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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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Aquadefense on top of redgard

I am current in the process of waterproofing some cement board walls (1/2 inch hardie backer) for the walls of a tub/shower enclosure. I have a tub of leftover redgard and a tub of leftover ...
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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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Is the use of a membrane behind shower wall tile standard in the UK?

A leaking pipe in the wall means I need to cut/patch (and later replace) the tiling in my shower cubicle. Reading some related questions here, it seems that standard practice is to install a perfectly ...
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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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Mortar or self-leveling mortar

2' x 13 foot area to retile. I have removed most of the old tiles - all that were too high. This part is down to the concrete bed. The remaining tiles are low enough and sound enough that I hope I ...
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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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Looking to identify this material around the fireplace in my house

I’m debating between painting the outside of my fireplace vs tiling it but I’m not sure what this material is so I’m hoping you all can help me. At first glance I thought it was tile but when I ...
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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 ...
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Do I need to seal the concrete tub when building a swimming pool?

We are building our own house with a small indoor concrete pool. These are the tiles we will be finishing the inside of the pool with. How and with what do we need to waterproof the concrete with ...
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flattening exterior concrete landing

I'd like to tile my exterior concrete covered entryway landing. It's about 8'x 10'. The sides are level, but there's sort of a trough up the middle, worst case about 1/4" from flat. There is about 1/8"...
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Prepping concrete floor

Do I need to grind down my concrete slab floor for a new bathroom before I apply membrane (HydroBan) before tiling? The slab is already quite flat, just some join compound/paint splatters.
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Hardibacker against a drywall/firewall

I've read through hardibacker instructions but I'm still unclear on how to install in my bathroom. I live in a townhouse and my shower is against one of the firewalls. The firewall, it turns out, is ...
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Must I screed/level floor that has a slight apex @ centerline?

I am installing 6x24" wood look porcelain tile in an approx 200 sqft room. It is rectified tile, remarkably flat for long tile. To prepare the subfloor, I had someone install 5/8" plywood over the ...
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What do you think of this recent (unfinished) bathroom tiling work? [closed]

We recently hired a contractor via a 3rd party bidding website for such projects. There are several obvious mistakes or oversights here. We've already allowed the contractor to correct some of his ...
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How to route pipes through an already tiled wall?

I would like to add a heated towel rail to my central heating system. There is a radiator on the other side of the stud wall I'd like to put the towel rail on so would like to feed some piping through ...
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How to cover a rectangle with least number of convex polygons cut from sheets of given size

I'm designing a big door -- a rectangle sized 3*2.6 meters. (7.8 square meters). Given that the material I'm going with is OSB, which comes in 2.5*1.25 m. (3.125 sq.m.) sheets. Is there a tool/...
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How to cover up wall after removing a row of tiles to fit exhaust vent

I recently installed a new exhaust hood in my kitchen. As the new one is slightly larger than the old one, it was necessary for me to remove a row of tiles and mortar below for it to properly fit. ...
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How can I adhere tile to a painted wall?

How do I get tiles to adhere to a wall which was painted with kitchen latex paint? Paint has proved to be impossible to remove. Was thinking of applying Zinsser Gardz to seal over as some of the ...
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how to extend wall board to window for narrower trim

We installed cement board on a wall to prep it for tiling. The gap between the window and the outline of the rough opening is anywhere between 3" to 3.5" (it's inconsistent). I want to install ...
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If I buy only one tool between a tile cutter and a wet saw, which one should I buy?

If I have to buy only one tool between a manual tile cutter and a wet saw, I wonder which one you would recommend. I have never done tiling before and this is my first DIY tile project for a small ...
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What is the best way to redo a shower base?

The base of our shower has been poorly installed and is now cracking everywhere. The new contractor says to redo it properly everything needs to come down including the walls. Is that true?
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What are my options for tiling over an uneven concrete floor?

UPDATE: After doing my research, it seems like I will need to level the floor before tiling. My carpenter doesn't know how to it so I will have to get a contractor to do this job. How much would it ...