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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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Concerned about grouting pre-sealed pebble floor

I installed pebble tile on my shower floor, but haven't grouted it yet. I read to pre-seal before grouting, but later read a warning to only apply sealer to the top of the tile and be careful not to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to best cover corrugated plastic along basement wall without affecting the catching of wall water?

We recently had the drain tile replaced in our basement. We are in the process of putting in vinyl planks in the unfinished portion, and have these black plastic correlated pieces lining the walls. ...
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How leveled the wall need to be to put stick tiles on it?

I have a wall that is almost leveled, but there are some problems: Part of the old paint peeled off, so I removed the part that was peeling off. The rest still pretty good, so I didn't touch it. Part ...
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Tiling on horsehair plaster ceiling over shower

I'm tiling over a tub shower in my hundred plus year old house. I've already replaced lathe and plaster around tub as area with cement board. Since the ceiling is secure, I would like to apply tiles ...
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What is the strongest glue to secure a loose shower head?

I think whoever installed the plumbing used CPVS and didn't even secure the shower head so it's loose. I don't want to open up the tiled wall so I'm going to spray some Great Stuff foam in the hole ...
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What should I use to bridge gap between wooden flooring and tiles

Hi I’m just wondering what is best to use to bridge this gap. Because of the sizing I’m wanting to put a wide grout around outside edge rather than spread tiles apart too much. Area is 1250mm wide and ...
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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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How to remove a couple tiles BEFORE grouting

Long story short - I installed a subway tile backsplash and 95% of it looks good, but there is a 1 foot by 1 foot area that came out wavy. I want to remove just this small area and redo it before I ...
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To reduce shrinkage, is it wise to mix sanded grout with unsanded grout?

Is it ok to mix sanded with unsanded grout provided the grout is from the same manufacturer? I'm using Home Depots Polyblend product.
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How to remove tile with mesh embedded in cement bed?

I am doing a bathroom remodel on a late '60s house. The bathroom tile is set on a roughly 1.5" cement bed with embedded wire mesh. I have removed a small portion with a rotary hammer with a pointed ...
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How to fix a hollow ceramic shower shelf

Our shelf in the shower cracked off four big pieces but the bottom of the shelf stayed intact. Now we have a jagged bowl shaped shelf left collecting water whenever we shower. Any recommendations on ...
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how to replace a tile floor over radiant heat

I just purchased a home and the kitchen has radiant heated porcelain tile floor in the kitchen. The floor is in rough shape so Id like to redo it. This raises a number of questions. should I try to ...
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Nominal size (shrinkage) for 3 x 12 porcelain tile bullnose trim?

What is the range of acceptable shrinkage for porcelain tile trim? The trim is advertised at the supplier site as 3" x 12"; the actual trim is 2 5/8" x 11 3/4". I did some online research before ...
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Should I seal this floor or should I just put down vapor barrier before tiling?

I had some water compromise a vanity, leading to its removal. There was a void in the floor where it was originally tiled around, so the entire floor will be retiled. Upon demolition, I noticed some ...
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Slate tile on outdoor path - how to fix loose tiles

I have a slate walkway that is a concrete base with slate tiles laid on top. The tiles are about 10 ins by 20 ins and 1/4 to half inch thick. There's a section of about four tiles that comes loose ...
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Tiling shower- filling gaps between tile and drywall

Hi all – I would love some creative ideas to fill a couple of small gaps left by a bad tile installation job. Tile goes most of the way up the wall in the shower stall, and then backer board. There ...
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Rough estimate of tile cutter wheel durability

Can somebody give a rough estimate about the lifetime of a tile cutter wheel? I own a Sigma 3b4 which works with the 14A wheel.
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Tile on a bathroom shower ceiling or just mildew-resistant paint in a dry climate?

Location is Colorado Springs, where we have a fairly dry climate but are not immune to mildew. We are remodeling, turning the old shower into a linen closet and the old bathtub area (a long jacuzzi ...
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Restoring brick fireplace and wood trim in historic home

My wife and I just started renovating a historic home (built sometime between about 1880 and 1905). The home has quite a bit of old (possibly original) brick and wood details. As a first step in the ...
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Is subfloor / underlayment for tile different for a small area

Normally for plank subfloor one is supposed to add 1/2 inch of plywood plus cement backer board for underlayment. For a small area say 4 feet by four feet is all of this necessary?
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Wall to wall carpeting over tile?

QUESTION If a tenant wanted wall to wall carpeting and the existing floor is tile, is it possible to simply lay the padding and carpet over the tile, and expect the ability to revert back to the tile ...
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Flooring options for rejuvenating office space

CONTEXT 1000 sq-feet of 30 y.o tiled office space in North Florida I am reasonably handy (changed the steering tie-rods in the car 6 months ago) and interested in determining if it makes sense to ...
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What are the white paint on concrete floor?

I moved in a apartment building built around 1992. It currently have carpet for the flooring that installed by the builder. I am thinking to lay ceramic tiles in living room so I removed carpet. What ...
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Exterior Tiling falling off of front step

The front step of my house is concrete with tiling on top (installed by the previous owner). Recently the tiling starting falling off. You can see from the picture below that between the concrete ...
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Wall Tiling Shower with Corner Drain

I am preparing to start a bathroom renovation, and when we're redoing the shower, we plan to install a corner drain (this one, in fact). Based on the installation instructions, we need to angle the ...
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How do I find gas leak behind the wall or the cabinet?

I know that you can buy a gas leak detector wand about $30 and you can scan to the pipe. However, if it's behind the wall or under the tile (You can't see the pipe). Is there anyway to check it before ...
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DIY Grout / Caulk

I have my adult son living in my basement. He noticed water dripping about a month ago, then it stopped. A month later he noticed it again. My son in law suggested it may be from the missing caulking ...
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Tiled surfaces in kitchen and bathroom…how do I refresh it to make it look better and/or newer?

Please refer to the following photos. The kitchen counter looks a bit weathered/worn and the finish is matte. The bathroom floor also looks a bit weathered/worn and the finish is also matte. The ...
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How to fix the slant of bathroom floor

This is a follow up question to How long does caulk need to dry in a 1" gap? Some additional background information is that this is in China and bathrooms are not designed for contained bathtubs/...
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Bathroom slate tile stain/decoloration

A few months ago we installed slate tiles around our bathtub/shower and we sealed them with 511 Seal & Enhance (by Miracle Sealants) . Since then we started to notice notice some areas of the ...