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How can I cut off 1/8 inch from ceramic tile?

I have a couple of 4"x4" ceramic tiles that are cut just slightly too wide. I need to take off about an eighth of an inch. I expect that's too little for the standard score-and-snap approach. What'...
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Do I have to remove the old thinset before installing new tile?

I will be installing some new 12x12 tiles in two bathrooms approx 25 sq/ft each. When I pulled up the old tiles, there was no thin set that had made contact with them so the removal was very easy. Now,...
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What types of tile require a wet tile saw?

I have tiled with all kind of tile in the past. When redoing my kitchen I custom ordered hand painted tiles to match the odd color of the granite. So I only had enough tiles for the project without ...
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Is a radiant floor enough to heat the room?

I would like to know if an electric or hydronic radiant floor is enough to heat the room or if it's just to have a warm floor. And if yes, what is the efficiency (the time it take to warm the room, ...
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What are the pros/cons of using porcelain over ceramic tile in a bathroom?

I'm planning on tiling a bathroom floor and a walk-in shower (including the ceiling). I haven't looked into pricing yet, but I've heard that porcelain would be a better, yet more expensive material to ...
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Wet Room walls, is plasterboard (Gyproc or Drywall) OK to use?

Looking to build a new wet room style bathroom. Is it better to use cement sheeting for the walls that will be tiled, or will plasterboard (Gyproc) just as good to use? Obviously whichever surface is ...
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How do I repair a minor scratch in wall tile?

I've just discovered a few of the brand new ceramic wall tiles in my bathroom have a faint scratch. It's certainly not deep or wide as I can just barely feel it tug if I pull my fingernails across it ...
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Why is voltage detected in my ceramic tile floor?

I found out (in a rather uncomfortable manner) that there is a potential difference between the phase line in my home and the ceramic tile floor. My Fluke multimeter reads 30V AC, I assume the reading ...
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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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Can a cheap angle grinder be used to cut concrete and ceramic tiles?

I am interested in the Black & Decker KG100 600W Angle Grinder because it is cheap enough. I will only use it occasionally for small scale do-it-yourself home improvement works. But, I really ...
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How do I secure a toilet bowl to a tile floor?

The bathroom in my house was redone right before I moved in. After moving in, I noticed the toilet is loose. It seems to only stay in place due to it's sheer weight, and it has quite a lot of jostle ...
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How long should I wait between grout application and sealant?

I'm about to apply grout to a ceramic-covered part of my bathroom (single step up to the bath tub). I'm using a pre-mixed grout and want to apply Sealer's Choice Gold sealant. The grout should not be ...
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Should backsplash be tiled before or after installing kitchen cabinets?

I've been searching the Internet and all English-speaking web sites state that the backsplash should be tiled after installing the kitchen cabinets (both lower and upper) and countertops. In some ...
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Do I need water protection over tile grout in my bathtub?

A handyman suggested to me that I might need to periodically apply water-sealant to the tile and grout on the tile wall of my bathtub. Is he correct? If so, what's a good sealant to use, how is it ...
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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 Pine-...
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Do I seal just the grout or the tiles and grout?

I just tiled the bathtub alcove and it came out great. Now I need to seal the grout. My question is, do i seal just the grout lines or do I apply the seal on the tiles and the grout? Thank you.
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How can you paint tile?

Our bathroom is out of the 70's and the wife doesn't care for the colors. Remodeling is out of the question for now. Is there something I can use to paint over that ceramic tile so we can at least get ...
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How can I add tile to my fireplace?

[UPDATE: After reading the question and answers, please see this blog that shows how the fireplace renovation was completed.] I am getting ready to begin tiling part of my fireplace. The current ...
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Should I use mastic or thinset for ceramic tile backsplash in kitchen?

I am about to install a tile backsplash in our kitchen, using these tiles, in 2" x 4" "mosaic" sheets. When I tiled my bathroom I used thinset (unmodified on the floor and modified on the wall/shower)...
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Can I reuse ditra underlayment?

I'm re-tiling for the first time. It's just a small powder room. After I took out the tile, I discovered that who ever had laid the tile had done it directly over vinyl. I removed the vinyl and it ...
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Cracked bathroom tile - runs almost entire length of the wall

Have lived in this house 8 years. Finally redoing (full gut) bathroom this July. Just recently we have noticed horizontal cracks in the bathroom tile. Runs almost the entire width of the shower/tub ...
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What is the recommended thinset when tiling over concrete?

I am about to start tiling a concrete area of my home about 220 sq feet. I was wondering if there is any specific type of thinset I should be using for a concrete surface. The tiles will be 12x12" ...
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Contractor not using thin set between sub floor and cement board

So, I've made a big stink with the flooring guys about how they have installed the Hardiebacker cement board for our tile. They skipped putting down the thin set under the cement board even though ...
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Should I replace this cracked bathroom wall tile?

Just had someone install ceramic tiles for bathroom. But to my surprise one tile on the shower walls, appears to have a hairline crack. I asked him about it and he said it was a manufacturing cosmetic ...
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What would be the best temporary adhesive to stick a shower head holder onto a ceramic tile wall?

I recently broke the shower bracket and can't get a replacement since it's out of stock everywhere. I bought a suction cup shower head holder as a temporary fix but that won't stay on the wall so I ...
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No studs for glass shower door - Can I hollow wall anchor?

