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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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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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How do I adhere real cut stone the wall behind my wood stove?

We are trying to adhere real cut stones to the wall that is behind our wood stove. The area is 7 Foot long by 5 foot high. We are adhering the stones to Durarock, cement board. We have placed lath ...
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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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Is this double 2x4 sufficient for holding up large format tile?

I am building a shower and my previous contractor used this double 2x4 for the top of the wall-to-wall niche. The wall does not bear any load from above, but will need to hold the weight of the tile. ...
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Why was I given just 85 mosaic tile sheets when I purchased 88 square feet?

I picked up my tile order yesterday. I got these "1'x1'" meshes of 1" diameter hexagonal tiles. It was explained to me that you buy them by the total square feet. I wanted to get 10% ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Making Porcelain Tile Smoother

My wife and I are redoing our bathroom. We got a sample piece of grey glazed porcelain tile and really like the look of it, but after having the piece on the floor in the bathroom for barely a couple ...
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Can 1/4" waterproof Hardieboard be used for shower wall IF it is attached to 1/2" waterproof Hardieboard?

My contractor improperly installed my shower pan by first putting up the 1/2 Hardi and then installing the pan without attaching to the studs (as per the instructions with the pan). Now I don't have a ...
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Did I just destroy my kitchen floor tiles?

I have owned this house less than a week and today got to scrubbing the kitchen floor with a tile brush and multipurpose cleaner. Suddenly large chunks of clear film start coming off the tiles. Help! ...
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How to fix this shower drain or swap out

New shower, tiler messed up the shower drain for this Schluter tile able drain. Contractor said he will fix but I want to make sure he doesn’t cut corners. Should we attempt again & if so can we ...
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Asbestos question - Old plywood on top of 1963 linoleum - Remove or attempt to prep for tile?

I'm replacing my vinyl flooring with tile, and when I removed it, I found that the previous owner had installed plywood over the original linoleum flooring. At first I was planning on just cleaning up ...
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Schluter profile wall tile layout strategy

Long time lurker, first time poster. I would like to install a ~4-foot tile half-wall in my bathroom, using 3x8 tiles. I will be using Schluter Quadec edge profiles on the tops and sides instead of ...
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Does the white cement between tiles absorb water

Our roof is covered with white color cooling tiles and we have cemented the gaps between the Tiles with white cement. Whenever the tank in the terrace overflows , it falls on the terrace tiles,runs on ...
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Paper backing from linoleum - remove or tile over?

I ripped out two layers of linoleum flooring from my bathroom, and am ready to lay the porcelain 12x24 tiles (dry-fit done). The linoleum flooring had a paper underlayment, which was difficult to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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