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Best way to level tile floor after drain tile installation?

Had some flooding issues last spring and had drain tile installed in our basement. They cut away the tile to install the drain tile. Now we want to lay laminate over the tile but there's about a 2-3' ...
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Addressing a shower pan that was not sloped properly

My tile contractor did not properly slope my shower floor and left a lot of 2"X2" shower floor tiles with numerous lippage spots. I took out all the tile but still have some thinset stuck to ...
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Do nonfriable ACM like asphalt floors release less fiber than friable ones even when damaged? [closed]

If an asbestos containing asphalt tile was cracked, or if someone bent one until it broke in half, would most of the fibers still be bound? Would this be less dangerous than, say asbestos insulation?
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New install of toilet and it slightly rocks front to back, not sideways

installed new toilet and flange in concrete basement floor but on top of tile. Toilet rocks slightly back and forth, not sideways but front to back. Did I maybe not get flange tight against tile ? ...
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Help with awkward transition strip between tile and carpet

I would like to replace carpet in a hallway with tile. The carpet extends into multiple living spaces. I can do all the transition strips except for one that has me flummoxed. The transition strip ...
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Newly tiled shower leaking white liquid

I recently remodeled the bathroom in my 1910 craftsman. We pulled out give layers of rotten subfloor and fixed a leaking sewage pipe, then had a tiler make a new shower. When he was done there was a ...
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How to adhere edge of bullnose tile to drywall as trim for shower/tub surround

I'm freshening up a bathroom and replacing some bullnose tile that covered up the edges of the tub/shower surround. I am also a complete tile novice. To be completely clear, there's no tile in the ...
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Can I use hydraulic cement under tile?

Can I use hydraulic cement as a top surface to fill in gaps in cement board in a cold/ hot outdoor weather area? This will be under the tile.
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Building a roof over terrace

I have started some work with a contractor to replace a roof on a terrace. They have removed the existing roof, and have left apparent some metallic bars placed on top of pillars. It feels sturdy in ...
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Alternative to T Transitions for floating laminate floor

I have a floating floor on concrete slab that joins to tile in a number of common, high traffic walk ways in our home: The standard way of joining a floating floor to a fixed one (or two floating ...
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How to put adhesive or What adhesive to put on top of tiles?

I have a rest room here, but the door and the room it self doesn't have enough elevation. So, every time we took a shower or even minor bathroom tasks, the water almost always leak like crazy. I know, ...
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Is this a bad tile job?

We're nearing the end of our remodel and we're not happy with the backsplash. We apparently chose a hard tile to work with as there are a lot of little pieces (but sheeted 12x12). Knowing we chose a ...
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Tile a bit proud because of tile edging

I just completed my first backsplash, and overall I'm pretty happy with the result considering it's my first one 😃 One question I have is how could I've avoid that first uneven tile, which is a bit ...
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Mapei Aqua Defense Repair

I used Mapei's aqua defense to waterproof my shower curb, floor and walls after gutting the shower, and redoing the curb, shower floor mud bed and hanging new durock. So far I've only installed the ...
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Concerned about grouting pre-sealed pebble floor

I installed pebble tile on my shower floor, but haven't grouted it yet. I read to pre-seal before grouting, but later read a warning to only apply sealer to the top of the tile and be careful not to ...
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Best tool to cut existing tile sidesplash to fit new range hood

Our new range hood doesn't sit square or flush with the wall because the new hood sits over some of the original tile (outlined in red). I plan to trace around the hood and remove a 5-inch wide by 1....
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What are your drywall/cement board/framing flatness tolerances for tile supporting walls?

What are your drywall/cement board/framing flatness tolerances for tile supporting walls? I am rebuilding half of a frame and it is a challenge to bring all the studs in the same plane. I do know ...
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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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What kind of bathroom tile is this, and what kind of drill bit does it require?

I believe ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most common, but this looks like it might be some kind of polished stone. Will a carbide bit work on this tile, or does it require a diamond-tipped bit?
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Why is it a bad idea to install self-stick tiles over luan plywood?

I am intending to instal self stick tiles over a primed luan underlayment in a bathroom. However, the manufacturer's instructions clearly state: DO NOT install over unsuitable or unstable subflooring ...
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How should a painted wall be prepared before being tiled?

I want to apply tiles to a kitchen/bathroom wall. The surface is clean and freshly painted. Should the surface be prepared before being tiled, or will the tiles adhere properly to the painted surface?
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How to dry dampness beneath tiled shower floor?

Shower floor is 1 inch honed marble and walls are honed marble subway. Proper pan with an appropriate pre-slope and cement board walls all coated with multiple coats of liquid waterproofing membrane. ...
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What's the easiest way to remove tile flooring off a cement foundation?

We're wondering if removing the tile that's on our concrete foundation is too hard for us to do ourselves. Question: Is there a way to do it that makes it a little easier and faster? We want to ...
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Hanging vertical tile in powder room, cement board or drywall?

We are putting in a powder room, toilet and sink. Behind the toilet we plan on having tile up the wall. The tile is 8x8". We were planning on using 5/8ths drywall. Is this appropriate or do we ...
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Exterior metal threshold to transition from concrete to tiled entryway?

Is it possible to transition from the sidewalk concrete to my tiled entryway by using an aluminum exterior grade threshold? I am thinking of something along the lines of this: https://www.homedepot....
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Mixing slate stacked stone panel ledger and porcelain tile on shower wall - selecting thinset, grout and sealer?

