Questions tagged [tile]

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

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Tell the difference between mortar and grout?

I had a contractor come in and lay new tile in my home. When the job was done, there were 2 or 3 tiles that were uneven and we asked the tile setter to chip out those tiles and replace them. For ...
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How to cheaply fix crooked looking tile?

Is there any way of making the tiles on the back wall look straight?
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Can porcelain tile planks be installed in a crawl space house?

My home is a single story, about 1200 square feet, and is built on a crawl space foundation with a plywood sub-floor. The people we bought the house from had flipped the home after a foreclosure, and ...
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Would this type of backsplash tile not require grout?

I’m looking at this particular backsplash tile which is unusual in that there’s really no gaps between pieces: https://www.homedepot.com/p/MSI-Alaska-Gray-Splitface-12-in-x-12-in-x-10mm-Marble-Mesh-...
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Should I grout the walls or floor first?

I have finished tiling my shower and am ready to grout. The walls are LFT 6x24 tiles and the floor is natural stone pebbles. The grout color for the wall tiles is slightly darker than the grout color ...
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Mesh tape between wall and concrete substrate

My basement bathroom has a concrete floor substrate, on which I will be installing and also have a baseboard of stone tile. Some of the wall meeting the floor will be tile (currently cementboard) ...
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Gap between wall flange and cement board

I know that it is recommended that a (shower and such) flange rests againts cementboard but that would result in my flange raised above the tile more that I'd like so I decided to tuck the flange into ...
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Wall in middle of tile floor: grout lines don't match

A contractor is installing tile in the first floor of my house. The floor plan is open, with the living room and kitchen separated by a wall that spans a portion of the floor. The installer laid tile ...
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What sealant to use on a hole in the interior of the house on an external wall?

There's a tiny, tiny hole in an external wall that separates my living room and the outside front entryway. This is important because I just saw a bug crawl through the hole from the outside into my ...
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when sealing grout and granite tiles do i i seal just the grout lines or the whole tiled surface area?

i have just installed granite tiles in my entryway and was reading the sealer instructions . Do i just seal grout lines or the entire surface area?
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Tile layout on the diagonal to minimize cutting

I am tiling a bedroom floor with 20" tile on the diagonal. Is there a way to layout the tile so as to minimize cutting? I am fine with trying the layout in reality and making adjustments to it as ...
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Orange material in grout lines - need help to identify

Having recently moved into a new (resale) house, I looked closely at the grout lines on one of the tiled shower floors and noticed many small gaps in the grout lines with an unidentified orange ...
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Cabinet footprint cheaper tile

I'm using pretty expensive tile for my kitchen but feel stupid to cover invisible parts of the floor with it, such as under the cabinet footprint. Is it common to use cheaper but equally thick tile ...
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Tile layout program

Does anyone know of a decent tile layout program for a shower? Preferably free but willing to pay if it's good software.
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Tile up to drywall on outside corner

I'm getting ready to put up tile on this shower wall, the rough stud wall will have drywall on its face when I'm done. I'm having a tough time figuring out how to connect the two surfaces at a right ...
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Gap between shower wall and floor

Can this be fixed with caulk and grout, or is there more going on here?
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What to do about gap between tile and tub

This is my first shower tiling project and the tub was not level at all. To make sure my tiles were level I left a gap between the first row and the tub on one side (see picture). The gap is 1/2” at ...
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Installing tile on screened porch

We have screened porch that currently has outdoor carpet on the floor. We want to get rid of the carpet and maybe tile the porch. There is standard decking under the carpet. I have been told by both ...
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Tiling shower ceiling next to drop ceiling

I'm installing a tile shower. I have cement board attached directly to my joists on my basement ceiling. I am about to tile this, and I am installing a drop ceiling after the shower is finished. How ...
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How should I attach glass panes for use as shower walls in place of tile?

How should I attach glass panes for use as shower walls in place of tile? I want to build an all glass shower, including glass panel back walls (see picture at top of page here: http://grayglassblog....
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Plywood vs cement board for shower alcove

I'm building a tile shower, have the pan set and most of the cement board up. I've come up to the height where the shower alcove (or niche) will go. General searches have shown most people cutting ...
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tiling on a roll wallpaper

hi I am thinking of using tiling on a roll wallpaper on to my kitchen tiles as I don't like them but I am not allowed to remove them. What type of glue do I need to use please ?
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What to use to flatten and prep wall before installing Schluter Kerdi membrane for tiling?

I am remodeling a bathroom that was originally done with 1/2 inch drywall. I opened-up the walls to move plumbing and electrical as required and then covered-up those sections with new 1/2 inch ...
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Concrete or mud pad below two layers of tile in bathroom. Not sure what it is and whether to demo it?

I recently started renovating one of our bathrooms. After removing a few tiles there was a second layer of tile beneath. Below the second set was a concrete/mortar base that is ~1.5 inches thick and ...
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Floor tile layout process?

