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Best way to do some tile floor repair

So the house I bought had a guy who wishes he was good at doing renovation work but really just sucked. And cut a lot of corners. He didn't put any cement board down under any of the tiled floors.. ie ...
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Walls out of square, how to align base cabinet?

Hello all. In the process of remodeling a kitchen, and the corner where this standalone base cabinet is going is quite out of square, to the tune of about 1/2" gap at each end of the cabinet. Next to ...
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Should I reinforce the floor over my basment to tile bathrooms?

I want to tile my bathrooms in the house I'm remodeling. They are over a basment with 2x8 joists 16" on center. The span over the basement is around 12ish feet. I put 3/4 OSB and plan to put 1/2 ...
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How to fix a rupturing wall bathroom tile?

There are bathroom tiles on the wall (natural stone), the bathroom tends to get pretty humid (pre-code/no ventilation, do our best to keep it low). We are seeing that a few of the bathroom tiles are ...
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Simple shower tile replacement

A tile on the floor of our shower stall has come loose. However, in a few months (not much earlier for logistical reasons) we’re having the whole bathroom redone, including a complete replacement of ...
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Advice on re-grouting this shower

The caulking in my shower was starting to grow some mould so I have removed it and discovered the grout in the corners of the shower where two walls meet or where floor meets wall are in bad shape or ...
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Tileing around a shower enclosure

My shower enclosure was installed after the drywall and is screwed to drywall, not the studs. How can I finish over the 1/8" shower flange with tile ?
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Grout floor then tile walls?

I've already got the shower floor tiled (4'x8'- half in 2x2 on shower pan and the other half 1'x2' tile). Im using epoxi grout on the floor, and regular grout of the same color on the walls. Should ...
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Gap between cement board and drywall

We're putting in a shower and I had originally found a tutorial that showed to leave ~1/8 to ~1/4 gaps around the cement board and drywall surround that would be filled with caulk to prevent water ...
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Tile making clicking noise when stepped on and grout flaking away

I bought a house built in 1993 a few years ago. When we first moved in the tile seemed fine, recently two of the tiles right outside the shower have started making a clicking noise when stepped on and ...
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Remove spray paint from floor tile?

I have a spot of black spray paint on my floor (not sure how it got there). The tile is an outdoor-rated porcelain. I've used soap and water with a rough sponge and a course brush but haven't even ...
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How do I extend shower cover plate without replacing a tile

I had my shower tiled and, unfortunately, the job was sub-par. I am not wondering if this can be somehow fixed via workaround, without replacing my tile. Maybe some sort of cover plate extension? ...
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Is DensGlass and RedGuard a substitute for vapor barrier + backer board + membrane when tiling shower walls?

My understanding is that when tiling a shower wall, the standard preparation process includes: Install a vapor barrier Install cement backer board Apply a waterproof membrane (This comes from https:/...
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Gluing pvc quarter round in the shower corner

I had my shower done and the tile work is very ugly in corners. Wondering if gluing PVC finished quarter round with clear silicone would work in the long run? Anyone had any experience with it? Any ...
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Tile pattern for shower base using large porcelain format

I am building 46x34 shower base using large format tile. I like it because it looks the same as the flooring. I building a curbless shower by the way. However the plumber did not position the drain ...
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How to deal with little holes in shower's tiled wall

My shower wall had a tiny towel rack which was installed with screws. Because of the location, I tended to bang my head on the corner when coming in close to the faucets to adjust the temperature. I ...
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placing a tile on an old plank floor

The subfloor in my home is 4" planks. The previous owner removed the hardwood, painted the flooring and left it that way (I have no idea why you would do that). Regardless I want to put down tile. ...
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Suggestions on tile edging

We recently tiled out bathroom and when installing a bath tube ledge the trim we installed wasn’t cut at a 45 angle. A little unsure as to how best to finish this end piece of tile First image is ...
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Maple leaf stains on new interlocking brick patio

Our brand new natural stone interlocking pavers has been stained by our maple leaves. The stain is very dark and deep. Can anyone provide guidance in how to remove these stains?
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Tiling on Drywall in Shower

I have a bathroom where water-resistant drywall was put up around and over the tub. Is it okay to put tile over the drywall around the tub or shower? If not, what can I do to be able to put tile?
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Re-installing slate tile in an entry hall

We moved into this home about 25 years ago. It is a "Mid-century modern" with green, gray, and red slate tiles in the entry. When we moved in, some of the tile were loose and we had a tile-guy take ...
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Refinishing slate tiles with worn-out portions

We recently moved into a home that has slate tiles in the bathroom, but the tiles don't seem to be well-maintained, and they have several areas where the lacquer finish has worn off, probably due to ...
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Can I put a shower pan where tile USED to be?

I pulled up the tile in my bathroom. Water was underneath and had rotted the wood nearby. Now I have a concrete pan underneath where the tile used to be that slopes toward the drain. Can I put a ...
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How should I install tile backer board with a curved tub flange?

I'm attempting my first bathroom remodel and been down the debate of how/where to place the tile backer board. I found this thread here: https://diy.stackexchange.com/a/32090/94284 Should I put ...
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How do I get rid of this dirt between the tiles of my bathroom shower?

So I've tried to use bleach but this isn't coming clean. I know it's been a while since it's really been cleaned. Here's a pic:
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How do I tile across two different wall materials?

