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Do I need to add Mapei Mapelastic AquaDefence over the plywood or over the hardiebacker?

Do I need to add Mapei Mapelastic AquaDefence over the plywood or over the hardiebacker or none? I’m installing the flooring tiles in the laundry room. I am going to have hardiebacker screwed to ...
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How can I make my glossy tile shine again?

I have this floor in the entry foyer of my home. You can see there's a small portion (near the top of the photo) that is shiny, but most of it is dull and scuffed (like in the rest of the photo). How ...
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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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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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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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How do I grout a marble and metal linear mosaic tile backsplash

I am installing a marble and aluminum back splash in my kitchen. I have read that the marble should be sealed prior to and after grouting. I found a sealer suitable for marble, but it says to avoid ...
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How to remove latex-based tile adhesive

A friend bought a house that has tiles mounted over original tiles and she wants to remove the new tiles to restore/reveal the original ones. The over-layed tiles can be pried off easily enough with ...
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Improve raw tile corner

I paid a contractor to install a shower for me. He did a decent job, but the “soap nook” edges look really rough. I have since learned that I should have asked him to use rounded corners for the ...
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Can I reuse my concrete shower pan?

House was built in 2004. I'm remodeling a small bathroom with a shower in it. The shower did not leak, it was just dated. I removed all the original cement board and tile. The shower pan is concrete ...
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Cracks and holes in tile floor grout. How urgent is this to fix?

This is related to What to do about holes in tile grout?, but it involves a whole-house tile floor rather than a shower, and my question is not about how to repair it, but how urgent the repair is. ...
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Black grout leaves porcelain tile pockmarked

I am applying Prism Charcoal color grout to this exact brand of small hexagonal porcelain tile and there is a very noticeable collection of black dots on all tiles (see below) after wiping. Nothing ...
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Thinset too dry before laying tile? Not dry enough?

Yesterday I laid 6x36 wood-look porcelain tile in my bedroom using a mapei ultraflex LFT thinset directly to the concrete slab. It's been 24 hours, and I am now pulling off the top tab of the spacers ...
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Subfloor prep for tile in old house

Photos were too big to upload, here is a link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DTvfB7t1N6GmmzYFvEv53RH2NSWzB4H- Goal: I want to tile the kitchen and breakfast nook w/ 12 x 12 ceramic (was ...
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1/2" to 3/4" gap between tub and tile

The question has been asked on this forum before about what to do when tilers have started the tile too high from the tub. But my gap is even larger, and I have tried the caulk solution to ugly effect,...
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Stone tile flooring with acoustic sound reduction requirement in condo

We just closed on a new condo and want to replace some of the old carpet with stone tiles. However, the HOA has a sound reduction requirement where the floors must pass acoustic testing with 55 IIC or ...
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Any idea what’s going on here with this subway tile?

Tile was installed a few weeks ago. These hairline cracks formed after grouting. You can’t feel the cracks on the face of the tile. There has been no water run in the shower. Any ideas.
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Is 6 holes in ceramic tiles the life of a drill bit?

I have always been unwilling to drill into ceramic tiles for fear of cracking them. But tomorrow, I am having a tile wall demolished, so I figured today I would get some drilling practice in while the ...
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What type of cement (grout) to use when fixing pool tiles and walls?

The cement in between the tiles on my pool is breaking, also, some parts of the wall near the pool are also breaking. I'm a total newbie regarding cement and similar materials, so I'm at a loss on ...
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How can I make textured tiles pick up less dirt

After having them installed, I realized that the textured tiles that I chose pick up dirt off of shoes extremely easily. The dirt can be cleaned off with water and a little effort, but in order for ...
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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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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 dry dampness beneath tiled shower floor?

Shower floor is 1 inch honed marble and walls are honed marble subway. Proper pan with an appropriate pre-slope and cement board walls all coated with multiple coats of liquid waterproofing membrane. ...
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Mixing slate stacked stone panel ledger and porcelain tile on shower wall - selecting thinset, grout and sealer?

I'm redoing my shower from scratch and fell in love with the combination of this Slate Multicolor Porcelain Tile and Splitface Slate Panel Ledger: I have limited experience with tiling and have ...
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Why are copper shower pans nailed to the framing?

I am in the painful process of re-tiling a shower that started leaking and after removing the tile we found that the pan had many nails through it to the framing. The shower was installed 20 years ...
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Can I install membrane and new tile over existing tile?

