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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Replacing old tile kitchen with wall

My basement kitchen wall is adjacent to the bathroom and shower. I want to replace the old tile in the kitchen with a straight wall, which I’m planning to paint. I have removed the old tile and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Stain and seal bathroom tiled floor grout - remove upper grout layer?

The grout of our tiled bathroom floor (approximately 8 ft x 6 ft total area ), installed some years ago prior to us purchasing the house, appeared stained in various ways, ranging from a sandy white ...
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Densheilds project progress with leveling issue

I have installed Densheilds tile backer boards as showed in the pictures and I noticed on the big board (5'x5') that at the corner there is a light gap (not leveled.) I'm going to install a 12"X24" ...
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Should I be concerned if there is a small gap in the mortar when tiling?

I recently had a room tiled and during the installation I had noticed the workers were putting a small empty space in the mortar underneath some tiles. They wanted to adjust the alignment of the tiles ...
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Densheild boards and 12“X24” tile

Can Densheild boards hold a 12"X24" porcelain tile? ( the tiles are for shower walls ). Someone told me that the top layer of the boards are paper and installing the tiles on the higher area with ...
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Should I tape/support drywall seam next to cabinet?

I'm replacing the dry wall in our kitchen and then adding a tile backsplash. What is best practice in terms of taping the seam that is right up against the cabinet base/top? Should I add horizontal ...
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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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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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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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Drywall and tile to top of shower

Looking for some tips on how best to install. Read a few different things but nothing that seems to fit this scenario. Few pictures at what I am looking at are attached. Not sure weather to go over ...
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How can I enlarge an opening in wall tile for an electrical box?

When the backsplash was installed, the hole left for an outlet box is a tad too small. What is my best option to enlarge the hole to slide the box in?
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What adhesive can I use to reattach and seal these fractured tile pieces to my fireplace?

I noticed one of the tiles above my gas fireplace had cracked and two large pieces were about to fall off, so I carefully removed them. This fireplace has not been used in several years so the cracks ...
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66 inch tub in a 68 inch alcove?

Technically it's not an alcove, it's the back end of the bathroom, and I want to put a tub across that back wall. It's 68" across, and the closest tubs that I can find are 66". Seems like I should ...
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Retile Shower Floor Only?

I want to replace my mosaic tile shower floor. The shower pan is hot mopped. The wall tiles are set on a 3/4 inch mortar bed. I imagine replacing the floor tile means replacing the hot mop, which ...
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Outlet covers no longer fit

I installed a backsplash in my kitchen, after finishing the job I realized that the outlet covers no longer fit due since they are flush with the wall as opposed to slightly sticking out. Is there any ...

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