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What Your Unopened Box of Tile Could be Hiding

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On a current job I returned 5 boxes of tile and one box was so heavily damaged all I returned was the box with a forklift hole in it that destroyed the entire box of tile. Too many tiles were broke or chipped so I returned them to HD who had no problem with the exchange.

Shower Pan Built Incorrectly

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This is a classic photo of a shower pan that was incorrectly installed. This shower pan did in fact hold water as you can see from the mineral and soap stains. These seeped through through the tile grout to the pan.

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New Tech On Tile Demo! "Thank God!"

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In this photo I removed carpet to install engineered wood in a glue down format. Wasn't bad at all, just pull up the tack strip, pad, and carpet and haul it off. Not so with the kitchen and utility room.

Slate Tile, Another Warning, Not For A Shower!

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We like the appeal of warm Natural Stone and Slate offers an earthy look but it's days are numbered in your shower. There are a number of Natural Stone products you see installed in shower design centers all over made from Marble, Travertine and yes, Slate.

"When Can You Use Your New Shower?

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When can you use your new shower after completion? Answer, After the Epoxy Grout and Caulk is dry-expect 72 hours for epoxy grout. Give a fresh caulk at the very least 48 hours or more to dry. This is because it needs to set properly.

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A Word About Laminate Flooring

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Laminate Flooring has a place and technology is trying to keep up to survive normal wear and tear. Reasons why you should use Laminate are many as are reasons not to. It's great for a fast economic floor covering with many options in texture, style, feel and look.

Shower Transformation In 3 Photos

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Shot 1. You can see some dark lines down low where most water contact is. There is much evidence grout leaking and lack of maintenance on this shower. It has a heavy fiberglass floor and when the drain begins to leak it needs to be fixed quickly. The decision was made to rebuild it. My next job tear out. Shot 2. What you see here is what was under the tile and green board I had removed in large sheets.

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Tile Store, Why Your Installer Should Go With You!

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There are a lot of important items to consider when selecting tile. One is cost of installation. Why do we charge X for one type of tile and Y for another? It's easy to answer, some tile is much more time consuming to install than others. Typical 4"x4" builders grade tile is the fastest to install because it is small, light, easy to cut and you can cover a lot of space in a hurry with that.

How To Care For Marble Or Natural Stone From?

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Marble Institute Of America! link] I personally do not advocate using Marble, Travertine and other natural stone in showers or wet areas because it is too soft and hard to maintain. I built this shower recently and all the tile looks like marble but it really is Porcelain and manufacturers copy natural stone for a reason.

New Wood Flooring "VS" Your Pets, Who Will Win?

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Wood Flooring will lose. OK, you just installed you old worn out carpet with new warm wood or engineered wood flooring partially to make it easier to clean and eliminate some of the odors that can emanate from older carpet. Besides, you got a good deal on the material and installation. You have a couple large dogs one of which might be sort of active. This can make floor selection material difficult but I want to help you with that.

"Quickest Way To Remove Mold From Your Shower"

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Commercial Spray Bottle or used Lysol plastic bottle 2. Clorox and or liquid bleach 3. Mix 50% water 50% bleach 4. Spray on shower walls just after using shower 5. Ventilate room or close door and turn on exhaust fan Know this, this will destroy mold and mildew but will do little to remove soap scum and mineral deposits. Soap scum and mineral deposits attract mold and mildew. For mineral deposits use CLR but do not mix these two products together.

"Cool New Laminate Flooring Designs"

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Because of the nature of this business I have the opportunity of visiting numerous design stores on a regular basis. I happened to visit a new Floor And Decor that recently opened in The Colony Texas. On the left is an example of some attractive weathered wood that in reality has an almost bluish tint. This application was on the walls but it would look great on floors as it was intended too. Laminate has come a long way and I don't have a problem with Formica either.

Tub Shower Demo Easy Way

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For those of you intrepid DIY'ers here is some advice from one who has done a lot of these. There are a number of things I don't like, like dust, tile shards everywhere, extended clean up, messy work site. So, I like the easy way and this short video might help even if you are experienced. Some showers are constructed in such a way that you will have no choice but to make a huge mess. Sorry, but they really built the heck out of showers a long time ago.

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How To Cut Glass Tile Video Explanation.

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Probably one of the most popular posts on this blog and viewed many thousands of time is how to cut glass tile. Still working an in depth video but I am sure this will help. Know that any glass tile can be cut with a wet saw. If you have large solid glass tile just run the material through the saw slowly. If the glass gets hot during the cutting process it will blow out. The glass will get hot and it pops out and probably ruin the cut. Small glass tile is easy just follow the information.

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"Travertine, Before And After"

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Travertine is a Natural Stone as you know, but did you know most of it is filled with grout? If you look at most Travertine Tile you will see that it is very porous on the unfinished side and that is because that is how most of it looks. They simple match the color and fill it with grout then polish the surface. Travertine is a sophisticated name for Limestone. This material is soft and very porous and is made from the calcium carbonate laden strata from ancient mineral hot springs.

