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How can I create a waterproof neo-angle shower pan? [closed]

I'm in the process of installing a replacement shower and have some questions on the pan installation. The end goal is tile instead of a pre-fab fiberglass pan. At the moment, my measurements and ...
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Damaged cement board while removing a chipped tile. Can I repair it?

I am renovating my bathroom and noticed a tile was chipped after it was installed. I carefully chiseled the tile off the wall but a thin layer of cement board came off with it, see pic below. I used 1/...
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Need suggestions for covering up rough cut on tile above niche

DIY. Tiled everything except for the top underside of the niche. The tile on the wall above the niche has a rough cut so I was thinking to cover up with some tiling trim. I was thinking to either ...
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How do I go about sealing grout between porcelain floor tiles without affecting their appearance?

Having my bathroom remodeled and chose a Porcelain Mosaic Hex tiles in Matte Finish for the shower floor. The manufacturer of the tiles said the Porcelain tiles do not need to be sealed. But I am more ...
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Drywall question... Difficult wall / tub transition

So I'm trying to figure out what the best way to repair the transition area between my tub and the wall. Splashing from the shower has wrecked the wall and trim. I pried the trim away and it's rotted ...
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Flange not level - is this ok?

I recently applied a concrete patch to a rough/very uneven piece of concrete beneath an old flange I ripped out. I originally was going to apply a concrete leveler to the floor so I didn’t ensure the ...
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Nasty Bathroom Tile Grout - Renter Solutions?

We are looking for some solutions. We rent 1 bath apartment in a historic building. The grout on our tile bathroom floor has dissolved across most of the floor and looks nasty. Originally the grout ...
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Do you see any concerns with this shower installation?

I am currently getting a shower redone after the last one had a leak in the base. The contractor has put up the cement board on the walls, and then mistakenly placed tile on the floor instead of the ...
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Had leak in bathroom that led to some standing water - do I need to remove tiles to dry subfloor?

Tried to DIY an issue with my toilet. Unfortunately, shut off valve didn’t quite work so a ton of water sprayed around the bathroom for a few minutes before I finally got it off. Used towels and ...
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How could I fill these gaps if I plan on tiling over this?

There’s wooden subfloor in some areas and 3-4 in thick concrete with penny tile. I’m at a loss as these gaps are quite large and I don’t have much experience yet. We plan on pouring self leveler over ...
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How do I replace this window trim with tile?

I have a window in my bathroom that is inside the shower/tub area, and the shower head basically directly sprays it. The window trim is wood and is warping like crazy so I'm not sure how the previous ...
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Horizontal gap between where the tile ends and the door

The gap accumulates leaves when someone walks in. I don't know what we should do. The gap is not the same size from east to west, or north to south. My husband is thinking about just getting another ...
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Is Mapei ceramic tile mortar compatible with mapelastic Aquadefense?

These two products: https://mapeihome.com/lowes/product/ceramic-tile-mortar/ https://mapeihome.com/flooranddecor/product/mapelastic-aquadefense/#:~:text=Mapelastic%20AquaDefense%20dries%20after%...
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What is the minimum spacing I need for Daltile Restore Subway Tile?

The literature for the tile say that it can be lugged and that it is self spacing. Surely it needs some spacing though right? I thought the grout needs to connect through to the cement board. If I do ...
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Paneling over half tiles [closed]

Planning to install solid core wet wall panels/tiles like these because installing shower over bath: They are 38cm L x 65cm W each and tongue and grooved. However the house I purchased has some rows ...
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LED light in the gap between tile and ceiling

My house has wood planks on the ceiling, which over the years became unleveled, so it's impossible to install large format tile without a gap between the ceiling and the tile edge. That's the best I ...
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Should I align grout lines on the opposite walls?

