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Old cardboard ceiling tile replacement - where to buy?

Recently run into a problem at a friend's home. Some the cardboard 12"*24" ceiling tile is damaged. I read an article about replacing some damaged tile. I have been searching for awhile to ...
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Shower grab bar at edge of tile

I would like to install a shower grab bar into my tiled shower. I would like it very secure and so found some studs (using a magnet to pick up drywall screws). The studs do not line up with the ideal ...
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Poor design roof tile causing leak?

I have concrete roof tiles of the following design: Water started dripping through the ceiling and I located the leak to the gap between 2 tiles after poking a hole in the ceiling (it was rotten ...
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Using Gorilla Clear Grip behind stove

Can I use gorilla clear grip to adhere marble tiles to Sheetrock behind my stove? New remodel didn’t take tile below counter line and I can see the Sheetrock. I want to put a couple tiles on the wall ...
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Does this look like asbestos black mastic?

As I was lifting up a threshold strip / door bar under the bathroom door, I ended up damaging some tiles and lifting them, exposing what I believe might be asbestos black mastic. However, after ...
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How toxic is tile dust after a remodel is done? [closed]

We recently remodeled the downstairs in our home. We took out about 400 sq feet of tile all the way down to the concrete. We are going to put in new vinyl flooring but haven't done that yet. They used ...
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Recommended materials for molding concrete tiles?

I've made a few test silicone molds to cast custom pentagonal concrete tiles (each about the same area as an ~18" square) for a ~200 sq. ft. residential patio; I've had good results using 'Mold ...
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Replacing tile, cracked floor by door sill

We've lived in our house for two years now and recently noticed that some of the tiles by the front door were loose. The assumption was that they were not well mortared and that removing, cleaning old ...
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Can I put a 32” x 60” curbless shower in a post tension slab?

Can I put a 32” x 60” curbless shower in a post tension slab? I’m assuming this must be carefully chipped out, you can’t just send someone in with a partner saw.
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What is correct mud ring size for ceramic tile?

With a square box installed flush with studs, 5/8 cement board and ceramic tile if I want the mud ring perfectly flush, should I use a 3/4 inch one?
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Attach light acoustic tiles to typical fiber drop ceiling

We have just build a small sound recording room at my office, walls and floor were done with no issue. Now I'm looking at the ceiling, builders had to put in a drop ceiling with those typical boards ...
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Can I glue cement backer board to Roth radiant floor panels instead of screwing them?

We are adding radiant floor heat to a concrete floor with Roth panels. Their info sheet shows concrete backer board attached with screws at 8" o.c. This would be hundreds of long Tapcons into the ...
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How do I accommodate this drain stack in the way of my finishing surfaces?

I was ready to lay the tile board over the studs above the tub until I noticed (late - I know) that the cast iron stack running up the corner of the wall line is protruding too far. The tile board ...
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Removing grout haze from quarry tile

After grouting about 75 sqft of a 225 sqft quarry tile room we noticed some pretty bad grout haze. I've since learned that with quarry tile it's recommended to seal the tile prior to grouting to help ...
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Shower pebble tile grout cracking

Picture of cracking grout around pebbles. When we step on it while taking a shower it makes a squishing sound like water being pushed out. What's the best solution? can I remove the cracked grout and ...
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Is it acceptable to remove freshly (1 day old) installed porcelain tile and reuse it to correct a bad layout?

With one day of installation work completed I checked the layout and realized it would result in sliver cuts along some of the main walls. This morning I stopped them from continuing work and their ...
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Is OSB ok under cement board for tile floor

I've read that OSB is not suitable as a flooring substrate for tiles. But if the substrate will be cement board, is it ok to use OSB beneath that for subfloor repairs?
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Large Format Wet Saw - 12"x48" Porcelain Planks

New to tile, I'm laying 3500 sq ft on a concrete slab. Planks are 12"x48". I'm going to invest in a good wet saw, but I'm having trouble finding a saw I can rip 48" planks. Also, cross ...
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Layering clear caulk over colored caulk to create "fake" grouting

It was time to re-caulk my bathtub, due to mold/mildew in the surface. The walls are tile down to just above the bathtub and the plumber had apparently used a clear caulk over grouting. I successfully ...
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Tips on Using Epoxy Grout in Shower

I am working on a shower and would like to use epoxy grout on the floor. I have been researching online about epoxy grout and tips to install it. I am looking for someone who has installed epoxy ...
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Porcelein tiles transition under the garage door of a heated garage

I am installing 600x600x10 mm porcelain tiles on existing concrete floor in a garage. I am not sure what would be the best way to transition between inside and outside with the tiles. I'm using ...
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Can Mapei type 1 thinset be used over RedGard waterproof membrane?

I used Mapei type 1 thinset in a shower area over a waterproof membrane (red guard) . The ceramic tile job is about done. I trusted a friend knew what he was doing that was helping me and after ...
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Paper backing from linoleum - remove or tile over?

I ripped out two layers of linoleum flooring from my bathroom, and am ready to lay the porcelain 12x24 tiles (dry-fit done). The linoleum flooring had a paper underlayment, which was difficult to ...
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Improve raw tile corner

I paid a contractor to install a shower for me. He did a decent job, but the “soap nook” edges look really rough. I have since learned that I should have asked him to use rounded corners for the ...
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Grouting tile near a bathtub

I’m doing my first solo tile job, and I’m ready to grout the floor, but I’m not sure what sort of prep I should do near the edge of the bathtub. Obviously, it should be caulk when I’m finished, not ...
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USG Fiberock underlayment used for tile installation

I reinstalled the tiles in the laundry room and the installer used USG Fiberock, instead of Hardiebacker - as initially told me. He’s telling me that USG Fiberock is good for laundry room. But now I ...
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Minimize inconsistent spacing for non-rectified tile

My contractor started tiling the bathroom with these tiles and the spacing between them is all over the place. I pointed it out to the contractor who said the tiles are slightly different sizes. Even ...
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Do I need to add Mapei Mapelastic AquaDefence over the plywood or over the hardiebacker?

