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How to cut rubber spacers on mosaic tile

I'm using this mosaic tile as a backsplash in our bathroom. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Jeffrey-Court-Karats-White-10-625-in-x-11-125-in-Hexagon-Polished-Marble-Gold-Metal-Floor-and-Wall-Mosaic-Tile-0-...
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Is 6 holes in ceramic tiles the life of a drill bit?

I have always been unwilling to drill into ceramic tiles for fear of cracking them. But tomorrow, I am having a tile wall demolished, so I figured today I would get some drilling practice in while the ...
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What varnish for ceramic tile paint on floor? [closed]

I've painted my bathroom floor tiles with Maison Deco Refresh floor paint, a product newly available at Home Base (I'm in the UK). The paint is mostly durable enough but it does seem to chip slightly ...
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How do I seal shower wall if no space for seam tape?

I had to remove a section of my shower wall for plumbing repairs. The wall is currently drywall. I want to fill the hole with Fiberock. I was unable to remove the tiles from the drywall, so I had ...
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Tiling exterior an exterior corner -are there any other options other than mitering the tiles or using bullnose tiles?

In the figure below I marked with red the outside corner I am talking about As far as I can see I could use bull nose tiles ore try to miter the tiles (which seems to be difficult as you need special ...
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Should one use modified thinset when using a waterproof membrane like Redguard?

As far as I understand they require us to use unmodified thin set when using Kerdi™ boards or the like. Because they are waterproof, in case you would use modified thinset this will trap the moisture ...
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Is non-sag mortar appropriate for large tile on walls?

I am learning about thinsets and their use. As far as I can understand when it says large tiles it basically means no sag. Now in my understanding a tile wont sag on the wall unless some horizontal ...
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Am I breaking any design rules for the tile layout of this walls? [closed]

I am trying to find a way to make this tile layout look the best it could Do you see any way to make that 6.76" tile cut disappear? I know I am supposed to keep the cuts above 1/2 of the size of ...
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Thinset not drying

I've done tile before, but never used a premix mortar before. Typically I'd lay one day, grout the next. I had a small area in the basement about 5'x18" to replace with 6" tiles. I scrubbed ...
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How to fix rusty tub lip

I recently had plumbing repairs in my shower and they had to remove a section of the wall. I discovered that the tub lip in one corner has rusted badly. The rest of the tub lip has little to no rust ...
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tiling a floor that is not flat

I want to tile a concrete floor that has 1950s tile already installed on part of it. The problem is, one edge is out of flat with a slope change of almost 1" in the last 2 feet. Other than that ...
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Vertical Cement board substrate required

Last fall I built a hearth with porcelain tile for our wood stove. It was raised about 6". I built base hearth portion by framing up the location, laying down 2 sheets of 1/2" ply (glued ...
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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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Tile in shower and how to deal with drywall

Quick question for the pros out there. My previous shower (installed in the 90s) had full length fiberglass panels adhered to the drywall behind it. I am planning to replace these and the drywall ...
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Tiles above concrete, with electrical conduits

To convert part (about 3x8 meters) of the unused attic to a storage area, I want to tile the concrete subfloor with ceramic tiles. The problem is that there are several corrugated flexible hose pipes ...
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How do I securely fasten a sliding door floor guide?

I have a sliding door in a room with tile and it recently came off. I didn't realize it was just being held in by what looks like tape. What is the proper way to securely fasten the guide to the floor?...
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Using 1/4” cement board for shower wall

I realize using 1/4” cement board for a tiled shower wall is a general no-no, but I’m trying to find a creative work around here. I’m trying to build a tile enclosure for an existing shower pan in a ...
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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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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 to fix ceiling tiles that are drooping

In front of my house entrance a few tiles were drooping down, and I'm wondering what's easiest way to fix them, so that at least they won't drop and hurt anyone? I'm thinking about using screws but ...
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Time efficient clean up of large areas and small but important areas

I have: a large area/wall with tiles (bathroom) and a smaller area with tiles on top and around the kitchen/food counter. The grout etc is fine, I was wondering what is an efficient way for general ...
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Has anyone seen kickback occur on a wet table saw for tile?

Most people are familiar with how table saws can kickback when pushing wood through it. I'm talking about a wet table saw with the blade that is housed below the table and protrudes up (as opposed to ...
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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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Water dripping onto wallboard outside shower, causing damage

I had this bathroom redone in 2015 and the shower does not get used much at all since it is a guest bathroom. The problem I am having is that the wall on the outside of the shower is getting badly ...
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Silicone and bathroom tile: how long is it viable?

