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How to make tile even

We have vinyl plank flooring throughout the house and is directly on the subfloor. We want to add tile to a bathroom but adding cement board on top of the subfloor and the height of the tile would ...
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New-ish to GoBoard, stud spacing question

Recently, I spent a summer working for a professional tile installer. I had a great deal of DIY experience already mainly with Hardie, Regauard and Kerdie products. It seems a lot of pros however ...
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Where to apply liquid membrane at a tile/drywall ceiling edge in a shower?

I have a new-construction bathroom with a shower stall. I am tiling all the walls and using greenboard drywall for the ceiling. On the wall, the substrate is HardieBacker with Hydrodefense. The ...
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How do I figure out the tile world? [closed]

I do a fair amount of renovation work that involves masonry and tile and one of my problems is how to sort out the tile world. There is natural stone, porcelein, engineered tile, etc. Then there are ...
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Replacing single tile before grouting

I installed porcelain tile on my bathroom floor but just noticed the next day that one tile at the entrance is slightly not level with the tile beside it. It’s not super noticeable unless you bend ...
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How do I convert a double backbox or pattress into a triple?

I have a double backbox in my kitchen that currently houses the oven switch and an electrical socket. I need a double socket, so need to extend the backbox. As you can see, the tiler has very neatly ...
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What is the best way to re-level wall tile?

I'm installing tile on a wall in my bathroom. After about ten rows of tile have been installed above my ledger board, the tiles have drifted slightly unlevel along the horizontal plane. To clarify, ...
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1/2" to 3/4" gap between tub and tile

The question has been asked on this forum before about what to do when tilers have started the tile too high from the tub. But my gap is even larger, and I have tried the caulk solution to ugly effect,...
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How to properly reseal shower tile

I renovated a bathroom last year which includes a curbless shower. I have few complaints. One of them is I think I didn't seal the shower grout well enough. I have applied bottle/brush sealer a few ...
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Can I use a leveling compound over this glue?

I have a large basement in a split level 1960s home with old 12 x 12 linoleum (likely asbestos) tiles on concrete slab. The total area is around 450 SF. I would like to put in a slate tile floor, ...
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What adhesive to use to glue back chips that came off of porcelain tiles?

I have two very small chips that came off my large tiles, basically due to careless handling. Although I did my best to handle them with care while I was trying to see if they fit, in two cases small ...
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Stains in grout

For a tiling job, I used this charcoal grout: After a few days, as indicated by the instructions, I applied this sealer: A few minutes after applying the sealant, these white stains appeared ...
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Stone tile flooring with acoustic sound reduction requirement in condo

We just closed on a new condo and want to replace some of the old carpet with stone tiles. However, the HOA has a sound reduction requirement where the floors must pass acoustic testing with 55 IIC or ...
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How do we choose the color and combination for home interior [closed]

I'd like to decide the colours for my home interior walls( Front yard, Hall, Bed room , Dining room , kitchen, bathroom and back yard and also I'd like the colors to match with tiles color which is in ...
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A bathroom floor turned super-slippery after 8 years

I have an 8 year old bathroom floor. It used to be just fine. But for the last half year or so, it turned into a super-slippery floor. No matter how many times I clean it, with whatever cleaning agent....
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How do I fix floor tiles sat on a motar bed that were water damaged and therefore making knocking noises

I have some tiles that make a knocking noise when walked on, the builder told me it was because water has gotten underneath the tiles and de-bounded them. The tiles are fixed to a concrete slab floor. ...
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Why are my floor tiles separating from the floor?

I had my kitchen replaced about a year ago, and some of the floor tiles are starting to make a knocking sounds when I walk on them. They seem to be the ones I walk on the most. The company that did ...
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How straight should a tile ledger board be and what would you recommend me to use for that?

How straight should a tile ledger board be and what would you recommend me to use for that ? 2x4s are pretty crooked and it is really difficult to find one that is really straight if it matters, I am ...
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How can I make my glossy tile shine again?

I have this floor in the entry foyer of my home. You can see there's a small portion (near the top of the photo) that is shiny, but most of it is dull and scuffed (like in the rest of the photo). How ...
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What options do I have to finish up/trim these edges of my tiling?

For this picture #1,#2 I am not sure if I want to go up to the ceiling since the ceiling is not level :-( That is something that I missed. Is it an option to go level with the tiles up to the lowest ...
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In a new, well built house, what is a typical amount to plan to shim cabinets?

Do you normally end up shimming 1/4" or less? Or can even a well built house end up as high as 5/8" or 3/4" over 15 feet? I just don't have a sense of what is "typical" to ...
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Why are there chips in tile glazing along one side of a cut?

I am using a table saw which I modified to cut 24" tiles by replacing the sliding bars with those of a Qep 24" slim line model. Update: The above is the Canadian model. Here is a video ...
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Is there a special utility box for installing a power outlet when the wall is tiled?

I watched this YouTube video showing how to cut the power outlet opening in tiles. The guy mentioned he is not making the holes required to attach the user facing plate because he is buying a special ...
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Any idea what’s going on here with this subway tile?

Tile was installed a few weeks ago. These hairline cracks formed after grouting. You can’t feel the cracks on the face of the tile. There has been no water run in the shower. Any ideas.
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What can be done to avoid non linear snapping when cutting large tiles by the score and snap method?

These are porcelain tiles I am referring to cracks like in the picture below They seem to be caused by the fact that the vertical force used to snap/crack the tile is applied at the opposite end and ...
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How should I fix the tile at the top of my shower?

I had someone put tile in my bathroom shower and there seems to have been a bad measurement that created thin crumbly tile at the top of my shower. I fired the contractor and decided to just finish ...
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Bathroom flooring: tile with grout additive VS vinyl

For a bathroom, which is easier to clean and maintain in the long run? Tile? Vinyl? Also, adding grout additives to prevent mold in the future is worth the extra money?
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leveling replacement tile

I have just complete an area of tile where 99% of tile is great, but I have a tile with a lippage that bother me. I'm willing to pull up the tile and replace it but is there a way to level it with the ...
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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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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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