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How to restore my tile pavement?

So, in my backyard there's a tile-paved area and there's a line where it goes from one level to another level: https://imgur.com/a/ZYN5Xfy The problem is, a lot of tiles on that edge are not held in ...
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Grout still "wet" days after regrouting

Looking for a bit of a sanity check and make sure I'm not overthinking this. We had issues with a crack in our grout and mold. So we hired somebody to come and regrout the entire shower floor. But ...
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Best adhesive for hairline crack in porcelain tile

Someone dropped a hard object on the porcelain tile slab floor in our new house, chipping the tile and causing a hairline crack to open that runs to the edge of the tile slab on one side of the chip ...
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Wall behind bathroom sink

Looking for help identifying this material and how to remove it. I replaced my bathroom vanity but created a bigger job in the meantime. The vanities were different sizes so I created a gap in the ...
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Raising Concrete Floor 1 Inch for Tile

Looking to tile a basement landing as a transition from the stairs to the main room. The main room is done with DMX 1-step, 5/8 OSB and laminate flooring, so there is about 1.5" between the top ...
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Grease staining behind backsplash tiles under range hood

We've lived in this house for about three years now and this problem has been gradually developing over that time. It seems as though the oil/grease that has precipitated in our range hood is able to ...
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Installing Large Floating Shelves Over Small (Penny) Round Tiles

I would like to install wood floating shelves that are 5 foot over penny round tiles. The tiles are glossy porcelain like these. The floating shelves are similar to these and could store up to 90lbs. ...
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Backboard to follow the path of the slight off level tub?

I recently tore out my old tile shower walls, and am replacing with go board and new tile. the wide wall (60") is slightly off level from th back of the tub toward the drain. Should I hang the ...
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Can self-leveling concrete go over a rough 1 inch mud-set mortar tile base?

Single story Florida home, concrete slab. Half the kitchen floor was linoleum, other half was an uneven spanish tile recessed into slab to be even with the linoleum side. We want to install new ...
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How can I improve my grouting process and color consistency?

I am doing a kitchen backsplash, and I just grouted the coffee bar area. I still have the 2 main kitchen walls to do and I have a few questions before I do the rest. The biggest thing is the grout ...
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Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Over Tile in Basement

I've been reading up on whether I can lay LVPF over an already tiled basement, and the consensus seems to be that I can so long as the grout isn't too wide/height differentiated and the ground is ...
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Can porcelain tile be stored in an attic which will exceed 100 °F?

I need to store spare tile in my Florida attic. Is there a temperature issue when storing ceramic or porcelain tile?
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What is the best method for installing runner rug on tile staircase?

Husband and I bought a house recently and ripped up the hideous green carpet that was previously on the stairs. We were fortunate to find the stairs are red terra cotta Saltillo tiles and in decent ...
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Can a tiled shower curb be rebuilt without redoing the entire shower?

We had a tub removed and a new tiled shower built. The contractor built the curb crooked to the wall, and it wasn’t caught until after it was tiled. He has committed to correcting it, but is proposing ...
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Transition between tile in bathroom and engineered hardwood with small height diffference

we are in the middle of installing tile in our bathroom. We have laid the membrane down. At this point we are trying to decide how to do the transition to the hallway. Based on the assumption that the ...
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Removing underlayment from asbestos tile

We are renovating our bathroom/laundry room in a 50's ranch built on a slab foundation. Previous owners installed a floating laminate click lock floor, which disintegrated due to the movement of ...
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Can you tell if a Tile Shower Pan is Cracked without removing Tlies?

An Insurance Adjuster just declared my Tile Shower Pan “Cracked” without removing any surface Tiles. He based this on small cracks in some of the grout. How can he tell if the mud pan is cracked, and ...
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My new alcove tubs walls will be more pronounced than the untouched sheetrock outside of the tub walls. How can i deal with this

Ok, I'm having a pro install the tile in my alcove tub enclosure walls. Forgive me for not knowing all the terminology. As per the Manufacturer I will be installing the hardi backer board over the ...
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Can I regrout a tile wall damaged by foundation work?

I had some foundation work done, which cracked bathroom shower tile on the wall. Was going to clean out broken grout, and regrout but noticed what looks to be drywall separated behind the tile. Haven’...
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How to remove Spin Doctor tile spacers

We used the Spin Doctor tile spacer and leveler for our shower tile. It's really nice to keep things all level. Now we are having trouble breaking off the spacers. The things I've seen online indicate ...
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How to repair porcelain tile surface level chip in wet area?

I installed 12" x 24" tile in my shower, and when removing the lippage control spacers for large format tiles, the spacers had a tendency to apply pressure against the tile edge's front ...
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What am I doing wrong with my caulk?

I pulled/scraped out the old caulk and grout from around this tub where it meets the walls/floor, and replaced it. Just a couple weeks later, I see very large cracks in the caulk, and several places ...
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Vanity over an air register

Our existing vanity had a deep kick plate to allow for the air register, now we have a new floor laid and I've even shortened toe register from 12 inches to 10 inches but almost any vanity I can find (...
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How can I remove tile from a floor?

3So I decided to remove old gross carpet from a bedroom we haven't used yet so I can start using it and discovered that there was a lot of black mold under it. I am assuming previous people either had ...
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Tile on uneven floor

I want to put tile down in my basement. The floor is concrete and feels like a basement with some furniture on it. I’m hoping the tile will change that. I measured the level of the floor by putting my ...
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For tile backsplash, how to handle straight cut meeting rounded (pressed) tile edge

I'm tiling our kitchen backsplash. The tile we got features a pressed/rounded edge as you can see in the picture. This is fine, but we also got some bullnose pieces, and we plan on finishing the edge ...
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How can I seal improperly installed vinyl tile joints?

