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Should the backer board be in front of or behind the tub flange?

I'm installing a new bath tub and shower. I've removed the old tile down to the studs. Should the backer board be in front of or behind the tub flange? I put it on the rear tub wall from floor to ...
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Can I start and stop a tile floor job?

I am tiling my bathroom floor and don't soon have a full day to dedicate to the job. Is it ok to lay down a few tiles each day and come back to the job when I have time? I would only lay mortar for ...
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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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What is the correct way to tile a wall when there are existing electrical sockets

I will be tiling a backsplash in my kitchen. Currently there is none, and the new backsplash will cover areas that currently have electric sockets. So my question is this do you: Remove front cover ...
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can you glue tile to plywood?

I have a contractor who covered my bathroom with marble tile. Now tiles are cracking, grout is breaking and water leaking... See image of a few he picked up that were making noise. Also note he ...
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Should I use caulk or grout between the edge of a tiled bathroom floor and the walls?

I just tiled my bathroom floor. What should I put between the tiles and the walls, silicone or grout?
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How can I prevent grout from sticking in the small dimples in tiles?

I have installed a glass/natural stone tiled backsplash. I used a darker grout but when I cleaned the excess grout off,all of the holes and dimples in the stone tiles were filled with the grout and I ...
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Will I have problems from waiting to grout patio tiles?

I laid porcelain tiles on my patio a couple months ago. Life and weather has kept me from grouting the tile. Is a couple months between laying the tile and grouting too long? What problems are ...
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Should I redo my bathroom shower or try to waterproof it?

We just had our bathroom redone (including built-in tiled shower). The shower tiles are now leaking through the wall into our living area. Our contractor suggested to just apply a waterproofing ...
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Do you need to tape and 'mud' cement board corners in dry settings?

We're giving our wood stove surround a makeover. We're going to build out the front with steel studs and cement board, then tile over it. For the cement board, does one need to mesh tape the seams ...
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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 ...
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What should I do about this gap between the tub and tile?

anyone have any ideas what to do with the front edge of the tub. My tub is rounded on the front top edges. I have about a half inch gap. Looks to small to cut and mortar in a triangular piece of ...
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Drywallers messed up tile backer board, can I still tile?

I had the drywallers install denshield tile backer and I am finally getting around to tiling. I noticed a problem while looking at it the other night. Most places I've seen say that the gap between ...
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Do I seal just the grout or the tiles and grout?

I just tiled the bathtub alcove and it came out great. Now I need to seal the grout. My question is, do i seal just the grout lines or do I apply the seal on the tiles and the grout? Thank you.
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How do you keep from dropping grout all over when tiling?

Finished tiling a tub surround today. Wife helped me clean up the grout... My mix is like a creamy peanut butter. I read the directions. I use a float and drywall knife to apply. I buy the good ...
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Should I continue to remove the cement board, or just remove the tiles?

I'm in the middle of replacing the tile in my bathroom and started to take off the backer board but now I'm wondering if I should've just cleaned off the top of the boards and reused it. The backer ...
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How can I remove tile grout from floorboards?

We've removed old ceramic tiles that cover a tongue and groove bathroom floor. What is a good way to remove the hard tile grout that now covers the floor? EDIT: updated title as we've found Rimu is ...
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How to leak proof roof?

I'm working on converting an external garage into an office. I've removed the original flat roof and replaced with a pitched roof. I designed and built the roof trusses myself. I then put ...
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Gap in sealant round edge of bath, mould underneath, what to replace with

For the past couple of months I noticed a gap developing between the sealant (caulk) round the edge of the bath-shower (behind the taps) and the tiles. I'd been meaning to do something about it for a ...
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How can I fix/polish a slate tile imperfection after it has been laid down and grouted?

Our contractor laid down a tile on our renovated bathroom and somehow did not realized that it was defective (see picture). The defect is some sort of metal mineral (kind of rough) the kind that ...
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How to fix this backsplash tiling job?

We purchased 1' x 1' tiling sheets. The tiles are about 2" x 1". The tiling guys didn't use spacers everywhere. They taped the sheets and sometimes used spacers where the sheets met (and not ...
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What to do about holes in tile grout?

