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Why are my floor tiles cracked and how can I lay them again so they won't crack

When I moved into my house, the kitchen has large floor tiles on the floor. Quite a few of these tiles are cracked. I've been told that the reason they are cracked is because under the floor tiles is ...
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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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When drilling a tiled wall, should I aim for the seams or avoid them?

I'm going to drill a couple of holes in a tiled wall in my bathroom. Is it best to drill through the seams or the tiles? Should I avoid vertical or horizontal seams, or does it really not matter? The ...
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2-part door for raised patio (horizontal and vertical) with tiles possible?

I have a patio that is raised on meter off the ground. On a side of it there are stairs that lead to a storage room. I would like to build a door for this opening from two parts a 1-meter high ...
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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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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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What type of paint to recoat a ceramic tile hearth?

The hearth in front of my newly retiled fireplace (which was described in a DIY blog) needs repainting to complete the job. The hearth is made up of 6x6 ceramic tiles that have a well adhered coat of ...
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How to make an uneven, damaged 'rustic' tile floor even for tile & parquet laying

I want to lay a tile border & parquet centre in my kitchen. That requires an even floor, ideally level too. The existing floor is an uneven mix of badly damaged tiles, with some parts plain ...
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Questions after a test-run grout replacement

I have very little experience with this sort of thing, so after reading and watching you-tube videos I attempted a test patch - a 3 tile wide, 1.5 tile deep section (these are 12" floor tiles). And ...
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Is the thickness of glass tile important in pool installations? If so, would thicker be better?

I have a gunite pool which desperately needs resurfacing. I'm seriously considering going with glass tile mosaics for the entire thing. What I'm somewhat confused about is whether I should be looking ...
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How do I remove Cement Board that has been screwed in and is bonded to wood subfloor with thinset?

I am in the process of purchasing a townhome and I am looking to tear up the existing 12" ceramic tile that covers the entire main level... an area close to 600 sq. ft. to make way for laminate ...
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How do I level a sloping floor that has been tiled?

We have a large room that we want to use as a bedroom and it has been tiled, over a concrete slab. On further inspection we now realise that there is a slope of approximately 5cm from one end of 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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CertainTeed DiamondBack- Waterproofing needed for tile?

I picked up some DiamondBack CBU to tile a shower enclosure, as it seems like it would be a lot easier to work with than Hardibacker (I can't cut the stuff without making a huge dusty mess, so if you ...
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How do I secure a one-armed toilet paper holder, which constantly slips off the mount?

I have a toilet paper holder attached to a tile wall with a single finger bracket (per the manufacturer). The holder constantly slips the finger bracket, goes loose, and leans to the side. The ...
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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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Should I be able to just peel tile off the wall by hand if it is installed right?

We hired a contractor to remodel our master bathroom. For the tile installation in the shower, he started with a float-cement backing. To show quick progress, he rushed through this step and the final ...
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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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Should my toilet flange sit on top of the backer board or the tile of the floor?

The bathroom model saga continues. The old toilet flange was rusting, and the subfloor was rotting, so I pulled up the subfloor around the toilet, and replaced the drain pipe with ABS, and an elbow. ...
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Questions about shower wall tile install

I'm getting ready to install 12x12 ceramic tile on our tub walls. What type of thinset should I use? Ancillary to that is the type of grout to use? Sanded or unsanded? While researching the ...
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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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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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How can I rehabilitate the grout in my tile floor?

My home is 11 years old, and I've owned it for the last 9. The grout was already breaking up in a few places in the entryway when I bought it, so I know that it probably wasn't installed properly. ...
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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 do cement boards and Kerdi boards for wall tile compare?

I came across an interesting product the other day, and thought it might be perfect for an upcoming project. I'm redoing the tile back splash in my kitchen and was planning on using cement board ...
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Snap tile cutter breaking off chips

I'm using a score and snap tile cutter to cut 600mm x 600mm porcelain tiles. It works great but lately every cut I make results in a small chip in the start of the cut being broken out on the left ...
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How can I deep clean grout in my kitchen?