I am working on tiling a small bathroom with vinyl floor tiles. As I was measuring to ensure there are no unusual pieces in the corners and thresholds, I decided to check for an application to help ...
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How to clean a new tile floor with single component grout without causing damage to the grout

I installed porcelain floor tile with this single component grout. I did the initial cleanup of excess grout with a damp sponge. House cleaners will be coming one week after I installed the grout. How ...
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attach an IKEA Lillangen cabinet to the wall above tiles

I am thinking about buying an IKEA Lillangen cabinet for my bathroom. That one: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50396635/. The assembly instructions are here: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/...
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When to install bullnose tile

Getting ready to tile my first shower. Planning to start at the bottom and work up. Do I place the bullnose trim alongside the courses of tile as I go up? Or finish the big pieces then place all the ...
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Need help making an exact size marble “ingot” [closed]

I'm making a marble Monopoly board. Each space on the board will be a 3" x 1.5" piece of marble, purchased as small tiles from Home Depot, then cut to size using a budget tile wet saw. I will etch the ...
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Why nut with gasket on tile cutter wheel?

I just purchased this replacement cutter wheel for a Sigma tile cutter: You're supposed to put the bolt in the device with the wheel so the bolt acts as the axis. My 2 questions are: What's the ...
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How leveled the wall need to be to put stick tiles on it?

I have a wall that is almost leveled, but there are some problems: Part of the old paint peeled off, so I removed the part that was peeling off. The rest still pretty good, so I didn't touch it. Part ...
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How do I repair my partially rotted subfloor?

I pulled up the tile in my bathroom and discovered that the sub-floor was partially rotted near the bathtub, under the toilet. Based on the tile/mortar, it looks like whoever did this floor last ...
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Stuck plastic tile to basement concrete floor

I have a basement with some plastic or vinyl tile. The tile is cemented onto the floor. I need to remove it all. I've checked several YouTube videos about this but they only show ideal situations. My ...
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Underlayment (vapor, moisture and sound abatement) under marble tile floors

Do you use an underlayment (vapor, moisture and sound abatement) on top of concrete subfloors and under marble tile flooring? Ultimately the marble will not be installed using traditional mudding ...
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Is my plan for embedding a mirror in a tile wall ok?

Doing a bath remodel, and found this photo of a backsplash that appeals to me. I like the built-in tile-framed mirror. Seems easy to achieve. I would appreciate some input on my plans: Install 1/2" ...
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Twisted Wall Studs In Tub Surround

I have a new tub that is being installed and then I'm going to tile the tub surround. The problem is that several of the wall studs are either broken, bowed, or twisted pretty bad. What's the best way ...
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Can I use spackling paste to “rebuild” part of the wall?

I'm on a DIY half bathroom renovation. At first I was thinking about putting tiles on the wall. It's a drywall, which I'm not familiar with, it's painted and I would need to do some preparations to ...
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Tiling on horsehair plaster ceiling over shower

I'm tiling over a tub shower in my hundred plus year old house. I've already replaced lathe and plaster around tub as area with cement board. Since the ceiling is secure, I would like to apply tiles ...
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How to best repair the tile

My plumber had to knock out some of my bathroom wall tile to access the stack and make a repair. I am trying to go about repairing the hole. However I cannot separate the tile from the existing wall ...
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Tile over 2x6x1.5 T&G subfloor, spanning 48" beams

Long time lurker, first time poster. I think I might have a solution to my problem but I'd like to get some peer review on it before I start work. I'm remodeling a master bath (50sf, 10x5) in a 1966 ...
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Recommended joint compound for wall mounted tile backer boards

I’ve installed pro warm tile backer boards on my bathroom walls. What’s the recommended way to fill the joints before tiling over? The Marmox guides say to use waterproof tape or joint compound. I ...
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Ceramic Foor Tile over Ditra

I want to re-tile and extend my old hearth floor which means the new (large) tiles would be laid partially over the old concrete substrate and partially over new plywood. Will Ditra membrane covering ...
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An idea to mix deflection rated I Joists?

I'm making some hypothetical blueprint ideas and started thinking about the various floor joist options. In our neck of the woods, I-Joists are by far most common with floor truss systems becoming ...
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How can I remove old tile mortar from a concrete floor?

I'm about to tile my bathroom floor but the floor is concrete and it is not flat. It still has the thinset trowel markings on certain areas and they are not in the same direction. How do I even out ...
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Cutting already installed tile?

I am planning on installing floating laminate flooring in my hallway among other places in my house. I wanted to take out the tile on the outside of this small bathroom and I wanted to wait to replace ...
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Plywood subfloor won't screw down in a trailer home

I'm remodeling my mom's bathroom and I'm putting 1/4 inch plywood down on top of the floor to get a smooth surface. The existing floor is strong but there was some deflection in it and it's not as ...
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When stopping and starting a tile job, what to do with the extra thinset from previous row's cleanup?

When stopping and starting a tile job, you are left with the cleanup of the thinset that extends past the tiles that have been set. This thinset can be scraped up with a trowel, but leaves a light ...
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What is the strongest glue to secure a loose shower head?

I think whoever installed the plumbing used CPVS and didn't even secure the shower head so it's loose. I don't want to open up the tiled wall so I'm going to spray some Great Stuff foam in the hole ...
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1ft cantilever with uneven floor joist

My little powder room has been such a headache, hoping someone here can shed some lights. Little background of the house, built in 1909 on post and beam foundation with perimeter of the house sits ...
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Using thin plywood top layer before using Ditra membrane

I am planning to use Schluter Ditra membrane on a tiling project in my kitchen. I ripped up the existing vinyl stick-on tile, and I found black mastic underneath which I think contains asbestos. This ...