I removed the tile from the hallway a few years ago and installed hardwood flooring. The tile kept breaking into small pieces and scarred up the walls. I had a heck of a time removing all the thinset ...
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Preparing concrete slab for porcelain tile after removing vinyl tiles and mastic

My bathroom has VAT (vinyl asbestos tile) and I have taken to removing it by steaming the tiles and peeling them up slowly. For the black mastic underneath I am using BlueBear 500MR which is just a ...
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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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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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How do I fix a 2 cm hole in tiles?

The tile in the tub enclosure developed a 2 cm hole near the floor. I'll want to fix this, for aesthetics, to keep moisture out of the tub enclosure, and for safety as the hole has sharp edges. ...
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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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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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shower drain not snug in mortar

Poured shower bed mortar around drain and sloped it properly. Drain is type that screws into base. The face of the drain is square. Now that the mortar is dry and I am ready to tile the shower floor I ...
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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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Remove ceramic tiles from thick-bed mortar destruction-free?

We are renovating our kitchen, and have to replace some tiles on the wall (e.g. some have holes where the old faucet was). I would like to "harvest" some good tiles from behind a closet, where they ...
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Underlayment for Enclosed porch

I want to install porcelain tile in my glass enclosed porch. Presently there is a 6” x 5/4” pressure treated lumber for the floor. The floor is only 2 years old and in very good condition. Can I use 1/...
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What type of exterior siding tiles are these?

I'm trying to identify these tiles around our windows as a few on the far side are missing/broken and need replacing. Our neighbours have the same tiles, just in different colours which I believe ...
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Transitioning from pre-existing bullnose tile edge to drywall

How can I create a clean line between a pre-existing bullnose tile edge and the drywall that is to be skim coated and painted? I was disgusted with the upper half of my bathroom walls which were ...
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How can I level a concrete floor in a basement room?

I have a room in the basement with a concrete floor that slopes 2" over 11 feet. It's finished in that it has drywall, but there is no flooring yet. I need to raise the floor to be level. The room ...
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Allure interlocking floating floor ultra tile. How do I get the final pieces on the opposite or interior walls to lock into place.

What is the best way to get the "final" pieces to interlock when you are either up against the opposite wall or any interior wall.
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Fixing cracks in mortar shower pan before tiling

I am refinishing a shower and poured the shower pan using CustomFloat Bedding Mortar several days ago. I mixed it according to the directions (3 Gallons of water per 50Lb bag). Everything looked ...
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Using Porcelain tile on a concrete pad outside

I have a small(ish) - about 12ft x 12ft concrete pad on the back of the house covered by the house's roof with 2 walls exposed. The concrete pad appears to be solid - no major cracks, flat and level. ...
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How should I repair these loose tiles in the bathroom?

I was looking at replacing some caulking that has been cracking and I noticed there's a few loose tiles. Here's a pic of the bathroom, it's on the second floor of our house: Here's where I noticed ...
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Tiling over rough uneven plaster wall

After pulling down some paneling in our bathroom I discovered why they had it there in the first place. At one time there was plastic tile over the walls and they damaged the surface while removing ...
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remove stain from granite tile

I have a bathroom tiled with granite tile floor and walls. the granite is sealed with xypex (seems to be still well sealed) and is a salt and pepper quartzite granite. (see pic) one of the tiles has ...
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Used "polymer modified" versa bond on top of Ditra

So, let's skip the "how" and get to the mistake. I used VersaBond (A118.1, A118.4, A118.11) "Polymer modified" "fast setting" for the entire project. It wasn't till today that I was looking up dry ...
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What are my options for handling kitchen floor/dining room floor height differences?

I'm reflooring both my kitchen and the adjoining rooms. The kitchen will be tile and the Living Room/Dining Room will be engineered hardwood. I'm going down to the joists in the kitchen because the ...
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How can I undo damage done to a newly tiled floor?

I feel I was (ill-)advised to clean my new beige, mat ceramic tiled floors using this recipe: 3 parts heated vinegar to 1 part water, brush solution in very vigourously with stiff floor-brush then ...
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How should I deal with old black mastic before installing floor tiles?

I will be removing wood floor tiles that wee installed over old VCT tile which have black mastic on them. I can remove the wood and VCT with no issues, but I do not want to have to remove the old glue....
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What do I have to get to cut the small ceramic tile for a back splash?

What do I have to get to cut small ceramic tile for a kitchen back splash ?
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