A few months ago we had a home inspector in who mentioned that some of our tile grout was starting to fail around our tub/shower, and that it should be replaced as soon as possible, preferably with a ...
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Is it safe to add a new membrane over an existing mortar bed shower Pan? (Adding new kerti drain)

What started as grinding Away moist grout on shower floor tile Turn into complete removal as well as bottom 6 inches of wall tile. Working on removing the old drain. No sign of weep holes (yet?). The ...
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Large (16') tile crack in 2 year old house in Florida

We came home from work last week to find a large hairline crack in our floor tile extending from our garage, through the entryway, pantry, kitchen and beneath the cabinets to the side of the house. ...
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Do I need to prime concrete floor after scarifying but before crack isolation membrane?

I have about 2000sqft of stained concrete slab that I want to put tile over. There are a few small cracks, all less than 1/8th inch but the tile I want to lay is 6x36 so I think I should put down a ...
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What should I use to cover shower framing behind tile in a bathroom?

I have this repair I have to do at work. I have an idea on what to do but I am not entire sure. My thoughts are to start with installing a wood board than drywall mud and than tile. Of course there ...
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Cement Board versus Mold Resistant Drywall at Top of Bath Tub/Shower Surround

The drywall installers ran short of cement board, so they used a small piece of mold resistant drywall at the top of the wall where the shower head is located (see upper right of first picture). I ...
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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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How can I make textured tiles pick up less dirt

After having them installed, I realized that the textured tiles that I chose pick up dirt off of shoes extremely easily. The dirt can be cleaned off with water and a little effort, but in order for ...
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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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How does one tile the expose inside edge of a sloped shower pan?

The first image shows the orientation of the slope. It rolls down toward the linear drain on the toilet side of the bathroom. 60" long by 36" wide. I'll be cutting the concrete to create ...
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What are all of the layers of a floated shower on studs with a concrete slab?

It seems there are many different ways to build a shower. I would like to float my shower and install a linear drain with no curb. After relocating the waste pipe and chipping out the concrete, is ...
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How do I cover a light switch mounted too deep in the wall?

I have this light switch in my bathroom: The cover plate sits against the tile and is a long way from the switch: The included mounting screw isn't even long enough to reach. Note that the top ...
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How do I repair this tile without removing it

How do I repair this bathroom tile without removing it. I have do not have any extra tiles to use.
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How to remove tiles from wall?

I have a wall in my house with tiles on it. I would like to remove the tiles but am not sure how to do that correctly. I see from other posts that this kind of thing seems to be a more difficult job. ...
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Laying tile on a floor with foundation settlement

I want to lay tile on the whole 1st floor(concrete). Due to foundation settlement my floor has 1 inch elevation variance from one side to another(but no sharp dips or bumps). Should I use the highest ...
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How would I add tile to a raised deck?

Does anyone have experience with the products designed for laying tile on top of a wood framed deck? (e.g. Slica Systems) It seems to me that over time even slight warping or shrinkage of the wood ...
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How to re-attach outdoor tiles?

3 tiles (20cm by 30cm == 8in by 12in) fell off the floor on the outside balcony. The substance (concrete+sand?) that was supposed to cement them to the underlying floor is mostly sand (crumbles in my ...
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How to finish edge of tiled shower with metal outside drywall?

I have a newly tiled shower that was put in with a metal edging piece. However you can still see the edge of the cement board underneath it where it meets the wall. How do I finish this?
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Is this a bad tile work? what can we do to improve it?

Our contractors have almost finished the tile work in our half-bath. I noticed there were large gaps between the wall and the tiles. They are very noticeable. (Please see the pics.) The gap, the tile ...
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Tiling back patio over concrete, with slant towards drain

We have a small 9' x 9' concrete back patio that has a drain in the center (see pic). The cement is angled towards the drain, so when it rains there actually isn't too much water build up, which is ...
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Rigidity (and height) of drywall around outlet hole

We are dealing with a subpar contractor who has tried multiple times now to repair a small section of subway tile that they previously cracked. I suspect that their current strategy is going to lead ...
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Help me find a certain tile pattern? [closed]

Sorry if I'm asking too much or if it is inappropriate, and it is a long shot any way, but it is the best I can think of. I had my bathroom done in these tiles over a year ago, and I have to do some ...
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Correct way to attach 3 layers of subfloor?

I am putting new tile in bathroom which has 1x6 planks diagonally across joists. I need to raise this floor 1 3/4" to match the toilet flange, door jambs etc. What’s the best way? Currently I ...
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Installing framed sliding shower doors

Just wrapping up my porcelain tile install on my 32x60 shower. I am installing framed sliding shower doors and was researching ahead for that. There are 3 screws installed in each vertical side. The ...
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Subfloor revamp in 1950’s apt bathroom

Laying tile and hoping to understand optimal sub-floor solution in a 1950’s apartment bathroom. I removed the following top floor layers: sheet linoleum, linoleum tile, 3/8 plywood. What is ...

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