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Stain on bathroom tiles

It seems a bit of excess cement or grout have mixed with water and stained my bathroom tiles. Tried soaking it / rubbing it with cleaning vinegar but to no avail. Ideas?
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Linoleum underlayment removal

We have three rooms that have linoleum, which we'd like to tile. They all transition flush to 3/4" thick hardwood flooring at the same height, so I have to assume there is some kind of additional ...
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Can I caulk over cracked grout (shower floor) as a temporary fix?

We have an older shower, with 1x1 tiles on the floor. Some of these, the grout has started to crack, and we want to prevent water damage. However, we've exhausted our renovation budget for the year, ...
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Caulking corner of showers changed grout color

I just finished up a second shower tiling project in my house. I was excited to see how much more smoothly my second tile job would go than my first. All was good until the final step of caulking the ...
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Mosaic floor polishing- What to use

I have a mosaic floor which caught mold from rotten food some time ago. Here is the floor which is ok (with and without flash). And here is the damaged floor after the "polishing". I tried to do with ...
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Trim for floor transition where tile is LOWER than adjacent hardwood [duplicate]

I have yet to find a product or a question addressing this. The issue is quite simple. I am installing a tile floor in the bathroom, and the finished tile floor at the doorway will sit significantly ...
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What’s the proper setup for mounting a tile cutting blade on a grinder?

I am attempting to determine the proper safe configuration for using a 4 1/2” tile cutting blade with my metabo hot angle grinder. I have seen lots of folks utilizing angle grinders with these cutting ...
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Best way to do some tile floor repair

So the house I bought had a guy who wishes he was good at doing renovation work but really just sucked. And cut a lot of corners. He didn't put any cement board down under any of the tiled floors.. ie ...
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Walls out of square, how to align base cabinet?

Hello all. In the process of remodeling a kitchen, and the corner where this standalone base cabinet is going is quite out of square, to the tune of about 1/2" gap at each end of the cabinet. Next to ...
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How to fix a rupturing wall bathroom tile?

There are bathroom tiles on the wall (natural stone), the bathroom tends to get pretty humid (pre-code/no ventilation, do our best to keep it low). We are seeing that a few of the bathroom tiles are ...
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Should I reinforce the floor over my basment to tile bathrooms?

I want to tile my bathrooms in the house I'm remodeling. They are over a basment with 2x8 joists 16" on center. The span over the basement is around 12ish feet. I put 3/4 OSB and plan to put 1/2 ...
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Simple shower tile replacement

A tile on the floor of our shower stall has come loose. However, in a few months (not much earlier for logistical reasons) we’re having the whole bathroom redone, including a complete replacement of ...
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Advice on re-grouting this shower

The caulking in my shower was starting to grow some mould so I have removed it and discovered the grout in the corners of the shower where two walls meet or where floor meets wall are in bad shape or ...
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How to best clean unsealed kitchen grout so that it can be sealed and/or regrouting later

I have a problem with unsealed kitchen grout on ceramic tile as it has never been sealed and dirt has allowed to set in. In addition it probably needs regrouted later (pictures below) but sealing it ...
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How to finish jagged edge of kitchen subway tile?

Did our own backsplash tiling in the kitchen, and didn't realize until we were finished that the cap/trim/edging goes UNDER the tile. Not on top. So now we've got an ugly looking edge to the tile (...
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What should I use to transition from tiles to hard wood floor?

There's currently some kind of solid filling between the tiles in my kitchen and the hard wood in my living room. During the summer when it gets hot and humid, the hard wood expand and cracks the ...
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Grout floor then tile walls?

I've already got the shower floor tiled (4'x8'- half in 2x2 on shower pan and the other half 1'x2' tile). Im using epoxi grout on the floor, and regular grout of the same color on the walls. Should ...
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Gap between cement board and drywall

We're putting in a shower and I had originally found a tutorial that showed to leave ~1/8 to ~1/4 gaps around the cement board and drywall surround that would be filled with caulk to prevent water ...
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Tile making clicking noise when stepped on and grout flaking away

I bought a house built in 1993 a few years ago. When we first moved in the tile seemed fine, recently two of the tiles right outside the shower have started making a clicking noise when stepped on and ...
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Tile pattern for shower base using large porcelain format

I am building 46x34 shower base using large format tile. I like it because it looks the same as the flooring. I building a curbless shower by the way. However the plumber did not position the drain ...
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Remove spray paint from floor tile?

I have a spot of black spray paint on my floor (not sure how it got there). The tile is an outdoor-rated porcelain. I've used soap and water with a rough sponge and a course brush but haven't even ...
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How do I extend shower cover plate without replacing a tile

I had my shower tiled and, unfortunately, the job was sub-par. I am not wondering if this can be somehow fixed via workaround, without replacing my tile. Maybe some sort of cover plate extension? ...
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Is This Wood Still Good? (Water Stained or Rotten)

I have an attachment on the side of my house, basically an enclosed porch but could also be a mudroom. One of the doors leads to a deck where the prior owners let the gutter downspout fall out of ...
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Is DensGlass and RedGuard a substitute for vapor barrier + backer board + membrane when tiling shower walls?

