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How to cut a hole through kitchen ceramic floor tile to install pop-up electrical box?

I'd like to install this (Manufc. Page) 20A GFCI pop-up electrical box in the kitchen floor to allow cookware (microwave, blender, air fryer) to be plugged in. I will build a kitchen island cart to ...
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Large hole behind tile in wall

We have a 50s bathroom and everything was cemented to the wall and we removed it all. This is where the toilet paper holder was at. As shown, there is a large hole behind where the tiles would go. How ...
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Could Regular thinset be used on Large format tiles

I have a full bag of regular thinset and want to use it for 1 foot by 2 feet tiles on floor. Could I use regular thinset or shall buy a bag of Large format tile thinset? Is there huge difference in ...
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Why can't you install larger floor tiles without thinset/adhesive?

I can understand the need for adhesive for wall tiles. But if you have a flat floor, and medium to large tiles, why can't you just lay your floor tiles on the floor without any thinset and grout it. ...
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Shower tile cracking horizontally in two corners

I was cleaning my shower today and noticed two new hairline tile cracks (they weren’t there when I cleaned last week). Both are in the third row up and both cracks span the corners. 6 tiles total are ...
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What should I use to fill the gaps in tile before placing luxury vinyl planks over them?

I'm installing luxury vinyl planks with an underlayment in my basement. They will go over top of an existing tile floor. I've heard mixed opinions on whether filling in the gaps in the tile is ...
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Are these specks in my ceramic tile its design or stubborn dirt?

I've recently moved into a rental property and the tile floor (ceramic I believe) in the corridor doesn't look very clean. I've tried mopping and scrubbing it with various combinations of vinegar,hot ...
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Ceramic tile layout

I am remodling a shower with interior dimensions of 60 x 36". I am doing a stacked bond pattern with 12 x 24" tiles. On the end walls the tile will extend past the shower 6" so the ...
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Peel and stick vinyl on existing tile - how to best level the tile floor for installation?

I knew installing peel and stick vinyl planks on uneven surfaces was a bad idea, but I decided to go ahead anyway (big mistake). It looks a lot worse than I originally expected, as the bulge is very ...
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Is 6 holes in ceramic tiles the life of a drill bit?

I have always been unwilling to drill into ceramic tiles for fear of cracking them. But tomorrow, I am having a tile wall demolished, so I figured today I would get some drilling practice in while the ...
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tiling a floor that is not flat

I want to tile a concrete floor that has 1950s tile already installed on part of it. The problem is, one edge is out of flat with a slope change of almost 1" in the last 2 feet. Other than that ...
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How can I tell if my tile is ceramic or porcelain?

I need to drill into some tile. How can I tell if it's ceramic or porcelain? I want to use the correct drill bit.
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Drilling steady holes horizontally on ceramic

I need to drill holes in the bathroom ceramic tiles to hang some accessories. I am using a cordless drill, which is actually an electric gun-shaped screwdriver claiming to act as a drill. It has no ...
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Has anyone seen kickback occur on a wet table saw for tile?

Most people are familiar with how table saws can kickback when pushing wood through it. I'm talking about a wet table saw with the blade that is housed below the table and protrudes up (as opposed to ...
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How can I make textured tiles pick up less dirt

After having them installed, I realized that the textured tiles that I chose pick up dirt off of shoes extremely easily. The dirt can be cleaned off with water and a little effort, but in order for ...
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What can I use to hang an object on ceramic tile?

I have attempted to hang a wall clock on ceramic backsplash using command mounting hugs. However, it falls periodically. What can I use to hang a wall clock that weighs approximately 1.5 lbs. thank ...
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Started putting ceramic planks in home and got as far as putting the uncoupling membrane. Question, can I pull the membrane up and reuse it elsewhere?

I got screwed. Paid someone to put ceramic tile in mobile home. He put self leveler down but he did not mix it correctly and it did not spread out and level out so the floor is not level and he ...
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Can I install luxury vinyl planks over ceramic tile?

My existing bathroom floor has tiles like shown in picture. I want to install interlocking luxury vinyl floor planks. Can I do it over existing floor ? if yes, Do I have to fill bevel edges of the ...
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Is it affordable and reasonable to create a tub using tile

I'm considering purchasing a house where I'd want to remodel the bathroom. I know there are plenty of plastic and freestanding options for tubs but I can't find any resources for using tile and grout ...
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Tiles on underfloor heating [closed]

I am newbie here but been reading a lot of your comments through this website and thought to finally ask my question. I am looking for the right type of tile to go on top of my underfloor heat pump ...
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Newly tiled shower leaking white liquid

I recently remodeled the bathroom in my 1910 craftsman. We pulled out give layers of rotten subfloor and fixed a leaking sewage pipe, then had a tiler make a new shower. When he was done there was a ...
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How to adhere edge of bullnose tile to drywall as trim for shower/tub surround

I'm freshening up a bathroom and replacing some bullnose tile that covered up the edges of the tub/shower surround. I am also a complete tile novice. To be completely clear, there's no tile in the ...
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Tile a bit proud because of tile edging

I just completed my first backsplash, and overall I'm pretty happy with the result considering it's my first one 😃 One question I have is how could I've avoid that first uneven tile, which is a bit ...
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Best tool to cut existing tile sidesplash to fit new range hood

Our new range hood doesn't sit square or flush with the wall because the new hood sits over some of the original tile (outlined in red). I plan to trace around the hood and remove a 5-inch wide by 1....
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How to safely chip away at a tile to make room

I need to install a shower against a tiled wall. I have 2 issues : I need to safely remove a tiny bit of the tile, to give me more access to the water outlet of the pipe. What tool and method should ...
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Could joist bridging prevent movement and noise in my tile floor?

