Is it something else?
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Should I use thinset or silicone to reattach shower tiles? [duplicate]

My tiled shower needs to be repaired only where the walls meet the floor. While preparing for this by taking out the old grout, two small pieces of floor tile came out. Each piece that came loose is a ...
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What is the best choice for patching and leveling concrete before tile install?

We have a small area of concrete foundation that we need to patch and level prior to ceramic tile installation (12×12 tiles). It is concrete that we chipped the old tile mortar off of, so there are ...
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Should I seal bathroom ceiling and wall tiles?

The previous owner put tiles around the bathtub like ceiling and side walls. I wonder if I need to seal these tiles in order to protect them from the water? Will it increase its lifespan?
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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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Can I apply caulk over caulk?

I just had my shower re-tiled and the contractor used a cream colored sanded caulk instead of standard white silicone (without asking me). I want it to be white but he refuses to come back. Can I ...
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Is it bad that my porcelain tiles were stored outside in the rain?

I just picked up my porcelain floor tiles from the warehouse. They were stored outside in the rain for a week. They're still wet and being aired out now. But they smell of mold. Is this bad news?
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Should I use underlay when tiling a bathroom?

Recently I had a water leak in the bathroom. I noticed water spilling out from the tiles grouting and I removed them to prevent any more water penetration. I noticed that the following layers have ...
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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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Is it feasible to cover low-pile carpet with a 1/4" subfloor and vinyl tile in a kitchen?

Scenario: I'm the owner of a multi-unit 2 story apartment. The people living up and down are cousins to each other and are in the process of switching apartments -- long story, don't ask. The upstairs ...
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Is it a problem that my toilet flange is 3/8" below the surrounding tile?

My tile setter had to elevate the tiles around the toilet hole in order to make up for some unevennesses. As a result, the toilet flange is approx. 3/8" below the surrounding tile. Can that be ...
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How do I transition between tile and drywall in a tub surround?

I'm working on a tub surround, which is about to be tiled. And the last piece I need to figure out, is how to transition between finished tile and adjacent wall. This is how my wall looks right now. ...
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How can I clean oil stains from vitreous floor tiles?

My vitreous floor tile gets dirty very quickly. It retains the stains of oil, or any other wet material. I have even seen water leaving temporary wet stains while cleaning them. Is this normal ...
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How difficult is it to cut a big (flange) hole in brittle marble tile?

How difficult is it to cut a big (flange) hole in brittle marble tile? I am just asking this question here because, even though I will not be laying my tiles myself, my tile setter is currently ...
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How can I smooth a seam between cement board?

I have a joint between two sheets of cement board that forms a small ridge elevated maybe 1/8" relative to the centers of either board. I was wondering if extra thinset on both sides can be used to ...
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How to tile over shower wall surround flange?

Background I've been following this guide from Family Handyman on installing a fiberglass tub surround, and am to the point where I need to tile over the nailing flange. They say to put 1/4" tile ...
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How do I determine the correct tile trim depth?

I'm installing some large format (406mm x 406mm) 12mm travertine tiles on some walls in a bathroom. I'd like to finish some exposed tile edges within some aluminium tile trim. However, I'm unsure ...