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Is it affordable and reasonable to create a tub using tile

My speculation is the reason you can't find resources for that specific approach is because that approach is inferior in almost all ways to modern tub construction. Most importantly: tile and grout is ...
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How can I cut off 1/8 inch from ceramic tile?

The best approach is a tile saw that can make small precise cuts along the length of a tile. It is a power tool like a table saw but uses a diamond impregnated blade and a water cooling system. They ...
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Why can't you install larger floor tiles without thinset/adhesive?

Let's assume your floor is really, totally, flat - to some absurd degree of precision. Guess what! Your tiles are not. They are nominally flat, but have slight deviations due to the realities of ...
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How can I cut off 1/8 inch from ceramic tile?

I own a pair of tile nippers - I bought them first, they were cheap. Unfortunately, they didn't work (pretty much "at all") on the tiles I was using - breaks would be more or less random. So I bought ...
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Is it affordable and reasonable to create a tub using tile

You can make a tub out of tile. There are some issues to think about: you will need a thicker more rigid structure for the tub and they can be made custom to an area and look great. The massive ...
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Has anyone seen kickback occur on a wet table saw for tile?

I've cut plenty of tile and don't recall kickback occurring, at least in the sense we think of with table saws. For one thing, the rotating mass of a 4" diamond wheel is a small fraction of that ...
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Why can't you install larger floor tiles without thinset/adhesive?

Thinset is required for several reasons: Thinset will fill any voids to provide an even support of the tile, regardless the tile's irregulariy or the floor's unevenness. Glue or thinset will ...
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How to safely chip away at a tile to make room

You should use an abrasive grinding tool with a relatively fine grit or tooth, not a cutting tool. You don't want anything that can catch the tile and shatter it, and you want to operate at a fairly ...
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Has anyone seen kickback occur on a wet table saw for tile?

Kickback yes. Kickback like most have experienced trying to push a 4x8 through a crappy table saw... no What you will get with a tile saw is more of a blip. And the structure of the saw or table may ...
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Drilling steady holes horizontally on ceramic

Pick up a Diamond Drill Bit for porcelain tile. These don't have a tip so you need to start them at a 45 degree angle and slowly move it perpendicular to the tile. Check out YouTube for videos on ...
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Drilling steady holes horizontally on ceramic

Put a couple of pieces of masking tape on the wall. Then mark the intended hole location, and carefully make small cut in the masking tape. Also scratch an initial divot into the tile. Finally, ...
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Drilling steady holes horizontally on ceramic

I've used a scrap of wood of some thickness enough that when the bit goes through it will be held straight. Drill that at the bench. Use carpet tape to attach this block to the tile, and drill ...
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Has anyone seen kickback occur on a wet table saw for tile?

Kickback on a toothed saw occurs because you're forcing more material into the tooth than the cutting force can handle, so the cutting force is translated into movement force. A tile saw has no teeth. ...
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Drilling steady holes horizontally on ceramic

Use a small nail set or other hardened metal tool and a hammer to make a tiny chip in the tile glaze. This will entrap the bit tip and allow you to start drilling without walk. It may help to hold the ...
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What should we do with floor tiles that were applied with Type 1 Mapei mastic?

What's done is done. I'd grout and generally move on with life, and only revisit it if and when the tiles start popping on their own, which may never happen. You are NOT a professional tile ...
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How can I cut off 1/8 inch from ceramic tile?

Use the “wet saw” for free at the place you bought the tiles. The store will usually include one cut per item bought for no charge. That’s what I’ve done (at one of the big-box stores). If you can’...
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Do you need spacers for subway tiles?

4-1/4" and some larger wall tiles have bumps cast in that act as spacers. Unless you want a larger gap, no additional spacers are needed. Whether your particular tile has them is uncertain. They're ...
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Why is my ceramic tile popping out of the floor?

This is a really really poor installation. Everything will have to be pulled up. Tiles will need to be cleaned or thrown away and reinstall. Issues: The mortar/cement isn't even covering under the ...
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Drilling steady holes horizontally on ceramic

I have used a drill guide with a suction cup for this which worked very well. You use just position it over your mark carefully and use the suction cup to stick it to the surrounding tiles. The ...
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Easiest, fastest, and most precise way to cut Ceramic Tile

You need a diamond tile saw, where you put the tile on a platform and slide it past the water-cooled blade. They are fast, precise and good for the hardest porcelain tiles. Expect to pay $300 and up. ...
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How can I drill through very hard porcelain tile?

Check your Tile bit to see if you have melted the edge. normally it should feel nice and sharp against your finger. Hopefully you have a nice drill (generally battery operated may be a little on the ...
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What should I use to seal around the perimeter of a tile floor?

If all interior walls or, if insulated exterior walls,no need to fill gap with anything. Just get your baseboard moldings up to finish the job
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Do I seal just the grout or the tiles and grout?

This greatly depends on the type tile you have. If it is a manmade tile such as porcelain, or ceramic, then you don't have to worry about sealing it. Most natural stone tiles, especially softer or ...
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What would be the best temporary adhesive to stick a shower head holder onto a ceramic tile wall?

Silicone caulk or silicone RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanizing) glue (pretty much the same thing with different labels.) Sticks pretty well, moisture helps it cure, and it can be peeled off when you ...
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How to safely chip away at a tile to make room

I would use an oscillating multitool with a diamond blade. A small rotary tool with a diamond blade might also work. With either of these, I would have a spray bottle of water nearby and occasionally ...
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Drilling steady holes horizontally on ceramic

I used glass/tile bits when I needed to make holes in my porcelain tiles. What I found was that bit came to a reasonably sharp point. After aligning the tip of the bit right where I wanted it, I ...
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Problem with tile cutting

$65 at Harbor Freight or other import discounter. You are wasting your time with a scoring cutter. If you had a lot to do I would recommend a quality domestic saw, but for a one time job this saw will ...
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Need to fix tile that has fallen off

I would recommend heavy duty constructive adhesive followed by grout colored caulk that best matche the grout around the tiles https://www.google.com/search?q=grout+colored+caulk to minimize cost and ...
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How can I cut off 1/8 inch from ceramic tile?

Dremel with a grinding wheel or a carbide cutoff blade. Do this OUTSIDE with a N95 mask, goggles, gloves and try to control the shards (arrange so the spray goes into a towel or use a wet/dry vac).
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How can I remove cured tile mortar from subfloor?

Tile mortar is actually fairly soft. If you have access to a belt sander, take a coarse grit to it. Otherwise, scrape at it with a robust flat tool like a cold chisel.
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