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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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Need help diagnosing if 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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White stain on grout between tiles. How to clean?

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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Grout in shower stays wet in some spots?

A few years ago I had my shower redone- complete with tiled floor. I believe the contractor did not seal the sanded grout for a few reasons to lengthy to mention. After less then two months the ...
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What is the best way to fix these displaced tiles?

The tiles are complete and intact. Over time they have displaced from their locations. The grout around the tiles have chipped away. What kind of adhesive is required to put these tiles back into ...
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Is a long shower the main cause of this leak? Would clear silicone on all grout lines help?

We are in a brand new house for the past 1 year. From the first month onward, we have noticed water coming out from under the door jamb pictured here. When we put a plastic sheet all over the shower, ...
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Adjustable door threshold bottomed out and grouted in place

Just bought house. Previous owners did some bad renovations by themselves. I noticed lots of bugs coming in. Figured out the wooden kitchen/garage adjustable door threshold was screwed down all the ...
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Should the edge of a tiled shower wall and floor be left unsealed?

Our shower remodel was just completed and our tiler intentionally left the edge of the shower wall and floor unsealed. This seems strange to me but he insisted that it should be left unsealed. He said ...
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How to properly re-caulk this shower?

The caulking in my shower was old and had some mold stains, so I removed it and am planning to re-caulk. After removing the old caulking, I noticed that parts of the removed silicon (the ones removed ...
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Im ready for grouting what to use?

I'm almost ready to grout. What unsanded grout should I use? Is it ok to any if the ones in the picture? The tube will be easier for me. Do I need to use a sealer after? After tiling using the ...
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Why should you add dry mix to water and not the other way round

During renovation I have used all kinds of dry compounds, be it mortar, conrete mix, tile glue, grout, plastering mud, ... On every one of them the instructions say to add the dry mix to water and mix ...
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Cracked grout and leak in shower side wall - short and long-term fix given foundation work?

There is extensive cracking in the grout along the upper portion of our shower side-wall, both inside and outside of our shower. We've also noticed a leak in the shower wall, likely due to the fact ...
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Stain and seal bathroom tiled floor grout - remove upper grout layer?

The grout of our tiled bathroom floor (approximately 8 ft x 6 ft total area ), installed some years ago prior to us purchasing the house, appeared stained in various ways, ranging from a sandy white ...
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Regrouting, what to do with screw holes

We are going to regrout our shower tiles due to some cracks since the technical inspection said it was leaking into the wall which could cause water damage. We removed one soap holder and it seems ...
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Removing grout haze from the grout itself…options?

I just grouted my new shower floor yesterday using a dark gray (pewter) grout that matches the tiles. Looked great going down. I let it sit for a half hour, then began wiping off the excess with a ...
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How to address drywall damage and wet grout from my Travertine tiled shower?

I noticed the paint was bubbling and peeling outside my shower. A plumber told me it was because of the glass shower door and that he sees this kind of water damage a lot and there was nothing to do ...
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How to grout in order to minimize uneven tile spacing? [closed]

I have tiled my shower wall with hexagonal tiles & subway tiles. I am about to grout both walls BUT because the hexagonal tiles don't space out evenly, I am afraid white grout would show the ...
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Tile Grout: Patch up gaps, or strip out grout and regrout the whole thing?

I have tiled walls around a built in enameled tub. The tile itself (4x4) is in excellent condition. However, there are a lot of gaps in the grout, from half an inch to two inches in length, scattered ...
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Grout cracked & discoloured [closed]

My bathroom floor grout has several cracks - and appears to be rusting. See the image for an exemplary area. These cracks appear - in differing severeness - around the bathtub and along the wall, ...
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Caulking corner of showers changed grout color

I just finished up a second shower tiling project in my house. I was excited to see how much more smoothly my second tile job would go than my first. All was good until the final step of caulking the ...
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Best way to do some tile floor repair

So the house I bought had a guy who wishes he was good at doing renovation work but really just sucked. And cut a lot of corners. He didn't put any cement board down under any of the tiled floors.. ie ...
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Advice on re-grouting this shower

The caulking in my shower was starting to grow some mould so I have removed it and discovered the grout in the corners of the shower where two walls meet or where floor meets wall are in bad shape or ...
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REPAIR - Bathtub caulking or grouting between acrylic bathtub and tile

A large chunk of grout came off from the area that covers the joint between our bathtub and the wall tile (see pictures). As I prepare to fix it I would like to know what is the best method to repair ...
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Shower corner has grout covered in caulk

We just moved into a newly flipped house, and one thing we've noticed in the showers are that the vertical corners are filled with grout, and then covered by caulk. I've always been told that any tile ...
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My shower grout is cracked. How can I fix it?

Noticed this because the piece outside the shower was lifting and there was some water around the edge. Is this as simple as getting a grout saw/knife and scraping out the old and putting in new ...
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What spacing difference is acceptable with a contracted tile job? [closed]

What is a reasonable difference in gaps between tiles? We just had our bathroom floor done by Lowe’s (first mistake), and I’m not happy with the outcome, AT ALL. Is this just me being picky, or should ...
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Is grout required behind shower knob trim plate?

Moved into a newly built home recently. I went to change out the walk-in shower faucet and discovered that the tile contractor had omitted the grout behind the shower knob trim piece. They left 2 ...
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Is it possible to use waterproof grout + sealer to fix shower room floor leaks?

I believe the leakage is at the two corners near the curb. If I pour water to two corners, there will be leakage to first floor. My guess is when the remodeler tiled the shower room floor, they broke ...
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Grout or caulk on tile floor to tile wall

My shower has tile floors and walls and the connection between them is very rough and needs to be re-done. It looks like previously there was some caulk added in spots. What is the recommended ...
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How much to grout around receptacle box?

At the tiled wall, when we grout the tiles, should we leave it out around the receptacle box?
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epoxy grout in contact with regular sanded cement grout

We don't have a floor threshold between the bathroom floor and the corridor. is it a bad idea to grout the bathroom floor with epoxy grout and the rest regular grout? what happens if the epoxy grout ...
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What if Grout got Wet?

I thoroughly scraped and re-grouted my shower and applied some sealer (standard unsanded grout and Impregnator 511 sealer), but I am worried I didn't mix/stir the sealer enough or at all (my memory/...
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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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