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Fixing shower tile to repair possible water damage

My bathroom is around 15 years old and my shower tiles are starting to show some water damage. I am a bit worried that this is leaking and may cause some water damage elsewhere. The grout doesn't ...
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Can a tiled shower curb be rebuilt without redoing the entire shower?

We had a tub removed and a new tiled shower built. The contractor built the curb crooked to the wall, and it wasn’t caught until after it was tiled. He has committed to correcting it, but is proposing ...
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Shower Grout Repair in a Rental

I’m renting so I don’t want to do any major project - just looking for a quick fix that will last for at least a year or 2. The grout in my shower is not sealed & mold grows quickly. It has become ...
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Wall behind bathroom sink

Looking for help identifying this material and how to remove it. I replaced my bathroom vanity but created a bigger job in the meantime. The vanities were different sizes so I created a gap in the ...
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Repairing shower tile, water damage, loose tiles, possibly poor installation

Background: I have a few loose tiles in my shower. I intended to just pull and replace them with new thin-set and grout. After pulling them out I realized that the damage might be more significant ...
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Is there a way to salvage the existing water barrier on my shower floor?

Ripped out the tile on the shower floor. Water pen through what looks like an inch of self leveler at the thick spots all on top of the water barrier.gap at the Wall is about an inch and change while ...
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Leaky tiled shower bench

Hoping for some insight here. Walk-in shower built in 2019, had sitting bench built in per our request. After some time (1 year?) we noticed water leaking thru ceiling of laundry room directly below ...
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Where is the water coming from?

We had our shower fixed and it’s been a nightmare. Now after the job is finished water is leaking through the tile curb (see image). Is there any way it’s causing damage or is it a simple grout fix?
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Tiles making popping sounds and becoming loose

I have woken up to endless popping sounds in my lounge area (upper floor of the house that was recently extended) and upon investigation, I realised that it’s my tiles making that noise. When I walk ...
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Installing a Bathtub that does not have a flange

We are in the process of doing a bathroom remodel and we noticed that the bathtub we ordered does not have a flange. The bathtub will be installed in an alcove setup (surrounded by 3 walls) and will ...
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Epoxy grout, micro cement or shower pan over failed grout?

New construction bathroom 2 years ago. Hired a tiler to install herringbone pattern tiles on the floor and large format tiles for the walls. I noticed while rinsing the shower after cleaning it that ...
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Can wall tile be used on fireplace hearth? [closed]

My family owns an historic 1890 home. We are trying to bring back some of the original charm that was lost over the years and are planning on installing new tile to the fireplace surround and the ...
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Is it acceptable to have nail penetrations in a hot-mop shower pan?

We're currently living through the nightmare of having bought a brand new house where the primary shower started leaking. Builder warranty was used and they ripped out all the tile, mud, and hot mop ...
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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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Vintage Bathroom Tile Patch

I need to patch these missing vintage tiles as well as remove the tile to the right and the left of each. Substrate is very hard and tile chips easily. What tools and processes are needed to do this? ...
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Should I use leveling clips for 3 x 18 tile?

I plan on tiling my bathroom walls with 3 x 18 (2.875" x 17.625") tile. I've heard you should use leveling clips for 12 x 12 or larger tile. I'm larger than this limit in one dimension, ...
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How can I finish a joint between drywall and tile near a corner when the drywall is 1/2" proud of the tile?

I am renovating a portion of a basement bathroom to undo some shoddy work by a previous owner. The bathroom has an existing glass enclosed tiled shower in the rear corner of the room. I had to ...
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How to glue laminate door threshold onto the tiles below

The image below shows the laminated wood flooring and the door threshold of a room, and the red tiled floor of a bathroom. Unfortunately, the door threshold has detached, revealing the white floor ...
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Do I need to prime concrete floor after scarifying but before crack isolation membrane?

I have about 2000sqft of stained concrete slab that I want to put tile over. There are a few small cracks, all less than 1/8th inch but the tile I want to lay is 6x36 so I think I should put down a ...
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Replacing Shower Tile Directly on Plywood

My wife and I recently purchased a house (our first!) in which the previous homeowner added a shower stall that sits on top of a stand constructed from plywood to accommodate the shower drain. After a ...
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How to restore my tile pavement?

In my backyard there's a tile-paved area and there's a line where it goes from one level to another level: https://imgur.com/a/ZYN5Xfy The problem is, a lot of tiles on that edge are not held in place ...
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Grout still "wet" days after regrouting

Looking for a bit of a sanity check and make sure I'm not overthinking this. We had issues with a crack in our grout and mold. So we hired somebody to come and regrout the entire shower floor. But ...
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Best adhesive for hairline crack in porcelain tile

Someone dropped a hard object on the porcelain tile slab floor in our new house, chipping the tile and causing a hairline crack to open that runs to the edge of the tile slab on one side of the chip ...
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Raising Concrete Floor 1 Inch for Tile

Looking to tile a basement landing as a transition from the stairs to the main room. The main room is done with DMX 1-step, 5/8 OSB and laminate flooring, so there is about 1.5" between the top ...
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What is the best method for installing runner rug on tile staircase?

