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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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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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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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How do we remove tile spacers that are stuck in the mortar between the tiles?

When tiling the shower, we inadvertently left several tile spacers in too long and we subsequently could not remove the spacers entirely and some fragments remain stuck in the mortar and are visible. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I fix my leaking shower?

I have a bathroom with a wooden floor - not floorboards, but solid sheets of water-treated chipboard. It's an old house, ~90yrs or so, and we're renovating it. A lot of the work has been done by ...
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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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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 to level uneven plywood floor for tiling?

I have an old house that's built on pillars and has shifted a little over time. We are remodeling the kitchen and just ripped up many layers of creatively installed flooring. We are down to the ...
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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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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 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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Fill uneven gap between tile and tub

I just finished tiling the shower surround around my tub. I knew that the tub wasn't level when I started but it became more evident toward the end of tiling. On one end of the tub, there is 1/8" ...
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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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How to repair leak mould under bathroom floor tile?

The attached picture is a bathroom floor. The tile worked loose and on lifting it I found extensive black mould under it (killed and cleaned off it before the picture was taken with a mould killer ...
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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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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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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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What can I do about water leaking behind the shower tray?

Background: I've moved into a house 3 months ago that I have been renovating for a while. I have done a lot of the work myself but I left my builder to do the plumbing and tiling while I was away for ...
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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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How soon can I use my shower that I recently grouted and tiled? Should it cure first?

We have been retiling my tub surround area and finished grouting the tile last night. I used non-sanded PolyBlend grout (sold at Home Depot) and added a bottle of Grout Boost Advanced Pro. Everything ...
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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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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"...