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Good approach to preparing badly damaged wood floor for tiling

I'm wondering the best strategy to prepping this for tile. It's 2x9 (actual) joists with 1x8 subfloor and 1/2x2 flooring. The strip flooring is full of gashes and cracks and the whole subfloor has ...
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How do I accommodate this drain stack in the way of my finishing surfaces?

I was ready to lay the tile board over the studs above the tub until I noticed (late - I know) that the cast iron stack running up the corner of the wall line is protruding too far. The tile board ...
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What sort of mortar do I need for an outside/porch installation of large tiles

I have a 46sqf porch where I want to install tiles. These are large tiles 2'x2'. I am planning to also install redguard to provide waterproofing and crack prevention. I am told that I need a special ...
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What should I do to prepare chipped cement surface for tiling?

Here is what it looks like on the porch, it has these groves that were created by the builder or whoever poured this The porch is like above and then here you can see the edge of the porch and the ...
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How do you tile over a porch stepping slab that has a nose?

In the picture below everything is cross section: 1 -door 2 -porch slab concrete 3 -stepping stone that has a nose I would like to tile the porch and the stepping stone but I am not sure how to tile ...
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Installing tiles in a basement kitchen on concrete floor, existing kitchen in place, how can I tile under the existing cabinets?

I have a kitchen basement that is L shaped On one side of the L I have a stove and a dishwasher so those are easy to move and tile under On the other side there is a sink and counter two cabinet, some ...
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Minimize inconsistent spacing for non-rectified tile

My contractor started tiling the bathroom with these tiles and the spacing between them is all over the place. I pointed it out to the contractor who said the tiles are slightly different sizes. Even ...
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How large of a hole can I cover with just 1/4" underlayment?

I am redoing a bathroom and as such I am moving the shower feed piping (~3/4" holes), the drain (~2" hole), and also an air return (4x8" hole). I plan to use porcelain 12x24" tiles....
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1/2" trowel recomended for 6x36 tile - can i use a 1/4" trowel?

A 1/2" trowel is recommended for 6x36 tile - can i use a 1/4" trowel to minimize the finished tile height if tiles are fairly flat and can get 95% coverage? This is for a curbless shower. ...
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Thinset too dry before laying tile? Not dry enough?

Yesterday I laid 6x36 wood-look porcelain tile in my bedroom using a mapei ultraflex LFT thinset directly to the concrete slab. It's been 24 hours, and I am now pulling off the top tab of the spacers ...
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Subfloor prep for tile in old house

Photos were too big to upload, here is a link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DTvfB7t1N6GmmzYFvEv53RH2NSWzB4H- Goal: I want to tile the kitchen and breakfast nook w/ 12 x 12 ceramic (was ...
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Should I align the grout lines of the tile edging with the grout lines of the floor?

So in the picture below I am now installing the edging Is it recommended to align the grout lines of the wall with the grout lines of the floor ? So on the door wall I will have 3+1 cuts On the other ...
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How do you precisely transfer the slope of your floor to the cut line of the wall tiles you need to install near the floor?

In the below picture -yellow is a wall -grey is the floor -white rectangles = tiles (1x2 in this example) Is there an ingenious way to exactly transfer the floor slope (exaggerated here) to the tiles ...
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What tool is this -used for scoring the tiles by hand?

It can be seen in this video. Is it worth buying ? https://youtu.be/0gGYOIkOVkk?t=164
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What is the name of this tool -(used for tiling)?

I am referring to the tool he is holding with his right hand
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Can you tile onto plasterboard?

Roger Bisby, of TV & Skill Builder fame, recommends tiling onto elements board, particularly in the bathroom, due to its waterproof properties. Then again, I notice most/all of the videos where he ...
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Is it OK to use Kerdi band to seal the transition from cement board to shower base and use unmodified cement only for that area?

Is it OK to use Kerdi band to seal the transition from cement board to shower base. I have a corner shower base installed in a corner built using cement boards On one wall the cement board sits on top ...
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Water sealing outer corners of a shower tray

Hi all and thanks in advance for any tips given. I am doing a bit of DIY repairs of my leaking shower. Long story short I had to take down tiles, plasterboard, shower tray and replace part of subfloor ...
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leveling replacement tile

I have just complete an area of tile where 99% of tile is great, but I have a tile with a lippage that bother me. I'm willing to pull up the tile and replace it but is there a way to level it with the ...
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Can I screw through wood floor and plank subfloor to joists to prepare surface for tile?

I’m renovating my 100year old house’s kitchen and found that the old existing tile was attached directly to hardwood flooring. This explained why so much of it was cracked even though it is the only ...
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How do you plan the floor transition between the area you work on and the next area for which the design is not known yet?

I am currently renovating a bathroom but I am planning to tile all the dotted floor areas you see in the below picture. The area not dotted yet have old parquett floor which I will also redo. This is ...
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Which floor tiling pattern is more challenging for a relatively straight floor and larger tiles, staggered (1/3) or straight set?

