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How to finish edge of tiled shower with metal outside drywall?

I have a newly tiled shower that was put in with a metal edging piece. However you can still see the edge of the cement board underneath it where it meets the wall. How do I finish this?
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Is this a bad tile work? what can we do to improve it?

Our contractors have almost finished the tile work in our half-bath. I noticed there were large gaps between the wall and the tiles. They are very noticeable. (Please see the pics.) The gap, the tile ...
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Rigidity (and height) of drywall around outlet hole

We are dealing with a subpar contractor who has tried multiple times now to repair a small section of subway tile that they previously cracked. I suspect that their current strategy is going to lead ...
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Tiling back patio over concrete, with slant towards drain

We have a small 9' x 9' concrete back patio that has a drain in the center (see pic). The cement is angled towards the drain, so when it rains there actually isn't too much water build up, which 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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Help me find a certain tile pattern? [closed]

Sorry if I'm asking too much or if it is inappropriate, and it is a long shot any way, but it is the best I can think of. I had my bathroom done in these tiles over a year ago, and I have to do some ...
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Correct way to attach 3 layers of subfloor?

I am putting new tile in bathroom which has 1x6 planks diagonally across joists. I need to raise this floor 1 3/4" to match the toilet flange, door jambs etc. What’s the best way? Currently I ...
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Installing framed sliding shower doors

Just wrapping up my porcelain tile install on my 32x60 shower. I am installing framed sliding shower doors and was researching ahead for that. There are 3 screws installed in each vertical side. The ...
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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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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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How should I handle reflooring the bathroom of an old house?

We are updating the bathroom in our old house and after removing the old tile and concrete we found that it was sitting on 3/4" subfloor planks, and some of them are not in the best shape. We are ...
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Second Opinion on Tiling [closed]

We are having a bathroom tiled but we're not quite happy with the result so far. The grout lines look uneven, the tile cuts aren't very clean and there's quite a lot of lippage and the walls are way ...
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Shower Floor Tile - Please Help!

We just had glass penny round tile laid on the shower floor yesterday. It is approved for shower floors but we hate the look of it. Since it hasn't been grouted yet, can we pull these up before the ...
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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 is voltage detected in my ceramic tile floor?

I found out (in a rather uncomfortable manner) that there is a potential difference between the phase line in my home and the ceramic tile floor. My Fluke multimeter reads 30V AC, I assume the reading ...
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What should I use to bridge gap between wooden flooring and tiles

Hi I’m just wondering what is best to use to bridge this gap. Because of the sizing I’m wanting to put a wide grout around outside edge rather than spread tiles apart too much. Area is 1250mm wide and ...
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I put caulking in between tiles that had grout already underneath it. What do I do?

My floor tiles had unsealed grout already in between the tiles. I went to Home Depot and bought a “sealant”, but it was actually caulking. I ended up putting caulk over top the unsealed grout in ...
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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 Broken Concrete Hearth Extension for Tile

I am planning to retile my fireplace hearth extension. As I was removing the old tile, the front edge of the concrete bed crumbled away. I presume this was because it was much thinner than the ...
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Cracked grout and leak in shower side wall - short and long-term fix given foundation work?

There is extensive cracking in the grout along the upper portion of our shower side-wall, both inside and outside of our shower. We've also noticed a leak in the shower wall, likely due to the fact ...
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Can you install grouted floor tile over padding?

Can you install floor tile over padding? The floor tile is standard tile that will require grouting. I'm concerned the tile and/or grouting will crack due to the padding. The purpose of the padding ...
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Should baseboard trim be in contact with the flooring?

In some of my rooms the baseboard touches the tile (you can see a slight gap at times). Even the door casing is on top of tile. In this bathroom (after removing the tile) it looks like they put the ...
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Waterproofing shower help

I am just about finished installing Hardiebacker in my 30"x60" shower alcove. The front and back walls have Hardiebacker an additional 6" past the shower door where the tile will end. I ...
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Why is it a bad idea to install self-stick tiles over luan plywood?

I am intending to instal self stick tiles over a primed luan underlayment in a bathroom. However, the manufacturer's instructions clearly state: DO NOT install over unsuitable or unstable subflooring ...
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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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Found a Crack in Subfloor when Removing Old Tile

I was removing old tile from my kitchen and found the crack seen in the pictures. I was wondering how big a deal the crack was and how to proceed with trying to lay new tile. I wanted to knock out ...
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How to build a secret bookcase door in a cased opening?

