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Questions tagged [tile]

For questions generally relating to stone or ceramic tile, including selection, preparation, installation, maintenance, cleaning, and removal.

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How to ensure shower handle flushed when replacing shower wall to tiled wall

I am ripping off my shower kit and the wall. Before demo, I took picture of the back of the shower fiberglass wall: I plan to install tile. What happen next is to put drywall and then hardie board ...
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Not enough room for door trim

Hi I'm redoing my bathtub surround (because I did it incorrectly the first time). Basically there is only 3" between the tub and the door frame. How much should I extend the tile past the tub? How ...
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Tiling when some old vinyl sheet flooring is impossible to remove

When I remodel my basement bathroom and remove the old vinyl sheet flooring, I realized the current one was on top of another old one. And between the two sheet flooring layers, there is a thin layer ...
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Waterproofing shower

When applying a rubber waterproofing like red gaurd or aquadefence. What kisnd of morter do you use modified or unmodified. I have read through each one amd it dosnet say anything about what morter to ...
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Will 1/4“ plywood on existing 1/2” plywood suffice under 1/2" cement board for ceramic floor tile?

I'm doing a bathroom with ceramic tile. The subfloor is 1/2" plywood, with joists 16" on center. Can I glue down 1/4" plywood to make it 3/4"? I will use 1/2" cement board with mortar after that. Or ...
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Remove shower enclosure for tiling but keep shower base only

I am remodeling my bathroom and want to change it to tile shower. I am OK with the shower base here and I don't like the shower enclosure / doors: Is it possible to just remove the door and the ...
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Drywall vs hardiebacker

I am doing a bathroom remodel down to the studs. The wall behind the sink will be tiled with stacked splitface marble. My questiom: what goes on the wall before the tile? do I drywall, then add the ...
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What do you do if the hole in the tile is larger than the shower faucet escutcheon?

Whoever built this shower stall really made a hack job of the hole for the shower faucet. The hole is actually just a bit larger than the escutcheon on the upper right corner. One option is to just ...
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Shower Pan leveling - can I use more sand topping mortar to level the slope

I'm building a shower pan the traditional way using a pre-slope, then waterproof membrane, then a mortar bed using sand topping mix. I laid my mortar bed and curb and it has dried but I've noticed ...
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What size uncaulked gap should be left at the bottom of a shower tile job, to allow draining?

The contractor's intent was to leave a gap at the bottom of this tile job, to allow drainage, and as an alternative to a caulk job requiring periodic maintenance: However it did not work, the gap is ...
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Should I tile under bathroom door?

I was laying out tile in a half bathroom before wondering if I should tile under the door or not. The picture below shows the tile (top), plywood subfloor where the door will be (middle), and ...
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How to remove a couple tiles BEFORE grouting

Long story short - I installed a subway tile backsplash and 95% of it looks good, but there is a 1 foot by 1 foot area that came out wavy. I want to remove just this small area and redo it before I ...
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Can I install porcelain tile without grout joints on a fireplace?

I understand the need of grout lines and I did have grout lines for bathroom and kitchen project. But as a DIY with request from the spouse (who hates seeing the grout lines), we plan to cover the ...
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What is this type/style of tile called? [closed]

What is the name for the type and style of the tiles in the photo below? I couldn't find anything with reverse image search and no one I've talked to knows. The photo is from an MLS listing. The home'...
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Can I tile over a horizontal band of tiles in my shower?

The grout in the bottom half of this shower was going bad so I removed all of the grout below the horizontal band and re-grouted. The horizontal band appears to be water tight but it's a hot mess. ...
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How to build up subfloor to 1 3/8" finished height with tile?

My 1960's bathroom floor is down to the 3/4" deck boards that are attached at a 45 degree angle to the joists. There was about 1-1/4" of lath and mortar on these boards for almost 60 years. All the ...
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Should I be able to damage colored grout seal with a toothbrush?

We recently had our home's tile cleaned and sealed with a colored grout. The sealant was Spectrum Mfg. Corp's Grout Sealant. Their marketing blurb says ...you can expect wear up to 15 years that ...
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What's the best way to remove a rusty, broken screw from a tiled bathroom wall?

The previous inhabitant of our apartment used screws which aren't rust-free in the shower. Now the screw holding our shower head rail broke off - or rather, just "came off" without any resistance. ...
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Delineation between drywall and cementboard

This is the sink/dishwasher bay for my basement apartment. There will be a bottom and a top cabinet, corresponding approximately to below and above the green line. I want to put tile on the wall ...
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finishing a tile to tile edge

The previous owner re-tiled the master bath floor. There are two places that look unfinished. The first is where the floor tile meets the bath tub tile: And the second is where the tile meets the ...
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How to fix edge of tile that cracked

Our tile flooring cracked and I am wondering what the best method is to repair it without actually repairing the whole tile?
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How should I fur out cement board in shower stall to match the original mortar position?

I have a 1950's house where, in wet areas like shower stalls, the original mortar behind the tiles is 1 1/2'to 2' thick. I had to remove one side of a stall and need to replace it (it mighty be a ...
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Mounting electric outlet on a 3D tiled wall

Is there a special outlet or method available that can be mounted on a 3D tiled wall that does have the ugly gaps exposed behind the outlet cover plate and the angles of the tiles
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Clear silicone over colored caulk?

