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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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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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Do I need to cut the bottom row of tiles for a shower wall to keep them level?

I'm confused how to begin tiling and adjusting the first row. Do I need to grind all the tiles from 2,3 to the end so they can be leveled with number one? Or if I raised number 1ittle bit to level ...
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Space between 12'x24' tile is it 1/8 or 1/16

I bought a T-lock leveling system. I'm stacking my tile vertically. What space should I leave between the tiles and also between the tile and wall. Shall I use 1/16" spacers or 1/8" spacers?
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How do I join vinyl plank to tile SMOOTHLY

I’ve read you can use schlutter or flexible caulk which is better
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Mitered Tile Edge Trim around Niche in Shower… Will water get behind it?

I'm wondering what the proper way to install tile edge trim around a shower niche is. Some people leave space for grout in between the mitered edges and some people don't (see pictures for example of ...
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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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Densheilds project progress with leveling issue

I have installed Densheilds tile backer boards as showed in the pictures and I noticed on the big board (5'x5') that at the corner there is a light gap (not leveled.) I'm going to install a 12"X24" ...
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Should I be concerned if there is a small gap in the mortar when tiling?

I recently had a room tiled and during the installation I had noticed the workers were putting a small empty space in the mortar underneath some tiles. They wanted to adjust the alignment of the tiles ...
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Densheild boards and 12“X24” tile

Can Densheild boards hold a 12"X24" porcelain tile? ( the tiles are for shower walls ). Someone told me that the top layer of the boards are paper and installing the tiles on the higher area with ...
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Should I tape/support drywall seam next to cabinet?

I'm replacing the dry wall in our kitchen and then adding a tile backsplash. What is best practice in terms of taping the seam that is right up against the cabinet base/top? Should I add horizontal ...
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Fixing shower tile to repair possible water damage

My bathroom is around 15 years old and my shower tiles are starting to show some water damage. I am a bit worried that this is leaking and may cause some water damage elsewhere. The grout doesn't ...
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Where to start and end kitchen backsplash?

This may be a trivial question but I can not find an example online specific to my situation. I have heard you end at cabinets, end at countertop, add bullnode at very end of wall, etc. Here is the ...
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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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Drywall and tile to top of shower

Looking for some tips on how best to install. Read a few different things but nothing that seems to fit this scenario. Few pictures at what I am looking at are attached. Not sure weather to go over ...
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How can I enlarge an opening in wall tile for an electrical box?

When the backsplash was installed, the hole left for an outlet box is a tad too small. What is my best option to enlarge the hole to slide the box in?
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What adhesive can I use to reattach and seal these fractured tile pieces to my fireplace?

I noticed one of the tiles above my gas fireplace had cracked and two large pieces were about to fall off, so I carefully removed them. This fireplace has not been used in several years so the cracks ...
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66 inch tub in a 68 inch alcove?

Technically it's not an alcove, it's the back end of the bathroom, and I want to put a tub across that back wall. It's 68" across, and the closest tubs that I can find are 66". Seems like I should ...
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Retile Shower Floor Only?

I want to replace my mosaic tile shower floor. The shower pan is hot mopped. The wall tiles are set on a 3/4 inch mortar bed. I imagine replacing the floor tile means replacing the hot mop, which ...
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Outlet covers no longer fit

I installed a backsplash in my kitchen, after finishing the job I realized that the outlet covers no longer fit due since they are flush with the wall as opposed to slightly sticking out. Is there any ...
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What do I need to do to clean/restore these floor tiles?

We have a porch on a 1930s property in the UK which has red tiles on the floor. I believe they are original and in good need of a clean up and maybe some additional work. What do I need to do to get ...
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Lumpy ditra install

I put down ditra in a laundry room and am noticing many lumps and also some unevenness at one of the seams. Since I am putting down 12x24” ceramic tiles I am worried that it will lead to cracking. ...
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Cracked subway tile on shower cub after remodel: what's my next steps

I have a recently remodeled shower with a shower curb that has cracked tiles, separating trim, and a potential leak. I would appreciate any advice. I had my shower remodeled (gutted and rebuilt) in ...
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Mounting a hair dryer holder to a tile wall

I don't have space in the bathroom for the hair dryer and therefore wish to attach a hair-dryer holder to the wall. The walls have tiles on them. Example: http://www.hood.de/i/foenhalter-...
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Preparing concrete slab for porcelain tile after removing vinyl tiles and mastic

My bathroom has VAT (vinyl asbestos tile) and I have taken to removing it by steaming the tiles and peeling them up slowly. For the black mastic underneath I am using BlueBear 500MR which is just a ...
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Can I use liquid floor leveler on a previously tiled wood bathroom floor where I could not get up all of the thin set

This is a 8 x 5 bathroom floor on the second level. The wood subfloor seems to be in good condition, no movement, solid. One section all of the old thin set that came up very nicely. The rest of it ...
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Expedient repair for water damaged drywall behind tile

I set out to repair cracked grout at the top of a course of tiles on the wall immediately above my bathtub. After scraping out all the damaged grout I discovered that the only other thing holding the ...
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Shower curb: Fill in holes in cement blocks before tiling?

