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Grout near shower drain falling out

I built my house three years ago. The shower has tiled base. Recently the grout surrounding my shower drain has fallen out and it has opened a small crack between shower drain and the tile (images ...
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Tidying up grout lines 24 hours later

My first ever grouting work yesterday went okay, but I rushed through in a bit of a panic as I am new to this. In the light of the next day I'm not entirely happy with the cleanliness of the grout ...
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Grout dries too fast in the bucket

I just finished grouting the wall tile in my new-construction bathroom. I made a point of using a high-quality grout product, and went with Laticrete Permacolor Select (with bright white color packets)...
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Bathroom Grout Cracking

The bathroom was renovated by the previous owner last year and has been seldom used. However, there are cracks found at the joints, e.g. along the red lines. What might be the cause? Was it wrong to ...
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Suggestions for re-grouting/caulking shower

We bought our house anew and didn't notice the uneven grouting job until the grout started to fall off after the first few years. My questions are I suppose I have to remove the existing grout off ...
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Removing grout haze from quarry tile

After grouting about 75 sqft of a 225 sqft quarry tile room we noticed some pretty bad grout haze. I've since learned that with quarry tile it's recommended to seal the tile prior to grouting to help ...
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Tips on Using Epoxy Grout in Shower

I am working on a shower and would like to use epoxy grout on the floor. I have been researching online about epoxy grout and tips to install it. I am looking for someone who has installed epoxy ...
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How to fix moldy grout

My tenant just moved out and I discovered the washroom grout is extremely moldy. It ate away the grout. May I may get suggestions on how to possibly fix this?
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Best way to replace cracking grout/caulk around acrylic bathtub?

I have an acrylic bathtub that meets up against marble tile. I thought this was hard grout at first because it has a gritty finish, but poking at it with a knife reveals it to be somewhat flexible. ...
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What is this rubber seal under the grout in my shower?

I have a shower which has a join between glass and marble which has recently started leaking. As a first step, I've removed the grout for replacement, but it looks like there's some sort of rubber ...
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Grouting tile near a bathtub

I’m doing my first solo tile job, and I’m ready to grout the floor, but I’m not sure what sort of prep I should do near the edge of the bathtub. Obviously, it should be caulk when I’m finished, not ...
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Minimize inconsistent spacing for non-rectified tile

My contractor started tiling the bathroom with these tiles and the spacing between them is all over the place. I pointed it out to the contractor who said the tiles are slightly different sizes. Even ...
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Cracks and holes in tile floor grout. How urgent is this to fix?

This is related to What to do about holes in tile grout?, but it involves a whole-house tile floor rather than a shower, and my question is not about how to repair it, but how urgent the repair is. ...
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Can this tile seam be repaired?

We have lived in this house for 7 years and are just now noticing that the grout has worn through in two spots on the shower floor. The rest of the grout lines seem intact to me and I do not see any ...
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Black grout leaves porcelain tile pockmarked

I am applying Prism Charcoal color grout to this exact brand of small hexagonal porcelain tile and there is a very noticeable collection of black dots on all tiles (see below) after wiping. Nothing ...
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How should I repair this hole in my tile grout?

I have a section on a grout line where there's a white/grey dot. Is this a hole? How do I touch it up? Can I just apply grout sealer?
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How to fix moldy caulking over grout in bathtub corners?

As part of the cosmetic updates for the bath, I decided to remove the moldy caulking where the tile meets the bathtub. It looks like the previous owner put the caulk over the grout, I'm assuming ...
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1/2" to 3/4" gap between tub and tile

The question has been asked on this forum before about what to do when tilers have started the tile too high from the tub. But my gap is even larger, and I have tried the caulk solution to ugly effect,...
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How to properly reseal shower tile

I renovated a bathroom last year which includes a curbless shower. I have few complaints. One of them is I think I didn't seal the shower grout well enough. I have applied bottle/brush sealer a few ...
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Stains in grout

For a tiling job, I used this charcoal grout: After a few days, as indicated by the instructions, I applied this sealer: A few minutes after applying the sealant, these white stains appeared ...
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Water leaking through floor grout next to tub

We purchased a home last year. Found that there is a leak in the basement after the shower runs. Through several weeks of investigation, including opening walls and basement ceiling, we have located ...
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How do I make a pink-powdered-sand grout to seal outdoor stone patio?

I brought back some pink powdered sand from a recent vacation. I want to use it to grout and seal a stone patio I laid at the bottom of an outdoor stairwell with a drain. How should/can I do this?
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What type of cement (grout) to use when fixing pool tiles and walls?

The cement in between the tiles on my pool is breaking, also, some parts of the wall near the pool are also breaking. I'm a total newbie regarding cement and similar materials, so I'm at a loss on ...
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How can I remove grout residue from dark slate tile?

Before you start, yes, I did know that grout would be hard to remove from the slate. So did the guy doing the job, as I made sure that we discussed it before hand. I was of the impression that he ...
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Removing old caulk to clean mold, started pulling up unknown layer

I'm removing some old caulk from my tub to deal with some mildew (photo below). While stripping the caulk, I've started pulling up an unknown piece behind the caulk (second photo). My initial thought ...
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Water making its way out of the shower pan, bubbling laminate floor. Grout in shower floor stays wet

How do I keep the water inside my shower?? I'm getting water blisters in the laminate floor outside my shower. My shower is about 3 years old. The enclosure was hot-mopped hardie-backer cement board. ...
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Do I have to fix cracked grout right away or not?

