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Diagnosing problem with new shower grout--coming off to the (dry) touch and cracks/holes appearing

We just moved into a newly constructed apartment (construction finished on this unit at least 8 weeks ago). When I set my hand on the shower wall getting in and out, I noticed that a powder stuck to ...
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Cleaning Edwardian tiles found under more recent tiles

We removed some river-pebble-effect tiles in our hall, and found period (1910ish) tiles underneath. We have an area of about 2m², still with lots of the adhesive from the overlaid tiles. Otherwise ...
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How should I handle cracked grout in my two bathrooms?

Both bathrooms have cracked grout where the tile meets the tub. They were done by a contractor 2.5 years ago. The second picture shows a crack going away from the tub between tiles. This bathroom has ...
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What is the best proportion mix cement, sand and aggregate to use in mosaics?

I am pouring mosaic concrete stepping stones to be placed in a city sidewalk. The mosaic will go face down into a form and the concrete poured from the back. I have been having problems with my test ...
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Would this type of backsplash tile not require grout?

I’m looking at this particular backsplash tile which is unusual in that there’s really no gaps between pieces: https://www.homedepot.com/p/MSI-Alaska-Gray-Splitface-12-in-x-12-in-x-10mm-Marble-Mesh-...
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Should I grout the walls or floor first?

I have finished tiling my shower and am ready to grout. The walls are LFT 6x24 tiles and the floor is natural stone pebbles. The grout color for the wall tiles is slightly darker than the grout color ...
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Wall in middle of tile floor: grout lines don't match

A contractor is installing tile in the first floor of my house. The floor plan is open, with the living room and kitchen separated by a wall that spans a portion of the floor. The installer laid tile ...
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Grout and/or thinset flushed in septic system

All. My contractor is awful. If we weren't almost done with the project, I would kick him off my property and sue him. Anyway, it appears that he dumped excess thinset or grout into my basement ...
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Orange material in grout lines - need help to identify

Having recently moved into a new (resale) house, I looked closely at the grout lines on one of the tiled shower floors and noticed many small gaps in the grout lines with an unidentified orange ...
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When to wipe off grout Haze

So I just finished my first tile job and grouted it. I got most of the grout off with the float then smoothed the joints with a sponge while getting some grout off. What I can't seem to find a clear ...
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How to clean a new tile floor with single component grout without causing damage to the grout

I installed porcelain floor tile with this single component grout. I did the initial cleanup of excess grout with a damp sponge. House cleaners will be coming one week after I installed the grout. How ...
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Choosing a grout color for a large brick patio

I am install a large brick patio, about 500 sq. ft. We are planning to use a sand grout but want to get a sand color rather than a grey color. Is this possible and, if so, how?
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What areas of a shower are the most prone to moisture & mold?

This may sound like an obvious question but I am thinking of a specific diagram which I have seen in the past which I cannot locate. It showed a sort of diagonal division between the wettest areas ...
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Using epoxy grout instead of silicone caulk?

Is epoxy grout more flexible than traditional grout? Assuming it is, just because normal epoxy has some flexibility, could epoxy grout be used instead of silicone caulk in specific places in a ...
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Shower leaking out the grout

First off, I am not very handy, and my husband is even less so. We have lived in our house almost 2 years and it is 13 years old. During the inspection, I believe the grout in the corners was ...
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Accidentally removed grout behind bathtub caulk, necessary to replace?

I got so excited my first time removing caulk that I believe I have removed some grout as well that was behind the caulk. Of course, I'm most worried about water damage, so is it best to replace the ...
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How to effectively patch/recaulk small crevices between bathtub and bathroom tile?

There was some mold growing inside the caulk at one corner of my tub so I cut it out. In doing this I discovered I have a few small gaps in the old caulk I'd like to fill. I want to practice ...
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Removing Shower Tiles from Waterproof membrane

I am looking to re-grout some tiles in the shower which have come loose. However I have a couple of tiles which have completely broken. However while trying to remove half the tile, it is really ...
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How to add colour to grout for wall tiles

I'm preparing to tile a bathroom wall with white 100x200mm tiles. For aesthetic reasons, I'd like to use contrasting grout in a bright vivid colour. All the pre-coloured grouts I can find for sale are ...
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Can you change the color of caulk when staining grout in a bathroom?

I recently had my bathroom renovated, including floor and shower tiles. I love the tile color, but the grout I chose dried a few shades lighter than I expected. I did some research and found that ...
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Can I install porcelain tile without grout joints on a fireplace?

I understand the need of grout lines and I did have grout lines for bathroom and kitchen project. But as a DIY with request from the spouse (who hates seeing the grout lines), we plan to cover the ...
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Should I be able to damage colored grout seal with a toothbrush?

We recently had our home's tile cleaned and sealed with a colored grout. The sealant was Spectrum Mfg. Corp's Grout Sealant. Their marketing blurb says ...you can expect wear up to 15 years that ...
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Walked on new grout too soon

So a certain someone (my husband) “accidentally” walked on our newly grouted porcelain tile floor about 3 hours after it had been finished. While nothing looks disturbed, are we destined to have ...
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Cracked grout at shower floor/wall intersections - how much do I remove?

