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Carpeting over a ceramic tile patio- backerboard?

We have a 20ft x 10' second floor patio outside the master bedroom. Structurally, it is sound. The tile matches bedroom and rest of house- looks very nice. However, we want to put a good outdoor ...
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Cover all walls of the bathroom with bathroom tiles?

I want to completely cover the bathroom walls with tiles, but a friend of mine told me that it's a bad idea because the walls "can't breath". He said to at least keep a portion of 20-30 centimeters on ...
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Replacing Toilet without Replacing Tile

The previous owners of our house tiled around the toilet, rather than removing the toilet and placing it on top of the new tile. I would like to replace the toilet, but I don't want to have to ...
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What glue will stick metal to tile

What is the best glue to use when you glue a metal soap dish to a tile in the bathroom.Thx
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Can I glue a decorative tile to the existing tile for a shower niche?

I just finished tiling a shower for the first time and made the mistake of not planning out the shower niche very well. I was left with some pretty big gaps where the different planes meet. I am ...
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Retiling a tub surround, not sure how to shim it

I just ripped out the original tile and backer board on a secondary bathroom in my home and now it's time to put the new stuff up and I'm a bit stumped. The backer board was originally installed on ...
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Tile basement bathroom over cracks without Ditra

I am tiling a basement bathroom that is 5 feet by 6 feet. It has a crack running the entire length of the bathroom as well as a small hairline crack near the toilet. I've read that Ditra is the best ...
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Can I use self leveling compound to level old thin set over plywood subfloor?

The previous owner of my house tiled all the bedrooms on the second floor. I would like to remove all the tile and lay down hardwood flooring. So far I have removed the tile and now have all the thin ...
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What type of caulk should I use for bathroom tile?

So I have a bathroom that has a tile floor, a small tile baseboard, and a tiled shower that has tile on the walls and floor. The builder used grout everywhere and so after a while, pretty much all of ...
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How do I remove adhesive from carpet that was placed over concrete?

I have a 12x15' sun room that currently has carpet over concrete. I pulled a 3' section of carpet and the entire floor has adhesive. Can I remove this using a liquid chemical or do I need a machine? ...
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Can I use tile sealant in place of grout?

We placed our tile in mortar using the recommended tool and it squished up higher than intended and dried in the grooves of the tile sides because I ended up in the ER at the time it was supposed to ...
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Tiling over rolled roof

I have a walk deck made of rolled roofing material. When it rains it ponds in certain areas. Couple roofing companies looked at this, some suggested sealing the low areas with roof coating material ...
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cracked shower tile/underlayment

I had three cracked floor tiles in the shower and just removed them thinking I'd just simply replace and grout. However, after removing I noticed a lot of moisture and as you can see from the ...
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how to level uneven plywood floor for tiling?

I have an old house that's built on pillars and has shifted a little over time. We are remodeling the kitchen and just ripped up many layers of creatively installed flooring. We are down to the ...
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Should you seal grout when using RedGard Backing?

I did a shower in Hardieboard sealed with two layers of Redgard. Should I still seal the grout lines even though we used Redgard underneath?
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How should I grout when there's a combination of natural stone and glass tiles?

My tile sheets are a mixture of linear slate and glass and I would like to know to grout when there's a combination. The concern is that the grout (unsanded) will stick to the natural stone and ruin ...
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What products will make installation of subway tile over laminate backsplash successful?

I am updating my parents 1946 home (it has been remodeled & updated before but not kitchen counters) and want to change the look of original worn laminate counter & backsplash (bright yellow ...
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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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What can I do about water leaking behind the shower tray?

Background: I've moved into a house 3 months ago that I have been renovating for a while. I have done a lot of the work myself but I left my builder to do the plumbing and tiling while I was away for ...
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Dealing with Asbestos Floor Tiling

This is a cement kitchen floor (about 300 sq ft). Removed cheap pergo flooring and discovered a layer of tiles from 1962. Had them tested and came back with a high composition of asbestos. Here are ...
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Do I need a vapor barrier on tub surround with 1 external wall?

I know variations of this question have been asked dozens times and it seems like there is no real consensus. Each post or website I look at seems to advocate something different. I understand that ...
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Tiling on slab or backer board

I have recently replaced the carpet in one room. I intentionally left part of the room uncarpeted that is in front of small vanity. I plan to tile it. Off to the side of the section is a bathroom ...
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Can I patch and tile over a phone jack?

I am tiling a backsplash in the kitchen and there's an unsightly phone jack that I will never use. Is it advisable cut the wire, remove the box and patch over it? That's a stud behind the gap between ...
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How do I install glass mosaic tile around an outside rounded corner?

I'm installing a glass tile mosaic backsplash in my kitchen. I've got an outside rounded corner that I want to install the tile around. The diameter of the rounded corner is approximately 1". What is ...
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Are grout lines or gaps required for expansion with ceramic tile?

Why do I need grout line for expansion ? I have them in the field but on the side wall around a floor vent there is almost no room and the vent will virtually cover the joints.
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How do I fix squishy tiles in shower floor?

I bought this property a few months ago. The master bathroom has a tile shower. After the shower is used and the floor has dried, stepping on some of the tiles results in a "squish" noise, and a ...
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What mortar should I use for 8x10 and mosaic wall tile?

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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Is it acceptable to install a pool tile mosaic without any thinset or mortar?

Is it acceptable practice to install pool tile mosaic without any thinset or mortar securing the mosaic tiles to the pool surface?? My pool contractor did this with a large turtle mosaic and now the ...
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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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Should I use Ditra for my slate floor with radiant heat and 2 layers of plywood?

We are putting slate on our main floor, and have radiant heat. We used a second layer of plywood as guides/spacers between the pex loops, rather than concrete over the whole thing to help cut down on ...
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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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How can I make this tile floor smoother?

I just had a shower built using 12x12 sheets of 2x2 mosaic tiles. The edges of the tile have hard edges. I didn't notice this until a couple of days after the install. What can be done to make these ...
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Tiling over 1/2in subfloor with 1/2in Hardiebacker

I just pulled up the hardwood floor in the house I just bought, and found that there is 1/2in plywood subfloor. House was built in 1982. Joists are 2x10 16"OC. The room is 16x13. The person who ...
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Bathtub separating from wall

I recently bought an older house. It has had some work done in the master bath, and I just noticed that the tub is separating from the wall. What would be the best way to fix this? Oh I should mention ...
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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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Remove tiles (and plywood underneath) around toilet without removing toilet

Is it possible to remove tiles and plywood from a bathroom floor around the toilet without removing it? If so, how? The floor is ceramic tiles over plywood over floorboards, in a 1st floor (one floor ...
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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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Removed tiles… what's underneath and how to proceed?

I've removed a couple of tiles from my bathroom wall (for a remodel), and I'm unsure about what each of the layers are underneath, how to proceed, and how to make sure I'm not damaging anything ...
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Precautions to take using half completed bathroom

What sort of precautions should be taken when using a half completed bathroom that is mid-refurbishment, to avoid damage or extra time/money having to be spent. Specifically, when using the shower ...
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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 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 ...