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what to do with tall, square fireplace opening?

I'd like to have 4-5 fires a winter, and the rest of the time have it closed off so the kids can't get hurt or dirty from it. The opening is really tall, almost square (35.25" w x 33.25" h), and the ...
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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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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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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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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 there a downside to using epoxy grout?

Other than cost and more complexity of install is there a downside to using epoxy grout?
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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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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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My shower tile goes past the drywall on an outside corner

The bullnose tile along the corner is just about flush with the drywall towards the floor but goes about a 1/2 inch past the drywall going up toward the ceiling. I'm looking for the best way to fix ...
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Can I tile over Linoleum felt paper on a concrete slab?

I have a contractor coming in to tile my home. My floor is a post tension concrete slab, home is only 4 yrs old. The contractor said they could just tile right over the linoleum, but after reading ...
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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 I cut tile to follow the profile of a closet flange?

If I mount the closet flange to the substrate, can I cut the tile to match the radius of the ring with a small gap between the tile and ring I.E 1/8"
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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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Support for Tile floor

I have 2x8 (7.25x1.5) what appear to be doug fur or southern pine floor joists on 16" centers in a finished basement. I want to tile a master bath on the main floor. Joists span exactly 11' 4" from ...
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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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What is the Best mixture ratio of Portland cement Quartz sand and bonding agent for under water application

I'm installing a ceramic mosaic in the bottom of my concrete pool and wondering what is the best mixture of white Portland cement Quartz sand and a bonding agent to apply this mosaic. Can I just use ...
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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 can I protect my slate floor from essential oils?

I set slate tiles in my bathroom floor and counter top. I notice that where essential oils (aroma therapy types) have dropped on the surface, the shine is gone and the sealer appears to have been ...
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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 clean backsplash tiles to reuse them?

I'm repairing a damaged bathroom due to a flood and I want to reuse the backsplash tile. I have the grout removed from the tile, but how do I get the old mastic off or is that necessary?
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Can I pin 1/4" wonderboard backerboard to the whole concrete blocks wall in bathroom?

The bathroom is in the condo, high-rising concrete building. The two side walls are diamond wire mesh with applied above the cement (grey) and lime (plaster) layers , total depth 3/4". The frontal ...
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How to measure and cut square tiles to make a herringbone pattern?

I have 18x18 inch square travertine tiles. I would like to know if it is feasible to cut each tile in half and make a herringbone pattern for our bathroom floor. I was planning on using 1/8" grout ...
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Kerdi Board at edge of shower

The shower I am building is 36x42 on the inside of the curb. On one wall the 4ft wide kerdi will go exactly to the point where the tile will end. On the other will can I hang the entire 4ft wide ...
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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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When taping cement board do I need to tape at the walls?

I am preparing to put down cement board for a bathroom tile install. I understand, I need to tape at the seams. Should I tape the edges where the cement board meets the drywall or the tub as well? ...
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Lay floor tile on exixting adhesive

I just removed the floor tiles in the kitchen. Now I have tile adhesive on the hardboard floor which i am struggling to remove. Could i just lay new tiles with extra flexible adhesive on existing ...
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Drill through kitchen floor tile

I recently purchased a new refrigerator and in doing so want to swap out the copper ice maker line for a stainless steel flex line. In order to do so I need to make the water line access hole to the ...
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What are reasonable expectations about grout width accuracy in a professional tile installation?

We are currently redoing our master bathroom and our contractor just got half way through laying the tile on the floor. The grout was supposed to be 1/8" wide, but there are quite a few places ...
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What is the easiest way to remove the old grout?

I am going to regrout the tile in the bath/shower area. What is the easiest way to remove the old grout?
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Install floor tile or tile-board first?

We are updating a small basement bathroom. We agree on the style and materials, but not exactly on the method of installation. The idea is to put tile down on the floor, and use tile-board for the ...
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How do I correctly install ceramic floor tile?

How do I correctly install ceramic floor tile? There's lots of talk about using backerboard and waterproofing membranes, what an acceptable floor deflection is, different grout and thinset additives, ...
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How can I speed up the removal of stubborn tile?

I am trying to remove tile from the bathroom floor. It was installed in the 70s, and the pieces are tiny, 1 in x 1 in. I've been hammering away but they're not coming up very easily. Is there a ...
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What is the best way to repair and prevent cracking grout in a shower stall?

The grout in my main shower has developed cracks. They started small but over time they have grown and there are actual crevices in the grout. I've been using my guest shower so as to not cause mold ...
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Tile spacing both above and below 1/8", what type of grout should I use?

I've laid tile sheets for my back splash in my kitchen. The tiles on the sheets are not exactly the same by length (in comparison to the corresponding tile on another sheet). Therefore I have grout ...
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How should I install tile on plywood?

I am installing tile directly to plywood. It is for a bar, foot rest area approximately 7 inches wide. what is thr easiest, cheapest way to accomplish. Wont be wet, wont be walked on, more for looks ...
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Replacing vinyl tile with ceramic

My current bathroom is vinyl tile over wood sub floor (second floor). From what I read online I should lay some concrete backer board on top of the vinyl before I lay the tile. My first problem with ...
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Looking for suggestions on securing floor tiles

I have an 8"x8" ceramic tile floor in my kitchen. It was not well installed. There is no backer board. A few months ago, the water supply to the ice maker in my fridge leaked, the plywood ...
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How to attach closet flange to sub floor

I recently removed my toilet and saw that a couple tiles underneath it were cracked, and on removing those tiles found the plywood beneath the tiles had rotted out. So I removed any tiles under the ...
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How should I deal with old black mastic before installing floor tiles?

I will be removing wood floor tiles that wee installed over old VCT tile which have black mastic on them. I can remove the wood and VCT with no issues, but I do not want to have to remove the old ...
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How can I undo damage done to a newly tiled floor?

I feel I was (ill-)advised to clean my new beige, mat ceramic tiled floors using this recipe: 3 parts heated vinegar to 1 part water, brush solution in very vigourously with stiff floor-brush then ...
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What type of adhesive should I use to attach metal to vertical tile?

I'd like to attach a magnetic, metal knife rack to a tile splashback in my kitchen. The tile is glazed white and the attachment points on the rack are small (about 0.9 sq in of metal). The rack weighs ...
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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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Nailing down hardibacker on walls

I'm in the middle of a bathroom renovation, which will be tiled with large format porcelain tiles on both the floor and walls. I put 1/4" HardiBacker on the floor, laid on top of a bed of thinset as ...
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Should I build tub/shower niche or ledges?

There is 7-8" in front of tub to frame. Will use 4x4 white tiles. What's best? Multiple ledges--framed shelves to fit 4x4 tiles to minimize cutting. Or Large niches/borders that will be framed to ...
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What is a proper high-quality sub-floor preparation for porcelain tile floor installation

I am preparing to do a kitchen remodel where I am replacing an existing tile floor with a new porcelain tile floor. The old floor that is being replaced has several areas where it is not level and ...
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I was not able to get a smooth finish on a shower pan, how can I smooth it out?

I am in the midst of a custom shower project. I am building a shower pan using the "traditional method" which is a concrete pre-slope, then a PVC membrane, then a top mortar bed, and finally tile. ...
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How to attach metal knife rack to tile without ruining tile?

I'd like to attach a magnetic, metal knife rack to a tile back splash in the kitchen of my rental apartment. The tile is glazed white and the attachment points on the rack are small (about 0.9 sq in ...
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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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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 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, ...