Flooring

How To Clean Really Dirty Grout Lines In Your Kitchen Or Bathroom

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    One of our friends asks about cleaning some really stained tile grout in their kitchen. It seems that over the years the grout has just got darker and darker. Its not a small area it is most of the kitchen that has the problem so it is most likely due to dirt buildup and not mold.

    If the problem is in one general location such as near a sink or outside door or in the case …

    How To Deal With A Very Slow Contractor

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      Ok so a friend just asked us how they can improve the contract time for some flood repair they are having done due to a burst water pipe. Their home is a single story house that is on a concrete slab. The plumbers are going to do the repair to the burst pipe under the slab and that should be completed in the next three days. After that they have to replace a large amount …

      How To Pour A New Concrete Slab Over An Older Damage Slab

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        A friend asks about their garage floor that they are using as an exercise room and is wondering what is the best method they can use to level the floor with a new slab placed on top of it. The existing job was performed maybe 40 years ago along with deterioration there are many cracks and unlevel areas. They are also wondering about a smooth vs brushed finish for the floor. They have talked with …

        How To Removing Linoleum Tile From Wood

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          A friend that is remodeling their kitchen wants to remove their old linoleum flooring from wood wood floor that is under it. At that point they will make a decision if the wood floor is worth saving or if they will need to go with something else.

          Unfortunately removing old linoleum can be a difficult task because the tar based mastic that was used to attach it to the substraight many years ago is a really …

          How To Choose Between Real Wood and Wood Look Tile

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            A friend is thinking of installing new flooring in their Living Room / Great Room and they are trying to make the choice of a wood floor which they want or a tile alternative that looks like wood.

            They are considering the ceramic tile alternatives not the commercial grade fake rubber wood that you see in restaurants but in all reality neither product is wood and neither product is going to give them that wood floor …

            How To Removing Thinset Before you can apply New Tile

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              A friend that is remodeling their bathroom asks about preparing the surface for new mortar.

              I rented a chipper hammer and was able to take out the tile fairly easily. Now the thinset remains. Do I need to do a perfect job here? My understanding is that I want to make it as flat as possible to make my life easier when I trowel over it with new thinset.

              When you are preparing a bathroom for tiling there …

              How To Refinish Old Beat Up Floors in a Victorian Home

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                A friend asks a question about some wood floors he discovered under his carpeting. The home is pretty old and as you will see the floors are distressed but no large cracks or heavy gashes.

                He says I have never done any flooring work so I have a couple questions.What should I fill the cracks in with? Should I just leave them and let them fill with polyurethane? What kind of sander is best? I’ve …

                How To Remove Mold and Re-grout a Tile Shower Stall

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                  In this How To we will be covering the maintenance of a tile shower stall that has become very moldy.

                  A person asks what the best method to cure and them prevent black mold from growing in their shower stall. They also ask about grout sealers and specifically hydrophobic liquids that are now being used to protect painted surfaces.
                  How to cure Mold problems in Tile Shower Stalls
                  A properly designed and maintained shower should not become …

                  How To – What is the proper Thinset, Mortar or Adhesive for your Tile Install?

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                    When installing tile there are a variety of different compounds that can be used to attach it to the substrate. They come in everything from a tube adhesive to mortar beds mixed from sand and portland cement and each has its best application.

                    In addition to the material is the way it is applied. Most bonding compounds that are used to apply tile must be used with a notched trawl which will cause voids between the …

                    How To – When Replacing Tile on a Mortar Bed do I need to remove the old Mortar Bed?

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                      If you are remodeling an older home one that was built prior to 1965 then there is a high probability that the tiles in your bathroom are placed on a 1 – 1/2 inch thick mortar bed.

                      Mortar beds are really the best way to install tile in a wood frame home because they provide a thick stable surface that will not cause your tile to crack.

                      The Problem with mortar beds in older homes is that …