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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 ...
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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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Is there a glue which holds to glazed porcelain tiles?

My shower does not have a cabin, only a curtain. Said curtain tends to wave around while I am in the shower, clinging to my legs and letting water flow outside. My best idea for a low-cost solution ...
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Should I try to remove backer board and leave the plywood subfloor in place?

Currently I have ceramic tile in the main hallways of my house. I am looking to replace this with hardwood flooring and will potentially be performing the demolition work myself to save money. I know ...
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How deep should my grout removal go?

In regrouting a bathroom, how deep should I go to remove the old grout? Should I go all the way the depth of the tile or will stopping at some shorter depth be just as effective in letting the new ...
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Problem with tile cutting

I'm tiling my bathroom floor with some large ceramic tiles (33cm x 33cm aka 13" x 13") and I'm having difficulty cutting them. I'm using a simple glass cutter, because the tile cutter for such large ...
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What should I use to seal around the perimeter of a tile floor?

I recently tiled our bathroom floor (nothing fancy - just a 7 x 5 room). In between the tiles, I've used a sanded grout and that's worked nicely but I'm confused on what to use around the perimeter ...
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How to avoid air bubble under the floor ceramic-tile?

My house is an Indian style apartment. I have laid floor ceramic-tile with no other covering over it. There are of air bubbles developing under the ceramic-tiles which eventually leads to breaking of ...
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Need to fix tile that has fallen off

I have some tile in my kitchen that has fallen off (unglued I suppose). See pictures below. How do I fix this? Recommendations for a novice DIYer?
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What are the substitutes for kitchen wall tiles above a kitchen counter?

Can anyone let me know what are the various options that we can use in place of ceramic wall tiles in kitchen (just above the kitchen counter)?
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How can I install ceramic tile over vinyl tile?

I'm trying to install ceramic tile in a friend's bathroom, appox. 45 sq ft. The current floor in the bathroom is vinyl squares over the base cement. There is no subfloor or anything like that. The ...
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Easiest, fastest, and most precise way to cut Ceramic Tile

I'm looking for a fast and precise way to cut precise pieces of ceramic tile. Any recommendations on tools with pros and cons would be appreciated. Thanks!
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What type of tile should I install in a bath/shower surround?

I am about to remodel our bathroom. Currently the tub/shower is all tiled but the backing is not secure/stable so there is cracking in the grout and I know water is getting behind. I prefer the look ...
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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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What's an easy way to fix a damaged floor tile?

It's top layer is chipped off. Anyway to cover it up or repair it? Can I also know of this happened recently or old damage from this picture (not realistic obviously but asking anyway).
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How can I remove cured tile mortar from subfloor?

I was setting tile last night and had to stop before the room was done. I was being diligent to make sure the edges that were adjacent to the unfinished areas were smooth but in my exhaustion I missed ...
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Should I use uncoupling membrane for tile on concrete floor?

One flooring company said they would install an uncoupling membrane when installing tile over my 100-year-old basement laundry room's concrete floor. OIs there a good reason to do use a membrane? ...
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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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How to mount ceramic tiles in a wrought iron frame?

I bought my wife some ceramic house numbers and a wrought iron frame for Christmas. I had assumed I could just pop the numbers into the frame, but that is not the case. The numbers are free floating, ...
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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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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 ...
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Maintainability of natural stone vs porcelain floor tile?

I am planning a kitchen floor retile project, I'm initially researching tile selection. I was comparing two tiles and someone at a big box retailer told me that while marble tiles look nicer, they ...
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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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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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Vacuum sucked in some of the grout between tiles, how to fill the gap?

I was vacuuming these tile floors and the grout came off. Should I fill it with cement? Is it damaging to leave it like this, should I not mop it?
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How to handle 1 inch gap between bathtub tile and drywall?

