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  1. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hello I have recently installed grout pearl gray that is not even in color. It has been less then 24 hours and maybe I need to be patient but hoping someone can give guidance. How do I get this even? I was hoping for a slightly darker color. I was going to seal it but the color difference...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi all. New to the forum. I appreciate your advice. I have a brick sidewalk about 14 years old. It has colored masonry mortar mix between the bricks. Each year, about 10 - 20 or so of the joints between the bricks cracks, and pieces of crumbled mortar come out. I used to add new colored...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, Our house's previous owners thought it would look cool to lay slate tile over brick on our front door stairs, but the tile is always coming off and it's just too much maintenance. So we want to remove the tile and I was wondering if there is an easy way to get grout off brick? Thanks!
  4. Building & Construction
    I was curious as to whether the corners or perhaps the bottom gets caulked vs grout? Ceramic and glass tiles on top of Kerdi board. While you're here, any suggestions on how to finish the top?
  5. Plumbing
    I am a new homeowner and a cleaning product seems to have worn down the material used at the change of plane where the shower floor meets the wall. I planned to remove the product and then redo it. I'm now realizing I'm not quite sure what the product is. It looks like grout, and is gritty like...
  6. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    My shower walls are those large subway tiles, about 10x3" spaced at 1/4. I have just grouted them with Polyblend Sanded, the 7lb box. My first batch came out quite dry and kept falling off the tiles as I forced it into the joints. I added a bit more water for my second batch which applied a...
  7. General DIY Discussions
    Hello friends, I'm thrilled to have found this resource, and from what I've read a great community! A tub/shower caulking and grout issue brings me here. I'm attaching a number of pics to make it clear, but basically there was a stretch of caulking where the tub meets the wall tile, and also...
  8. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Just finished tiling the bathroom floor and it looks great. Shower walls, ceiling, and floor are next. I need to start thinking about grout. I used 1/16" in spacers, but due to it being cheaper tile, the edges are slightly slanted. While the gap at the bottom is spaced at 1/16" it measures just...
  9. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I filled in some holes and imperfections in travertine with the matching grout and while some came out the intended color when the grout dried, some of the tiles had gray spots where the holes had been filled. The dried grout did not turn the travertine color but remained gray. I tried...
  10. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Good evening all, Ive tried to scour the internet to see an opinion one way or the other and found nothing. The short story... My concrete slab is not 100% level and I do not want to use large format porcelain tiles (2'x3') because of its condition. It's not terrible, I just know that that size...
  11. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I did my first tile job on my mudroom. The tiles were porcelain12x24 (link to the tile), it was 35 sqft and definitely harder than I expected, lol. The tiles have some lippage but I'm ok with it for the mudroom. I now have to grout. I used 1/8 spacers and I was planning on going with a sanded...
  12. Flooring
    We're having an ant issue that has to do with our flooring. They are coming in through a crack between the patio door and where the tile grout ends (see photo). Should we fill this floor crack with something - or could that ruin the tile if it gets too cold and expands? I don't want to ruin...
  13. 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...
  14. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello. Can you add colored grout to ready to use concrete mix to change it's color? Thanks, Darren :vs_worry:
  15. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    My shower tile has been installed, and I am concerned about the grout color, grout depth, and evenness of the floor tile itself. Am I too picky, or is this installation not up to par? If it is a bad install, what are the solutions? Is it reasonable to have them rip out the floor and do it again...
  16. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hi all! I'm in desperate need of help fixing the mess our contractor made while laying our EXPENSIVE slate tile. It seems they did not even use a wet saw, causing the tile to chip along the cut lines. This became obvious when they were laying the light gray grout (against the dark gray tiles)...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    Hi all. Brand new here. I am fixing to start renovations on our bathrooms. We like the look and price of peel and stick vinyl floor tiles but are concerned about water accidents in the bathrooms causing the tiles to pop up. I have researched groutable vinyl tiles but I haven't found a color I...
  18. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hi, We're redoing a small bathroom (3' x 6') and in a bit of a time crunch. We'll start grouting at 3:00pm today, and then we'll need to start immediately working on other jobs in the space. (We need to grout to allow full dry time prior to installing vanity/toilet). We're using Bostik...
  19. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hi all, I am getting ready to do a LOT of tiling on a large remodel. I have never done any tiling and after several days of reading info online my brain is turning to mush. The answers on this forum seemed to be some of the most helpful and clear, so....any opinions on which tools and...
  20. General DIY Discussions
    We moved into a house a year and a half ago. Never had any problem with bad smells in the shower until now. The house was built in the 1960s. The shower walls are tile. I didn't clean the shower for about 9 months after we moved in, and we never had a smell, which is why I don't understand why...
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