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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? ...
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What size drill bit do I need for a 3/16" plastic anchor in tile?

And yes, the obvious answer is 3/16" ... that doesn't work. I'm installing a towel rod and hook in a bathroom that is fully tiled. The instructions with the rod & hook both said to drill a 3/16" ...
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Can I install tiles directly over a concrete floor in my basement?

We are redoing our basement. In some areas (bathroom and laundry room) I plan on putting tile down. The basement is dry and level. Can I attach the tile directly to the basement floor?
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Do products like Ditra make tile removal more complicated?

Products like DITRA are great to use when installing tile, but I can't help wondering what it'll be like to remove the tile later. Is it more difficult to remove tile that's been laid on this type of ...
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What is a good barrier between grout and wood?

A side of a tile flooring project abuts a strip of wood. How should I handle the side where the tile meets the wood so the wood won't absorb all the water from the grout?
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How do I put up a travertine tile backsplash?

I'm trying to put up a tile backsplash in the kitchen (approx 25 sq ft) and I'm having trouble deciding between mastic and thinset for putting it on the drywall. For that matter, is it OK to put the ...
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Is luxury vinyl tile cost effective?

I am about to tile my bathroom floor, and a friend pointed me to this Luxury Vinyl Tile Basically, I'm wondering if the money savings, and ease of installation will hurt me in the long run when I go ...
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How do I remove a thick layer of paint from tiles?

One of the previous owners of our new flat thought it'd be a good idea to paint the tiles in the toilet -- twice! We've been using a paint scratcher to remove the paint The problem: This takes too ...
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Should tile floors be cleaned with vinegar only? Is the advice against using other solutions a myth?

After we had ceramic tile installed at our house, the company said we should just clean with vinegar and water mixture. However, I haven't been able to find anywhere online that says that using ...
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What kind of material do I need above the tile line in my shower?

I have a shower with original, 100-year-old tile. The tile and the drywall-like material above the tile line has survived well, but we're planning to replace it in the entire bathroom due to ...
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Which is least likely to crack due to high traffic, large or small tile?

Consider a kitchen on pier-beam flooring with two doors allowing traffic to flow through it. The floor is 10x10 feet. I plan to tile and would like to minimize risk of cracking. Which size tile would ...
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Do I need to do more prep work on this cement floor before putting in new tile?

In my basement i have a poured concrete floor, and we're re-doing the bathroom down there. It used to have Vinyl flooring, and we ripped it all up. The top vinyl part came up easily, but it left a bit ...
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Requirements for using Schluter Ditra

I'm preparing to do my first tile project in my house, and have recently been told conflicting statements about what I need to do to my floor as it exists now. I'm going to tile the floors in my ...
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can you glue tile to plywood?

I have a contractor who covered my bathroom with marble tile. Now tiles are cracking, grout is breaking and water leaking... See image of a few he picked up that were making noise. Also note he ...
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Why can't I lay tiles on an uneven floor?

My buddy and I have gotten into a bit of a dispute on facebook, here's what he asks: I keep hearing tiling an unlevel floor will result in tiles coming up. This reason makes no sense to me. The ...