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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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Broken Tile Repair

Is there a way to replace a toothbrush holder tile? This is ceramic or porcelain crica 1948. The attempt to glue made the situation worse.
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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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Addressing a shower pan that was not sloped properly

My tile contractor did not properly slope my shower floor and left a lot of 2"X2" shower floor tiles with numerous lippage spots. I took out all the tile but still have some thinset stuck to ...
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How to measure tile lippage?

I just had my bathroom floor tiled and I am concerned about lippage. Before bringing this up with the contractor, I want to get an idea of how bad it is really. The tiles are 2.25" octagons with ...
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New install of toilet and it slightly rocks front to back, not sideways

installed new toilet and flange in concrete basement floor but on top of tile. Toilet rocks slightly back and forth, not sideways but front to back. Did I maybe not get flange tight against tile ? ...
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What can I do about a toilet flange that is 1/4" below the finished floor?

I used two wax seals to set my toilet since the flange is 1/4" below the new tile. At first it seemed to be water tight but after a few flushes I noticed water seeping and pulled it out. As can be ...
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What is the 2-inch layer of masonry under my bathroom tile?

My house is 1 story, but I have a basement so all the floors on the main level are "upstairs" and have a wooden subfloor. I ripped out the vanity in a bathroom I'm working on and starting taking out ...
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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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How should I re-caulk my butcher block counter top?

Last year I had my kitchen re-done. Everything thus far has held up well with the exception of the caulk between the counter top (butcher-block) and the back splash (tile). What would be the best ...
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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 remove stains from tile?

I have a very weird stain on the bathroom floor of an apartment I just moved into. Is there an easy way to remove this stain? Also, what is the material of this tile? Is it like a concrete tile? Or ...
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How to adhere edge of bullnose tile to drywall as trim for shower/tub surround

I'm freshening up a bathroom and replacing some bullnose tile that covered up the edges of the tub/shower surround. I am also a complete tile novice. To be completely clear, there's no tile in the ...
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Is Kerabond T with additive okay for under Ditra Heat?

I'm looking to install porcelain tile over Ditra heat mat in our kitchen. From what I read you need to use a modified thinset for under the ditra mat(over plywood subfloor), and unmodified for over ...
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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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Alternative to T Transitions for floating laminate floor

I have a floating floor on concrete slab that joins to tile in a number of common, high traffic walk ways in our home: The standard way of joining a floating floor to a fixed one (or two floating ...
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Building a roof over terrace

I have started some work with a contractor to replace a roof on a terrace. They have removed the existing roof, and have left apparent some metallic bars placed on top of pillars. It feels sturdy in ...
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How to put adhesive or What adhesive to put on top of tiles?

I have a rest room here, but the door and the room it self doesn't have enough elevation. So, every time we took a shower or even minor bathroom tasks, the water almost always leak like crazy. I know, ...
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Is this a bad tile job?

We're nearing the end of our remodel and we're not happy with the backsplash. We apparently chose a hard tile to work with as there are a lot of little pieces (but sheeted 12x12). Knowing we chose a ...
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Tile a bit proud because of tile edging

I just completed my first backsplash, and overall I'm pretty happy with the result considering it's my first one 😃 One question I have is how could I've avoid that first uneven tile, which is a bit ...
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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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Are phosphate floor screws suitable for subfloor which will be covered in thinset and cement board?

I am installing hardiebacker concrete board with thinset to a plywood subfloor. I am putting down the new subfloor and want to be sure the screws that I use to secure the plywood to the joists will ...
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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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What kind of bathroom tile is this, and what kind of drill bit does it require?

I believe ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most common, but this looks like it might be some kind of polished stone. Will a carbide bit work on this tile, or does it require a diamond-tipped bit?
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What are your drywall/cement board/framing flatness tolerances for tile supporting walls?

What are your drywall/cement board/framing flatness tolerances for tile supporting walls? I am rebuilding half of a frame and it is a challenge to bring all the studs in the same plane. I do know ...
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How to measure and cut oddly shaped tile

I really like this tile my wife found, but I'm concerned about installation. I've tiled a good amount, but always rectangular tiles. How would one cut an odd shaped tile like this? Would I need to ...
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Tile to tongue & groove paneling transition and window casings

As part of my complete master bedroom remodel I'm completely redoing the "jacuzzi room". The current jacuzzi has a wood surround and is completely not water proof as water gets in between ...
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Tiling over broken fireplace hearth [closed]

My flat is an old Glasgow tenement flat built around 1900. When I bought the place, the fireplace had been badly covered. I now want to do the fireplace up so removed the covering. I am planning to: ...
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Space between 12'x24' tile is it 1/8 or 1/16

I bought a T-lock leveling system. I'm stacking my tile vertically. What space should I leave between the tiles and also between the tile and wall. Shall I use 1/16" spacers or 1/8" spacers?
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Removing Shower Tiles from Waterproof membrane

I am looking to re-grout some tiles in the shower which have come loose. However I have a couple of tiles which have completely broken. However while trying to remove half the tile, it is really ...
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How do I transition from a wood floor to tile that has a 1-1/4" height difference?

I have three of these transitions that I need to do something about. I thought I would be able to buy a reducer but them seem to top out around 3/4". After doing some more research it seems that I ...
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How should a painted wall be prepared before being tiled?

I want to apply tiles to a kitchen/bathroom wall. The surface is clean and freshly painted. Should the surface be prepared before being tiled, or will the tiles adhere properly to the painted surface?
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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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What's the easiest way to remove tile flooring off a cement foundation?

We're wondering if removing the tile that's on our concrete foundation is too hard for us to do ourselves. Question: Is there a way to do it that makes it a little easier and faster? We want to ...
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Hanging vertical tile in powder room, cement board or drywall?

We are putting in a powder room, toilet and sink. Behind the toilet we plan on having tile up the wall. The tile is 8x8". We were planning on using 5/8ths drywall. Is this appropriate or do we ...
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Exterior metal threshold to transition from concrete to tiled entryway?

Is it possible to transition from the sidewalk concrete to my tiled entryway by using an aluminum exterior grade threshold? I am thinking of something along the lines of this: https://www.homedepot....
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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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How to cut glass mosaic tile that's already installed?

I need extra outlets in my kitchen and in order to install a bigger junction box, I need to cut the glass tile that's already installed. Is it feasible and, if so, what's the most effective tool to ...
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What should I use to raise the height of floor tiles in a shower?

Initially, the wall tiles were installed too high off the shower floor so if floor tiles were installed, there would be a gap at the bottom of the wall tiles to top of the floor tiles. I hired a ...
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Can I extend an existing tile tub surround to create a shower surround? [closed]

I have a bathroom that is tiled halfway up the wall with 50s teal tile and finished with a bullnose. Right now there is only a tub but I am planning to add a shower and would like to tile farther up ...
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What to do about gap between tile and tub

This is my first shower tiling project and the tub was not level at all. To make sure my tiles were level I left a gap between the first row and the tub on one side (see picture). The gap is 1/2” at ...

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