I'm looking to build a secret bookcase door to a room that is currently just has cased opening entry. The opening is roughly 82" x 80" and my thought process would be to have two doors that ...
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Tile cutter for large format tile

I am getting ready to do a tiled shower project, and after that, a roughly 800sq ft floor. In both cases, I will use porcelain tile and the tile will be large format tile (LFT) that measures 12"...
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How to clean up a large plaster penetration

Renovating a bathroom in our 1940's house. Removed the current vanity and found this I'm eventually tiling over this wall with 3x6 subway tiles. Any suggestions on how to obtain a surface I can ...
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Do I need wall lining between a bathtub and insulation

Following up on my previous question about tiling over the tub lip I am trying to figure out how it is all going to fit together. Below is the bathtub picture. The long edge is going to be against the ...
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Is it better to use thin-set or self-leveling concrete on top of a shower pan, mud-bed to improve the slope and make it smoother for final tile layer?

Issue: I am looking to improve the smoothness of my my concrete mud-bed before I lay my thin-set and tile. The mud-bed has dried, but there are some dips and divots that make it difficult for me to ...
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removing grout from very narrow gaps between tiles?

Wanting to re-grout wall tiles in the bathroom, I realize that the gaps between tiles are very uneven from area to area, and are sometimes too narrow for either the oscillating tool's 1/8 inch blade ...
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any way to repair marble tile over subfloor

When I bought my house, its marble floors appeared to be in good condition. However, they have steadily chipped, fissured and fractured until reaching their current fragmented state. The picture shows ...
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Where to start and end kitchen backsplash?

This may be a trivial question but I can not find an example online specific to my situation. I have heard you end at cabinets, end at countertop, add bullnode at very end of wall, etc. Here is the ...
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Tiling over the bathtub lip vs up to the lip

I am renovating the bathroom and everything I see online says to tile over the lip. This creates one obvious problem - to replace the bathtub one would have to remove the tile, and since style and ...
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Removing grout haze from the grout itself…options?

I just grouted my new shower floor yesterday using a dark gray (pewter) grout that matches the tiles. Looked great going down. I let it sit for a half hour, then began wiping off the excess with a ...
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Clear silicone over colored caulk?

I built a shower about 6 years ago, and did the floor/wall joint with a sanded caulk that matched the wall grout color. I spent yesterday digging it out because it had pulled away in several places, ...
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Options for raised bathtub platform

We are building a new 6' x 15' bathroom with a 6' x 7' area which will contain a shower and a stand-alone tub. The shower pan will be 6' x 3.5' and we are planning to build a small raised platform (6'...
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Kerdi Membrane over cement backerboard

When installing Schluter Kerdi Membrane over cement backerboard: Should I use Alkali Resistant Mesh Tape and thinset on the seams of the backer board (for long term durability to prevent each board ...
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How should I level my tiles on a concrete slab with 1/2in tilt

I am tiling on a concrete slab which is flat but tilted, and I have just less than 1/2in to fill, at the lowest point. To compensate for the tilt, should I apply adhesive cement on both tile & ...
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Cover/block square Schluter Kerdi tile-in shower drain

I'm looking to buy a square Schluter Kerdi tile-in shower drain for my current bathroom project. However, there are times when I would like to be able to plug this drain and allow some water to ...
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Patch for Tile Sealant Coat

I have a problem with the tiles around the tub in my ~1910 residential apartment building in Washington DC. At some point the existing tile was coated in some sort of sealant layer, which has ...
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Can you “re-use” Hardi Backer?

I installed Hardi Backer under a ceramic tile floor several years back. We are planning a remodel soon. Can I remove the tile, clean up the backer board, and install new tile? That stuff has a million ...
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Replaced tile grout-soaking up moisture and comes out on my hand

I replaced the grout in my shower tiles the other day. I removed a good layer of the old grout and applied new grout on top. All looked fantastic for 48 hours until I used the shower. Now the grout ...
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Why is grout at tub edge disintegrating?

1 year ago I remodeled my bathroom. Tile guy did a cheapo job. After the fact, I used a clear silicon to line the edge between the tile and the tub. Now I see this deterioration of the grout at the ...
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My diamond cup wheel keeps spinning off when slowing down

I've run into a problem, I need to to remove some very stubborn thinset in my basement bathroom and also level some uneven concrete. I decided to try out the angle grinder method, I have a Bosch 1375A ...
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Are transition strips necessary in doorway for same level tile to tile?

I removed the carpet in a room and now I am installing wood like ceramic tile. There is existing 12" by 12" ceramic tile in the hallway. Both Tiles are the same level. The wood-like is light ...
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How can I fix hairline cracks in brand new grout?

I have brand new grout in a shower done by a pro. Merely two months later it is already cracking. The contractor is telling me that house movement can cause this. (I'm not sure if he's full of it? Can ...
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How do I Unstick a Fixture Mounted to Bathroom Tile

Let's say, hypothetically, that I bought one of those lighted, fogless mirrors like this which stick to the tile in your shower and chose a really bad location to mount it. How do I get it off? I ...
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Can new wall go over tile floor?

Looking at moving my laundry upstairs, and the right answer is to combine two adjacent closets to get the width and move one of their walls a foot or two into the kitchen to get the depth. The ...

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