I am putting a curb in my shower using small cinder blocks. Do I need to fill the holes with cement before tiling?
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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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Shower base and perimeter adhesive & grout

Just put in the shower floor tile with epoxy adhesive & have the perimeter tiles left to do (the very bottom tile against the shower floor tiles) What Adhesive can I use for this? Is it ok to use ...
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How to fix cracked bathroom tiles?

Only two of the tiles are cracked and one portion of grout chipping away (first picture). I think it's because the surface is uneven and poor cushioning. I know people would ideally rip open the whole ...
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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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How to install tile over area with no drywall

Plumbers made a mistake by placing a mixer vertically when it was supposed to be horizontal. I had to remove 3 tiles and some cement board in order to the mixer. Now what everything has been ...
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Do tiles look darker when hanging on a wall than they'll appear when layed horizontally on the floor? [closed]

The salesman in the showroom told us that the tiles we see hanging on the wall will be 20% lighter when are layed down horizontaly on the floor, so we should take into account when choosing our ...
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How to set-up a shelf in a tiled bathroom?

I am contemplating installing a shelf in my bathroom, and have set my sights on Ikea's Brogrund (number 304.089.79 in France, not sure is those are worldwide). The screws to set it up on the wall are ...
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Tile on OSB substrate in bedroom

A lot of information online about laying tile is specific for bathrooms (that need waterproofing), but in this case I want to remove carpet from a bedroom that is used as office space. This carpet is ...
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Can I use mortar to transition a height difference between cement board and drywall?

A family member helped me install some cement board in my shower, but the cement board and drywall aren’t level. It already has two coats of red guard and is basically ready to tile. Can I use thin ...
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Can you glue backerboard to concrete then tile over?

Want to know if you can glue backerboard to interior concrete wall for kitchen backsplash. Can’t drill as it’s a condo concrete wall. Concerned that tiles will shift as concrete wall shifts. Thanks
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What adhesive to use when tiling the fireplace hearth?

I am tiling the wood burning fireplace hearth and it gets really hot especially in the top-middle. I am wondering what kind of adhesive should I use for this purpose? I don’t want it fail due to high ...
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Stain on bathroom tiles

It seems a bit of excess cement or grout have mixed with water and stained my bathroom tiles. Tried soaking it / rubbing it with cleaning vinegar but to no avail. Ideas?
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Linoleum underlayment removal

We have three rooms that have linoleum, which we'd like to tile. They all transition flush to 3/4" thick hardwood flooring at the same height, so I have to assume there is some kind of additional ...
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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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Tiling under shower

Doing an upstairs new bathroom, eventually with a (fiberglass) shower base. Currently has the plywood subfloor down and all the plumbing roughed in. I can't get a straight answer between my plumber ...
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Mosaic floor polishing- What to use

I have a mosaic floor which caught mold from rotten food some time ago. Here is the floor which is ok (with and without flash). And here is the damaged floor after the "polishing". I tried to do with ...
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Trim for floor transition where tile is LOWER than adjacent hardwood [duplicate]

I have yet to find a product or a question addressing this. The issue is quite simple. I am installing a tile floor in the bathroom, and the finished tile floor at the doorway will sit significantly ...
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What’s the proper setup for mounting a tile cutting blade on a grinder?

I am attempting to determine the proper safe configuration for using a 4 1/2” tile cutting blade with my metabo hot angle grinder. I have seen lots of folks utilizing angle grinders with these cutting ...
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Acrylic shower base with tile bench?

Is there any reason not to use a prefab acrylic shower base with tile walls and a tile bench? I get that tile walls and a prefab acrylic base are a common combo, but I don't see anyone adding a tile ...
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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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Walls out of square, how to align base cabinet?

Hello all. In the process of remodeling a kitchen, and the corner where this standalone base cabinet is going is quite out of square, to the tune of about 1/2" gap at each end of the cabinet. Next to ...

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