My understanding is that when tiling a shower wall, the standard preparation process includes: Install a vapor barrier Install cement backer board Apply a waterproof membrane (This comes from https:/...
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Gluing pvc quarter round in the shower corner

I had my shower done and the tile work is very ugly in corners. Wondering if gluing PVC finished quarter round with clear silicone would work in the long run? Anyone had any experience with it? Any ...
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How to deal with little holes in shower's tiled wall

My shower wall had a tiny towel rack which was installed with screws. Because of the location, I tended to bang my head on the corner when coming in close to the faucets to adjust the temperature. I ...
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Should my toilet flange sit on top of the backer board or the tile of the floor?

The bathroom model saga continues. The old toilet flange was rusting, and the subfloor was rotting, so I pulled up the subfloor around the toilet, and replaced the drain pipe with ABS, and an elbow. ...
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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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Tiling on Drywall in Shower

I have a bathroom where water-resistant drywall was put up around and over the tub. Is it okay to put tile over the drywall around the tub or shower? If not, what can I do to be able to put 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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Re-installing slate tile in an entry hall

We moved into this home about 25 years ago. It is a "Mid-century modern" with green, gray, and red slate tiles in the entry. When we moved in, some of the tile were loose and we had a tile-guy take ...
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Can I put a shower pan where tile USED to be?

I pulled up the tile in my bathroom. Water was underneath and had rotted the wood nearby. Now I have a concrete pan underneath where the tile used to be that slopes toward the drain. Can I put a ...
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Refinishing slate tiles with worn-out portions

We recently moved into a home that has slate tiles in the bathroom, but the tiles don't seem to be well-maintained, and they have several areas where the lacquer finish has worn off, probably due to ...
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Would this type of backsplash tile not require grout?

I’m looking at this particular backsplash tile which is unusual in that there’s really no gaps between pieces: https://www.homedepot.com/p/MSI-Alaska-Gray-Splitface-12-in-x-12-in-x-10mm-Marble-Mesh-...
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How should I install tile backer board with a curved tub flange?

I'm attempting my first bathroom remodel and been down the debate of how/where to place the tile backer board. I found this thread here: https://diy.stackexchange.com/a/32090/94284 Should I put ...
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Do I need mortar between 1x6 deck boards and cement board?

I have a screened and roofed porch/lanai. Original floor is pressure treated posts, beams, joists and 1x6 decking. Former owner decided they wanted tile. They screwed a plywood underpayment over the ...
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How do I get rid of this dirt between the tiles of my bathroom shower?

So I've tried to use bleach but this isn't coming clean. I know it's been a while since it's really been cleaned. Here's a pic:
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First time DIY tile floor in powder room--transition, leveling, grout?

We've added a small half bath to an addition, and we're planning to tile the floor ourselves even though we have never done it. The room is about 20 square feet and I'm planning 12" x 24" tiles, so 10 ...
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How do I tile across two different wall materials?

I would like to install a continuous pattern of tiles from floor to ceiling on a wall that is a combination of plywood (mounted to 2x4 studs) and a short concrete stem wall. Is there a suitable ...
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Prepare shower for tiling

I got guys doing some tiling and this is what it looks like before the tile. How would you quality this work?
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What spacing difference is acceptable with a contracted tile job? [closed]

What is a reasonable difference in gaps between tiles? We just had our bathroom floor done by Lowe’s (first mistake), and I’m not happy with the outcome, AT ALL. Is this just me being picky, or should ...
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Any ideas on how to keep a refrigerator from moving without wheel locks?

I've got a frig on a tile floor without any wheel locks, and it likes to slide forward every time I open a refrigerator door quickly. So far I have tried: toilet shims shoved under the wheels. ...
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Is grout required behind shower knob trim plate?

Moved into a newly built home recently. I went to change out the walk-in shower faucet and discovered that the tile contractor had omitted the grout behind the shower knob trim piece. They left 2 ...
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Mortar or tile adhesive? For 9”x9” tub surround wall tiles

Would a tile adhesive or mortar be better for mounting shower wall tiles (9” x9” porcelain)?
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Grout or caulk on tile floor to tile wall

My shower has tile floors and walls and the connection between them is very rough and needs to be re-done. It looks like previously there was some caulk added in spots. What is the recommended ...
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Moisture leaking out of chip in floor tile

I dropped something heavy and mildly pointed onto the bathroom floor. The Bathroom is tiled with ~30cm square black "slate like" tiles, but where I dropped this thing, the surface has been badly (2-3 ...
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remove plastic film off porcelain tile

I just had "marble like" porcelain tile installed. the plastic film over each tile is too had to get off. The installer gave up and left it on, said he never seen plastic film so hard to come off. ...
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Do shower doors for tiled openings have to fit the width exactly?

So I just measured my cement board to cement board width and before tiling it is 4'11". This is due to the pan instructions of putting the pan 'against' the frame. The pan is cast iron covered in ...
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What should be used between a concrete tub and wall tile?

I have an older home that has a large, decorative concrete bathtub/shower with tiled enclosure walls. The walls behind the tile and tub are poured concrete. (Yes, the house is very sturdily built.) ...
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How should I tile under kitchen cabinets?

I currently have tile on the floor of the kitchen that just butts up to my cabinets. I plan to change the floors and also change the cabinets. Is is best to rip out all the cabinets and tile, and ...

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