I installed lifeproof luxury vinyl tile in my bathroom and want to make extra sure the seams of the tiles are waterproof. I found the Roberts 7500 seam sealer but it dried white, and the "grout&...
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Pockets of what looks like dirt behind shower walls

So after frustration of fighting off ants multiple times over the past years, and starting to see what appears to be fungus gnat in the bathroom recently, I started to demo my bathroom shower. As I ...
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Tile on In Concrete Slab hydronic heating

Context: Bought a 25 year old house that had italian tile what appeared to be thinset directly to the concrete slab. Slab has in slab hydronic heating. We pulled the tile up earlier last year and put ...
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How can I fill gaps at counter level for backsplash tile?

My wife and I are tackling redoing a kitchen backsplash with mosaic tile. We first had to redo some drywall. In hindsight I would have done a few things differently but we’re here now. We have some ...
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Can Redgard be used to set fiberglass mesh tape on cement board seams?

I'm using a contractor for a custom tile shower remodel. He installed Hardiebacker cement board, taped the seams and corners, and then painted on Redgard right over the tape without using any mortar ...
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Repairing a damaged floor tile in the washer/dryer room

Our floor tile in the washer/dryer room has suffered significant denting, likely due to the weight of the washer and dryer. I've seen people using porcelain ceramic chip fix to mend small cracks in ...
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Can I add grout to my bathroom floor to raise the level of the grout? [duplicate]

THis is my bathroom floor. The grout is so much lower than the tiles.It was sealed after the floor was installed. Dirt, dust, and everything else gets stuck along the tile when I sweep or clean. ...
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What thickness OSB is needed to back a niche (unsupported)?

I have a wall opening that is 43" wide by 51" tall. I want to close it with drywall on either side (front and back). The other side is inset into the wall such that there won't be any stud ...
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How can I temporarily install tile where radiators were removed in my bathroom?

I recently bought a very old house and took out the radiators when I installed mini-splits. That means I've got this ugly spot in this small bathroom. I will do a full reno some day, but for now I ...
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How can I prepare concrete walls with tile mortar for new tile?

I plan on removing the tub and change the window in in my bathroom. The tiles started falling off this 23 year old house, so I removed the remaining ones. I tried to remove the mortar, but it is on ...
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Installing a floating stone wall around the TV [closed]

I just wanted to add some stone veneer tiles around the TV. The tv is 55" (32x5" x 57") The frame behind the TV would extend 16" on each side. By frame, I mean stone tiles. These ...
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What glue can we use to fill cracks in a solid surface counter top?

We noticed our bathroom counter is starting to crack and wanted to know if there is some sort of good glue for this. I think in the future it’ll need to be replaced but want to make sure it does not ...
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How do I adhere real cut stone the wall behind my wood stove?

We are trying to adhere real cut stones to the wall that is behind our wood stove. The area is 7 Foot long by 5 foot high. We are adhering the stones to Durarock, cement board. We have placed lath ...
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How to tile under a cabinet?

I removed an old bathroom vanity and saw they didn’t tile under it. I have a new bathroom vanity that has legs and isn’t tight to the floor. What should I do? I found the same tile, should I break out ...
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How to install vinyl plank on uneven surfaces in open concept home having tile and carpet?

The idea is to have a continuous vinyl plank floor in a home that has tile in the dining room and kitchen area, and carpet in the living room (see the image below). My intention is: To remove the ...
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How do I fix a broken floor tile (without replacing it)

I need help in putting the pieces back together for the broken tile if that's still possible. What should I use? Anything I should look out for?
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How can I preserve and refinish 100 year old tile fireplace?

I live in a Craftsman home that is over 100 years old, and we have a gorgeous tile fireplace with a landscape image in the center. Clearly, someone tried to refinish and protect it, but their efforts ...
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How to repair this shower tile problem?

Situation: I am trying to restore damage to a shower. Turns out that the upper-right corner (at orange arrow) had popped proud of the surface (some weeks or even months back), allowing water entry ...
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Sump Pump Turn On Height and Cycling [duplicate]

I live in a new home that is 2 years old. During construction the builder put in both interior and exterior drain tiles feeding two sump pits. The area has a high water table at times due to some ...
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Removing white paint in unglazed side of tile?

What's all this white in the unglazed side of the tile? Most important, how can I easily remove it? Btw it's in all the tiles of the home depot that I visited today.
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Easier way to cut tiles than using tile cutter?

I want to cut 4x8" tiles down the middle (for 2 4"x4" tiles), so I bought two versions of this tile cutting machine (the pic is from Home Depot and the other one I bought is from Amazon)...
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Possible to regrout floor to change its color?

The grout is not the color I want. It turned midnight blue and I want charcoal grey or black. I was at work when the workers grouted the floor. Can we grout with darker color over this blue and it ...
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Need help with the fine details of tiling a shower niche [closed]

I installed a 14x22 prefabbed plastic niche for my shower renovation. It is made by EZ Niche. I am using 4x12 ceramic picket tiles for the walls. For the inside edges of the niche, I bought some 4x16 ...
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Subfloor or underlayment?

So, I have been doing a lot of research and could not find a solid answer. There seems to be different opinions. For my half-bathroom renovation, I am starting fresh. For flooring, for the first layer ...
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