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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Floor tile installation

floor tile. I will be romvoing wood floor tiles that wee instlled 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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, ...
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Why is it so cold downstairs?

My house has a concrete slab foundation and the floor in the kitchen and living room is all tile. It is always freezing downstairs in the winter and I'm wondering if this is due to the floor or maybe ...
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German tile roof installed using dowels

During a trip to Germany many years ago, I saw workers replacing broken red tiles. I was surprised to see them turn some sort of crank, and the whole line of roof tiles, hooked to some sort of dowel, ...
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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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Should backer board be installed all the way to the ceiling around a shower?

I had a shower head that sprayed water for awhile and it deteriorated the drywall. I'm cutting out drywall and replacing with hardiboard. Should I take the hardiboard to the ceiling or could I stop it ...
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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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Should I use Kerdi membrane or cement backerboard?

I have to redo my tub surround due to moisture leaks and failing grout. One of the company says they are going to apply kerdi membrane on the drywall, then tiles onto the kerdi membrane, and as such ...
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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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Can I apply caulk over caulk?

I just had my shower re-tiled and the contractor used a cream colored sanded caulk instead of standard white silicone (without asking me). I want it to be white but he refuses to come back. Can I ...
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What do I use to fill in the crack between the wall and floor of my tiled bathrooms?

Yesterday I had an energy audit performed on my home which revealed sever leakage of air from the floors in both my bathrooms. The inspector told me to fill the cracks but was vague as to what would ...
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What do I have to get to cut the small ceramic tile for a back splash?

What do I have to get to cut small ceramic tile for a kitchen back splash ?
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How does Red Guard / waterproof relate to floating for tile?

I'm going to tile my bathroom. I'm in the second story, but the surface is concrete. I live in a condo. I'm told you're supposed to use Red Guard. Do you Red Guard after you float, before you tile? ...
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What should I do about a gap between a kitchen backsplash and the cupboards?

Theres a small gap between the backsplash and cupboards, the gap is too small to cut strips of backsplash to Make it look normal. I have run out of ideas. Any of you pros got any ideas?
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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 do I level my plaster walls and to what level?

I am remodeling my kitchen and I removed a Formica backsplash from my plaster walls. In doing so the adhesive used to attach the Formica remained on about 50% of the wall. On the remainder of the ...
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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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Will sub-tile repair epoxy damage the concrete?

I have a few tiles that have debonded and have a hollow sound when you knock on them. I was thinking about trying one of those epoxy repair kits (youtube link). However, I'm planning to remove the ...
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How to calculate cutting angle for a circle of tiles?

I'm looking to calculate the angle I need to cut on square tiles that will be arranged around the edge of a circular pool. Given that radius is 7' and that tile width is 12", how many tiles are ...
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Must I remove all mortar between tiles before grouting?

I'm just getting ready to lay down the grout after successfully tiling our master bathroom. I've been told in no uncertain terms that I must remove the spacers between tiles (or else grouting over ...
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What is this spongy grout?

I had a contractor do some tile work on my house and I noticed the grout is sort of spongy and soft. It doesn't feel like the grout around the rest of my tiles. Anyone know what this could be? Is ...
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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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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 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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How to remove latex-based tile adhesive

A friend bought a house that has tiles mounted over original tiles and she wants to remove the new tiles to restore/reveal the original ones. The over-layed tiles can be pried off easily enough with ...
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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 to do with pushed in tile?

I need to fix this slightly pushed in tile and get it looking normal again. Can anybody advise on what I should do, e.g. what to buy and general instructions/technique? I'm worried that it's going to ...
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Looking for a splashback pattern in kitchen using 3 or 4 different square tile colours

Im adding some ceramic tiles to a splashback in my kitchen, Im using square ceramic tiles. I dont want to use just one colour, andusing two only really offers me a chequerboard pattern so I was ...
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Can/Should I use Uncoupling Membrane for tiling stairs?

I am preparing to tile my bathroom, which currently has carpet. I would like to use uncoupling membrane as a base, but there is a small step in front of the shower. Since it's in front of the shower, ...