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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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What do I need to do to clean/restore these floor tiles?

We have a porch on a 1930s property in the UK which has red tiles on the floor. I believe they are original and in good need of a clean up and maybe some additional work. What do I need to do to get ...
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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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Cracked subway tile on shower cub after remodel: what's my next steps

I have a recently remodeled shower with a shower curb that has cracked tiles, separating trim, and a potential leak. I would appreciate any advice. I had my shower remodeled (gutted and rebuilt) in ...
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Mounting a hair dryer holder to a tile wall

I don't have space in the bathroom for the hair dryer and therefore wish to attach a hair-dryer holder to the wall. The walls have tiles on them. Example: http://www.hood.de/i/foenhalter-...
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Preparing concrete slab for porcelain tile after removing vinyl tiles and mastic

My bathroom has VAT (vinyl asbestos tile) and I have taken to removing it by steaming the tiles and peeling them up slowly. For the black mastic underneath I am using BlueBear 500MR which is just a ...
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Can I use liquid floor leveler on a previously tiled wood bathroom floor where I could not get up all of the thin set

This is a 8 x 5 bathroom floor on the second level. The wood subfloor seems to be in good condition, no movement, solid. One section all of the old thin set that came up very nicely. The rest of it ...
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Expedient repair for water damaged drywall behind tile

I set out to repair cracked grout at the top of a course of tiles on the wall immediately above my bathtub. After scraping out all the damaged grout I discovered that the only other thing holding the ...
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Shower curb: Fill in holes in cement blocks before tiling?

I am putting a curb in my shower using small cinder blocks. Do I need to fill the holes with cement before tiling?
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How to grout in order to minimize uneven tile spacing? [closed]

I have tiled my shower wall with hexagonal tiles & subway tiles. I am about to grout both walls BUT because the hexagonal tiles don't space out evenly, I am afraid white grout would show the ...
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Shower base and perimeter adhesive & grout

Just put in the shower floor tile with epoxy adhesive & have the perimeter tiles left to do (the very bottom tile against the shower floor tiles) What Adhesive can I use for this? Is it ok to use ...
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How to fix cracked bathroom tiles?

Only two of the tiles are cracked and one portion of grout chipping away (first picture). I think it's because the surface is uneven and poor cushioning. I know people would ideally rip open the whole ...
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Tile Grout: Patch up gaps, or strip out grout and regrout the whole thing?

I have tiled walls around a built in enameled tub. The tile itself (4x4) is in excellent condition. However, there are a lot of gaps in the grout, from half an inch to two inches in length, scattered ...
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How to install tile over area with no drywall

Plumbers made a mistake by placing a mixer vertically when it was supposed to be horizontal. I had to remove 3 tiles and some cement board in order to the mixer. Now what everything has been ...
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Do tiles look darker when hanging on a wall than they'll appear when layed horizontally on the floor? [closed]

The salesman in the showroom told us that the tiles we see hanging on the wall will be 20% lighter when are layed down horizontaly on the floor, so we should take into account when choosing our ...
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How to set-up a shelf in a tiled bathroom?

I am contemplating installing a shelf in my bathroom, and have set my sights on Ikea's Brogrund (number 304.089.79 in France, not sure is those are worldwide). The screws to set it up on the wall are ...
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Tile on OSB substrate in bedroom

A lot of information online about laying tile is specific for bathrooms (that need waterproofing), but in this case I want to remove carpet from a bedroom that is used as office space. This carpet is ...
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Can I use mortar to transition a height difference between cement board and drywall?

A family member helped me install some cement board in my shower, but the cement board and drywall aren’t level. It already has two coats of red guard and is basically ready to tile. Can I use thin ...
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Can you glue backerboard to concrete then tile over?

Want to know if you can glue backerboard to interior concrete wall for kitchen backsplash. Can’t drill as it’s a condo concrete wall. Concerned that tiles will shift as concrete wall shifts. Thanks
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What adhesive to use when tiling the fireplace hearth?

I am tiling the wood burning fireplace hearth and it gets really hot especially in the top-middle. I am wondering what kind of adhesive should I use for this purpose? I don’t want it fail due to high ...
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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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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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Tiling under shower

Doing an upstairs new bathroom, eventually with a (fiberglass) shower base. Currently has the plywood subfloor down and all the plumbing roughed in. I can't get a straight answer between my plumber ...
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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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Acrylic shower base with tile bench?

Is there any reason not to use a prefab acrylic shower base with tile walls and a tile bench? I get that tile walls and a prefab acrylic base are a common combo, but I don't see anyone adding a tile ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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