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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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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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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.