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  1. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I want to install slate tile in a hallway and a foyer (entrance to a raised ranch). I came across the L360 and L720 stiffness (or deflection) grades. However, most of the information I have found relates to room installation where the length of the joists is large, making it necessary to have a...
  2. Flooring
    Hi all, I'm close to needing to self level the bathroom I'm building in my basement, but there is a control cut that goes diagonally through the concrete floor. What, if anything, do I need to do with the control cut before putting the leveler down? Your help is VERY appreciated! Gary
  3. Flooring
    Good morning all, First time poster here but long time DIYer I have about 400 sq ft of poor quality vinyl flooring in the lower level of my split-level home. I've attached some pictures but it looks like it was laid on top of some kind of cushioned underlayment. Under that are asbestos tiles...
  4. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hi, I pulled up a vinyl floor that was put down over concrete (bathroom) and I am replacing it with porcelain tile. I have a couple questions if anyone would like to chime in. 1. Is it necessary to put down a moisture barrier of some kind? Also I have some sort of residue on the cement (see...
  5. Building & Construction
    Hi all! I'm redoing the basement kitchen and after removing the cabinets I found that they were sitting on old 2x4s recessed into the concrete. I'm left with a recession that is about 1" deep along the exterior wall and 2" deep on the inside of the recession where the tiles are. I'm thinking...
  6. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I am remodeling a basement kitchenette (first time floor tiling, so I appreciate any tips!). The existing floor is laminate glued directly to the concrete floor, so the new section of tile will need a backing board, raising the height. My worry is that I will be constantly stubbing my toe when...
  7. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I am going to be removing the existing tile in my laundry room (concrete slab) and replacing it with something a little more modern/on trend. Later down the line i will be removing all of the tile in the rest of my house and replacing with hardwood or laminate. So for the meantime, I need the...
  8. General DIY Discussions
    We are remodeling our shower, and have questions about waterproofing: 1. I have seen videos where people are putting the paintable waterproof membrane over their entire finished cement pan, even though there is a PVC liner under the pan. I was planning on doing this as well until I read online...
  9. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hi there, First time posting and I don’t have any experience remodeling tile floors so looking for advice! I have a mid-1980’s home, upstairs 3/4bath that I am updating for cosmetic purposes. I have removed the old porcelain tile from the floor. Under the tile is 3/4in mud set, wire mesh, felt...
  10. Flooring
    this tile is driving me nuts. as per the photos it appears to be some type of vinyl laid over the original (?) porcelain hex tile. in a perfect world that vinyl would be easy and (more importantly) safe to remove and the porcelain underneath in good condition. my gut tells me neither of these...
  11. Remodeling
    if we update the playroom we'd just replace the fiberboard with drywall. if we do the bathroom it would be updating the old subway tile to match the new (behind the shower) and replace the floors. fixtures would likely remain. playroom: bathroom:
  12. Flooring
    some questions: 1. any way to tell if this tile contains asbestos - does it appear as if it might? 2. can i tile right on top of the existing tile? 3. do the toilet and pedestal sink need to be removed or can i tile around them? thanks!
  13. General DIY Discussions
    Hello all. I could use some advice on a weird tile transition. I am about to tile a shower wall as part of building out a master suite in my attic, and my cement board is about 1/2" higher than the drywall next to it due to having to shim out the cement board to accommodate the shower pan lip...
  14. Interior Decorating
    Ok, so we just bought a house that was built in 1963. Most of it has been updated, and an addition was done in 1981. When they did that addition, they created an upstairs roman tub/shower that is an awesome space. However, the tile is very outdated and a color that I just cannot put my finger...
  15. 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?
  16. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I didn't start with a perfect wall (long story -guy who got it ready for tile is long gone) and didn't realize the impact the non-plumb wall would have on framing in the glass shower door. This is an alcove bath/shower. Tile is 4 x 16" ceramic, so soft to work with. One bottom row tile throws...
  17. Building & Construction
    Installing 8x24 ceramic wall tiles in the shower. I have been back buttering, I feel so rushed though, especially since it's only me doing it. I'm guessing it's not okay to do them all ahead of time and let them dry out?
  18. Plumbing
    I'm planning on re-tiling the floor of my condo kitchen (ripping up 2 layers of old tile and laying down 1/4 HardieBacker or Schluter Ditra XL then Tile. I have always wanted to run a small water line so I can finally use the ice-maker on the fridge, which is on the other side of the galley...
  19. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I a looking to put tile down where I currently have carpet but after pulling the carpet up and expecting to see just concrete slab, I am seeing a thin layer of white material. This material is rougher than the slab and doesn't feel like or look like a paint. It feels more like a mortar. Question...
  20. Featured Topics
    Hello! We just put down slate tile in our entryway. Carefully made the sure the temp in the room was above the minimum for the adhesive. Did the job right - over hardibacker, used the right tools, all tiles with an even layer of adhesive under them, the floor was nice and smooth, etc. We left it...
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