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How to finish edge of tiled shower with metal outside drywall?

I have a newly tiled shower that was put in with a metal edging piece. However you can still see the edge of the cement board underneath it where it meets the wall. How do I finish this?
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Is this a bad tile work? what can we do to improve it?

Our contractors have almost finished the tile work in our half-bath. I noticed there were large gaps between the wall and the tiles. They are very noticeable. (Please see the pics.) The gap, the tile ...
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Tiling back patio over concrete, with slant towards drain

We have a small 9' x 9' concrete back patio that has a drain in the center (see pic). The cement is angled towards the drain, so when it rains there actually isn't too much water build up, which is ...
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Rigidity (and height) of drywall around outlet hole

We are dealing with a subpar contractor who has tried multiple times now to repair a small section of subway tile that they previously cracked. I suspect that their current strategy is going to lead ...
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Help me find a certain tile pattern? [closed]

Sorry if I'm asking too much or if it is inappropriate, and it is a long shot any way, but it is the best I can think of. I had my bathroom done in these tiles over a year ago, and I have to do some ...
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Correct way to attach 3 layers of subfloor?

I am putting new tile in bathroom which has 1x6 planks diagonally across joists. I need to raise this floor 1 3/4" to match the toilet flange, door jambs etc. What’s the best way? Currently I ...
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Installing framed sliding shower doors

Just wrapping up my porcelain tile install on my 32x60 shower. I am installing framed sliding shower doors and was researching ahead for that. There are 3 screws installed in each vertical side. The ...
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Subfloor revamp in 1950’s apt bathroom

Laying tile and hoping to understand optimal sub-floor solution in a 1950’s apartment bathroom. I removed the following top floor layers: sheet linoleum, linoleum tile, 3/8 plywood. What is ...
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Shower Floor Tile - Please Help!

We just had glass penny round tile laid on the shower floor yesterday. It is approved for shower floors but we hate the look of it. Since it hasn't been grouted yet, can we pull these up before the ...
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Second Opinion on Tiling [closed]

We are having a bathroom tiled but we're not quite happy with the result so far. The grout lines look uneven, the tile cuts aren't very clean and there's quite a lot of lippage and the walls are way ...
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I put caulking in between tiles that had grout already underneath it. What do I do?

My floor tiles had unsealed grout already in between the tiles. I went to Home Depot and bought a “sealant”, but it was actually caulking. I ended up putting caulk over top the unsealed grout in ...
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Preparing Broken Concrete Hearth Extension for Tile

I am planning to retile my fireplace hearth extension. As I was removing the old tile, the front edge of the concrete bed crumbled away. I presume this was because it was much thinner than the ...
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Schluter… Membrane over green drywall?

We're about to remodel our bathroom, having tile applied to about 17 linear feet of wall (8' high). 90% of the wall area to be tiled already has green drywall. The remainder is open studs, where a ...
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Waterproofing shower help

I am just about finished installing Hardiebacker in my 30"x60" shower alcove. The front and back walls have Hardiebacker an additional 6" past the shower door where the tile will end. I ...
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Should baseboard trim be in contact with the flooring?

In some of my rooms the baseboard touches the tile (you can see a slight gap at times). Even the door casing is on top of tile. In this bathroom (after removing the tile) it looks like they put the ...
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Uncoupling membrane on new concrete

Tiling my basement floor, but had a big heave in it from tree roots (tree now gone). I cut out all around the heave, removed old concrete, rebar’ed and jointed into old concrete and poured a new slab. ...
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Found a Crack in Subfloor when Removing Old Tile

I was removing old tile from my kitchen and found the crack seen in the pictures. I was wondering how big a deal the crack was and how to proceed with trying to lay new tile. I wanted to knock out ...
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How to build a secret bookcase door in a cased opening?

I'm looking to build a secret bookcase door to a room that is currently just has cased opening entry. The opening is roughly 82" x 80" and my thought process would be to have two doors that ...
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Tile cutter for large format tile

I am getting ready to do a tiled shower project, and after that, a roughly 800sq ft floor. In both cases, I will use porcelain tile and the tile will be large format tile (LFT) that measures 12"...
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How to clean up a large plaster penetration

Renovating a bathroom in our 1940's house. Removed the current vanity and found this I'm eventually tiling over this wall with 3x6 subway tiles. Any suggestions on how to obtain a surface I can ...
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Do I need wall lining between a bathtub and insulation

Following up on my previous question about tiling over the tub lip I am trying to figure out how it is all going to fit together. Below is the bathtub picture. The long edge is going to be against the ...
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any way to repair marble tile over subfloor

When I bought my house, its marble floors appeared to be in good condition. However, they have steadily chipped, fissured and fractured until reaching their current fragmented state. The picture shows ...
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Tiling over the bathtub lip vs up to the lip

I am renovating the bathroom and everything I see online says to tile over the lip. This creates one obvious problem - to replace the bathtub one would have to remove the tile, and since style and ...
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Options for raised bathtub platform

We are building a new 6' x 15' bathroom with a 6' x 7' area which will contain a shower and a stand-alone tub. The shower pan will be 6' x 3.5' and we are planning to build a small raised platform (6'...
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How should I level my tiles on a concrete slab with 1/2in tilt

I am tiling on a concrete slab which is flat but tilted, and I have just less than 1/2in to fill, at the lowest point. To compensate for the tilt, should I apply adhesive cement on both tile & ...
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Can you “re-use” Hardi Backer?

I installed Hardi Backer under a ceramic tile floor several years back. We are planning a remodel soon. Can I remove the tile, clean up the backer board, and install new tile? That stuff has a million ...
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Replaced tile grout-soaking up moisture and comes out on my hand

I replaced the grout in my shower tiles the other day. I removed a good layer of the old grout and applied new grout on top. All looked fantastic for 48 hours until I used the shower. Now the grout ...
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Why is grout at tub edge disintegrating?

1 year ago I remodeled my bathroom. Tile guy did a cheapo job. After the fact, I used a clear silicon to line the edge between the tile and the tub. Now I see this deterioration of the grout at the ...
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My diamond cup wheel keeps spinning off when slowing down

I've run into a problem, I need to to remove some very stubborn thinset in my basement bathroom and also level some uneven concrete. I decided to try out the angle grinder method, I have a Bosch 1375A ...
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Are transition strips necessary in doorway for same level tile to tile?

I removed the carpet in a room and now I am installing wood like ceramic tile. There is existing 12" by 12" ceramic tile in the hallway. Both Tiles are the same level. The wood-like is light ...
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How do I Unstick a Fixture Mounted to Bathroom Tile

Let's say, hypothetically, that I bought one of those lighted, fogless mirrors like this which stick to the tile in your shower and chose a really bad location to mount it. How do I get it off? I ...
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How should I handle reflooring the bathroom of an old house?

We are updating the bathroom in our old house and after removing the old tile and concrete we found that it was sitting on 3/4" subfloor planks, and some of them are not in the best shape. We are ...
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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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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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