And Sometimes We HAve To Tear It Out!

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So, I started installing this floor. The next day I removed the lash clips to resume the install but they just didn't do the job as I would have liked. So, I ripped it out and started over. I hate doing the same thing twice but worse than that leaving some uneven edges was not acceptable. This might not have been possible if this was true Marble and while we are on the subject of Marble, "ever wonder why Marble, Granite and Travertine are copied so much in some kind of photocopied Porcelain?"

A Good Use For Slate

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This in my opinion is a good use for slate. Slate has some very endearing and really great looking qualities if applied to the proper use. I think as an architectural design element it works very well. This offers a warm earthy 3-D texture that simply hasn't been replicated in porcelain or ceramic that I have seen so far. But, put this in a wet, exterior or high traffic area and the maintenance goes way up.

We All Like Before And After Shots

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We all like to see completed projects but sadly I am gone before many of the accessories like glass doors and other finishes are complete. But in this example I tore this shower out that had a fiberglass shower pan and the wall tile was leaking. Leaking wall tile is very common these days with typical old 4x4 ceramic builders tile. These included green board that is attached to the sheet rock.

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Niche Placement, Can Be Tricky And Why

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Niche placement can be tricky for many reasons as well as size but you do have options. Often because of the existing framing behind the cement board your niche inset will have to go on one side of the mixer controls or the other because of the limited space. Other sinister objects like electrical and vent lines can conspire to limit the size or even the entire option of a niche to hold all the necessary shower tools and liquids.

Bathroom Sample Photos From Tile Shop

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I like to see displays of tile in bathroom. It appears there is a lot of Marble and more metal trim these days and I have made my opinion known about these products. With regard to Marble, it is earthy, beautiful, can be a real pain to install, easy to mill and polish, easy to scratch and dent, and I would be reluctant to use it in a shower as the primary surface because is it so soft.

How To Remove Glue Down Wood Flooring From Concrete

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This is what the finished product looked like. The homeowner had foundation work done and in the process the contractor had to break out some of their wood floor to break out concrete to install piers. A common practice in North Texas. I was able to install this simulated Wood Porcelain Tile that transitioned into the existing wood almost as smooth as glass. I did the same thing running into tile in the dining area and kitchen not shown here.

New Trends In Tile, Metal Trim?

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There is a new trend in tile and I am not convinced this is a good idea and here's why. The new trend is using metal trim inside and out of showers instead of surface cap, bull nose milled or crafted accessory pieces of tile for edges and corners. I am seeing a lot of what I think is stainless steel trim for edges and corners of tile. To me for some reason it seems out of place. We generally see that on floor applications and base but inside showers?

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A Tale Of Two Niches

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I like to install niches because they offer aesthetic and functional opportunities. Most showers I remove include an ugly old steel frame thingy that hung over the shower nozzle to hold shampoo, soap, razor, radio, TV set, floss, conditioner, facial scrub, tooth brush, wash rag, shower cap, body wash, luffa, body brush, sponge, tooth paste, and I have forgotten other items people want.

Before and After Again

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This is what is possible. It takes a lot of work and I hauled 1600 lbs of concrete and tile to the landfill. This was an old school tile shower with metal lath and screeded concrete I busted out. This is the final result to the right after installation of Hardie, a new shower pan and tile

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What Happens When Fresh Epoxy Grout Get's Wet?

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More than one customer looked at me with dismay when I told them that after the shower was built and Epoxy Grout installed, they still need to wait about 4 days before using the shower to allow the Epoxy to set up completely.

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Tips On Finding A Good Tile Contractor

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A question we all run into from time to time is finding a qualified contractor to perform your tile job or remodel. This can be hard but there are some tips that might help. Reason for work Does your shower leak? Do you just want something newer and cleaner? Do you have loose tile and having a difficult time keeping down mold? Do you want to turn your tub/shower into a big shower? Will you be moving a drain?, Breaking out concrete?

A Fast Shower Demolition Results

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Here sitting in the garage waiting to be hauled away are a couple slabs of green board with all the tile attached. The 1/2 sheet in front is 4' high and 1/2 of the other wall of this shower. The rest was glass with a gold frame. If these pieces were attached with screws it would not come off like this and would have been taken down the hard way. When ever you can this is far more easy to remove than busting the wall all to pieces creating massive dust and debris.

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What Do Arrows On My Tile Mean?

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When you open up a box of vinyl tile with a peel and stick backing there are common direction marks for the tile. You want all these tiles running in the same direction on install. Painting outside these lines will get you into trouble and as happens from time to time I am tasked with fixing it. This requires removing and replacing a messy tile job and this peel and stick stuff is miserable because it is so sticky. The darned stuff sticks to everything.

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"What Light Can Do For Your Shower"

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Just a quick post to show what some strategic light in a shower or bath can do. The color of the 4x4 Marble Natural Stone was kind of light gray with a Travertine and Marble Mosaic. The location of the design element with the window was highlighted with a curved light. Kind of interesting and because the light was in the very center the curved light was on the other two walls of the shower. This was key to making this shower look a bit more interesting in my view.