I'm redoing my shower from scratch and fell in love with the combination of this Slate Multicolor Porcelain Tile and Splitface Slate Panel Ledger: I have limited experience with tiling and have ...
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How to cut glass mosaic tile that's already installed?

I need extra outlets in my kitchen and in order to install a bigger junction box, I need to cut the glass tile that's already installed. Is it feasible and, if so, what's the most effective tool to ...
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Stacking new drywall on top of drywall that is behind tile

First post here. I am currently doing a small remodel of a bathroom in a house I just bought and am trying to keep costs and time spent, low. I had to tear out all the drywall due to the previous ...
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Tile to tongue & groove paneling transition and window casings

As part of my complete master bedroom remodel I'm completely redoing the "jacuzzi room". The current jacuzzi has a wood surround and is completely not water proof as water gets in between ...
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Tiles over Linonium

I plan to install Porcelin tiles over Linonium, The issue is with the dishwasher clearance. I was told not to lay tiles under the dishwasher. My worry is, how the dishwasher will be taken out once the ...
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What screws should I use to screw Wedi boards into wood studs using Wedi washers?

I'm building a waterproof bath area with shower head. I have 12.5mm Wedi tile backer board and Wedi washers, for fixing the board onto wood studs. I was hoping to buy "Wedi screws" but the ...
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2nd floor bath remodel. Concrete under tile. What do I have to remove?

I am doing some preliminary research and investigation into remodeling my master bath. The house was built in 2002 so not too old. The master bath is on second floor. I removed the air vent to see ...
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Why are copper shower pans nailed to the framing?

I am in the painful process of re-tiling a shower that started leaking and after removing the tile we found that the pan had many nails through it to the framing. The shower was installed 20 years ...
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What's that black material that holds together these roof tiles?

I'm wondering if these rooftop tiles are made of clay and what is that dark grey material that keeps them together. Could they potentially contain toxic material? (e.g. asbestos) Thanks in advance.
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Shower panel walls with tile floor? NOT the kit pan/base

I am planning to redo a small walk in shower. 60" x 32". My plan is to rip out walls, replace with concrete backer, and redguard the entire thing. For the floor, it currently has small glass ...
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Shower niche in larger cavity

I’m redoing the tiles for a 3’x3’ shower stall. It’s in the corner of a room, with the side wall an exterior wall, and the wall with shower head is a dividing wall between condos. There is a half wall ...
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Should I remove and reinstall a Jacuzzi / whirlpool tub when replacing the paneling around it with tile?

I have a large Jacuzzi / whirlpool tub in my master bedroom suite which currently has an all wood surround. As part of a renovation I want to get rid of the wood surround (at last partially), ...
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Kerdi Membrane over cement backerboard

When installing Schluter Kerdi Membrane over cement backerboard: Should I use Alkali Resistant Mesh Tape and thinset on the seams of the backer board (for long term durability to prevent each board ...
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What is this under the backerboard?

I am currently working on demoing our kitchen and am not sure how to proceed. I recently did our bathroom and for the floor I left the old backerboard, chiseled remaining thinset, applied a self-...
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Light Frame Structure Ceramic Floor Installation

I hired a contractor who made a big mistake. He installed a ceramic floor onto 1"inch cement board (that is screw into welded beam constructed subfloor). He did not use thin set or tape over the ...
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Why did the grout turn white on my slate patio?

I had my patio grouted 3 days ago, allowed to dry 2 days, then power washed, allowed to dry. The grout was a medium gray unsanded on a lighter gray slate. Now the tile has a light haze and the grout ...
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What is the best way to bridge a huge gap between hardwood and tile?

I removed a load bearing wall between a small kitchen and tiny dining room. My problem is that I have a giant gap to fill in where the old wall was. The house was built in 1950 and sits above a crawl ...
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Removing residual thinset and slight highspots in subfloor before another layer of plywood underlayerment

Removed tile from a plywood subfloor and there is a very small ammount of uneven thinset residue like 1/16" in spots randomly scattered. Not worried about the level as it appear flat but worried ...
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Can I install membrane and new tile over existing tile?

I removed the tile from the hallway a few years ago and installed hardwood flooring. The tile kept breaking into small pieces and scarred up the walls. I had a heck of a time removing all the thinset ...
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Horizontal blocking behind cement board necessary on edges(wonderlite specifically)

Using wonderlite cement board in my tub area surround, instructions say all edges supported? but almost every instruction video including their own doesn't show any backing behind the edges where the ...
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Hardibacker seems to draw moisture out of thinset?

Working with 3/4" glass mosaic tiles for the first time - look great, but a very different process than I'm used to with ceramic tiles of normal size. Tiled a section of cement floor following ...
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Idea to fill the tile gap after removing the wall

I removed the wall in my basement which has a tile floor. I want to fill this gap where the wall was and looking for ways on what i can do which is going to look good. Shared picture is part of the ...
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What is the best way to fix these displaced tiles?

The tiles are complete and intact. Over time they have displaced from their locations. The grout around the tiles have chipped away. What kind of adhesive is required to put these tiles back into ...
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Grout, before base boards?

We just had our floors tiled. The installer laid the tile, installed the baseboards and will grout tomorrow. Shouldn't the grout be applied before you put the baseboards back on?
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Miscalculated Subway tile spacing What should I do?

I miscalculated the spacing of subway tiles (literally misstyped a number in my calculator) I’m installing for my backsplash and ended up with a sliver left over at the top of my wall and under my ...

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