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  1. General DIY Discussions
    Hi, hopefully someone can help me or point me in the direction of a forum who can. I was recently looking into replacing my current bedroom lamp, but I love it so much I thought maybe some refurbishment and a paint job would breathe new life into it. Not sure where to start, though. I'm not sure...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi everyone, forgive me if this is the wrong forum. I have an unwanted ceramic or porcelain (can't tell which) figurine of a baby's face in our shower. It's kinda creepy-looking. The rest of the shower is ceramic tile. Any ideas on how to remove the figurine? From what I can tell, there's...
  3. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    A few years back I put in a new ceramic tile floor. The tiles themselves are 2'x1' rectangles. When I put the tiles in we were worried about flex in the floor due to large fragile tiles however we were able to put down the necessary T&G subfloor, hardie board, self leveling cement then tile...
  4. Flooring
    Hello Everyone - I'm trying to evaluate an estimate for a job - can someone provide some ballpark pricing per square foot for laying down ceramic tile in a basement ? Price would not include tile/grout - There is a approximately 1200 SQ FT of slab that needs to be covered. I understand more...
  5. Remodeling
    I would like to install ceramic tile over an old terrazzo floor. Floor is original to house (Florida mid-60s). I understand there are some required preparatory steps needed before applying thinset and tiling but I would like some further input if anyone has first-hand experience. From what...
  6. Painting
    We have a 1905 Victorian and due to an electrical issue, we gutted the entire house. My wife went to the local paint store in NJ and came back with Muralo Superfinish Ceramic Semi Gloss. We painted all of the new windows, and the risers to our new stairs with this paint. It's a disaster, there's...
  7. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Can anyone out there give me a quick low down on the pros and cons of ceramic sinks? Thank you!
  8. Flooring
    Hey all, I'm redoing my kitchen floor and planning to put down ceramic tiles. After some reading it seemed clear that I need to remove the old tiles and put down 1/4" backerboard. The problem is that the old linoleum tiles seem to be held down with tar. My big tile removing shovel...
  9. Flooring
    So I will be installing these tiles soon, they are 3/8" thick and i will be using a 1/2" trowel. just wondering what thickness tile edge to use. They are wall tiles for a tub surround.
  10. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I am planning to put a ceramic backsplash in our kitchen this week. I am wondering how people get the outlets "flush" with the backsplash. The "wall" will be extended out 1/4-1/2 inch so how do people get the outlets right? Any help would be much appreciated!
  11. Flooring
    Our home currently has outdated ceramic tile over a radient heat floor. The water lines r set in cement and the ceramic tile is in thinset morter. We want to replace the exisiting floor without damaging our heat source. We r considering putting a new porcelain tile over the old floor. R there...
  12. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Does anyone have any advice for or against using Kerdi over old --but in good shape!-- plaster/metal-lath walls in a tub-shower area? The old unit was a fiberglass 3 piece that did an excellent job of keeping the plaster dry over the past 40+ years. I removed it and have patched some rough...
  13. Flooring
    Here's what I've run into: Approx: 10 x 14 room. Pulled up nasty old carpet & pad. Pulled up old tile and found 1/4" plywood subfloor over wood planking (planking is approx 5-1/2" wide, 3/4" thick of varying lengths). There are varying dips, valleys, humps, etc... Mostly due to the fact the...
  14. Flooring
    I just finished grouting my backsplash on Friday p.m.,(sanded) but have not yet sealed it. Despite careful selection the grout looks very light compared to the color swatch on the box and the grout lines are very bold. It's not awful but it changes the character I was hoping for when I inlaid a...
  15. Flooring
    I am in the process of rehapping a home my gandfater built. He was a master capter his entire life and the home is 2 stories solid poured concrete roof since it's on the ocean in hurricane alley. The 2nd floor is supporeted by 2x10 joyce which we just replaced due to termite damage. So now we...
  16. Flooring
    Hey everyone.... here's my problem. I live in a 1930s house and the basement has old linolium(sp?) tiles on the floor which most likely have asbestos --maybe in the glue. I have to put some flooring over it, but would rather not carpet. What's my best option? Ceramic tiles? Laminate floors...
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