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Can I add grout to existing grout to raise the level?

I grouted my bathroom floor a few days ago and was running out of grout and tried to spread it out to cover. As a result there are a couple low spots. Can I regrout over top of it?
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How to install half pieces when doing subway tiles

When installing a subway tile layout in a shower, how does one install the half pieces that will occur on the ends? Do you just cut the tile in half, flip it so the flat side is facing towards the ...
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Removing grout from perimeter of counter and backsplash?

The previous homeowners of my house remodeled the kitchen and without looking too close, everything might look professionally done, but unfortunately we're left trying to correct a lot of these bad ...
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Cloudy white film spots on surface of stone sealer

After sealing a stone tile surface outdoors, these white cloudy spots appeared within a day or two. They appear more frequently near the grout than the tile, but not exclusively. What caused this, and ...
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Is grout in the toilet a plumbing clog concern?

I recently had a bathroom tiling job gone bad. There were a number of issues. One thing I noticed this morning was that the bottom of the toilet has what appears to be dried up grout mixture. ...
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Filling gap between bottom of tiles and shower pan?

I'd like to fill a gap between the bottom of my tiles and the bottom of my shower pan. The shower pan is fiberglass. I'm considering using an epoxy to fill this void, and I want to put tiles on top, ...
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Removing grout with oscillating tool: too narrow/too high?

I just tried an oscillating tool with a carbide blade to remove grout from between wall tiles in a less visible bathroom area, and despite starting very carefully I'm chipping tiles all up and down ...
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The top grout line in the shower wall tile is about 2 inches. How can it be fixed?

I just had my old bathtub/shower insert replaced with a tub insert and the walls tiled to the ceiling. When it was "finished" the grout line from the ceiling to the top of the tile is about 2 inches. ...
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Sanded Grout in Stone Tile Floor Keeps Disintegrating

Our house has a stone tile kitchen floor installed by a previous owner. Since we bought the home 15 years ago, we've had a problem with the grout between the tiles crumbling in certain places. I ...
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Brand new Grout repair dried darker than existing brand new grout

I have a tile floor that was installed 2 weeks ago. There are a few spots that we needed to repair the grout. I scraped out the grout About 1/2 way down or more and replaced it with the same exact ...
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Regrouting countertop/backspash joint - masking tape to simplify cleanup?

I have a granite kitchen countertop with a tile backspash. The grout in the joint where the tile abuts the countertop is crumbling, and I'm planning to scrape out as much as I can and replace it with ...
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removing grout from very narrow gaps between tiles?

Wanting to re-grout wall tiles in the bathroom, I realize that the gaps between tiles are very uneven from area to area, and are sometimes too narrow for either the oscillating tool's 1/8 inch blade ...
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How to remove Tile levelling clips (T-type) that have partially broken off?

After laying my tile, some of the T-levelling clips broke off above the tile. Unfortunately as a result I have small clip bits poking up above the tile. Any ideas on how to remove them before I grout?...
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Grouting a very very small area

I've just grouted my bathroom tiles - first time grouter here - and I've missed a tiny area between two tiles. Unfortunately I've used all of my grout! Do I have to buy and mix another batch or is ...
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DIY Grout / Caulk

I have my adult son living in my basement. He noticed water dripping about a month ago, then it stopped. A month later he noticed it again. My son in law suggested it may be from the missing caulking ...
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Dupont grout sealer on vinyl tile OK?

Hi I got some Dupont grout sealer for the grout lines around some vinyl tile. Realized the bottle says use for ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile. Don't know if that means I can't use it on grout if ...
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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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Fix/redo grout between ceramic tile and wood laminate before putting down threshold (transition)?

I want to put a floor threshold between a bathroom (ceramic tile) and hallway (wood laminate). I bought, cut, and stained a wood threshold (transition) to fit the door frame, so I would like to use ...
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Can you lay hardwood on concrete floor using mortar and grout?

Is it possible to lay wood planks on tile mortar and grout in between with 1/8" gaps, like you would tile. I have a concrete slab sub floor that is all above ground level. I live in North Central ...
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Can you help me match this grout?

Could someone help me match the grout that appears in the picture. I realize that many grouts have similar tones and that the picture is probably not accurate enough for identification but maybe you'...
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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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Can you waterproof Luxury Vinyl Tile floors without grout?

My questions are on the use of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring - my preference is to use the LVT without grout. However, I'm skeptical on how well the LVT will hold up to moisture without the grout ...
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Correct order of operations for caulking + sealing bathroom tile?

Around my bathtub I have tile, and the old latex caulk where the tub and tile meet is cracked so I've removed all the caulk and am ready to put new silicone caulk down. However, I would also like to ...
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What could this white substance on grout be?

What could this white substance that appears on our shower grout be? I had cleaned it off less than 12 hours before this picture. Overnight, we had a space heater on in the bathroom to dry out some ...
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New grout yesterday, efflorescence today - what do I do?

I just finished grouting my kitchen floor with unsanded dark gray grout (near-black "charcoal" according to the box, also it contains portland cement). Not long after the first section I started ...
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How grout entire floor without disturbing the grout?

