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Tiles over Linonium

I plan to install Porcelin tiles over Linonium, The issue is with the dishwasher clearance. I was told not to lay tiles under the dishwasher. My worry is, how the dishwasher will be taken out once the ...
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What screws should I use to screw Wedi boards into wood studs using Wedi washers?

I'm building a waterproof bath area with shower head. I have 12.5mm Wedi tile backer board and Wedi washers, for fixing the board onto wood studs. I was hoping to buy "Wedi screws" but the ...
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Adjustable door threshold bottomed out and grouted in place

Just bought house. Previous owners did some bad renovations by themselves. I noticed lots of bugs coming in. Figured out the wooden kitchen/garage adjustable door threshold was screwed down all the ...
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2nd floor bath remodel. Concrete under tile. What do I have to remove?

I am doing some preliminary research and investigation into remodeling my master bath. The house was built in 2002 so not too old. The master bath is on second floor. I removed the air vent to see ...
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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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Installing a Bathtub that does not have a flange

We are in the process of doing a bathroom remodel and we noticed that the bathtub we ordered does not have a flange. The bathtub will be installed in an alcove setup (surrounded by 3 walls) and will ...
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Horizontal blocking behind cement board necessary on edges(wonderlite specifically)

Using wonderlite cement board in my tub area surround, instructions say all edges supported? but almost every instruction video including their own doesn't show any backing behind the edges where the ...
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What's that black material that holds together these roof tiles?

I'm wondering if these rooftop tiles are made of clay and what is that dark grey material that keeps them together. Could they potentially contain toxic material? (e.g. asbestos) Thanks in advance.
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Shower panel walls with tile floor? NOT the kit pan/base

I am planning to redo a small walk in shower. 60" x 32". My plan is to rip out walls, replace with concrete backer, and redguard the entire thing. For the floor, it currently has small glass ...
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Should I remove and reinstall a Jacuzzi / whirlpool tub when replacing the paneling around it with tile?

I have a large Jacuzzi / whirlpool tub in my master bedroom suite which currently has an all wood surround. As part of a renovation I want to get rid of the wood surround (at last partially), ...
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Shower niche in larger cavity

I’m redoing the tiles for a 3’x3’ shower stall. It’s in the corner of a room, with the side wall an exterior wall, and the wall with shower head is a dividing wall between condos. There is a half wall ...
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Lumpy ditra install

I put down ditra in a laundry room and am noticing many lumps and also some unevenness at one of the seams. Since I am putting down 12x24” ceramic tiles I am worried that it will lead to cracking. ...
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How can I speed up the removal of stubborn tile?

I am trying to remove tile from the bathroom floor. It was installed in the 70s, and the pieces are tiny, 1 in x 1 in. I've been hammering away but they're not coming up very easily. Is there a ...
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What is this under the backerboard?

I am currently working on demoing our kitchen and am not sure how to proceed. I recently did our bathroom and for the floor I left the old backerboard, chiseled remaining thinset, applied a self-...
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Light Frame Structure Ceramic Floor Installation

I hired a contractor who made a big mistake. He installed a ceramic floor onto 1"inch cement board (that is screw into welded beam constructed subfloor). He did not use thin set or tape over the ...
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I am unable to find such t moldings or reducer where it fits my laminate to tile transition

I got this picture from another post and since I am new to this community I dont know much on how i can ask questions to existing posts or comments also it did not allow me to do so. Below is a ...
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Why did the grout turn white on my slate patio?

I had my patio grouted 3 days ago, allowed to dry 2 days, then power washed, allowed to dry. The grout was a medium gray unsanded on a lighter gray slate. Now the tile has a light haze and the grout ...
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Laying tile and floor joists

Planning on laying tile in our house. We're putting down cement backer board, and then ceramic tile. The tiles are 7in x 20in. My question is, should the tiles be placed so they are perpendicular ...
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What is the best way to bridge a huge gap between hardwood and tile?

I removed a load bearing wall between a small kitchen and tiny dining room. My problem is that I have a giant gap to fill in where the old wall was. The house was built in 1950 and sits above a crawl ...
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Removing residual thinset and slight highspots in subfloor before another layer of plywood underlayerment

Removed tile from a plywood subfloor and there is a very small ammount of uneven thinset residue like 1/16" in spots randomly scattered. Not worried about the level as it appear flat but worried ...
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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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Suggestions on tile edging

We recently tiled out bathroom and when installing a bath tube ledge the trim we installed wasn’t cut at a 45 angle. A little unsure as to how best to finish this end piece of tile First image is ...
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Idea to fill the tile gap after removing the wall

I removed the wall in my basement which has a tile floor. I want to fill this gap where the wall was and looking for ways on what i can do which is going to look good. Shared picture is part of the ...
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Hardibacker seems to draw moisture out of thinset?

Working with 3/4" glass mosaic tiles for the first time - look great, but a very different process than I'm used to with ceramic tiles of normal size. Tiled a section of cement floor following ...
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What type of material is this and do I have a leak?

I just bought a 1923 home in Cleveland, OH, and had a weird problem with the flooring in the half bath on the main floor. As you can see from the photos, there is not only a bulge in the flooring, ...
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What is the best way to fix these displaced tiles?

