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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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Safe to put tiles on top of two 3/4" fir board layers & Ditra-Heat?

106 year old house - on top of the joists (16" on center) are wide 3/4" thick boards at a 45 degree angle, then 3/5 tongue and groove on top of that. Putting 3" marble hex down and plan to use a 1/2" ...
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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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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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Stacking new drywall on top of drywall that is behind tile

First post here. I am currently doing a small remodel of a bathroom in a house I just bought and am trying to keep costs and time spent, low. I had to tear out all the drywall due to the previous ...
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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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Replacing old tile kitchen with wall

My basement kitchen wall is adjacent to the bathroom and shower. I want to replace the old tile in the kitchen with a straight wall, which I’m planning to paint. I have removed the old tile and ...
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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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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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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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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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Should I use Ditra for my slate floor with radiant heat and 2 layers of plywood?

We are putting slate on our main floor, and have radiant heat. We used a second layer of plywood as guides/spacers between the pex loops, rather than concrete over the whole thing to help cut down on ...
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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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Epoxy / Urethane grout - double membrane?

I'm getting started on a bathroom remodel, going to make a "wet room" with Redguard waterproofing membrane painted up the walls and floor to "tank" the entire room. I've also settled on using a ...
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Will porcelain tile provide enough thermal mass for off peak heat storage?

The U.S. department of energy suggests electric radiant heat can be cost effective if preheated during off peak electricity hours if installed within an appropriately massive covering. Is there a way ...
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Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months

About 6 months ago we had red/blue reclaimed Victorian tiles laid in a checkerboard pattern outside the front of our house. Red dust seems to be constantly coming off the red tiles, so that the grout ...
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Should I seal bathroom ceiling and wall tiles?

The previous owner put tiles around the bathtub like ceiling and side walls. I wonder if I need to seal these tiles in order to protect them from the water? Will it increase its lifespan?
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How do I reattach pool tiles?

The following tiles: Have fallen off the side of the swimming pool here: Questions: What should I use to stick them back on? I notice that they appear to have grouting between them. Is that a ...
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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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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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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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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 ...