Husband and I bought a house recently and ripped up the hideous green carpet that was previously on the stairs. We were fortunate to find the stairs are red terra cotta Saltillo tiles and in decent ...
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Grease staining behind backsplash tiles under range hood

We've lived in this house for about three years now and this problem has been gradually developing over that time. It seems as though the oil/grease that has precipitated in our range hood is able to ...
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Installing Large Floating Shelves Over Small (Penny) Round Tiles

I would like to install wood floating shelves that are 5 foot over penny round tiles. The tiles are glossy porcelain like these. The floating shelves are similar to these and could store up to 90lbs. ...
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Backboard to follow the path of the slight off level tub?

I recently tore out my old tile shower walls, and am replacing with go board and new tile. the wide wall (60") is slightly off level from th back of the tub toward the drain. Should I hang the ...
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Which thinset mortar do I choose

I have painted redgard on the shower walls and I am ready to tile. Which thinset mortar do I use over the redgard? I am using 12x24 tiles on 1 wall and 4x12 on the other 2. I am using ceramic tiles.
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Can self-leveling concrete go over a rough 1 inch mud-set mortar tile base?

Single story Florida home, concrete slab. Half the kitchen floor was linoleum, other half was an uneven spanish tile recessed into slab to be even with the linoleum side. We want to install new ...
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How can I improve my grouting process and color consistency?

I am doing a kitchen backsplash, and I just grouted the coffee bar area. I still have the 2 main kitchen walls to do and I have a few questions before I do the rest. The biggest thing is the grout ...
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Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Over Tile in Basement

I've been reading up on whether I can lay LVPF over an already tiled basement, and the consensus seems to be that I can so long as the grout isn't too wide/height differentiated and the ground is ...
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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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Time efficient cleanup of large tile surfaces

I have: a large area/wall with tiles (bathroom) and a smaller area with tiles on top and around the kitchen/food counter. The grout etc. is fine. I was wondering what is an efficient way for general ...
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Bathroom shower wall tile is cracked across 4 tiles. Opinions?

Some structural guys bopped the back of a bathroom shower wall while installing some beams on the other side. A few subway tiles in a corner cracked in an area that get's a lot of moisture. Although I ...
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Underlayment for using porcelain tile outdoors?

Rebuilding an outdoor deck in upstate NY with 6" X 24" porcelain tile. The foundation will be a 6" concrete bed with rebar. Confused about the need for and the order in which the ...
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Can porcelain tile be stored in an attic which will exceed 100 °F?

I need to store spare tile in my Florida attic. Is there a temperature issue when storing ceramic or porcelain tile?
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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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Silicone caulk turned yellow within 24 hours

I caulked in my new shower and around my tub with GE Advanced silicone caulk and within 24 hours it turned yellow. Yellow around wall tile in shower and the apron of the tub. Everything in the ...
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What moisture content reading do I need to wait for before tiling on a sceed floor?

We've recently had an anhydrite liquid screed floor laid in our house. We are now waiting for it to dry before porcelain floor tiles are laid (over a decoupling layer). There is some disagreement ...
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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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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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Removing underlayment from asbestos tile

We are renovating our bathroom/laundry room in a 50's ranch built on a slab foundation. Previous owners installed a floating laminate click lock floor, which disintegrated due to the movement of ...
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Can you tell if a Tile Shower Pan is Cracked without removing Tlies?

An Insurance Adjuster just declared my Tile Shower Pan “Cracked” without removing any surface Tiles. He based this on small cracks in some of the grout. How can he tell if the mud pan is cracked, and ...
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Transition between tile in bathroom and engineered hardwood with small height diffference

we are in the middle of installing tile in our bathroom. We have laid the membrane down. At this point we are trying to decide how to do the transition to the hallway. Based on the assumption that the ...
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My new alcove tubs walls will be more pronounced than the untouched sheetrock outside of the tub walls. How can i deal with this

Ok, I'm having a pro install the tile in my alcove tub enclosure walls. Forgive me for not knowing all the terminology. As per the Manufacturer I will be installing the hardi backer board over the ...
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For tile backsplash, how to handle straight cut meeting rounded (pressed) tile edge

I'm tiling our kitchen backsplash. The tile we got features a pressed/rounded edge as you can see in the picture. This is fine, but we also got some bullnose pieces, and we plan on finishing the edge ...
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Can I regrout a tile wall damaged by foundation work?

I had some foundation work done, which cracked bathroom shower tile on the wall. Was going to clean out broken grout, and regrout but noticed what looks to be drywall separated behind the tile. Haven’...
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What tile backing material can be embedded in concrete shower pan?

As in title. I want to glue and screw the backer board into the walls down to the slab before pouring the shower pan in a redguard shower, as I have about 1/2" spare space between the wall I'm ...
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What glue can we use to fill cracks in a solid surface counter top?

We noticed our bathroom counter is starting to crack and wanted to know if there is some sort of good glue for this. I think in the future it’ll need to be replaced but want to make sure it does not ...

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