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Am I breaking any design rules for the tile layout of this walls?

One issue that you don't seem to account for is that the cut edge of a tile is going to look slightly different than a factory edge. For some tiles, it's very obvious that you have a cut piece in the ...
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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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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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Can I do ceramic tile directly on concrete?

There is a great explanation here (link also provided below), which I will quote and annotate here for discussion: Do you have white water marks? During rain events water may be pushed up by ...
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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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Should I put tiles on refrigerator to protect against nearby heat?

Don't do it. Ceramic is a poor thermal insulator. It's dense. It'll absorb a lot of heat, then it'll hold that heat. Against your refrigerator. Which will cause more problems than you originally had. ...
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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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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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Am I breaking any design rules for the tile layout of this walls?

Well, design is always subjective and your question is probably unanswerable because of this fact. Would you be willing to incorporate a 7" section of smaller backsplash tiles to that transition ...
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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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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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Can I do ceramic tile directly on concrete?

Only if you have a moisture issue coming up from the concrete would be one reason to add a membrane. If you do not know if you do or not, it is a simple test. Tape a 12" by 12" piece of ...
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Should I put tiles on refrigerator to protect against nearby heat?

Get a sheet of cement board, attach the tiles to that as you normally would and insert the panel between the stove and the fridge. maybe put a wooden frame around it for looks and some durability.
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How can I tell if my tile is ceramic or porcelain?

A diamond-tipped bit will drill through either material so just buy it. Trying to save 50% on a carbide bit for ceramic tile is just not worth the risk of ruining potentially porcelain tile.
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Why are there chips in tile glazing along one side of a cut?

I suspect that the tile is being fed at a slight bias. This can result in one side of the cutting edge of the blade working differently on the cut edge of the tile. It can also result in tearout at ...
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How can I reduce deflection in a steel stud wall?

How to do an unsupported corner with drywall, backer board etc: Both sides of the corner support the other which and avoid deflection. However you won't be able to do this if there is an annoying ...
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Can I do ceramic tile directly on concrete?

Grind or fill as needed, apply thinset, apply tile. If you expect the concrete floor to crack, there are "crack isolation membranes" that supposedly keep the tile from cracking for ...
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Should I put tiles on refrigerator to protect against nearby heat?

I'd take a leaf out of the James Webb Telescope's book: a heat shield. Just a metal plate to cover the part of your fridge that extends over your stove top, just thick enough to not dent when banging ...
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Tile backsplash behind cooktop first or last or in between?

Short answer: It doesn't matter. You're going to cut tile ahead of time and lay it out, right? So you can know and mark exactly where the transition from subway to mosaic will be, and tile right up to ...
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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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How do I securely fasten a sliding door floor guide?

These are designed to be screwed to the floor. Install guide from the Orange Store Since your floor is tile, if using screws you'd want to mark the screw holes with the guide in position, then drill ...
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How do I fix floor tiles sat on a motar bed that were water damaged and therefore making knocking noises

The Popping and the Water Your two pictures, especially the second showing the bonding, and the your description about the knocking are revealing, and they are related. The second picture shows large ...
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Layering clear caulk over colored caulk to create "fake" grouting

You don't need clear caulk and you don't need a backer for a 1/8 inch gap. Just use silicone caulk with a bead big enough to cover the gap and adhere to both the tub and wall, and you're done. I'd ...
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Large Format Wet Saw - 12"x48" Porcelain Planks

I suspect the only° practical way to go here would be a "handheld circular-saw format" wet saw and a cutting guide. Someone probably makes a full-scale tablesaw-wetsaw, but that will be rare ...
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Shower pebble tile grout cracking

The squishing sound is a bad sound. That means water is underneath the pebble tiles and is possibly rotting out the sub floor. You'll need to break up some of the flooring, possibly along the grout ...
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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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Fixing shower tile to repair possible water damage

First you need to figure out "how is water getting into my wall"? Do you have access on the other side. Is there an apparent gap? If you can push tile, there is literally mush/mold ...
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How to fix rusty tub lip

Rusty steel tubs tend to get worse, not better, nor even stop where they are. When it inevitably rusts more, you'll be ripping out any tiling you do now as well as the old tub. You can certainly try ...
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Time efficient clean up of large areas and small but important areas

For larger tile walls, if you don't need to scrub the grout, I recommend something like a car wash mop. It's soft enough it won't hurt the tile, wide enough you can clean quickly, and the microfiber ...
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Has anyone seen kickback occur on a wet table saw for tile?

There is a fin (aka "riving knife") behind the back of the cutting wheel, and it holds the splash guard. If the fin is mis-aligned with the wheel itself, then sideways pressure of the tile (...
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