It's my first time grouting a floor (5x9' bathroom). The tiles are 2" hex. I figured I would only be able to do half the floor at a time to avoid disturbing the grout when it's soft. Is this true, ...
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What is the best way to clean grout to make it white again without removing it and regrouting

What is best/ easiest way to clean or make grout white again without removing it and regrouting? The grout is not chipping or missing. Remodeling hotel room
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How to caulking a bathtub with various size edge between wall and tub

Background: Bathtub was re-caulked by maintenance few months ago. 2-3 months after the caulk that the guy put in fell out. Given few other things that maintenance did that were poor jobs I am not ...
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Ceramic tile on conrete floor: caulk or grout to cinder block wall

I plan on tiling a laundry room concrete floor. Two adjacent walls are cinder block. I know NOT to use grout between tiled walls and floors or it will crack. However, since there should be little or ...
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Caulk or Grout the base of a toilet?

I recently re-tiled my bathroom floor and removed the toilet to do so. I noticed that the builders had used grout around the base of the toilet when I was removing it and demoing the tile. Should I ...
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How should I grout when there's a combination of natural stone and glass tiles?

My tile sheets are a mixture of linear slate and glass and I would like to know to grout when there's a combination. The concern is that the grout (unsanded) will stick to the natural stone and ruin ...
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Groutable vinyl tile in a laundry room. Is it a bad idea?

I'm going to put new vinyl tiles on top of old sheet vinyl floor, in a laundry room. My wife wants to use what's called Luxury Vinyl Tiles, which have a rounded edge and are groutable. There are ...
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What should I use to reattach loose tile?

Two loose tiles in my bathroom. Is their any product that holds better than the rest?
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Are grout lines or gaps required for expansion with ceramic tile?

Why do I need grout line for expansion ? I have them in the field but on the side wall around a floor vent there is almost no room and the vent will virtually cover the joints.
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Do I seal just the grout or the tiles and grout?

I just tiled the bathtub alcove and it came out great. Now I need to seal the grout. My question is, do i seal just the grout lines or do I apply the seal on the tiles and the grout? Thank you.
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How can I make this tile floor smoother?

I just had a shower built using 12x12 sheets of 2x2 mosaic tiles. The edges of the tile have hard edges. I didn't notice this until a couple of days after the install. What can be done to make these ...
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Is there a downside to using epoxy grout?

Other than cost and more complexity of install is there a downside to using epoxy grout?
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What to use to seal grout in shower

I have just re-newed grout (in my less than one year old shower installed by builders) that on close examination had slight cracks but never the less water got through and soaked my bedroom carpet ...
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Tile spacing both above and below 1/8", what type of grout should I use?

I've laid tile sheets for my back splash in my kitchen. The tiles on the sheets are not exactly the same by length (in comparison to the corresponding tile on another sheet). Therefore I have grout ...
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What is the best way to repair and prevent cracking grout in a shower stall?

The grout in my main shower has developed cracks. They started small but over time they have grown and there are actual crevices in the grout. I've been using my guest shower so as to not cause mold ...
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Can new grout be layered on top of old grout?

I had a shower updated by a professional contractor. He removed all the old tile and floor pan. There are several areas I'm concerned about. There are gaps all across the tiles. There are spots ...
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Is grout faulty if it has some color variation, or just drying out?

hi just had my new bathroom installed and tiled the tile used Ivory grout but when I am looking at 3 days later most of it is Ivory but there are a few cream areas in grout not sure if it is still ...
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Tub surrond caulking question

My contractor just completed replacing the tub surround. the walls are tiled from the tub to the ceiling. A few things I'm not too sure about, and would like to get some opinions. The contractor did ...
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What do I use to fill in the crack between the wall and floor of my tiled bathrooms?

Yesterday I had an energy audit performed on my home which revealed sever leakage of air from the floors in both my bathrooms. The inspector told me to fill the cracks but was vague as to what would ...
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What sand is best for thin-set mortar?

I understand that unmodified thin-set mortar is typically 25-35% portland with most of the balance being a fine sand. If I wanted to make my own where could I obtain this fine sand? What is it ...
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What type of caulk should I use for bathroom tile?

So I have a bathroom that has a tile floor, a small tile baseboard, and a tiled shower that has tile on the walls and floor. The builder used grout everywhere and so after a while, pretty much all of ...
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What is this spongy grout?

I had a contractor do some tile work on my house and I noticed the grout is sort of spongy and soft. It doesn't feel like the grout around the rest of my tiles. Anyone know what this could be? Is ...
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What to do about holes in tile grout?

In the bathroom of our new house, the grout between our tiles in the shower room seem to have occasional "bubbles" or gaps and I'm concerned that it might allow water in, especially since this is ...
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Drain clogged by grout

The contractor I hired to tile my basement bathroom dumped a bunch if grout sand down the drain. it is clogged solid now that the plumbers came back to do their water test. we have been trying to get ...
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Should I use caulk to fix cracking grout in a shower?

We had our contractor tile in the window in our shower. It started cracking almost immediately, and he's filled in the cracks a couple times. It keeps cracking. I assume due to the temperature ...