I built a shower about 6 years ago, and did the floor/wall joint with a sanded caulk that matched the wall grout color. I spent yesterday digging it out because it had pulled away in several places, ...
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Kitchen BackSplash - Truing Up Walls for TIle

Aspiring contractor and DIY'er here. So I'm learning a lot along my journey and trying to soak in as much knowledge as I can. Live and learn! So I'm working on a kitchen that has some fairly wavy ...
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Ensure smooth drywall surface around stone mantel

I have a follow-up question from this Frame drywall around brick fireplace regarding the "best method" to ensure smooth drywall surface on top and both sides of mantel. Basically I have a very "rough"...
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Enlarge opening in porcelain tile already tiled

I have some small porcelain tiles, hexagonal, each approximately the same size as a tennis ball. The tiles have already been hung on the wall, cement board using a tile glue. I am installing a wall ...
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Cracked grout at shower floor/wall intersections - how much do I remove?

The grout where the walls and floor meet in our tile shower was deteriorating. My project for the week is removing it and sealing the shower, then replacing with silicone caulk. One big concern I ...
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How to mount a floating shelf on ridged ceramic tile

My bathroom is tiled with an extremely ridged ceramic tile and I would like to mount a floating shelf on the wall. Since the tile is ridged, the tiler is reluctant to drill holes in it for fear of ...
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Tile overlapping existing toilet flange - flange extenders don't fit

I'm replacing the toilet in the master bedroom. I pulled the old toilet off to discover the toilet flange is about 5/8" below the tile floor. I went to the store and got toilet flange extenders (the ...
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Mounting to hollow wall through slate tile

I have slate tile on a wall in my bathroom and I want to mount a couple of robe hooks on this wall. My plan was to use a couple of spring toggles, as the wall is approaching 1" thick with the tile ...
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Kitchen backsplash tiling work on multiple days

I am working on tiling my kitchen backsplash with allen + roth Wavecrest White Gloss Subway Wall Tile (Common: 4-in x 12-in; Actual: 12.75-in x 4.25-in) My questions are: Should I use thin set ...
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To reduce shrinkage, is it wise to mix sanded grout with unsanded grout?

Is it ok to mix sanded with unsanded grout provided the grout is from the same manufacturer? I'm using Home Depots Polyblend product.
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Crack in floor tile. Replacement possible? Or prevent further damage?

My kitchen floor has been down 4 years and suddenly one of the tiles has cracked. Either it happened by itself (movement between extension and old house? Or someone dropped something very heavy and ...
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Removing Tile Marker from Tiles

I have used a black tile marker pencil as seen in the image below, to mark out where to cut etc. The problem is, it doesnt seem to wipe off as expected. It has left a stain/line on the tiles. The ...
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Concrete board and tile as soundproofing

Best guess, I got a six inch, 24" on center, metal stud wall with 1/2" gypsum on both walls with collapses insulation. At best guess, my STC is about 40. My restrictions are, I cannot move studs or ...
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Didn't fur out a shower pan

I recently installed and tiled a shower pan. I did not realize that this particular pan needed to be furred out in order to install glass shower doors. Do I have any options or workarounds that would ...
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How can I fix hairline cracks in brand new grout?

I have brand new grout in a shower done by a pro. Merely two months later it is already cracking. The contractor is telling me that house movement can cause this. (I'm not sure if he's full of it? Can ...
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Unhappy with my tile job

I am unhappy with the job my tiler did recently. It's for a kitchen backsplash using mosaic tile. He mentioned that it's the tile which was uneven on the mesh, however I would argue that if you are a ...
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Install tiles on top of laminate floor in kitchen

This is my remodel kitchen here done 5 years ago. Notice that everything is new BUT the floor. As I decided not to do the floor at that time. But now it looks dated. The kitchen floor is same level ...
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marble tile cleaning or damaged

Can I reinvigorate the shower floor marble tiles that have suffered from soap and shampoo over the years ? What can I use to remove the greenish tinge they now have ? Or is it too late for them ? ...
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how long can i expect tile paint to last on a bath and vanity [closed]

I hope to update my bathroom by painting the bath and vanity to white from cream. How long can I expect this to last ?
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How to remove tile with mesh embedded in cement bed?

I am doing a bathroom remodel on a late '60s house. The bathroom tile is set on a roughly 1.5" cement bed with embedded wire mesh. I have removed a small portion with a rotary hammer with a pointed ...
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replace Floor tile mortar

I removed a loose floor tile from kitchen floor and want to reuse it. Do I need to remove all the old mortar? If so, any tips?
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scaped / cracked a bathroom tile - do I need to replace?

I am regrouting my bathroom and the shower floor tile has a scrape mark / maybe not cracked through....my question is can i continue ( i can live with the mark) or is it now not waterproof ? Do I need ...
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What type of material is this and do I have a leak?

I just bought a 1923 home in Cleveland, OH, and had a weird problem with the flooring in the half bath on the main floor. As you can see from the photos, there is not only a bulge in the flooring, ...
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A guest pushed in my shower wall tile. How can I fix it?

Some guests stayed over at our house a couple days ago and one accidentally leaned a little on the shower wall. Leaving behind a gap between what seems to be the drywall or backing and the actual tile!...
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How thick should my tile underlayment be?

Am remodeling, and installing tile floor. Joists are 2x8 16 o.c., subfloor is 5/8 plywood perpendicular to joists, for underlayment should I use 3/8 plywood+1/2 in. backerboard or 5/8 ply+1/4 in. b-...
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What size should I cut my backer board?

I am hanging backer board for my shower and have a 5'x 3'2" tall space I need to cover. The backer board comes in 5' x 3' sheets. My question is should I Use one full sheet and then cut another down ...
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Is torque important when drilling hole in ceramic tile?

I want to drill a 2-3cm diameter hole in a ceramic tile. There are diamond-coated hole saw bits, and I read that a cordless drill is recommended if water is used for cooling. I own a 10.8V 30Nm torque ...