How To Lay Tile In A New Shower Install Do The Floor Or Walls First?

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    This is a common question that I get a lot and there is some debate on which is better to install first the floor tile or the wall tile when you are installing a shower surround made of Tile.

    The first thing that you have to consider is that in all other places in your home when you are installing materials where water is a problem you want to start at the bottom and then …

    How To Lay Tile In An Older Home That Does Not Have A Plywood Subfloor

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      A friend of ours is asking about a bathroom upgrade that they are planning and they are wondering about the best method for installing a tile floor in their bathroom over an existing board subfloor. They are wondering if they should remove the old subfloor or supplement it with a plywood subfloor before installing their cement backer board and then their tiles.

      This is a common situation for any home that was built in the …

      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 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 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 …

                    How To – Choosing the Right Underlayment Backer Material for Tile Installs

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                      When you are performing a Tile install in your Bathroom or Kitchen it is important to know the correct way to prepare the area for Tile.

                      Some surfaces like concrete floors can take tile directly however if you are installing tile in a bathroom or an area that will have water or high traffic then you must take precautions and use the correct wall backing material or floor underlayment to make sure your tile has a …