Brand new tiles installed by contractor 4 years ago in kitchen, bathroom and also in a new house extension on pillars. Tiles started clicking in the extension during first winter. Now the grout is ...
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How to cut glass mosaic tile that's already installed?

I need extra outlets in my kitchen and in order to install a bigger junction box, I need to cut the glass tile that's already installed. Is it feasible and, if so, what's the most effective tool to ...
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Pulling up fiber board to install new tile flooring

My wife decided we've had enough of the cheep vinyl tile in our kitchen... She started to pull up the tiles and I came in and started to cut and pull up the 1/4 ply and 1/2 particle board underneath. ...
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Tile removing with a rotary hammer

I need to remove about 100m² of ceramic tiles, mostly floor tiles. We have floating concrete floors and brick walls. At the moment I have a Bosch rotary hammer (SDS Plus, about 3Joule impact energy). ...
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Sealing water leak between kitchen cabinets and floor

Since moving into our house 5 years ago, we have spilled a large amount of water on our kitchen floor a few times. When this happens, the water leaks into the floor boards and drips all the way into ...
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Filling big horizontal gaps in bathroom tile

This is one of our first DIY projects, thank you in advance for your help! We removed an old baseboard of the heating system in the bathroom and were left with a horizontal gap in the tiles. As you ...
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Green board with water proof membrane

I live in north Atlanta, GA. The boards behind the tile at my bathtub are wet and need replacement. The old construction used a green board on top of the drywall (both are wet and in bad condition). I'...
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Bathroom tile cut without chipping

So Im installing ceramic tiles through out my home and i reached an area that is causing some concern. As im entering the bathroom and need to make some cuts up against the bathtub. But I've noticed ...
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Do tiles look darker when hanging on a wall than they'll appear when layed horizontally on the floor? [closed]

The salesman in the showroom told us that the tiles we see hanging on the wall will be 20% lighter when are layed down horizontaly on the floor, so we should take into account when choosing our ...
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Cracked Tile in New Construction Home - Foundation issues?

I've recently moved into a new home built in June 2019. Some hairline cracks developed in some of my tiles, but I didn't worry about it too much because they were barely noticeable and the builder is ...
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Stain on bathroom tiles

It seems a bit of excess cement or grout have mixed with water and stained my bathroom tiles. Tried soaking it / rubbing it with cleaning vinegar but to no avail. Ideas?
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What’s the proper setup for mounting a tile cutting blade on a grinder?

I am attempting to determine the proper safe configuration for using a 4 1/2” tile cutting blade with my metabo hot angle grinder. I have seen lots of folks utilizing angle grinders with these cutting ...
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How can I remove a vanity backsplash without damaging ceramic tile?

My bathroom vanity has a backsplash that is firmly glued to ceramic tile. I believe that liquid nails or something similar was used for adhesive. I have tried prying with a putty knife and going ...
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Replacing kitchen wall tiles

If my kitchen wall tiles start some centimeters below the countertop and the base cabinets, can I replace the tiles without moving the cabinets? For example by cutting the tiles at the countertop line ...
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Tile making clicking noise when stepped on and grout flaking away

I bought a house built in 1993 a few years ago. When we first moved in the tile seemed fine, recently two of the tiles right outside the shower have started making a clicking noise when stepped on and ...
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Mount TV on Slate Tile accent wall without studs?

How could I mount a tv on a slate tile accent wall. I don't think there are studs behind the tile, it is a hollow space. Another problem is my wall mount only has 2 holes to bolt to the wall. Wall in ...
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Is a tablespoon of vinegar and a cloth adequate to clean tiles with compiled soap, dirt residue?

What is a good product that can effectively clean tiles without damaging them? The type of tiles are floor tiles I think are ceramic based on this and are not shiny. I would like to clean them of ...
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What to do about a tile floor that with globs of thinset

8 months after my general contractors had laid out the new tile on the bathroom floor, I noticed one of my large format tiles starting to wobble. It got progressively worse so I removed it and ...
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How do I fix a 2 cm hole in tiles?

The tile in the tub enclosure developed a 2 cm hole near the floor. I'll want to fix this, for aesthetics, to keep moisture out of the tub enclosure, and for safety as the hole has sharp edges. ...
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Tile layout on the diagonal to minimize cutting

I am tiling a bedroom floor with 20" tile on the diagonal. Is there a way to layout the tile so as to minimize cutting? I am fine with trying the layout in reality and making adjustments to it as ...
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How to install a grab bar in a tiled shower

I would like to install a grab bar in my tiled shower. Do I need to find a stud or will wall anchors be enough?
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How to best repair the tile

My plumber had to knock out some of my bathroom wall tile to access the stack and make a repair. I am trying to go about repairing the hole. However I cannot separate the tile from the existing wall ...
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Anchoring through shower tile & beyond

The attempted shower seat I recently tried to install a shower seat in my shower. It came with an aluminum wall bracket, and is anchored with 5 approximately 3'' screws inserted into typical plastic ...
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Tile directly adhered to subfloor

I can home from work last night to find that the contractor began tiling in the master bathroom and is applying the ceramic tiles directly to the existing subfloor. My knowledge isn’t vast, but I ...
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Hanging a floating shelf to ceramic

Tried to screw through the ceramic or even Grout. Would not penetrate with a pretty decent drill.