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How do I install carpet tiles in a below grade room?

A few years ago, I saw an advertisement for carpet tiles that had a jagged edge so there would be less movement in the interlock between tiles, and prevented the need for glue. (would like to find ...
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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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Can I lay tile over drywall that has torn paper?

Can I lay tile over drywall that has had the paper torn from removing tile that was installed wrong when doing new home construction?
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How do I clean a white cement Spanish-type tile roof?

I have a white cement Spanish type tile roof that is very dirty. What is the best way to clean it? Can I power wash it?
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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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Do we need to re-install tiles if it was exposed to water for 20 minutes after installation?

The tile installers didn't shut off the shower valve when they left after installing tile work in our shower. We turned on the main water supply and 15 minutes later, we went to the bathroom to check ...
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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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What should I use to seal around the perimeter of a tile floor?

I recently tiled our bathroom floor (nothing fancy - just a 7 x 5 room). In between the tiles, I've used a sanded grout and that's worked nicely but I'm confused on what to use around the perimeter ...
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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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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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Hardie Board Subfloor—Thinset or No?

I'm remodeling the bathroom in my house that was built in the 1930s. I stripped out the old flooring down to the 1x8 wood planks (about 1/4" between each). I have 1/4" Hardie Board to put down in ...
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What kind of backing should I use for a glass mosaic backsplash?

I want to install a glass mosaic backsplash. These are a bunch of small square tiles of different colors on a mesh. Each meash measures 13 x 13. They are so thin, that I want to put some plywood or ...
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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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What is the fastest way to remove adhesive from ceramic tile?

What is the fastest way to remove adhesive from the ceramic tile? I have no patience for removing the adhesive by using an utility knife.
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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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How do i clean porous natural stone tile?

I recently moved into an apartment with porous natural stone tiles on the floor in the bathroom. After doing some re-grouting on the walls, I used a diluted solution of grout haze remover to clean ...
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Can you install grouted floor tile over padding?

Can you install floor tile over padding? The floor tile is standard tile that will require grouting. I'm concerned the tile and/or grouting will crack due to the padding. The purpose of the padding ...
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Should wood be treated or sealed before tiling?

Building two service shelves next to a BBQ shack, that's exposed to Oregon weather. I intend to use HB over the wood. Should the wood be sealed first before using the HB, then apply the tile?
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Tape or corner bead where Hardi meets Drywall?

I need to finish the outside corner above the shower alcove. The shower ceiling is hardibacker and the wall outside the shower is drywall. Where these two meet, what is the proper way to finish it so ...
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How to correct possible subfloor l/360 deflection under live load, when basement below is finished

Installing porcelain planks 6"x 36" with 11mm thickness, in main floor Living room that was previously carpeted. House is 2 story town, 13yrs old. Room size across W 18' x Length joist span of ...
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Tile Shower Surround—Cement Backerboard Location?

I'm in the process of remodeling an old bathroom and I'm coming up on the point where I'll need to drywall/install backer-board. I've been reading up on this and I just want to make sure I have my ...
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How can I safely remove stick-on tiles that are on top of asbestos tiles?

I have an issue when I started renovating my basement. When I bought my house 3 years ago, the basement had 12" stick tiles through-out. I removed a bar, a built in cabinet and a few other things ...
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How to make bathroom tiles non slippery

We currently have the typical floor tiles in our bedroom and bathroom. I dont know if they are ceramic or porcelain. The problem is the bathroom floor can get very slippery when wet (and when the bath ...
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How to level bathroom plywood subfloor before tiling?

In a bathroom remodeling project, I noticed the newly installed plywood sub-floor is flat but not level, which may cause issues when installing the shower and the sink cabinet (water evacuation and ...
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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 mastic additives, ...
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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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Can tile be removed and placed again before it sets?

20 x 20 tiles were started today in my living room. The tile has been laid straight without any kind of staggering. They are in complete rows which is not what I had wanted. The room has not been ...
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replace one tile bathroom floor

18" tile part adjacent to toilet and under the flange cracked during toilet install (plumber). first try result: replacement tile is too high, i I had to remove it. Complication: tile rocks due to ...
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Should I be concerned about water spilling behind tile wall?

I recently attempted to replace a single handle shower valve (cartridge and all). During removal of the assembly, there was water remaining in the pipes after I had shut off the main. The water leaked ...
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Will sealing ceramic floor tile in the bathroom prevent mold?

We have never sealed our bathroom ceramic tile / grout. Will this allow mold to grow easier?
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Sill plates (thresholds) before floor tiles or otherwise?

The contractor wants to install the granite sill plates now and later have the tiles installed. I heard from one granite fellow that the sill plates should be last. Is there any advantage for going ...
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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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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 type of underlayment should I use for tile that looks like hardwood?

What is the best underlayment to use when installing tile that looks like hard wood? I have a wooden subfloor.
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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 should I prepare a concrete slab for plank porcelain tiles?

I have several questions about laying plank porcelain tile on a concrete slab. First do I need to get 100% of the glue from the concrete floor, there are small spots and patches here and there that ...
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How can I repair a hole in bathroom wall tile?

My shower had two towel bar anchors mounted on the shower wall when I moved in. Eventually, one of the anchors has broken, and taken the plaster it was mounted to with it. This has left a 2 in. ...
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How can I transition from tile to stained concrete?

What are some good ways to transition from tile to stained concrete? We pulled up the carpet that was next to our tile and stained the floor instead of new carpet? I am looking for simple DIY ...
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Can I apply grout over grout to change the color?

We grouted tile on counter tops and glass tile backsplash last night and the grout looks white and it was supposed to be a tan color. Can I grout over it with a darker coloured grout?
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How can I drill through 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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Best way to affix plywood to wood unit?

I'm planning on affixing some mosaic tile to a panel of plywood (43" x 44"), and then affixing that tiled panel to the back of an entertainment center which I'm re-purposing to become a bar. Once ...
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Can I safely affix tile to a panel of plywood?

I plan on affixing some 5/8" glass mosaic tile to a panel of plywood roughly 43 x 44". I then plan on using that as the face of our bar by affixing that plywood to the bar. My concern is that they ...
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Will porcelain tile provide enough thermal mass for off peak heat storage?

The U.S. department of energy suggests electric radiant heat can be cost effective if preheated during off peak electricity hours if installed within an appropriately massive covering. Is there a way ...
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How do I remove spots from my new ceramic tiles?

I just laid dark brown ceramic tile in my kitchen. After grouting and cleaning I still have spots and round circles (from the cleaning bucket's bottom) on the floor. I have tried soap and water and ...
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How should I clean stone surfaces prior to applying sealer?

I apply impregnating sealer to all my tile and stone surfaces annually. I had been cleaning it with just soap and water, then letting the surface dry for a few minutes before applying the sealer. It ...
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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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Custom pocket door with insulation, water pipes and tile!

So I have a little house and would love to use pocket doors all over it. It seems the Johnson hardware 1500 series doors with the ball bearing rollers have great reviews and slide like butter. So I'm ...
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Installing a Bathtub that does not have a flange

We are in the process of doing a bathroom remodel and we noticed that the bathtub we ordered does not have a flange. The bathtub will be installed in an alcove setup (surrounded by 3 walls) and will ...
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How can I clean floor tile grout?

Someone I know had tile laid in their kitchen and was supposed to seal the grout after the work was done. This never happened and now they have dirty grout. What's the best way to make the grout look ...
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Bathroom floor - what should I do?

I am renovating my bathroom. Previously the plan was to replace the old floor with new floor tiles. But after some investigation, it's too much effort for its worth. So now I am thinking more along ...