In the bathroom of our new house, the grout between our tiles in the shower room seem to have occasional "bubbles" or gaps and I'm concerned that it might allow water in, especially since this is ...
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New grout yesterday, efflorescence today - what do I do?

I just finished grouting my kitchen floor with unsanded dark gray grout (near-black "charcoal" according to the box, also it contains portland cement). Not long after the first section I started ...
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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 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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Can you lay ceramic/porcelain tile over existing mastic without grinding the floor?

We had a basement flood, and consequently had to rip out the vinyl floor tiles in our basement. The tiles were not asbestos (we had them tested). But after the tiles came up we discovered that they ...
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Can I use my bathtub or shower during tiling project

I would like to redo my shower tiling. Demolition and then tiling may take longer than a day for me. I only have one bathroom so I was wondering what milestones I should reach each day so I can ...
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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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How do I prepare a wall for backsplash tile?

I am getting ready to tile my blacksplash. I had laminate counters and backsplash. Of course when I removed the old backsplash the paper on the drywall was damaged. How should I fix this ? Will ...
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How to fix dry wall side of newly fitted tiles shower wall?

I have had a brand new shower put in, the tiling is shown, however after about 1 month we noticed a small amount of water passing though to the dry wall. The below is now 9 months later. The ...
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If walls and floors aren't exactly perpendicular, which side should I align tile with?

I'm getting ready to tile my bathroom floor and tub surround. Our house is older (about 45 years old) and the walls/floors aren't exactly perpendicular. With that in mind, I'm wondering if I should ...
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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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What is the proper/recommended way to tile a window sill in a shower?

I'm in the process of re-tiling my bathroom shower wall and I'm stumped on how to properly tile the window sill near our shower. Here's a picture: It's roughly 3 inches deep and 18 inches wide. ...
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Would retiling a shower with larger tiles mitigate mould growth on the grout?

I am about to update my walk-in shower which has an electric shower, single sliding door and tiled walls with white grouting. I have never been happy by how frequently the grouting turns black and ...
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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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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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How to prep gypcrete bathroom subfloor that has wood around the toilet?

first time bath floor tiling. The subfloor is gypcrete concrete but around the toilet it is wood. The wood is rotting so I think I will take it out. But I don't know how to proceed. So a couple of ...
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How can I prepare a wall for reasonably heavy tiles in a shower area?

I'm renovating a bathroom in my apartment and would like to fit 12mm Travertine tiles in a bath/shower area. For most of the walls in this area I have used cement board (Hardibacker 500) attached ...
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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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How to calculate cutting angle for a circle of tiles?

I'm looking to calculate the angle I need to cut on square tiles that will be arranged around the edge of a circular pool. Given that radius is 7' and that tile width is 12", how many tiles are ...
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Building a sunken tiled bath

I'm planning to build a sunken bath/wet room type shower. The plan is to raise the floor of the bathroom by 18" and then build a bath with its bottom just above the original floor level (to allow for ...
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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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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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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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dealing with the difference in height between 2 adjoining tiled floors

I am having my kichen floor retiled. The kitchen adjoins the hall which is also tiled. How do I deal with the difference in floor heights. Not sure if usual threshold strips e.g. between tiles and ...
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Is the thickness of glass tile important in pool installations? If so, would thicker be better?

I have a gunite pool which desperately needs resurfacing. I'm seriously considering going with glass tile mosaics for the entire thing. What I'm somewhat confused about is whether I should be looking ...
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What type of hinges do I need for this cupboard?

We are tiling our bathroom and want to tile the built in cupboard, which has 2 doors inset into a wooden frame. So that we don't need to leave a wide gap between the tiles at the edge of the door and ...
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How should I pretreat painted plasterboard before gluing fiber cement sheet over it

I'm going to glue (and nail) cement tile underlay sheet to a painted plasterboard wall. The paint seems to have decent adherence, should I do anything before gluing?
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What should I use to seal around the perimeter of a tile floor?

I recently tiled our bathroom floor (nothing fancy - just a 7 x 5 room). In between the tiles, I've used a sanded grout and that's worked nicely but I'm confused on what to use around the perimeter ...