I have a new tub put in, and tile to go with it in my tub area. The tile is only in my tub area. I have a one inch gap between the tile and the drywall. How do I make it so this edge looks nice. ...
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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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Fix uneven tile

My first tile job has not gone according to plan. This was my previous post on preparing the underlayment for the small mosaic tile. I pulled up the OSB and replaced, re-secured the subfloor, ...
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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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Towel hook in bathroom ceramic tile grout

I few years ago I installed tile on the wall of my bathroom. I needed a little hook for a hand towel in the tile, so I drilled two little holes into the grout in between two tiles and screwed the hook ...
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Installing tile over hardiboard

I'm using hardi backer board under my tile, over a wood subfloor, and I will be using thinset between the hardiboard and the subfloor; can I tile immediately after installing the hardiboard?
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How do I remove spots from my new ceramic tiles?

I just laid dark brown ceramic tile in my kitchen. After grouting and cleaning I still have spots and round circles (from the cleaning bucket's bottom) on the floor. I have tried soap and water and ...
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How can I locate the 2x8 boards beneath subfloor, backer board, mortar, and ceramic tile?

My floor is getting a little creaky in my bathroom. Unfortunately, it has ceramic tile over it (along with mortar and backer board). What I need to do is drill a clearance hole through the grout and ...
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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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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 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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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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Tile backsplash mortar base coat?

I am replacing my tile back splash. When I removed the old tiles, about half of the surfaces were rocklath, while the other half was sheetrock. The sheetrock fell apart and had to be removed while for ...
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Tile adhesive options?

I have been able to find 4 options for put tile in place: Thinset. Traditional use. Can be tricky on walls and ceilings. I've used it. Mastic. Comes in two flavours: High VOC no longer sold in ...
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How can I reattach a ceramic towel bar end bracket to a ceramic tile wall?

the hanging frame on the wall of bath room was broken. If I want to fix myself, what are the tools/materials I should buy and what are the procedures? As shown in the first figure, looks I need to ...
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Installing floor threshold/transition - should I remove existing grout between wood laminate and ceramic tile?

I want to install a wood transition board where wood laminate meets ceramic tile at a basement bathroom doorway. The previous homeowner grouted the joint between the ceramic and the wood laminate ...
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Cutting Wall Tile with Oscillating tool?

Installing a bathroom vanity cabinet. It fits fine, but I need to cut a half inch of the base board tile (tile along the wall, where it meets floor tile) to have the cabinet flush to the wall. I ...
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Ceramic tile on concrete with shrinkage cracks

I am interested in the opinions of any experienced tile-setters here as to ceramic tile or stone laid on concrete regarding crack isolation. I am building a new house with lightweight concrete poured ...
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How would 8x32 tiles look with one vertical seam on shower walls that measure 39.5“ by 35.5” by 39.5"? [closed]

I asked this question yesterday with 8x16 tiles, but today I found this tile in a larger size, 8"x32". The thing is, I made the mistake of putting 2" x 2" tiles on my shower floor of a tile that is ...
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Loose bathroom wall tiles

So after hosing down the bathroom, I started to hear some cracking. I looked at the tiles and they were bulging out from the center. I guess water got into the top and loosened the tiles. I started ...
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Cutting Ceramic Glass Glazed Tile

I have some glass glazed ceramic mosaic tile that I will soon install as our new kitchen backsplash. The tiles are 4" x 4", with pre-scoring into 1" x 1" mosaics with a grout line of 1/16". They are ...
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What could cause my Kitchen tile flooring to come loose and start lifting?

My kitchen tile flooring was subject to water infusion when it was submerged in several inches of water for six hours, due to a leak in our plumbing. Now the 2' by 2' tile and mortared joints are ...
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Addressing un-level floor when using ceramic tile

I am refinishing my bathroom, and a near-future task is flooring. I'm going to be using the Schluter Ditra product rather than hardiboard and I've built up the floor and subfloor for a combined ...
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Ceramic Stain: Removal (from hot water tank)

I was adjusting the hot water tank this afternoon and draining the tank just as part of maintenance since it hadn't been done in who knows how long. The tank looks fairly new (no more than 5 years ...