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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How to tile a “wet room” style bathroom?

I have 2 rectangular bathroom that are buing built in a wet room style (curbless open shower, drain in blue with all edges sloping towards it, see below). It was already properly sloped and now we ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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Epoxy / Urethane grout - double membrane?

I'm getting started on a bathroom remodel, going to make a "wet room" with Redguard waterproofing membrane painted up the walls and floor to "tank" the entire room. I've also settled on using a ...
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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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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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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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Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months

About 6 months ago we had red/blue reclaimed Victorian tiles laid in a checkerboard pattern outside the front of our house. Red dust seems to be constantly coming off the red tiles, so that the grout ...
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What is the sandy substance underneath my old ceramic tiles and what preparation should I do before installing a new one?

We are removing old ceramic tile from a cement floor. There is a sandy substance underneath. Do I have to remove the cement or can I just sweep this substance off and continue installing ceramic ...
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Should I seal bathroom ceiling and wall tiles?

The previous owner put tiles around the bathtub like ceiling and side walls. I wonder if I need to seal these tiles in order to protect them from the water? Will it increase its lifespan?
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How do I reattach pool tiles?

The following tiles: Have fallen off the side of the swimming pool here: Questions: What should I use to stick them back on? I notice that they appear to have grouting between them. Is that a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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Should I be concerned about the waterproofing method of this tub surround?

I had two tub with tile surrounds completed, one looks terrible so it needs to be replaced. The other looks great, but I am going with a new contractor who says we should redo both. We have metal ...
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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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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 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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How to resolve a crack in the shower floor?

My dad did a great job renewing his bathroom, but sadly a crack has appeared on the shower's plastic floor base. He believes the crack has developed because he installed it on top of wooden beams ...
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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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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 ...