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How to put telephone plate back to the wall

I would just drill two holes into the tile and use plastic anchors to face mount it to the tiles. Raise it up slightly so the wires are in the recessed portion. I wouldn't think super glue would ...
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What should I do about a gap between a kitchen backsplash and the cupboards?

The grout lines in the mosaic tile look like 1/8" is that right? If that's the case you need to space the tiles up off the counter using 1/8" spacers. They shouldn't be directly on the counter as ...
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How to attach a wood moulding trim around a backsplash

Construction adhesive would certainly do the job, but it would destroy the drywall when you remove it. I'd use silicone caulk as both the adhesive and the caulk to the countertop. It'll be rock ...
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Install backsplash before upgrading countertops

Sure, but it leaves you open to a less perfect fit. Backsplashes have much more flexibility of position than a granite top, so the latter should really be installed first. You don't want anyone trying ...
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Will Kitchen Backsplash Update Trigger 2ft/4ft Rules of Receptacles above Countertop?

Even though you are replacing a backsplash you are not really remodeling or upgrading your electrical. I can't speak for every inspector but most would say it is alright to leave your receptacles as ...
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kitchen backsplash tile grout or caulking

You might push soap or grime into the gap at the bottom of the cabinets when cleaning the tiles, so it's probably a good idea to seal the gap. I didn't do this in my kitchen and I think intelligent ...
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Should a rough wall be smoothed with mortar before installing tile?

Royal Pain the ars to make that wall smooth and workable. I would remove the drywall and install 1/2" Denshield. No need to remove the cabinets. the Denshield will give you a nice solid surface ...
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How to handle a corner when using an L schluter edge?

A clean miter cut does indeed leave a very sharp corner. Since these are mill-finish, you can very lightly file or sand the resulting edge, just so it's not going to cut skin. You don't want to take ...
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How to remove "metal" tile adhesive from backsplash area?

The amount of time and labor involved in removing adhesive would be extensive. Even if you get the adhesive off, you will likely damage the surface of the underlying drywall. It may be much more ...
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What should I do about a gap between a kitchen backsplash and the cupboards?

First the tile would not be installed right on top of the counter. You would need the same grout gap as the tile has guessing 1/8" - 1/16" would be the closest. So your gap isn't even that big. I ...
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Backsplash moulding with an outlet

In my opinion, the splash needs to be removed and point up the wall were the old splash used to reside and repaint. Then install a splash using the same specie of wood the countertop is made of, but ...
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Unhappy with my tile job

The photos clearly show a terrible tile job. Tiles that are set crooked, tiles that are missing on the edge near the wall, grout lines of all different widths. If the tiles were that uneven on the ...
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Walls out of square, how to align base cabinet?

Assuming you're installing cabinetry along the entire wall, I'd do this: Find the point on the back wall that sticks out the most. Measure out one cabinet depth and mark a line over the entire length ...
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Can you glue backerboard to concrete then tile over?

Yes you can glue the backer to the wall. No matter what you do if the wall shifts there will be issues. Most the time if there is concrete I do not use backer unless there will be a large difference ...
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What should I wash my walls with prior to using "peel and stick" tiles except TSP?

Borax is a great substitute for TSP. Mixed with water, it is a very good degreaser. Just scrub your walls with it and let it dry completely. Any ammonia-based cleanser will also do the job. With peel ...
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What's best to stick granite backsplash to granite countertop?

Clear, slow (ie, not 5 minute set time) epoxy is what I'd use. Apply masking tape on the countertop exactly at the seam line. Same for the backsplash. Glue and set the backsplash (clamp gently in ...
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What's best to stick granite backsplash to granite countertop?

YOU DON'T. If it isn't against a wall then it serves no function. The point of the backsplash is so the wall isn't hit with water. You want water on the sink (in a normal vanity situation) to go ...
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Our backsplash tile has raised oval design a how do we work around electrical outlets?

Generally finish material runs just short of the edge of the box. There are box extenders to bring the box level with the surface of the finish material. Cut tile edges are almost always a bit rough. ...
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How to fill the joint between tiles and cabinets in a kitchen backsplash?

I would use white caulk for this, hand-squeezed from the small tubes available at the hardware store. It's flexible enough that it won't crack as the wood cabinets move against the tile, and dries ...
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Feed-through vs. non-feed-through GFCI for kitchen backsplash?

Second thought: End-run around the whole problem You don't need to keep that exact configuration. You need 2 switches, and they make double switches on a single yoke (fits like a duplex receptacle). ...
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How to remove and replace kitchen tile backsplash?

The folks that removed my backsplash just used an oscillating tool to cut around the perimeter down to the studs and carefully pried off large whole pieces (3"by 18"). They followed the ...
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is it recomended to install 3/8" travertine stone tile directly onto drywall for a kitchen back splash

The kitchen splash hardly ever gets wet enough to do anything to the drywall behind it. Travertine, since it is very porous, should be sealed to keep cooking grease, food splatters etc, from staining ...
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Is this normal? Cabinet/Backsplash install

So many issues it’s hard to know where to start: 1) cabinets installed on concrete prior to wall finish, 2) cabinets installed on floor finish, 3) wall tiled without removing electrical wall plate, 4) ...
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How can I remove a vanity backsplash without damaging ceramic tile?

Acetone is great for dissolving glue and adhesive. Try pouring some along the top of the backsplash and let it soak in between the wall and backsplash. After about 15 minutes try to pry it gently with ...
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Walls out of square, how to align base cabinet?

I'd push the cab against the back wall and scribe a filler strip (somewhere between 1/2" and 1-1/2") on the right side. But realistically, if the counter edge on the left (beside the fridge) is ...
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Does electrical outlet in man made quartz backsplash require box extender by code?

I don't know what all the issues are that influence the code, but here is what it says: 2017 NEC 314.20 Flush-Mounted Installations. Installations within or behind a surface of concrete, tile, gypsum, ...
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Should a rough wall be smoothed with mortar before installing tile?

If the adhesive can be scrapped/sanded off and you have a fairly smooth wall then you can fill the low spots. If the ridges from the adhesive are raised then you're going to spend a lot of time trying ...
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Bronze backsplash behind stove

Just get a stainless steel sheet and run over it with a propane torch. It will oxidize the steel and you can get a variety of colors. Lighter temps give yellows, golds, bronze going to purple and ...
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Is this a bad tile job?

Your instinct is correct: this is a terrible job. As Mongo says, have them redo it. Also, you will never be able to keep it clean with the super deep and rough grout lines. Im curious if this is ...
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Fix drywall around electrical box

I would demo the entire back splash area removing all the Sheetrock. Trying to save 10$ (about a sheet) makes no sense to me because the Sheetrock gets damaged or has residue on it. I would rip& ...
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