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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Broken Tile Repair

Is there a way to replace a toothbrush holder tile? This is ceramic or porcelain crica 1948. The attempt to glue made the situation worse.
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Repair for water damage from shower tile in plaster wall

This is my first post and first DIY Repair project. This shower is about 12 years old. At first I noticed a column of increasingly bulging 4-5 tiles near the door of my shower. The other side of the ...
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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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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 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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How to fix edge of tile that cracked

Our tile flooring cracked and I am wondering what the best method is to repair it without actually repairing the whole tile?
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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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How do I remove Cement Board that has been screwed in and is bonded to wood subfloor with thinset?

I am in the process of purchasing a townhome and I am looking to tear up the existing 12" ceramic tile that covers the entire main level... an area close to 600 sq. ft. to make way for laminate ...
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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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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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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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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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Scratch on wall - ceramic tile

by accident I scratch ceramic tile in my bathroom while cleaning. Do you have any idea how can I remove/(paint?)/fix this? I tried a lot of home products (at start I though its just a tech pencil), ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Cover all walls of the bathroom with bathroom tiles?

I want to completely cover the bathroom walls with tiles, but a friend of mine told me that it's a bad idea because the walls "can't breath". He said to at least keep a portion of 20-30 centimeters on ...
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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.
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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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Detecting concealed PVC water pipe with ultrasonic sensor

I'm planning to install some glass shelves in one corner of my washroom. The problem is, there are some plumbing pipes snaking around underneath the ceramic tiles and I risk punching holes while ...
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Removing the surface layer from ceramic tile

I have green tile in my bathroom with pink accents. Is it possible to remove the pink using muriatic acid (concentrated HCL)? I have a background in clinical and chemistry laboratory sciences and am ...
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Do backer board seams on tiled floor need to be taped?

First time tiling a floor, I have hardibacker down throughout. Do I need to tape and mortar the seams?
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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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What is this type/style of tile called? [closed]

What is the name for the type and style of the tiles in the photo below? I couldn't find anything with reverse image search and no one I've talked to knows. The photo is from an MLS listing. The home'...
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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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Should I scrape the paper backing from vinyl flooring off a concrete floor to prep for tiling? [duplicate]

Once the flooring is pulled up is it necessary to remove the dense paper layer which ultimately glued the linoleum to concrete. If it is not necessary to remove do I rough up the surface to make a ...
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How to handle a 2" step into bathroom?

I am renovating my entire second floor. Due to some plumbing issues I had to raise the bathroom floor a bit plus added cement board and ceramic tile leading to the 2+ inch step you see below. I will ...
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Ceramic tile skirting on plywood wall

I've just finished wall up the store room under the stair area of my new house. The walls of the pocket door are mounted right from the floor. I need to protect these plywood walls from damp mops ...
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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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Repair an ceramic sink / enamel, and have perfect color match

There was a little hole in this ceramic sink: and I filled it with this "GEB Enamel Repair Paste". It works very well by mixing the resin and the hardener. After 24 hours, I finished the work with ...
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Crack in floor tile. Replacement possible? Or prevent further damage?

My kitchen floor has been down 4 years and suddenly one of the tiles has cracked. Either it happened by itself (movement between extension and old house? Or someone dropped something very heavy and ...