Do I need to add Mapei Mapelastic AquaDefence over the plywood or over the hardiebacker or none? I’m installing the flooring tiles in the laundry room. I am going to have hardiebacker screwed to ...
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Adding a half inch of height to subfloor for laying floating porcelain tile

I am laying floating porcelain tile that is a half inch thick. I also have to lay down an underlayment under the tile. After accounting for both of these items I come up about a half inch too short ...
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Can I reuse my concrete shower pan?

House was built in 2004. I'm remodeling a small bathroom with a shower in it. The shower did not leak, it was just dated. I removed all the original cement board and tile. The shower pan is concrete ...
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Cracks and holes in tile floor grout. How urgent is this to fix?

This is related to What to do about holes in tile grout?, but it involves a whole-house tile floor rather than a shower, and my question is not about how to repair it, but how urgent the repair is. ...
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Can this tile seam be repaired?

We have lived in this house for 7 years and are just now noticing that the grout has worn through in two spots on the shower floor. The rest of the grout lines seem intact to me and I do not see any ...
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Why can't you install larger floor tiles without thinset/adhesive?

I can understand the need for adhesive for wall tiles. But if you have a flat floor, and medium to large tiles, why can't you just lay your floor tiles on the floor without any thinset and grout it. ...
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Black grout leaves porcelain tile pockmarked

I am applying Prism Charcoal color grout to this exact brand of small hexagonal porcelain tile and there is a very noticeable collection of black dots on all tiles (see below) after wiping. Nothing ...
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Using clr for adhesive

I peeled up my peel and stick vinyl flooring in my kitchen without any heat and there's alot of adhesive left. Could I use clr to get the rest of the adhesive off? I'm stick more vinyl down after I ...
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How should I repair this hole in my tile grout?

I have a section on a grout line where there's a white/grey dot. Is this a hole? How do I touch it up? Can I just apply grout sealer?
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Using Redgard as a second waterproofing layer

I put in a PVC Liner, then my final slope. Can I Redgard the final slope all the way to the drain or will having 2 waterproofing layers on the shower pan trap moisture or something?
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How to stabilize wall cabinet on tiles without drilling?

I've bought this IKEA wall cabinet which should be drilled into the wall. In my case I need it to "sit" on the floor instead of hanging it. More importantly, the room has tiles and I can't ...
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Thinset too dry before laying tile? Not dry enough?

Yesterday I laid 6x36 wood-look porcelain tile in my bedroom using a mapei ultraflex LFT thinset directly to the concrete slab. It's been 24 hours, and I am now pulling off the top tab of the spacers ...
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Can shower tile be flush with plaster wall

I have 100 year old house with lathe and plaster walls. I removed the lathe and plaster and replaced it with 1/2" cement board but this is thinner than the old wall. With the tile applied I ...
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Tile backsplash behind cooktop first or last or in between?

We are getting ready to tile the backsplash underneath cabinets and behind countertops. We plan to use 2 different ceramic tiles: 3x12 subway tiles for the majority of the area and 1 x 1 mosaic tiles ...
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Should I put tiles on refrigerator to protect against nearby heat?

Small kitchen so the gas range is next to the refrigerator with 1.5" space between. Wasn't a problem until we got a new stove with larger/wider burners closer to the side. Would like to attach ...
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Can I do ceramic tile directly on concrete?

In our basement bathroom, I'm going to be laying 12x24" ceramic tile. Am I ok to lay the tile directly on the floor with the appropriate thinset or do I need some kind of underlayment/vapor ...
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How to repair drywall tape between ceiling and tiles on wall?

I recently moved back to my own place after having rented it out for few years. I noticed only later that the drywall joints in the inner corner of the ceiling of my tiled bathroom wall are ...
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Should an uncoupling membrane be installed on concrete floor before tiling in a high rise building in hot climate?

I want to renovate my new apartment. It is in a 30 year old high rise building with concrete floor in Bangkok. The temperature all year around is about 20 to 40 degrees Celsius. I saw many renovation ...
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Black lines in shower wall tiles join areas

I have these black lines in the join areas of my wall tiles from my shower: They are both in the lower part, where the wall meets the floor. I have similar lines near the drain: I have tried to fix ...
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12x24" Porcelain Tile over 2x6x1.5" T&G Spanning 48" Beams

I have some questions in regards to installing 12x24" porcelain tile over 1/2" plywood underlayment that sits above 2x6x1.5" T&G subfloor that is supported by posts and beams on 48&...
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How can I reduce deflection in a steel stud wall?

I am installing tile on wall for shower. The framing is metal studs, unfortunately due to main line vertical cast iron pipes, I did not have a stud on one corner (which the backer board requires). So ...
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Kitchen subfloor replacement

We purchased this home three years ago and have 18x18 ceramic tile in the kitchen and foyer that is cracking. I removed a portion to see what is going on and the old plywood definitely needs replaced. ...
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Subfloor prep for tile in old house

Photos were too big to upload, here is a link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DTvfB7t1N6GmmzYFvEv53RH2NSWzB4H- Goal: I want to tile the kitchen and breakfast nook w/ 12 x 12 ceramic (was ...
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