I'm preparing to tile above the bathtub, and because of the niche, the plan is to shift everything a bit up so the bottom side of the niche meets a separate tile. It would require making the top tile ...
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Contractor Used Regular Joint Compound For Shower Walls

I am having a bathroom renovated and a tile shower put in. The contractor installed cement board, but I had a fear that they used regular joint compound rather than something that's waterproof. When I ...
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We might need to redo our shower. I'm overwhelmed with options

We're purchasing a condo with 2.75 baths. Both the shower and the bathtub surrounds are tiled directly onto drywall, it seems. The inspector said there wasn't cement board. I'm unsure how he could ...
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Using concrete patch to flatten plywood subfloor (in square recess in hardwood floor) before installation of cement board

I have a 4x4' hole (or recess) in my hardwood floor. The bottom of the recess is 1/2" plywood instead of the recommended 3/4", because that's what would allow for the final tile installation ...
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How to lay cement board over a small area

Hi I need to tile a small area 0.85m x 0.9m. I have laid 18mm ply over the original floor board. I now need to add cement board over it to tile. Which is the best option for laying down the cement ...
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How can I support a waste pipe between joists under subfloor?

I'm dealing with a long (2 m+) waste pipe coming from a bathtub. It's currently completely unsupported and is bowing in the middle. What's the best way of supporting its weight when full of water? The ...
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What to do with this brick work in bathroom?

We are having our bathrooms completely torn down. The tiles have been removed from all the walls. It appears they were on green plasterboard. After the plasterboard was torn down the brickwork is ...
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Is mosaic tile a poor choice for a bathroom floor?

I selected 2x2-inch mosaic tile (Daltile octagon/dot) for the bathroom floor in a small bathroom. The installer pushed back. He said that no floor is level, and that larger format tiles will feel ...
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Can tile adhesive be used as grout for a single tile?

We've added a room to the side of our house and an entranceway has been knocked through the kitchen wall into the room. A doorframe is going to be fitted in the entranceway on the side of the new room,...
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Can you wet shim above a tub?

Is it possible to wet shim around a newly installed tub to bring all the walls plum and flat before tiling? Using a foam waterproof backer board and want to make sure that I’m laying tile the correct ...
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How do I prepare this floor for tiling? [closed]

I want to renovate this bathroom in a 1970s house in central europe. I want to tile the floor, but I don't know what foundation I need for that. The floor consists of several plywood sheets which are ...
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How do I cut a hole through tile and hardibacker board to access the fireplace hole?

I have located the fireplace gas hole but there is tile and hardibacker on top of it. I want to see what options I have to cut a new hole around it. I have pictures. Please advise.
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Can I install Schluter trim on alcove edge the day before tiling?

Hello – and thanks to everyone here for the helpful posts over the years! I’m tiling a tub/shower alcove with 6x12 subway tile. The alcove will end with Schluter Rondec. I’m a small-time framer and ...
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Would I need to replace this whole tub if I were to tile the surround?

I noticed that the tub and surround look like they go together. Does that mean I have to replace both of them if I wanted to do a tiled surround?
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Renovating old shower/tub with wet drywall - buy shower panel or redo dry wall + tiling?

Hello I am from Toronto and live in a condominium building that is about 50 years old (built in 1971) and am seeking advice on renovating an old shower/tub. My family has been having issues with the ...
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Are backerboards needed next to shower?

I'm remodeling an old bathroom. The old old will be replaced with a Re-bath walk in shower. I'm now considering to tile the wall next to it. This wall has the sink on it and one outlet. Right now the ...
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In what order should I install backerboard, a mortar skim coat, and liquid waterproofing?

So, we bought a house with the intention of doing most of the finishing levels of renovation ourselves and hiring to have structural work done. The contractor put up cement board after repairing some ...
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underfloor heating element, self-levelling compound - avoid springiness and cracks

I have an underfloor heating element laid on a 6mm thick insulation board. When I walk on it, I can feel that its slightly springy. I want to pour a self-levelling compound on top as a finish but I ...
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Partially tile over window

I'm doing a bathroom remodel and want to partially cover and tile over an existing window. Partial, because it's the only source of natural light, and because I live in a townhouse with an HOA, so I'...
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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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