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Is there any reason not to tile right over a freshly-laid block-and-beam subfloor?

The block-and-beam method of building subfloors is very popular in the UK: Once the blocks are laid, typically a thin bed of mortar or concrete is troweled or poured on top to secure everything. I ...
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Tiled surfaces in kitchen and bathroom…how do I refresh it to make it look better and/or newer?

Please refer to the following photos. The kitchen counter looks a bit weathered/worn and the finish is matte. The bathroom floor also looks a bit weathered/worn and the finish is also matte. The ...
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How to remove stains from tile?

I have a very weird stain on the bathroom floor of an apartment I just moved into. Is there an easy way to remove this stain? Also, what is the material of this tile? Is it like a concrete tile? ...
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Do I need to replace or treat moisture-damaged studs in a shower area before replacing cement board?

I bought my house in 2011 after it was built in 2009. It originally had a cheap molded plastic shower surround, but I removed it in order to install tile. I then discovered that the cement board had ...
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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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Can you help me match this grout?

Could someone help me match the grout that appears in the picture. I realize that many grouts have similar tones and that the picture is probably not accurate enough for identification but maybe you'...
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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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New grout yesterday, efflorescence today - what do I do?

I just finished grouting my kitchen floor with unsanded dark gray grout (near-black "charcoal" according to the box, also it contains portland cement). Not long after the first section I started ...
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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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How do you get interlocking natural stone mosaic tile sheets to fit together?

I just purchased interlocking natural stone on sheets and find that two sheets don't fit together. If I force them, I end up cracking the tile at the flange. Is there a trick or method of getting ...
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How can I drill through very hard porcelain tile?

I've read multiple instructions on mounting a shower rod in bathroom tile, however I've spent much longer than the internet suggests it should take to drill through my tile. I drilled for about 50 ...
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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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Messy mortar on brick looking ceramic tile floor

I laid a brick looking ceramic tile on the floor. I was think g about doing a messy mortar look to it. Am I able to use mortar as grout to achieve this? I was to smear it kind of everywhere and wipe ...
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How can I attach a metal soap dish to tile?

What is the best glue to use when you glue a metal soap dish to a tile in the bathroom.
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KItchen backsplash tile cut too short and grout line too thick

I just had my back splash installed in my kitchen and the tiler cut one section a bit too short. The grout went up today and the area is thicker then any other areas and very noticeable especially ...
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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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Can you waterproof Luxury Vinyl Tile floors without grout?

My questions are on the use of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring - my preference is to use the LVT without grout. However, I'm skeptical on how well the LVT will hold up to moisture without the grout ...
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How grout entire floor without disturbing the grout?

It's my first time grouting a floor (5x9' bathroom). The tiles are 2" hex. I figured I would only be able to do half the floor at a time to avoid disturbing the grout when it's soft. Is this true, ...
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How can I remove residue left from peel and stick tiles?

have old peel and stick vinyl tiles coming up off vinyl flooring. Want to keep floor underneath. What gets rid of glue residue but safe to use in house
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How do I remove carpet adhesive from 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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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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What should I use to raise the height of floor tiles in a shower?

Initially, the wall tiles were installed too high off the shower floor so if floor tiles were installed, there would be a gap at the bottom of the wall tiles to top of the floor tiles. I hired a ...
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How to fix the slant of bathroom floor

This is a follow up question to How long does caulk need to dry in a 1" gap? Some additional background information is that this is in China and bathrooms are not designed for contained bathtubs/...
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Removing old glue from ceramic fireplace

We have uncovered a 1930s fireplace in our home and are looking to clean it up. When it was covered up the previous owner glued some fibreboard onto the front, presumably to keep the main facia off ...
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How to flatten a plywood subfloor for tile?

I've got a 5/8" plywood subfloor in my bathroom. I'm prepping to install 1/4" Hardiebacker on top of that so I can install 12x24" marble tiles. In checking for flatness, I noticed there is a 1/2" drop ...
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Need to fix tile that has fallen off

I have some tile in my kitchen that has fallen off (unglued I suppose). See pictures below. How do I fix this? Recommendations for a novice DIYer?
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Demolition of 1.5"+ tile/concrete floor on second story

I began demolition of a bathroom today and ran into an unusual (for me) flooring issue. The floor is tiled and it's set on a 1.5" thick bed of mortar. The mortar was spread directly onto the 2x8 ...
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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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Ceramic tiles on drywall on steel studs, any problems?

I was told that there was no problem installing tiles on drywall hung on steel studs. I had never worked with drywall before and accepted that. Now after the wall is done, if I hit it, I noticed that ...
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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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Adding a layer of concrete and tiles in the garage

I just wanted to get opinions on my plans to fix the somewhat sunken slab in our garage. We bought the house two years and (it's about 50 years old) and I have been monitoring the slab since day 1. ...
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Cement Board vs Dry Wall

What is the downside with using green dry wall vs cement backer board in a tub/shower surround? If green board is completely sealed with RedGard or similar product, will it not be impervious 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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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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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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Bevel or Bullnose a Slate Tile

I know that most people bullnose a slate tile using an angle grinder, but can I cut a 4" square slate tile at a 45 degree bevel? The application is a kitchen backsplash, specifically the spot where ...
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Basement shower tiled floor not sealed by builder what now

So I have recently had a tenant move out and have found water damage around the basement shower floor. Looks like black mold so I started ripping it out. Now I am at the point where I have found ...
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Kitchen backsplash tile (24“ x 1.5” x 1/2") to drywall; which mortar & trowel notch size?

I will be installing kitchen backsplash tile to a drywall. tile size: 24" width x 1.5" height x 1/2" depth tile type: limestone tile Which mortar or mastic would you recommend as well as trowel ...
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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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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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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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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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Grouting Porcelain Tile Walls

When I am applying the grout to the tile walls, most of the grout just falls off the wall and the float while I am trying to apply it. I am using a pre-mix grout, so the consistency is right. What am ...
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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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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 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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Do I also need to apply thinset to my Subway tiles or is it enough to just put it on the wall?

Subway tile question regarding a bathtub surround. Do I need to apply thinset on the back of the tile? Subway tiles are small, can I just put thinset on the wall and apply the tiles? Thank you
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Need For Redgard On Cement Board - Can I apply it before hanging?

Basically I'm getting a guy to do my tile around my tub/shower. He swears you don't need Redgard and we are on a tight timeline so applying it when hung would put us behind anyway (We really have 2 ...
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Grouting travertine tiles: grout bag or float?

I need to grout a travertine tile wall. Tiles are small, pattern of 2x2", 2x4" and 4x4" tiles. The gap is approximately 1/8". Tiles are tumbled, and there are quite a few imperfections, pits, ...