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The process of actually laying tiles on your floor (often with thin set and grout). Use with the [tile] tag

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Best way to fix tile

One of our old tiles suddenly feel off, the others seem ok. What's the best to fix back. I don't think I'll be able to get a new tile to match, and I don't think I can chisel the old mortar off ...
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How can I secure vinyl plank flooring that has lifted?

I have a warped vinyl tile that does not lay flat on the floor underneath. There is not water damage, there is no other apparent problem. What solutions can you suggest? Maybe I can use a glue to ...
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Tiling kitchen spashback with gap between worktop and wall

I'm planning on tiling a kitchen splashback (first time tiling project). Unfortunately due to curvature of the wall, there is a gap between the worktop and the wall. This varies in thickness between ...
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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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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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Specific tiling for washing machine closet?

I am planing to install a washing machine in a closet. There is currently a fitted carpet in this ca. 2 m² closet. To avert consequences a plausible leak/overflow, I want to replace the fitted carpet ...
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How to best join baseboard to tile trim on wall?

The tile installer ran the tile trim all the way to the floor. I need to reinstall the skirting board, but am unsure of the best way to join it up with the new tile trim. What are my options?
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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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Can I tile over white paint?

Through out the house there is this white substance on the concrete that looks similar to white paint. There use to be carpet with the first owner of the house hence the brown glue, and then there was ...
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Tear out regular mesh Fiba tape in tub setting?

I recently used mesh tape on all cement board corners on a tub area I’m about to tile. I didn’t realize there was mesh tape specifically designed for cement board. I just used the regular stuff for ...
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How can I remove excess tile mortar from grout lines?

I laid a tile floor in my bathroom and used too much mortar, which pushed up between the tiles. There wasn't enough room for grout in some places, and now it looks messy and is difficult to keep ...
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Laying Stone on a unlevel concrete surface

first and foremost thanks for the help :) I am in the process of redoing my porch and I have hit a road bump along the way. I am planning on laying real thick stone (as seen here) on the porch floor. ...
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Cold flow in ceramic tile? Broken tile mismatch when glued together after years detached

I was gluing together a 20 x 20 cm ceramic tile (1 cm thick) that had been broken in two for over 3 years. 3/4 of the tile was still cemented and grouted solidly in place, whereas the 1/4 of the tile ...
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Sub flooring requirements for 2 X 1 rectangle tile

I am about to take on a flooring project and I have never done this before. The previous owner did a DIY flooring job and it's horrible. Cracked tiles and chipping grout everywhere. So as I have ...
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What to do with small space at the edge of the step when tiling floor?

I am tiling an entryway/hallway floor, which has a somewhat irregular shape. While I've dealt with all the corners and funny shapes, there's one place where I can't think of a solution. At one point, ...
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Can I install Kerdi board just on the walls of my shower and use a PVC membrane on the floor?

I have poured the preslope on the cement floor, and installed the Oatey PVC membrane and 3 piece drain. I would like to use Kerdi board on the walls, but not the floor. Can I install Kerdi board ...
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Practical differences of two types of tile levelling system

I'm looking to tile a relatively small area floor (about 4 sq m) with ceramic tiles 300x100 mm, 10mm thick. There are two main types of tile levelling systems that I've seen: clip and wedge and the ...
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Tile underlayment, Ditra vs wire mesh lath

My previous kitchen tiles were laid on top on wire mesh and mortar. Except for a few smaller grout cracks they were relatively okay and flat. After removing the tiles, mortar, and mesh I have ...
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How thick should the seam coat of thinset be for Hardiebacker boards in a tiled flooring application?

I recently taped my Hardiebacker boards with alkalai resistant tape and applied some thinset mortar over it. However, I'm a bit concerned that I laid it too thick. If I put a 12" x 24" tile over one ...
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Tile uneven fireplace hearth concrete

I remodel my fireplace and the hearth was poured concrete over: I plan to install tiles over the 3 sides However the surface is not even and not 90 degree You can see the bumps from previous ...
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Should I install exterior door of mudroom before or after tiling?

I have a doorway leading from my newly added mudroom to the new garage. The doorway currently does not have a door in place yet. I have the door already (it is in the old doorway from the kitchen to ...
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Should I grout the walls or floor first?

I have finished tiling my shower and am ready to grout. The walls are LFT 6x24 tiles and the floor is natural stone pebbles. The grout color for the wall tiles is slightly darker than the grout color ...
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Resetting porcelain tile on Firewall

I removed 4x4” porcelain tiles which were glued to the firewall as a shower surround. After I replace the 5/8” firewall With new firewall, can I set the new 6x6” porcelain tiles directly on the ...
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Ditra uncoupling membrane coverage

So I bought a roll of the ditra membrane to lay ceramic tile over. I rolled it out and I am about 2 feet short of reaching the back wall with it. the area that it is not covering will be mostly ...
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Bullnose tile, start and stop tiling job

Getting ready to tile my first shower. Planning to start at the bottom and work up. Do I place the bullnose trim alongside the courses of tile as I go up? Or finish the big pieces then place all the ...
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1/4" Hardibacker cement fiber board for shower walls