I would like to install a continuous pattern of tiles from floor to ceiling on a wall that is a combination of plywood (mounted to 2x4 studs) and a short concrete stem wall. Is there a suitable ...
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Prepare shower for tiling

I got guys doing some tiling and this is what it looks like before the tile. How would you quality this work?
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Do I need mortar between 1x6 deck boards and cement board?

I have a screened and roofed porch/lanai. Original floor is pressure treated posts, beams, joists and 1x6 decking. Former owner decided they wanted tile. They screwed a plywood underpayment over the ...
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What spacing difference is acceptable with a contracted tile job? [closed]

What is a reasonable difference in gaps between tiles? We just had our bathroom floor done by Lowe’s (first mistake), and I’m not happy with the outcome, AT ALL. Is this just me being picky, or should ...
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Is grout required behind shower knob trim plate?

Moved into a newly built home recently. I went to change out the walk-in shower faucet and discovered that the tile contractor had omitted the grout behind the shower knob trim piece. They left 2 ...
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Cellulose ceiling tiles (asbestos?)

Came across this room with broken acoustic ceiling tiles, that I have to spend time working. The tiles look kinda "modern" to contain asbestos, but then again you never know. Wondered if anyone can ...
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Grout or caulk on tile floor to tile wall

My shower has tile floors and walls and the connection between them is very rough and needs to be re-done. It looks like previously there was some caulk added in spots. What is the recommended ...
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Moisture leaking out of chip in floor tile

I dropped something heavy and mildly pointed onto the bathroom floor. The Bathroom is tiled with ~30cm square black "slate like" tiles, but where I dropped this thing, the surface has been badly (2-3 ...
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Do shower doors for tiled openings have to fit the width exactly?

So I just measured my cement board to cement board width and before tiling it is 4'11". This is due to the pan instructions of putting the pan 'against' the frame. The pan is cast iron covered in ...
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Is it better to use thin-set or self-leveling concrete on top of a shower pan, mud-bed to improve the slope and make it smoother for final tile layer?

Issue: I am looking to improve the smoothness of my my concrete mud-bed before I lay my thin-set and tile. The mud-bed has dried, but there are some dips and divots that make it difficult for me to ...
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How much to grout around receptacle box?

At the tiled wall, when we grout the tiles, should we leave it out around the receptacle box?
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Temporary patch for tile bathroom floor

I recently opening up a bathroom wall to install framing and moving plumbing for a new hanging vanity. I unexpectedly discovered that the wall was actually many layers of walls on top of eachother. ...
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silicone caulking at uneven tight tile joints / gap

We have uneven joints around the tub and shower wall. How can we best caulk silicone? Is there any tricks or recommended tools? We are worried about the tight spots.
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kitchen tiled backsplash before the faucet?

Should the tiles on the kitchen backsplash be mortared and grouted before the faucet is on? Is it problematic if the faucet is on first?
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kitchen backsplash tile grout or caulking

We have tiles at the kitchen backsplash from the top of the countertop (quartz; has a 3" upturn) to the underside of upper cabinets. Should there be grout or caulking at the horizontal joints where it ...
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Shower tile inside corner vertical joint

Is it true it should be caulked ( not grouted) at vertical inside corner? what is the best way to keep epoxy away from the vertical joints when grouting epoxy?
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grouting or caulking? bottom of tiled wall at tub rim

At the tiled wall surrounding the tub, at the bottom of the tiles where the tiles end and intersect the tub rim, should it be grouted ( epoxy grout)? or leave it open and caulk with silicone caulking? ...
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What Medium to Use On Plank Subfloor For Porcelain Tile

Story My wife and I are remodeling our kitchen, and our contractor ask us if we want to remove the hardwood in the kitchen. He said that keeping the hardwood will make the floor solid. I did some ...
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What could cause a wall mounted sink to fail?

I went to the restroom before I was gonna eat at the restaurant after using the restroom I flushed and attended to the sink to wash my hands as I put just the pressure of my elbows on the sink to ...
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RedGard and wall tile

Is there any problem for the mortar to adhere to Redgard painted Hardie backer? Putting large wall tile 8"x8" on tub surround wall. What mortar is better?
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Best adhesive for reinstalling this wall tile

The grout lines still match up; I just need a good adhesive to put back on. I don’t want to scrapes old mortar or grout out if possible.
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Mortar or tile adhesive? For 9”x9” tub surround wall tiles

Would a tile adhesive or mortar be better for mounting shower wall tiles (9” x9” porcelain)?
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Can I reuse the existing cement backer board when replacing tile in a shower?

I have removed the tile carefully - still working on removing all of the tile cement. Can I refloat the existing cement board and install tile on it? Also, what is the best material to float the ...
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What if Grout got Wet?

I thoroughly scraped and re-grouted my shower and applied some sealer (standard unsanded grout and Impregnator 511 sealer), but I am worried I didn't mix/stir the sealer enough or at all (my memory/...
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If the top layer of my subfloor is structurally sufficient, can I skip patching plumbing holes in the bottom layer?

I'm doing a master bathroom remodel in which all electrical and plumbing must be moved. The old floor had two layers of plywood: 15/32 as the bottom layer, and 19/32 as the top layer. (The numbers I'...