The grout where the walls and floor meet in our tile shower was deteriorating. My project for the week is removing it and sealing the shower, then replacing with silicone caulk. One big concern I ...
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To reduce shrinkage, is it wise to mix sanded grout with unsanded grout?

Is it ok to mix sanded with unsanded grout provided the grout is from the same manufacturer? I'm using Home Depots Polyblend product.
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How can I fix hairline cracks in brand new grout?

I have brand new grout in a shower done by a pro. Merely two months later it is already cracking. The contractor is telling me that house movement can cause this. (I'm not sure if he's full of it? Can ...
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Should I put grout or something else between hardwood floor and slate stone gap?

This is a new hardwood floor that is next to my slate stone flooring: The cut was nice and there is about an inch gap in between: My hardwood floor guy recommended to just leave it like that and not ...
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What to use between tiles and door?

I'm seeing this sort of interface where grout has been placed between the wall tiles and the door jamb. Is that the best material to use? Why not silicone? And how about aluminium angle trim? Or is ...
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Is there a proven technique for removing grout joints without chipping porcelain tiles?

Because of effloresence appearing on my porcelain tiled deck after rain events, I am planning to replace the existing grout with epoxy grout which will create a waterproof barrier. But I first need ...
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Shower Grout Coming Up - How to redo?

The floor of the shower is a bunch of irregular stones with grout between them. After about 12-16 months in the house the grout started to come up. I suspect that I needed to have reapplied water ...
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Bathroom shower grout stain mystery

I completely redid my shower with quartzite slabs. The ground was done in glass chiclets and bright white sanded grout. About two weeks later we noticed this stain bleeding in from the bottom edge of ...
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Removing calcium carbonate deposits without damaging tiles

I live in an area with hard water, leading to calcium carbonate deposits all over my tiled bathroom. I want them gone, but I don't want to risk damaging the tiles. The red arrow points at deposits ...
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Removing grout from tile pores

What's the best way to remove grout from the tiny pores in backsplash tiles? I tried grout haze remover and distilled white vinegar without much success. I am not sure if there is a certain amount of ...
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How can I cover grout lines and gaps against cabinetry and base trim?

In the picture below I have an area of my floor that is finished. However on different parts of the floor, the last owner never finished portions of the floor. It looks like they just extended the ...
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How soon after sealing grout can you use a shower?

I used Mapei Grout Maximizer to seal the grout. How long does it need to dry before we can use the shower?
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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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How can I prevent water from seeping through grout joints of porcelain tiles on exterior deck?

A deck above living space was repaired last summer after discovering water damage below. After installing a waterproof pvc membrane manufactured by Duradeck, porcelain tiles were set. I recently ...
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What would make a good temporary joint filler between vinyl tile?

I'm living with the peal and stick home depot tile that could be installed either grouted or groutless. I chose the latter. I have lots of dirt catchers now. Yesterday I was patching the walls ...
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When does it make sense to use a grout pen?

I have a tile shower that is functional, but has some undesirable things about it: The tile is white but much of the grout has become stained dark There are areas where the grout has started eroding ...
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How to fill a large exterior settlement gap between wall and courtyard

I'm looking for the best way to restore appearance and seal a gap after a settlement problem. It's a 20 year old house with a flagstone courtyard surrounded by cultured stone walls. The flagstone was ...
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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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Filling 2“ gap between a tub and existing floor tiles for 30” bathtub in 32" tub opening

As the title suggests, I have a 30" tub in a 32" tub opening. When the tub is centered, there is an inevitable 2" gap between the tub skirt and the existing floor tiles. The 2" gap excludes the 3/8" ...
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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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Protect tile grout from wood stain when staining fireplace surround

We just had a new gas fireplace installed and the contractors built a wooden surround / mantel for it, but I asked them to leave the staining / finishing to me (I'm a hobbyist furniture maker, so I ...
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Grout spacing for large format wall tiles

I have selected large format Porcelanosa wall tiles (33.3 cm x 100 cm) for a bathroom. From the brochures I have seen, these tiles tend to be mounted with a very minimal, almost invisible grout ...
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What will I need to repair the grout in a small section of my bathroom?

I had my bathroom redone last year. Everything is still perfect except for this one tile that popped up just a little bit.Visually it does not bother me at all, but the cracks in the grout worry me ...
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Grout recommendation and how to get at corners?

I have a shower where some grout has fallen out at the corners, where the walls meet the floor. I went to home depot and they sell a few types of sanded grout (the gaps are 1/8" or more). I saw a ...
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Water seeping from grout in tile shower

I have water seeping from the grout where the wall of my shower meets the floor. (The tile is travertine, in case that's relevant). In the picture below, the shower hasn't been used in over 24 hours, ...
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Spacing when transitioning tile size

I'm putting down my first ceramic tile floor. I need to transition from 18 inch to 6 inch tile for part of my design. I've been installing the 18 inch tile with 1/4 inch spacing for looks. I'd like ...
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Tiling shower- filling gaps between tile and drywall

Hi all – I would love some creative ideas to fill a couple of small gaps left by a bad tile installation job. Tile goes most of the way up the wall in the shower stall, and then backer board. There ...