I am looking to install a glass shower door using this frame. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Delta-48-in-to-60-in-Semi-Frameless-Contemporary-Sliding-Shower-Door-Track-Assembly-Kit-in-Nickel-SDLCS60-NIK-...
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Smooth cuts on small ceramic tile

I am going to be installing some 2” x 4” mosaic tile sheets in my bathroom. What would be the best method to cut the tile edges to size? Would a score and snap cutter give the cleanest edge?
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what is the most effective way to grout between ROUGH, SMALL stones? (picture)

This is my first tile job ever and I'm ready to grout. I used white 3" x 6" Daltile ceramic subway tile, and also an accent from Whispering Cliffs Mosaic Stone tile. I have attached two pictures: I ...
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Should you seal grout when using RedGard Backing?

I did a shower in Hardieboard sealed with two layers of Redgard. Should I still seal the grout lines even though we used Redgard underneath?
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Is it possible to install backer-board on a curved surface?

We are replacing the carpet around our Heart Shaped tub with tile. For better waterproofing we are using cement board on the top surface. The tub is sunk in the concrete floor with a 7" step up to ...
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Is there any easy way to clear up paint 'dribbles'?

This weekend I finished painting the wall tiles in our kitchen - white undercoat then a satin Bordeaux top coat. The next day, I noticed that in one or two places I'd overloaded the roller, and there ...
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Do I have to remove the thinset before re-installing new cermic tiles [duplicate]

I have just pulled up my old ceramic tiles from my bathroom an there is the thinset on the subfloor an some grout left on it. Do I need to clean that before putting new thinset on it?
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How to remove a tile with floor heating mat

Two weeks ago I laid 1 X 2 ft ceramic tiles in my bathroom using premix tile adhesive. After reading some reviews, I should have mixed my own - lesson learned. This weekend I added grout and all went ...
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How do we remove tile spacers that are stuck in the mortar between the tiles?

When tiling the shower, we inadvertently left several tile spacers in too long and we subsequently could not remove the spacers entirely and some fragments remain stuck in the mortar and are visible. ...
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How can I clean oil stains from vitreous floor tiles?

My vitreous floor tile gets dirty very quickly. It retains the stains of oil, or any other wet material. I have even seen water leaving temporary wet stains while cleaning them. Is this normal ...
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What should we do with floor tiles that were applied with Type 1 Mapei mastic?

We tiled a 25 sq. ft bathroom with 12X12 porcelain tiles. Instead of a bag of normal powered mortar (which covered more area than we needed), we picked up the tub of Type 1 Mapei and were told it was ...
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Why is my ceramic tile popping out of the floor?

I have old wood floor. My contractor installs a wire to the floor and then install the ceramic tile over the top. When they dry, the tiles do not stick with the floor. What should I do with these? ...
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Do you need spacers for subway tiles?

A lot of Youtube videos is showing subway tiles being installed without spacers... Do you really need spacers or not for Subway tiles (Bathtub surround tiling) ?? Thank you Andrew
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Should I peel off the top layer of vinyl in preparation for tiling?

I'm preparing my kitchen floor for ceramic tile. Currently it's a sheet of vinyl(linoleum?). The plan was to sand off any gloss and tile over it. I was going around the edges picking off any loose ...
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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 do I keep black tile and black grout actually looking black?

I have tried what feels like every cleaner and product out there to "clean" my black tile floors but I cannot for the life of me keep it looking nice and actually black. The tile and especially the ...
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Do I also need to apply thinset to my Subway tiles or is it enough to just put it on the wall?

Subway tile question regarding a bathtub surround. Do I need to apply thinset on the back of the tile? Subway tiles are small, can I just put thinset on the wall and apply the tiles? Thank you
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Can I use construction adhesive for backsplash tiles

I have s plaster wall with these plastic backspashes from the 70s that are adhered to the wall in such a way that I can’t easily pry them off without pulling the plaster off or really making a mess of ...
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Repairing ceramic tile

A small chunk has broken out of this white ceramic tile (see photos), from impact. It is on a wall in a bathroom. Are there any good ways to fill in/cover up the hole?
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Tiling over 1/2in subfloor with 1/2in Hardiebacker

I just pulled up the hardwood floor in the house I just bought, and found that there is 1/2in plywood subfloor. House was built in 1982. Joists are 2x10 16"OC. The room is 16x13. The person who ...
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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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Is there a maximum thickness for shower float cement?

We are currently redoing our shower and would like to use float-cement to carry the tile. The wall behind it is a bit crooked, so, to get it nice and level, the float-cement would have to be a bit ...
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How can I make the corner tile transition less conspicuous with an out-of-plumb wall?

I am tiling my shower and the back wall is not plumb. It has an approximate 1.5” lean over 8 feet. Obviously it’s too late to change anything now but is there anything I could have done to prevent ...
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Removing bathroom tile from cement backerboard

I started removing what I believe to be 12x12 ceramic tiles which I’ve found out are adhered to a concrete backerboard which is adhered to a plywood subfloor. I’ve scoured the internet and have found ...
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Jigsaw Blade for Hardibacker

I am cutting some 1/2" Hardibacker into some 2" x 32" sections. I tried using a 6 TPI wood jigsaw blade but the blades are not lasting very long. Does anyone know if a diamond tipped or carbide ...