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  1. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I need to remove ceramic tile from the floor, and I don't need to preserve it. The subfloor is concrete downstairs and presumably plywood upstairs. I was wondering if I could use one of the tools I already have, or if I need to buy/rent a hammer drill. The tools I have that might work are a...
  2. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    My husband and I are doing our own bathroom remodel before we sell our house. We would have been on schedule to finish the bathroom by the end of this weekend. We installed ceramic tile over the Ditra membrane using some premixed mortar that he bought. 90% of the way through he ran out of the...
  3. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I hired my neighbor to install floor heated ceramic tile in a small bathroom with 1'x2' tiles. Of the 18 tiles he laid, 5 of them 'came loose' the next day. He re-attached them with 100% silicone. Is this legit? I worry about several things: How likely are other tiles to come loose? Will...
  4. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    My mother just took a bad fall in her own house. The tile is cheap, slippery ceramic tile that chips easily, exposing the terracotta color underneath the white top. I have seen products that claim to increase grip, either by adding a grippy layer on top of the tile or types of acids that claim...
  5. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Help! We put down ditra on modified thinset over wood subfloor in our bathroom. We have hills and valleys maybe from kneeling on. They make it look so easy on-line. We pulled up the ditra a few days later and tried to chisel the modified thinset in order to start over. This was online...
  6. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hello All, We have a pool house that I'm remodeling. It has a concrete pad that had carpeting glued to it. After stripping that, I found old vinyl tiles. Everything came up pretty will and after assessing its condition, I think that any residual adhesive is minimal. Pretty lucky in that...
  7. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I tiled a shower using Ceramiche d' Italia, siena stone 12x12 ceramic tile purchased at lowes that I purchased from a relative. I was certain I had enough but a few were cracked. I honestly am 1 tile short. Will buy an entire box if needed. Anyone have or seen these? I have searched everywhere...
  8. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I was doing a job with slate tile. The job is for my mantle and putting slate on my mantel. It worked great until i noticed that halfway through I mixed up the thinset I had and used the ceramic thinset on my slate. What is the damage done here? Do I have to start over? Will everything...
  9. Flooring
    Hi, I've looked all over the site and the internet turns up less than credible ways to fix a scratched ceramic tile. I've been tiling for years and never had to ask this question, because I'm always very careful. But, I may or may not have scratched a flooring tile...enough to catch a...
  10. Flooring
    Hi, We are building a new construction 2 story home over an existing walkout basement. The main level subfloor joists are older 2x10 solid lumber @ 16"oc with new 3/4 T&G OSB cover. The span is 14ft each side of the supported centerline. On this floor we want to put ceramic tile in the...
  11. Flooring
    I have a 4' x 5" powder room. The vinyl asbestos tile is gone. The asphalt "cutback" remains. It's well adhered to the concrete (55 years cured). I have read on these threads that I can use a modified thinset (Merkrete 735 Premium Flex) right on top of the cutback and then lay my 12x12 ceramic...
  12. Flooring
    After I installed a lovely new ceramic tile floor and used Gundlach spray grout sealer on all the grout lines, the painters tape stuck to the tile. I had lined each tile with tape to prevent overspray getting onto the tile itself, but now the tape adhesive won't come up! What is a good product...
  13. Flooring
    I am purchasing a house that was likely built in the 30's. It has hardwoood floors throughout most of the house, except the foyer and adjacent dining room are tiled. There is a closet off the foyer that has hardwood in it. What are the chances that a homeowner in the 70's or 80's put down a...
  14. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I've seen it both ways 1. mark the center vertical and horizontal and start tile from the mid point. 2. start at the bottom just above the tub so that there are not cuts next to the tub. Seems like it wouldn't make a difference. I like the idea of fewer cuts. What is the "right" way?
  15. Flooring
    I need to reuse some ceramic tile that was originally laid with Portland Cement thin-set. How do I clean up these tiles to reuse? Is there a solvent of some sort that will dissolve the thin-set but not harm the ceramic tile? I could soak them in a solution that would clean them up for reuse?
  16. Flooring
    hello...i am trying to install a ceramic shower stall and ceramic floors on my bathroom. i demolitioned what i could so far and don't know what to do next with my subfloor. initially, i wanted to remove the plywood subfloor and replace them with new plywood because they show some water damage...
  17. Flooring
    Hi, I've started a small tiling project for an entryway and have a few intricate cuts to make. I don't want to shell out for a tile saw and I have 2 more small projects down the road so I would prefer not to have to rent a saw 3 times. Is there a scroll saw blade made for cutting ceramic...
  18. Building & Construction
    We just did a complete (and expensive) remodel on the master bath, as well as a kitchen remodel. We have new flooring throughout the house and fresh paint on all the walls. So....I want to 'help' the full bath in the hallway. However, we have broken the bank already AND I do not want something...
  19. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    hi - i have an entryway which is approx 3 feet by 5 feet (extremely small). I would like to install unglazed ceramic hexagon tiles. Someone used the peel and stick tiles which i removed but they also added what looks to be contact cement which is quite sticky on top of a thin plywood subfloor...
  20. Flooring
    Hi all. I live in a highrise condo and I'm installing 6x6x3/8" ceramic tiles in my hallway. The subflooring is very smooth, flat concrete (building was built in 1959, it seems to be very well put together), and the condo association has a rule that I need sound-proofing. I have rolls of 1/4"...
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