I've got some cracked grout on my shower back walls. I'm a noob when it comes to home stuff. I'd like to find out if it's something that has to be fixed as soon as possible, or it's just more a ...
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what is covering the grout in my shower and how do I repair it?

I recently moved and the bathroom (and shower) floor is tile with large grout lines between it. In the shower there is signs of wear on the grout and it appears it was sealed somehow and the sealant ...
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Replacing Grout Around Kitchen Sink

first time poster, hope someone can help. The grout around my kitchen sink is old and broken, and I'd like to replace it. Not sure if it would be better with grout or caulk (I've never used grout, ...
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Terracotta tile grout problems

I have a handyman installing terracotta tile in a kitchen remodel I'm doing. Most of it is looking pretty good, but the grout is having difficulty in some places; the grout was put down in two layers. ...
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Advice on grouting wall tiles with gaps between wall and tile

I have a bathroom wall that I'm wanting to re-grout. I've removed the old grout, and have found there's a space between the back of the tiles and the wall. The tiles seem pretty solid though (after ...
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How to prevent this shower floor buildup?

I keep getting this white buildup in my shower floor and I'm not sure how to stop it. I'm able to remove it if I plug off the drain, fill the basin with vinegar, and scrub really hard. But when I did ...
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Pavers mortared to cement - how to grout joints

In my front yard I have a curved walkway made out of cement. The cement walkway is about 45 inches wide and sits on top of some compacted dirt. This past weekend I used some exterior thinset mortar (...
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I put caulking in between tiles that had grout already underneath it. What do I do?

My floor tiles had unsealed grout already in between the tiles. I went to Home Depot and bought a “sealant”, but it was actually caulking. I ended up putting caulk over top the unsealed grout in ...
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Caulk on top of grout in tiled shower

We have a tiled shower that is grouted. The installer put caulk on top of grout where the wall and floor meet and the corners where the walls meet. Problem is, the caulk mildews and disintegrates. ...
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Removing cracked grout without damaging tile and granite

How and what tools would I need to remove grout without damaging the tile backsplash and granite countertop. The cabinet has settled and crack appears on the whole length of the countertop was ...
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Replaced tile grout-soaking up moisture and comes out on my hand

I replaced the grout in my shower tiles the other day. I removed a good layer of the old grout and applied new grout on top. All looked fantastic for 48 hours until I used the shower. Now the grout ...
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Why is grout at tub edge disintegrating?

1 year ago I remodeled my bathroom. Tile guy did a cheapo job. After the fact, I used a clear silicon to line the edge between the tile and the tub. Now I see this deterioration of the grout at the ...
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Shower grout or alternative

I was told to regrout my shower. I was wondering if there is an alterative to it. I was thinking of using caulk For grout, I was thinking of using pre-mixed grout such as "SimpleGrout" which ...
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How can I confirm whether there is a leak in my shower threshold?

I had my shower remodeled about 3 years ago and recently have started to notice some issues in the grout around the threshold. There appears to be some mineral deposits at the base of the threshold on ...
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How do I remove the cistern lid that has been grouted in?

My tiler grouted the cistern lid against the wall a few months back. Only realized when the toilet started leaking and I couldn't open it. What is the best way to get rid of the grout and try and ...
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What other materials besides grout and caulk may have been used in my shower?

I have a tiled standing shower in my bathroom and the grout is starting to crack in some areas, so I would like to repair it. The grout between the tiles is sanded grout, but the material in the ...
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How to clean a white stain on dark grout?

I have black matte finish shower tiles with black grout. I have scrubbed the tiles and grout with a 1:2:1 peroxide:baking soda:dish soap ratio. Tile and grout cleaned up and all soap scum removed but ...
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Is this a bad tile job?

We're nearing the end of our remodel and we're not happy with the backsplash. We apparently chose a hard tile to work with as there are a lot of little pieces (but sheeted 12x12). Knowing we chose a ...
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Mapei Aqua Defense Repair

I used Mapei's aqua defense to waterproof my shower curb, floor and walls after gutting the shower, and redoing the curb, shower floor mud bed and hanging new durock. So far I've only installed the ...
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Concerned about grouting pre-sealed pebble floor

I installed pebble tile on my shower floor, but haven't grouted it yet. I read to pre-seal before grouting, but later read a warning to only apply sealer to the top of the tile and be careful not to ...
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What's the easiest way to remove tile flooring off a cement foundation?

We're wondering if removing the tile that's on our concrete foundation is too hard for us to do ourselves. Question: Is there a way to do it that makes it a little easier and faster? We want to ...
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Mixing slate stacked stone panel ledger and porcelain tile on shower wall - selecting thinset, grout and sealer?

I'm redoing my shower from scratch and fell in love with the combination of this Slate Multicolor Porcelain Tile and Splitface Slate Panel Ledger: I have limited experience with tiling and have ...
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Tile grout lines?

I have laid some new tiles in my hallway and they are a larger tile with what looks like a grout recess to make them look like 4 smaller tiles. My question is, are those lines meant to be grouted or ...
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Why did the grout turn white on my slate patio?

I had my patio grouted 3 days ago, allowed to dry 2 days, then power washed, allowed to dry. The grout was a medium gray unsanded on a lighter gray slate. Now the tile has a light haze and the grout ...

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