The tiles are complete and intact. Over time they have displaced from their locations. The grout around the tiles have chipped away. What kind of adhesive is required to put these tiles back into ...
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Grout, before base boards?

We just had our floors tiled. The installer laid the tile, installed the baseboards and will grout tomorrow. Shouldn't the grout be applied before you put the baseboards back on?
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Miscalculated Subway tile spacing What should I do?

I miscalculated the spacing of subway tiles (literally misstyped a number in my calculator) I’m installing for my backsplash and ended up with a sliver left over at the top of my wall and under my ...
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Shower niche in 2x4 wall with drywall back, can I waterproof back of drywall with redguard+fabric?

I'm trying to maximize the depth of the shower niche I am building and would like to know if I can leave just the back side of the niche which is the brown side of drywall. The walls of the shower ...
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Shower grout moisture prevention coating

I am wondering if there is a coating, seal, paint or whatever product that I can apply to the grout between shower tiles to prevent mold? The junction between the shower tiles of my shower pit has ...
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Laying tile over small section

I have a small section in my house that acts as "utility closet" that does not have tile like the rest of the adjacent environment (sorry for the junk laying around): My plan is to use some ...
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Why can't you set your backboards plumb and square using shimming or something else instead of floating walls when installing tiles?

I am about to do a shower and I have the bathroom gutted out to studs I am watching youtube vidoes by The TileCoach who shows how to float walls in order to have plumb and swquare surfaces for your ...
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Using Flexbond with 12 x 24 porcelain tile

I originally planned to use 12 x 12 tile and purchased Custom Building Products FlexBond. However, a change of plans...now using 12 x 24 tile. Can I get away with using what I have, or should I use ...
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Shower curb tile: OK to caulk rather than grout?

I'm trying to finish up our shower. We ended up using a Tile Redi (which was an ordeal, but that's another story...) which means that the pan, itself, is completely waterproof, and that the tiles are ...
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Porch flooring: vinyl click & lock planks an option?

I am contemplating finishing an outdoor porch floor with vinyl click & lock planks. Is this feasible? The porch is 100% covered, and is on the North side. It receives no direct sunlight, except at ...
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Pulling up fiber board to install new tile flooring

My wife decided we've had enough of the cheep vinyl tile in our kitchen... She started to pull up the tiles and I came in and started to cut and pull up the 1/4 ply and 1/2 particle board underneath. ...
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Mixing Ditra heat with normal ditra

I have some extra ditra heat for a bathroom membrane that I'd like to use for my foyer which will not be getting heat. I need to purchase a bit of extra membrane and wondering if I can use normal ...
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How to replace carpet with tile in entryway

We have an 18 year old cat who unrinates on or near doors that lead outside. I'm looking for solutions to make it easier to clean up/eliminate the odor. We do eventually plan on replacing the ...
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How do I smoothly transition vinyl plank to tile?

I’ve read you can use schlutter or flexible caulk which is better
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Should the edge of a tiled shower wall and floor be left unsealed?

Our shower remodel was just completed and our tiler intentionally left the edge of the shower wall and floor unsealed. This seems strange to me but he insisted that it should be left unsealed. He said ...
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Cellulose ceiling tiles (asbestos?)

Came across this room with broken acoustic ceiling tiles, that I have to spend time working. The tiles look kinda "modern" to contain asbestos, but then again you never know. Wondered if anyone can ...
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Underlayment for using porcelain tile outdoors?

Rebuilding an outdoor deck in upstate NY with 6" X 24" porcelain tile. The foundation will be a 6" concrete bed with rebar. Confused about the need for and the order in which the ...
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How dangerous are these cracking tiles if they contain asbestos?

See attached image. These tiles are in the common area of my apartment building. As you can see, there is significant cracking. My building was built in the 60's, I know that the 9-inch tiles in my ...
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How to anchor floating toilet flange

I have a cast iron toilet flange that sits about .4 inch above a 3/4" plywood subfloor. It feels very solid, but it is not anchored to anything. There are two empty holes in the flange for ...
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Cement board under cabinet with no tile

In my basement apartment, I had concrete underlayment and I decided to not install tile under the cabinets even though some people advised me to do. It turned out well especially because I ended up ...
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What to do with wall behind bath taps

The tiles behind the taps of my bath have come off completely and I don't know what to do. My main concern is if it could contain asbestos withing the tiles themselves, the adhesive or the plaster ...
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Im ready for grouting what to use?

I'm almost ready to grout. What unsanded grout should I use? Is it ok to any if the ones in the picture? The tube will be easier for me. Do I need to use a sealer after? After tiling using the ...
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How to deal with Densheild to drywall transition disparity

I'm in the process of tiling now (porcelain tile). I noticed that the seam between the Densheild and the drywall is slightly not even. Do I need to use the all purpose compound (used for dry wall) to ...
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Do I need to cut the bottom row of tiles for a shower wall to keep them level?

I'm confused how to begin tiling and adjusting the first row. Do I need to grind all the tiles from 2,3 to the end so they can be leveled with number one? Or if I raised number 1ittle bit to level ...
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Mitered Tile Edge Trim around Niche in Shower… Will water get behind it?

I'm wondering what the proper way to install tile edge trim around a shower niche is. Some people leave space for grout in between the mitered edges and some people don't (see pictures for example of ...

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