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What spacing difference is acceptable with a contracted tile job?

When a professional installs a tile floor there should be no visible difference in the thickness of grout lines. I'm not sure what a hard measurement of percentage would be, but lets just say you ...
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Why should you add dry mix to water and not the other way round

Yes, there is a very good reason. If you add water to dry mix in the bottom of the container, you get a nearly impossible to incorporate glob of the dry mix at the bottom. On the other hand, if you ...
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Orange material in grout lines - need help to identify

Looks like schluter ditra waterproofing membrane. Amazon describes it: This universal underlayment specifically designed for ceramic and stone tile eliminates the main cause of cracking in your ...
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Stains in grout

As suggested by @Ecnerwal, I wrote to Custom Building Products' customer support. Got a reply within 15 minutes: The isolated areas look to be a bit of sealer residue that might not have been wiped ...
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What spacing difference is acceptable with a contracted tile job?

The spacing is only the beginning... The trim should be removed before OR they should have tucked the tile under the trim. This is actually funny because doing either one of these things would have ...
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Why should you add dry mix to water and not the other way round

From Chemistry: "Do like you oughtta: add acid to water" . Besides the "glop" problem mentioned in the answer, there is almost always released heat when dissolving something in ...
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Grout cures too fast in the bucket

The warmer it is the quicker it dries / sets. Use cold water. Some people even put ice into the water. I used epoxy grout from mapei and I was scared it was going to start to setup really quickly ...
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How can I tidy up grout lines 24 hours later?

The one method I've had the best luck with is using a single edged utility blade and skimming over the tile/excess grout toward the grout lines. This will clean/scrape out the excess grout but not ...
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Stains in grout

Did you use all the grout at once? Some grouts aren't dry mixed well at at the factory. If you read the fine print it will say to mix the dry grout BEFORE adding water to. So if you do it in ...
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Bathroom Grout Cracking

It's always recommended to caulk different wall planes at their joints and between tiles and the tub. That's where most of the settling will occur and grout will not adjust or expand. Start out by ...
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Grout or caulk between acrylic bathtub and tile?

My Uncle was a plumber, so I called him, before re-caulking my newish bathtub for the 3rd time. I told him that no matter how good a job I did, scraping & cleaning out the old caulk, spraying a ...
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Cleaning Edwardian tiles found under more recent tiles

I did something similar on a smaller area. I used some plastic tools - scrapers etc and some cement remover product. The cement remover product has an acid base (stings like xxxx if you have an open ...
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Why is grout at tub edge disintegrating?

It is probably failing because grout was in the gap prior to you caulking over it and it was not clean enough. The gap should not have been grouted at all. You should remove all of the caulk and ...
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How can I repair cracking grout at an entry door threshold?

That's grout that broke and should be replaced with caulk. I'm not 100% clear on what all the parts in your picture are but I'm betting there is some movement between the tile and that gray piece to ...
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Correct order of operations for caulking + sealing bathroom tile?

Those answers are all wrong, I've been a general contractor for thirty years and have had to repair other "experts" work on a regular basis. seal tile first. clean very well with acetone or lacquer ...
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How to caulking a bathtub with various size edge between wall and tub

Just my thoughts on this: I see mold everywhere, even by the faucet the first thing you need to do is figure out what is behind the tile. If it is drywall you are absolutely wasting your money doing ...
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removing grout from very narrow gaps between tiles?

Use a hacksaw blade. Specifically: Get a old hacksaw blade break it in half mount the half in a mini hacksaw frame, broken edge protruding This gives you a cheap and effective grout rake, with a ...
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Water seeping from grout in tile shower

Well this is working just like a travertine shower should. Travertine is porous. You can apply sealer but honestly unless the travertine was honed specifically to take sealer - which most ...
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How soon after sealing grout can you use a shower?

Manufacturer directions should state minimum time after sealing for use. It is important to “test” sealer by sprinkling a few drops of water on the sealed grout to make sure it is repelling water. If ...
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Wall in middle of tile floor: grout lines don't match

This is indicative of a poor initial layout, perhaps due to inexperience. An experienced tile setter takes note of the areas where defects (like grout lines that can't line up, small or thin cuts, ...
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Is it possible to use waterproof grout + sealer to fix shower room floor leaks?

You can remove the existing grout, and re-grout with an epoxy grout. It's more expensive than regular grout but it's completely waterproof and you won't need too seal it. It's also much stronger than ...
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What's the easiest way to remove tile flooring off a cement foundation?

I use a air chisel wide blade for a large area. I can pop thinset mounted tiles off with little time and almost no effort. a pole chipper is almost as fast but a lot of work, (mastic glued tiles are ...
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Do I have to fix cracked grout right away or not?

Grout is not meant to be a water barrier! Grout is porous. If the cracks are surface grout cracks only, then repairing the grout for cosmetic reasons makes sense. If the underlying water barrier (...
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Minimize inconsistent spacing for non-rectified tile

I doubt the tile pieces themselves are bad. You can confirm this by stripping them off one of the bad sheets, and stacking them to see if there is a size variation. More likely, the mesh sheets are ...
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Grout cures too fast in the bucket

Professionals regularly keep opened buckets of grout, plaster etc. from curing by applying saran wrap. Just don't cover the bucket, but apply it onto the product, so that air won't reach it. That way ...
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What is the best way to clean grout to make it white again without removing it and regrouting

Try one of the many Grout Restorers or Rejuvenators. They would bring the problem area(s) back to matching the rest of the grout. There are also Grout Coloring Kits that basically paint or stain the ...
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removing grout from very narrow gaps between tiles?

I always use a Stanley knife with lots of new blades when doing re grouting jobs.
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Regrouting countertop/backspash joint - masking tape to simplify cleanup?

Actually, I think that's a great idea, and I'd tape both faces. I'd then apply a very small bead and tool (finger) it out once. Then I'd pull the tape and tool it again. You're likely to have a few ...
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Removing grout from perimeter of counter and backsplash?

Use a tool like this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/QEP-Handheld-Grout-Saw-for-Cleaning-Stripping-and-Removing-Grout-10012Q/100001353. The link includes a brief video. If the surface on one side is ...
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Vacuum sucked in some of the grout between tiles, how to fill the gap?

Don't use cement or thin set. Use maybe a premixed grout (can sometimes be bought in quarts). Use a grout saw to remove some of the other loose grout While the water can seep under easily, there's no ...
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