"what Lies Under Your Old Laminate"

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While installing engineered wood flooring in glue down configuration, I had to remove the laminate flooring as I was installing the wood. After removing the vapor barrier that had been down for many years I found this. A damp spot.

"Why You Should Consider A Civilized Shower Demolition"

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You see it on DIY all the time. The frustrated homeowner is handed a sledge hammer and they go to work busting out the old tile, sheet rock whatever. They create a lot of dust and debris that requires even more equipment and time to clean it up. This is unnecessary. In order to complete a civilized shower surround tear out you should know how typical builders build them. Measure up 4 feet from the tub top and draw a level line.

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Quick Pro Tip On Cutting Glass Mosaic Tile

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Cutting glass tile particularly mosaic that may be interlaced with porcelain, stainless steel, Travertine, Granite and brushed aluminum, can be a challenge. The glass is sharp, the backing soon as it gets wet begins to lose grip with the glass and wants to fall apart. If that isn't enough you can't see your pencil or marker lines to cut the stuff.

How to Floor Tile - Untitled Article

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Engineered wood flooring offers a warm, inviting home environment. I've done enough to offer some advice to homeowners who might wish to install this material. It is less expensive the standard wood or exotic and glue down feels better than installing over moisture barrier.

Making Tile Fit A Niche

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What is a shower if you have no shelf or place for soap, razor, body wash, etc? You end up with those ugly contraptions you hang from the shower stem or stick to the wall with a cheap suction cup. But, installing them and getting them placed so they fit snugly can be a challenge, In other articles on this site I talk about "laying it all out". This works for backsplashes, niches, and even floor and wall tile.

Pro Tip--"How To Remove Mastic From Your Jeans"

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I generally wear Wrangler Jeans at work but prefer other cooler attire for different projects. When I am setting tile and require knee pads I wear the Jeans. When holes appear I throw them out and pick up a new pair from Academy Sports generally because their selection is OK and prices fair. Today, yep I worked this Sunday I wore a brand new never washed replacement pair or Wranglers and was installing some 2x2 floor tile in a shower.

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One Million Page Views, "Thank You!"

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Just a quick note to thank you for visiting this blog and hope you received something of value from it. This blog was started with the sole purpose of helping homeowners and do it yourself home renovators, repairers and updater endeavors with construction information and techniques to help with their projects.

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Laser Tags For Tile Install

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If you look closely at he center of the grout line you will see two red dots. That is my laser that I use on certain installs. In this instance my lines drawn for the layout disappeared due to activity because I had to stop and start a couple times to other things like hang cabinets. With a laser you can make marks down the line with a pencil to re-establish a line or draw a new one. This is particularly handy when coming off some tile set earlier. The laser never lies.

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Reason #2 Why Your Tile Does Not Fit

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There are a number of reasons why tile can be troublesome on installation. Could be the floor is not level or wavy, tile is not Rectified and of different sizes, could be the tile has varied thicknesses. While all these symptoms can wreak havoc on an installers day we can generally figure out how to compensate after installing a box or two of tile. One problem not discussed much is warped tile. You run into this with larger format tiles in the 24 inch range.

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"Now, About Your Shower Floor"

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I think I have seen it all and reasons for it. Some say a solid cultured marble floor is the way to go. Some say just use the regular 4x4 tile and cut to fit. Others want and a small flexible tile to fit better around the drain. If you are in the camp that says smaller tile is better you would be right. I have not torn out any floors with small tile.

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Black Mold-Travertine Tile Revisit

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I worked this repair a couple years ago and the subject matter is still relevant. You should know that if you use a tile with a porous surface like this Travertine just know it will require more maintenance to keep it up. There are different types, qualities and surfaces of natural stone like Travertine and Marble. What you see is black mold growing into the surface, crevices and corners of the tile.

What is The Best Shower Tile?

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Sometimes it can be difficult to decide what is the best tile for a shower or even a tub surround. But my suggestions and reasons for or against might help you. First, I suggest Porcelain Tile in large format at least 12"x12". The larger surface the fewer grout lines. Porcelain tile is robust and the surface is a type of glass. you do not want to use any acid or abrasive material in cleaning this product. If you have seen acid etched glass remember that when cleaning.

Before And After, Old VS New

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I recently tore out and replaced an old school shower that had been leaking for a couple reasons. I remember working for a tile crew just out of high school and how they built these robust showers, countertops and backsplashes. First, a dump truck pulled up near the site and unloaded a couple yards of washed sand followed up by a truck loaded with a partial pallet of portland cement. It was there that I had to learn to mix the mud these guys used to install the massive backing for tile.

How To Re-Grout Your Shower

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Re-grouting your shower has been made easier with new tools. This vibrator tool with a carbide grout removing disc does an outstanding job but my advice here is use both hands on this little monster. If you do not maintain control of this little machine it will very quickly destroy the surface you are working on and if you are not careful it will make you a new grout line if you want one. I picked this up at Harbor Freight with a bunch of associated blades for under $40 bucks.

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