I've tried homemade recipes with baking soda and lemon juice. I've also tried store bought cleaner/repair stuff. So far, it's still dingy. Anyone know of a powerful (and somewhat safe) product that ...
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How can I get plastic wall anchors to work with a tile wall?

I'm putting up hooks on the tile wall in my bathrooom. I have to use hollow wall anchors because the tile is over drywall or possibly cement board. But, I'm having a problem. I've used these types of ...
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What kind of thinset should I use on porcelain?

I found some porcelain tiles that look like the wood planks, they are 6x24 and I am having trouble figuring out what kind of thinset and trowel I should use.
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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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Do I have to replace backerboard before tiling a floor?

We recently pulled up the vinyl in our bathroom to discover that there is backerboard underneath. It is in good shape but has a thin layer of glue on parts. The surface is completely smooth. Can I ...
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Water seeping out of grout in exterior corner of tiled shower curb

I have a two year old tiled shower with glass enclosure. The grout is sanded grout. The exterior corner of the shower curb is leaking a small bit of water after every shower. Over time it has ...
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White thinset on a light marble tile - tile turned dark - will it lighten?

I tiled my shower niche last night, this is my first step tiling the bathroom, today I'll move on to walls etc. I used white thinset, and some portions of the tile turned dark after installation. I ...
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How do I tile over a leveled floor with a feathered edge?

I have a laundry room in a home I just bought which had some unseen water damage. They originally had the sticky vinyl tiles on there which I pulled up. The concrete underneath was pitted and uneven. ...
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Do I need to put mortar between wood and backerboard on a mixed wood/tile floor?

We have a hardwood insert on our kitchen floor and we will be surrounding it with slate tile. Also the room next to the kitchen is all hardwood floor. Our heights are correct for the tile (with the ...
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Should I use self-leveling concrete or mortar to level a patched area of concrete prior to tiling it?

I had to repair cast iron pipe in the basement. This left me with a 2ft x 3ft hole in my tiled basement floor. We cut along the grout lines, so I just need to replace the tile and concrete. Well, ...
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What are my options for transitions between Linoleum and tile?

I just completed building a bathroom in the basement. The last piece is installing some sort of transition between ceramic tile bathroom floor and linoleum tile outside. The tile in the bathroom is ...
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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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Help me fix a gap between tile and baseboard!

I just removed the paneling in my den. When I started with the base boards and noticed that when when my tile was installed they were installed with the base boards in place. Before I could remove the ...
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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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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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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 should I do about excess flex in cement board that will be behind tile?

This is around a tub/shower. The studs are spaced at 24in, cement board is 1/2in. We're surprised at how much flex there is between the sheets of cement board. I'm worried that tiles may pop off. ...
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Laminate to tile transition [duplicate]

I am laying my floor but I have a transition that I need help with, I am going from laminate to tile but the tile is much bigger. I have attached a drawing of the 2 different materials and I am ...
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What should I do about this gap between the tub and tile?

anyone have any ideas what to do with the front edge of the tub. My tub is rounded on the front top edges. I have about a half inch gap. Looks to small to cut and mortar in a triangular piece of ...
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Bathroom tile repair

I have a plumbing leak under the slab in between my bathrooms. Both the hallway bathroom and master bathrooms back each other. Both have tile all the way around the wall up to about 4 feet. I would ...
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Is it common to tile behind an OTR microwave?

I have an over the range (OTR) microwave, and am about to tile a new back splash. I'm not sure which way to go: Tile behind the microwave and then install the microwave Install the microwave first ...
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Are Gemini Harmonie tiles and Gemini Ceramic Pool tiles safe to use for an outdoor mosaic?

Are Gemini Harmonie tiles and Gemini Ceramic Pool tiles safe to use for an outdoor mosaic? I can't find much information about them online.
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Commercial flooring tile finish/glaze

I just did the floor of my little indoor storage with commercial flooring tiles from the Home Depot (Armstrong brand). But I feel the finished look does not look as smooth as what appear to be the ...
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What can I do to prevent water from penetrating a poorly tiled tub surround?

I rent, and my landlord won't fix anything. I have white tiles in my shower/bath combo, which are off plane (some stick out further than others) and are cracking. I am assuming the uneven plane is ...