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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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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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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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Options for Kitchen Floor/Dining Room Floor Height Differences

I'm reflooring both my kitchen and the adjoining rooms. The kitchen will be tile and the Living Room/Dining Room will be engineered hardwood. I'm going down to the joists in the kitchen because the ...
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Newly framed bathroom wall not square, how bad will the tile look?

I'm in the middle of a new bathroom install and have hit a bit of a snag with a bathroom wall being out of square. This bathroom was just framed from scratch, and as you can see from the attached ...
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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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New shower pan over old lining?

We bought a house with cracked grout on a lumpy shower floor but no signs of leaking or mold. Six months later as I was removing the grout, tile came up. I removed the floor tile and thinset and ...
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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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Problem with tile cutting

I'm tiling my bathroom floor with some large ceramic tiles (33cm x 33cm aka 13" x 13") and I'm having difficulty cutting them. I'm using a simple glass cutter, because the tile cutter for such large ...
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Preparation for laying ceramic tile

Can you lay ceramic floor tile over a floor that has thin linoleum-like tiles already on the floor or do you have to remove them all before installation?
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Leaking whirlpool tub; in alcove, but no tile flange at bottom of walls

In brief: my alcove whirlpool tub has always leaked at the seam between the tub and tile wall, and it needs to be fixed. I just discovered that this tub has no tile flanges where it meets the walls; ...
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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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DIYers - Unknowingly used wrong product! - Type 1 Mapei used for 12X12 tiles

We tiled 25 sq. ft bathroom with 12X12 porcelain tiles. Instead of a bag of normal powered mortar (which covered more area than we needed), we picked up the tub of Type 1 Mapei and were told it was ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I caulk over cracked grout (shower floor) as a termporary fix?

We have an older shower, with 1x1 tiles on the floor. Some of these, the grout has started to crack, and we want to prevent water damage. However, we've exhausted our renovation budget for the year, ...
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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 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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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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Where should tile backer board go on a bathroom floor?

I am laying down 1/4 inch hardie board for tile in a bathroom. A shower will be built as well. My first question is do I cover the entire floor (including the shower area) with backer board, or do I ...
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What is the proper/recommended way to tile a window sill in a shower?

I'm in the process of re-tiling my bathroom shower wall and I'm stumped on how to properly tile the window sill near our shower. Here's a picture: It's roughly 3 inches deep and 18 inches wide. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What types of tile require a wet tile saw?

I have tiled with all kind of tile in the past. When redoing my kitchen I custom ordered hand painted tiles to match the odd color of the granite. So I only had enough tiles for the project without ...
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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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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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Does caulk need to dry fully before putting trim on top?

We put tile in our kitchen and installed a bench along one wall. The tile wasn't cut perfectly, so there were large enough gaps that we wanted to caulk before putting the trim down. The caulk is one ...
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Most important features when selecting a tile saw?

I am looking to invest in a tile saw that will get a fair amount of daily use. Which features are something I should look for when selecting such a tool (i.e. blade size, cleanup, traveling distance ...
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How to remove tiles stuck straight onto bessa Block

I am renovating 4 bathrooms soon to be 18 in total and the previous owner stuck all the tiles straight onto bessa (CMU) blocks and not onto dry board. As you can imagine, this has caused a lot of ...
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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 is the purpose of this tile joint?

Noticed this in a public restroom today. Never seen anything like this in tile before. Is this just a flex joint? Or is it a patch job?
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Shower floor is in bad shape - what options do we have?

We've asked for a quick estimate from the guy doing our laminate, and he said it's not worth it to re-grout. He also said there's no way to just remove the old tile, since the floor is slightly water ...
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Is this tile installed correctly?

Hi, I asked my installer to install these 6" X 24" tiles with a 6" offset and laid to look like a wood floor (random look). This is what I got. Do you think I am unreasonable in asking the ...
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What type of tile should I install in a bath/shower surround?

I am about to remodel our bathroom. Currently the tub/shower is all tiled but the backing is not secure/stable so there is cracking in the grout and I know water is getting behind. I prefer the look ...
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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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Looking for a splashback pattern in kitchen using 3 or 4 different square tile colours

I'm adding some ceramic tiles to a splashback in my kitchen, I'm using square ceramic tiles. I don't want to use just one colour, and using two only really offers me a chequerboard pattern so I was ...
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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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What thinset should I use?

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'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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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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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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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 ...