So here is the final design I would like to implement. The small shelves to the left of the toilet are designed to conceal the main stack and to constructively use the space that left between the ...
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Basement floor tiling/ carpeting

I’ve been reading over how to tile or carpet a basement floor and I’m looking for the absolute cheapest option. I’ve read about laying a subfloor, but to be honest, I’m not very handy at all. Can you ...
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large gap between floor tile and wall tile using Schluter DILEX EKE profile

I have installed Schluter DILEX EKE profiles around the perimeter of the Schluter shower tray and tiled the floor. The DILEX EKE serve the purpose of a movement joint at the junction of the shower ...
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How does one tile the expose inside edge of a sloped shower pan?

The first image shows the orientation of the slope. It rolls down toward the linear drain on the toilet side of the bathroom. 60" long by 36" wide. I'll be cutting the concrete to create ...
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Shower Floor Tile - Please Help!

We just had glass penny round tile laid on the shower floor yesterday. It is approved for shower floors but we hate the look of it. Since it hasn't been grouted yet, can we pull these up before the ...
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Tiling on 1/4" SurePly + 1/2" OSB fixed subfloor?

I have an insulated subfloor that is ramset in a concrete foundation. The supports for the subfloor are spaced at 16 inches. Most of the flooring are vinyl click tiles, but the bathroom will have ...
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Second Opinion on Tiling [closed]

We are having a bathroom tiled but we're not quite happy with the result so far. The grout lines look uneven, the tile cuts aren't very clean and there's quite a lot of lippage and the walls are way ...
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Starting point of herringbone pattern with double accent border

I'm excited to attempt a complex entryway pattern, but I'm having trouble figuring out the best way to start. The idea is to have a herringbone pattern with 36" x 6" large format wood look ...
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DIY shower install

I am in the process of finishing my basement. I will be installing a 32x60 shower pan. Walls are already framed out and plumbing is roughed in. I will be using Hardiebacker. I have a few questions: ...
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How do I handle expansion joints in corners when tiling a shower?

I will soon be tiling our shower in our basement finish and I have a few questions. I have done some floor tile before, but this is my first opportunity with a shower. Installing a 30"x60" ...
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What preparation of the substrate needs to be done after removing a tile and prior to installing the new tile

A contractor really made a mess of our bathroom installation, and we are now trying to correct it. Any advice as to the following procedure would be very much appreciated: the old tile is removed, ...
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How do I remove the cistern lid that has been grouted in?

My tiler grouted the cistern lid against the wall a few months back. Only realized when the toilet started leaking and I couldn't open it. What is the best way to get rid of the grout and try and ...
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What other materials besides grout and caulk may have been used in my shower?

I have a tiled standing shower in my bathroom and the grout is starting to crack in some areas, so I would like to repair it. The grout between the tiles is sanded grout, but the material in the ...
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Tile a bit proud because of tile edging

I just completed my first backsplash, and overall I'm pretty happy with the result considering it's my first one 😃 One question I have is how could I've avoid that first uneven tile, which is a bit ...
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How can I protect the plywood base of a tile table against the weather?

HI I want to make a small table for the patio and will put tiles on top. what is the best way to preserve the wood on all sides before I tile it. Thankyou
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Should I remove and reinstall a Jacuzzi / whirlpool tub when replacing the paneling around it with tile?

I have a large Jacuzzi / whirlpool tub in my master bedroom suite which currently has an all wood surround. As part of a renovation I want to get rid of the wood surround (at last partially), ...
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How to fix bathroom tiles falling off

This happened in my bathroom just now. The build got completed approx 12 months ago and now tiles are coming off this extended wall. During construction, the builders told me, that the bathtub didn't ...
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Tile grout lines?

I have laid some new tiles in my hallway and they are a larger tile with what looks like a grout recess to make them look like 4 smaller tiles. My question is, are those lines meant to be grouted or ...
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Order of wall tiling with baseboards in bathroom

What is the order of tiling bathroom walls when installing baseboards also. Do I tile the wall first and then add the baseboard or would it make sense to install baseboard first and then add the wall ...
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Do no flange low profile shower bases present an increased chance of leaking?

I'm thinking about buying this shower base or similar. Specs here. It has no flanges so I am wondering if adding my own flanges for tiling is a thing that I want to do. I am handy but I am afraid ...
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Outdoor tiled countertop - plywood / cement backer board / both - will it be movable?

I'm building an outdoor 'workbench' for tabletop BBQing / pizza oven / gardening. The countertop will be tiled with 6mm thick, 165mm square porcelain tiles using a flexible exterior-suited adhesive. ...
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Tile before or after fitting bathtub

I am part way through completely refitting my bathroom and keep debating what the best approach is regarding tiling around the bathtub. Most videos online suggest that you either fit the bath or at ...
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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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