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Porcelain is is a ceramic material made by heating materials, generally including kaolin, in a kiln to temperatures between 1,200 and 1,400 °C (2,200 and 2,600 °F). The toughness, strength, and translucence of porcelain, relative to other types of pottery.

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Large Format Wet Saw - 12"x48" Porcelain Planks

New to tile, I'm laying 3500 sq ft on a concrete slab. Planks are 12"x48". I'm going to invest in a good wet saw, but I'm having trouble finding a saw I can rip 48" planks. Also, cross ...
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How deep should I dig to lay 20mm thick porcelain paving?

I've seen various different recommendations for laying porcelain paving slabs. The main difference seems to be whether a concrete layer is added on top of the hardcore. Most guides (like this one) ...
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Thinset too dry before laying tile? Not dry enough?

Yesterday I laid 6x36 wood-look porcelain tile in my bedroom using a mapei ultraflex LFT thinset directly to the concrete slab. It's been 24 hours, and I am now pulling off the top tab of the spacers ...
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Possible to adjust tile layout halfway though?

tiling a 100 sqft bathroom with 12x24 porcelain tile. I am about 1/3rd done and called it quits for the day. I used a laser level but I think I messed up or it shifted (first time tiling anything) and ...
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How can I tell if my tile is ceramic or porcelain?

I need to drill into some tile. How can I tell if it's ceramic or porcelain? I want to use the correct drill bit.
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Tiling on 1/4" SurePly + 1/2" OSB fixed subfloor?

I have an insulated subfloor that is ramset in a concrete foundation. The supports for the subfloor are spaced at 16 inches. Most of the flooring are vinyl click tiles, but the bathroom will have ...
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How to fix uneven sink bowl

We have a sink and cabinet we like, but the sink has two spots, one on either side of the drain, where the porcelein has formed a bowl and collects water. So after the sink has "emptied" ...
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How to measure and cut oddly shaped tile

I really like this tile my wife found, but I'm concerned about installation. I've tiled a good amount, but always rectangular tiles. How would one cut an odd shaped tile like this? Would I need to ...
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Can a crack in a sink be fixed?

Putting apartment up for rent. Just want to fix this hairline crack without replacing the whole sink. It's about 1/16" deep (can just feel it with the tip of your fingernail) Is it possible? How?...
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Underlayment for using porcelain tile outdoors?

Rebuilding an outdoor deck in upstate NY with 6" X 24" porcelain tile. The foundation will be a 6" concrete bed with rebar. Confused about the need for and the order in which the ...
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How to deal with Densheild to drywall transition disparity

I'm in the process of tiling now (porcelain tile). I noticed that the seam between the Densheild and the drywall is slightly not even. Do I need to use the all purpose compound (used for dry wall) to ...
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Remove glued gasket from swing-top bottle stoppers [closed]

I would like to remove gaskets around ceramic/porcelain swing-top bottle stoppers (also called flip-top or Quillfeldt stopper). It cannot be cut easily and seems strongly glued. I tried boiling ...
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How to seal porcelain so that the sink will be easier to clean?

I have an old porcelain sink. When the sink is dirty it takes a lot of scrubbing to get it clean. Can I put something on it so that it will be less absorbent? I am considering this procedure: https:...
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Getting rid of black shadow/stain in toilet caused by interaction of iron sponge with anticalc + toilet gel with bleach

There was a lot of stains down in the puddle (?) of my toilet and toilet gel (that has bleach/javel in it, this product) and anticalc (the spray to wash lime scale off) and toilet brush didn't help. ...
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Should I seal sandstone? Based in UK

Deciding between porcelain 18mm and sandstone 24mm both grey. The porcelain cost about 1/3 more however if i have to seal the sandstone the cost isnt that different and over time probably works out ...
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Cutting back of pedestal

We have poorly fitting pedestal sink in powder room, because the pedestal has hole in bottom that doesn’t line up with pipes coming through floor. Is there a way to cut away the bottom porcelain hole ...
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Large hole in porcelain kitchen sink - is it fixable?

My wife dropped a cutting board in the sink today and we ended up with quite a large hole. I believe the sink is porcelain. This is not ideal as she was planning on doing a lot of holiday cooking. I’...
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Enlarge opening in porcelain tile already tiled

I have some small porcelain tiles, hexagonal, each approximately the same size as a tennis ball. The tiles have already been hung on the wall, cement board using a tile glue. I am installing a wall ...
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Underlayment for Enclosed porch

I want to install porcelain tile in my glass enclosed porch. Presently there is a 6” x 5/4” pressure treated lumber for the floor. The floor is only 2 years old and in very good condition. Can I use 1/...
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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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Cutting notch out of tile- least wasteful/ fastest option

I have a piece of 12 inch square porcelain tile that I need to cut notch out of one side to fit around doorway. Notch is about 1/3 way down one side and is 4 inches wide by 2 inch deep towards center ...
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Nominal size (shrinkage) for 3 x 12 porcelain tile bullnose trim?

What is the range of acceptable shrinkage for porcelain tile trim? The trim is advertised at the supplier site as 3" x 12"; the actual trim is 2 5/8" x 11 3/4". I did some online research before ...
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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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How long can I shower with tub chips?

My tub has recently developed some 1" to 1 1/2" tub chips. I've already purchased the porcelain repair touch-up solution, but haven't gotten around to applying it yet. See the following photo. How ...
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Is Kerabond T with additive okay for under Ditra Heat?

I'm looking to install porcelain tile over Ditra heat mat in our kitchen. From what I read you need to use a modified thinset for under the ditra mat(over plywood subfloor), and unmodified for over ...
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How to make sure the toilet bowl won't break after abuse?

Caught workers using the uninstalled toilet bowl I bought a week ago, as a stepping stool. I know that porcelain is fragile and deadly when they break under stress, how do i know that one is broken ...
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Can a porcelain sink be fired again to repair surface cracks?

I have a very large pedestal bathroom sink that has some micro cracks in the glazing. The cracks are around the drain plug. I think this damage occurred before I purchased the home by the owner ...
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