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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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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?

Mainly with cabinets they are considered fix in place, so most flooring goes up to them. Either remove the kick board and trim it to fit back in, or use moulding(base or quarter round) on the kick ...
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What should I do to prepare chipped cement surface for tiling?

Do nothing! The adhesive you'll use between slab and tile will fill those gaps, and as long as it does, there won't be any weak points that may cause the tile to crack later, when walked upon.
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Can you tile onto plasterboard?

Around here (France) most tiled showers are done with waterproof drywall. There are a few caveats, and it needs to be done properly, but it tends to just work fine. For some reason cement board isn't ...
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Can you tile onto plasterboard?

Assuming that "elements board" is a UK term for some type of tile-backer/cement board...which the link states to be the case. My logic goes like this: Tile is one of the most expensive wall ...
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Should I align the grout lines of the tile edging with the grout lines of the floor?

It'll look better if the grout lines up with that of the wall tiles, but they may be an odd size (too wide). Certainly line up something if you can. But often the edging won't allow lining up, due to ...
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How do you precisely transfer the slope of your floor to the cut line of the wall tiles you need to install near the floor?

You scribe it using a compass or block. Space the tile up a bit so the top edge is still parallel with the installed tiles. Set the compass to the widest point, say the left lower corner of your ...
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What tool is this -used for scoring the tiles by hand?

That looks like a scoring tool. If you've ever had to cut glass, it is similar to the wheel on a glass cutting tool. If you are using a tile saw (wet saw), then this is not necessary. If you have a ...
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1/2" trowel recomended for 6x36 tile - can i use a 1/4" trowel?

A 1/4in trowel applied at a 45deg angle will not leave you a 1/8in space but less, about 3/32. (Theoretically 0.25 x 1/2 x 1/sqrt(2)). If this is the height of the levelers' feet, you have no margin ...
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Partially tile over window

Sure, you can float cement board over a window, but it needs to be supported. You'll need to either line the cement board with heavy plywood or put a frame of lumber behind it. Tile is not tolerant of ...
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How do I accommodate this drain stack in the way of my finishing surfaces?

First choice would be to move the tub off the wall enough so you can fir out those studs to get past the piping. Second choice would be to fir out those studs and leave the tub in place- just bury the ...
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How do you tile over a porch stepping slab that has a nose?

If it were me, I'd cut that nosing off using a concrete blade in an appropriate saw. You'd end up with the same net effect - no nose and a square tile corner, without worries about water getting ...
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How do you tile over a porch stepping slab that has a nose?

Mix up some Thinset a little dryer than you normally would for laying tile and fill that area in with it. Have a flat board ready to shove up against the edge to prevent the Thinset from settling ...
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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?

I am wanting to clarify a point untouched by these other answers. Yes, you can put your flooring around the cabinets rather than under them as long as you raise the cabinets by shimming them up with ...
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1/2" trowel recomended for 6x36 tile - can i use a 1/4" trowel?

The trowel size spec is there for a reason, if you use a smaller notched trowel, especially when using the Rubi clips which will lift some and lower some tiles. The concern would be the ones that are ...
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Should I align the grout lines of the tile edging with the grout lines of the floor?

If the edge tiles are the same width and pattern as the floor tiles you should match the grout lines. If they are the actual floor tiles and not bullnose ones you should add an edging strip along the ...
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Should I align the grout lines of the tile edging with the grout lines of the floor?

If your edging is a long strip with a bullnose top, I wouldn't be cutting it into sections if it can go edge to edge. If it's shorter pieces where a cut is needed, then I'd match the grout lines. If ...
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What is the name of this tool -(used for tiling)?

Found it using image search by google
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leveling replacement tile

If you pop the tile out (may be possible depending how long it's been in place, and the nature of your mortar) or break it out if it won't pop, and chisel the mortar out below it until the replacement ...
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Can I screw through wood floor and plank subfloor to joists to prepare surface for tile?

Solid wood is not an appropriate substrate for tile, no matter how well it's screwed. It just moves too much with the seasons. Even basic plywood is "engineered" in the sense that the plies ...
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Which floor tiling pattern is more challenging for a relatively straight floor and larger tiles, staggered (1/3) or straight set?

Your second option is definitely more challenging due to the added tile cuts needed to stagger the tile. As far as being too busy, once it's grouting in, it will look fine and will show a little ...
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