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How to fix bathroom tiles falling off

It's a bit difficult to figure out from the photo but it appears that they stuck scraps of tile to the wall with compound and then simply stuck the finish tiles to that with more compound. NOT A GOOD ...
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How to fix bathroom tiles falling off

You don't "pad out" a wall and then tile it. They had a couple of inches to work with. So stud the wall with 2x2 or 2x4's flat and cover with cement board, waterproof, then tile. It probably ...
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How to fix bathroom tiles falling off

Regarding the gap, baths almost never fit the space exactly. Apart from the obvious problem of building and preparing walls millimetre-accurately, if the bath fits the space too closely then you're ...
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Can I start and stop a tile floor job?

It certainly is acceptable to do a tile job in phases. There's no structural reason that tiles need to have their supporting mortar connected mechanically. The critical bond is to the substrate, not ...
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How to leak proof roof?

You have either, too flat of a pitch in your roof or installed your roof tiles incorrectly. Just accept it and move on. It's going to have to be redone. You would be wisest to tear it all out, then ...
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Can I start and stop a tile floor job?

you can certainly stop for the day. the things you have to watch are: a) finish your tiles all in one line or row, not on the diagonal. that way you can check it with a laser or string to make ...
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How to leak proof roof?

What is the pitch of your roof? In the USA, this type of roof (most roof types, in fact) is installed over solid decking (usually plywood or OSB) with the underlayment nailed or stapled over the ...
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How to fix bathroom tiles falling off

I disagree with some of the reasoning of the other answers. They should have furred out the wall. Everyone here agrees on this. They could have framed out more or just added shims/drywall layer......
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How to fix bathroom tiles falling off

TL;DR Five-spotting is a really bad practice. Per https://www.daltile.com/how-to/how-to-install-tile/how-to-install-large-format-tile: When installing large format tile, there must be at least 90% ...
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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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How to fix dry wall side of newly fitted tiles shower wall?

If you're seeing that water on the drywall on the other side of the wall opposite where the tile is then your shower was not installed with a proper membrane. You need a waterproof memberane and a ...
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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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How to repair leak mould under bathroom floor tile?

Sorry to say this, but number 3 really is your only option. First the reasons why: I can tell just by looking and from your description, your subfloor is rotten and now unstable. More tiles and grout ...
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What is the correct way to tile a wall when there are existing electrical sockets

Most electric receptacles are installed into the box with long screws that have a special backing washer. The washer is there to hold out the receptacle, so you can loosen the screws until your ...
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Drywallers messed up tile backer board, can I still tile?

That big of a gap is a problem, especially the gap in the 2nd picture. It is standard practice to ensure that the waterproof membrane overlaps the vertical lip of the tub at the wall, so that any ...
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Second Opinion on Tiling

This appears to be very shoddy workmanship. I can't tell a lot about how plumb the walls may or may not be but the wallboard has to be done properly in order to get good results once the tile is ...
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Can you install grouted floor tile over padding?

In almost all cases this is a no. There are waterproofing systems you can use but not flooring pad. When you lay your tile the pad will move a little and cause issues. In essence with a pad you are ...
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How to tile over cinder block holes?

Instead of tile, consider 9/16"-ish thin brick veneer, which looks good in combination with concrete block. Something like this: You could put a wire lath over the blocks, and then just use mortar ...
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How to fix this backsplash tiling job?

For the tile spacing issue, I don't think there is much you can do at this point short of ripping it all out and starting over. For the tiles not set in plane correctly, I think you could carefully ...
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If I buy only one tool between a tile cutter and a wet saw, which one should I buy?

I do not think I would do another tiling project in the near future. It may be best to rent or borrow a wet saw; Buy one on eBay; or sell your new one on eBay afterwards as a used item. (community ...
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Can I install Kerdi board just on the walls of my shower and use a PVC membrane on the floor?

That makes sense the installation video from Oatey says "wateproof drywall or cement board" but your kerdi board is waterproof too, so it's equivalent. Be sure not to screw through the shower liner--...
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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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Installing tiles in a basement kitchen on concrete floor, existing kitchen in place, how can I tile under the existing cabinets?

Customarily, cabinets sit on the subfloor and the finished floor only goes up to/around them. Appliances can be moved, so you move those and replace the flooring underneath, but I have never seen ...
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What to do about holes in tile grout?

Yes, in all likelihood this can be repaired fairly easily. It is a good possibility that these holes are due to poor quality work where the original grout was not fully squeezed down into the joints. ...
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What should I do if a new cabinet is smaller than the old one?

Some generic pieces of advice here: Buy cabinets with a bigger footprint. If a smaller footprint it can work out if there is an equal distance around the bottom. You can lay down mosaics to make a ...
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What is the proper/recommended way to tile a window sill in a shower?

First, make sure the rough sill slopes toward the shower. Measure it with a level; if it's not appropriately sloped, build it up with more mortar to create the requisite slope. Then, once you've ...
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What is the name for the section of vertical tiling underneath a bay window?

As odd as it may seem, it's a roof. A bay window roof. In the picture you provide, it's actually a roof for the lower bay window, as opposed to being part of the upper bay window.
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Can I start and stop a tile floor job?

More of a comment than an answer, but this is how I handled it on a recent small room project. Each bullet-point was a day or afternoon. It was a herringbone pattern with 3x6 tiles, so it took a ...
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What should i put between concrete and tiles?

No no no. You do not put a subfloor on good concrete. You are then allowing for a moisture sandwich (which is bad). Buy a modified thinset, put tiles on thinset, grout, then you are done.
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What is the correct way to tile a wall when there are existing electrical sockets

You want your outlet straps to be either sitting on the tile or level with the tile. The physical part where you plug something in should be fully extend past any cover that you add. Steps: Turn ...
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