I'm preparing to lay tile in my new bathroom and I picked up the cement board but when I got home I realized I bought quarter inch instead of half inch thick sheets. The Hardibacker website says that ...
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How to lay tile backer board on sandy cement floor

I've just removed some super old tiles from my bathroom floor. Most of the now exposed concrete is in decent condition. However the cement is a little soft / sandy around the drain area (it's an old ...
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Waterproof membrane under alcove tub? Tiling the bathroom floor

I’ve completely demoed my bathroom, I’m going to install the alcove tub and then tile the floor. It’s a one story house and it’s a concrete subfloor. My question is: do I apply the waterproof membrane ...
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Tiling shower walls how and where to start [closed]

I'm about to start tiling my shower walls I just don't know where to start or how, I've never tiled before my shower is 5ft in length 32 inches wide and 80 inches high I have chosen a 12 by 24 inch ...
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Replacing sheetrock with greenboard after remodel [closed]

I'm remodeling a kitchen which will have tile extended to the ceiling behind the counters. Currently there is relatively new sheetrock installed where the counters will go. However there is ...
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How to add colour to grout for wall tiles

I'm preparing to tile a bathroom wall with white 100x200mm tiles. For aesthetic reasons, I'd like to use contrasting grout in a bright vivid colour. All the pre-coloured grouts I can find for sale are ...
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How can I remove tiles without damaging the heating mat underneath?

Removing kitchen tiles from the floor, but the trick is not to damage the in-floor heating. I’m a bit worried about the heating mat, and don’t want to puncture it. Any info would be lovely.
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Tiling when some old vinyl sheet flooring is impossible to remove

When I remodel my basement bathroom and remove the old vinyl sheet flooring, I realized the current one was on top of another old one. And between the two sheet flooring layers, there is a thin layer ...
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How do I keep this old shower pan water tight

I have my shower room down to the studs. It has an old terrazzo shower pan which I hope to reuse. It had an inch high metal (lead?) edging around it. It was fairly decayed so most of it has broken ...
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How can I make the new thinset level with the old one?

I was replacing one kitchen floor tile which had been cracked. I removed the cracked title, cleaned the old thinset, applied new thinset, spreaded it with a 1/4” trowel and put a new title. Well, the ...
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Can I install porcelain tile without grout joints on a fireplace?

I understand the need of grout lines and I did have grout lines for bathroom and kitchen project. But as a DIY with request from the spouse (who hates seeing the grout lines), we plan to cover the ...
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Enlarge opening in porcelain tile already tiled

I have some small porcelain tiles, hexagonal, each approximately the same size as a tennis ball. The tiles have already been hung on the wall, cement board using a tile glue. I am installing a wall ...
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What to use between tiles and door?

I'm seeing this sort of interface where grout has been placed between the wall tiles and the door jamb. Is that the best material to use? Why not silicone? And how about aluminium angle trim? Or is ...
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Strip back to concrete or just retile?

We have taken ownership of my wife's late father's apartment which was built maybe 30 years ago. The workmanship is non existent, and tiles are held in place by adhesive tape, there's electrical ...
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How to repair chipped tile edges on an external facing corner?

I've got these problems in an apartment that has been rented out. No tile trim was ever used and it shows! What's the best way of repairing this short of replacing all the tiles? Can I put some ...
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Understanding why my shower hob is so high

I’m in the midst of a shower reno and whilst I’m not doing it as a DIY job, I’m hoping you folks can help me understand why my shower hob needs to be so high. Here is an image of what we say today: ...
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What type of grout and mortar should I use for the compartment around my wood stove?

I would like to tile around the inside of my fireplace but I am unsure what type of grout I should use. My only problem is the stove can produce an extreme amount of heat, therefore, causing the tiles ...
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Is grout needed before you use a shower?

I am installing a new tile shower. The floor is in and grouted. The walls need to be done in stages due to time issues. Is it okay to tile the walls and then use the shower before the grouting is ...
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Need to build a lip on half the front of the shower pan

I have a bit of a situation... I have a 3x5 Fiberglass reinforced acrylic construction designed for a 3 wall alcove. However, in my infinite wisdom, I overlooked this crucial detail and proceeded to ...
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Floating tiled shower wall and a Schluter type edge

To make our walls perfectly flush, our shower wall needs to be floated but the tile we want to use doesn't have a bullnosed version. As such, we were looking at Schluter type edges. If my tile is 1/4" ...
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Thin set or spackle to fill home before tiling

I am preparing a drywall wall for a tile backslash in a kitchen. There is a hole that needs to be fixed behind the faucet. Is it better to use spackle or thin set, since it would be in a place where ...
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How to fill recess in fireplace before tiling

I wish to tile a fireplace pictured below The brickwork has a recessed area directly above the firebox (pictured below) This recessed area measures 28" x 8" x 1-1/2" I wish to tile over the recessed ...
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Ran out of levelling compound when fitting underfloor heating, what are my options?

Hoping for some advice on the underfloor heating project I was doing. Basically when covering the heating mat in a levelling compound, I completely underestimated the amount of compound needed, and ...
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Grouting wet outside of showers

We've recently installed two new bathrooms. The showers in both bathrooms seem to have leaks in the exact same places, outside he left corner. We're in this new house a month and now I'm starting to ...