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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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Sanding down or staining floor tiles possible to alter design?

Ceramic tile has none of the properties of wood. It cannot be sanded or stained. Tile has a top layer that is very hard, the "glaze". It is the layer that has the pattern and color. Sanding ...
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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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Are these bathroom wall tiles coming off?

No. It appears from the pictures that you posted that the grout lines have cracked, this does not necessarily mean that the tile adhesion to the wall is compromised. If the tile has movement when ...
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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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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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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

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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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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Sanding down or staining floor tiles possible to alter design?

What you see as messy, I see as surprisingly realistic, just imitating a different species than your third picture. If you really, really want the yellow tone of the second picture, as if the wood had ...
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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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How to DIY inside corners for radius bull nose tiles?

The inside corners have to be mitered (ends cut @45 deg.) on a tile saw that has a tilting table. The flat corner is pretty much what you get with bullnose. A tile file and good eye can round one 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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Electric outlet trim plate screws hit new tile - how to cut out a small bit of the tile to allow screw to go all the way in

Cut the screws. Many electrical wire strippers have a shearing part that’s designed for exactly this task. And next time, try not to put tile too close. This image shows the tool in action. I can ...
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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 highly recommend getting a better tool (or tools). While conceptually there is no difference between a power screwdriver (which you have) and a real drill, the drill will (if it is any good): Have ...
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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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How to DIY inside corners for radius bull nose tiles?

I freehand mitered bullnose tile with a dry diamond blade in a grinder, which was what I had used for all the other tile cuts on that project (after being miserably disappointed with "tile ...
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Sanding down or staining floor tiles possible to alter design?

I don't know about your flooring, but normally underfloor heating allows replacing tiles. Most of the times the tubes are embedded in an layer of screed, as the tiles demand an hard underlayment
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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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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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