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Eric M. Sokolowski and his wife, I think, have trouble in Tukwila, Washington. They have to tile over bad concrete and are stuck on what to do. Here's Eric's full report: "Hi Tim, We want to replace the kitchen/foyer tile in our 1993 condo. We already knew the subfloor was some type of soft concrete that […]

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Barb Havens and her husband are building a house in Eldora, Iowa. He's just finished installing the tile in a cozy sunroom and Barb wants to know how much to grout at one time. Can the entire floor be done the same day? Here's what she sent to me. Look at the photo below too. "How […]

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Deb Teitelbaum lives in Phoenix, AZ. Her daughter, who I assume also lives in the Valley of the Sun, had a contractor get grout all over her new cabinets. Read about the saga: "My daughter had new travertine tile installed in her home in February, 2015. The contractor's sub got grout on the base of  a […]

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Clare Horvath and her husband live in Newtown, CT. She wants to tile over her acrylic shower base. Read what she sent me: "We have a shower stall that the previous owner added an acrylic floor to.  It does not flex and appears to be very solid.  Can I tile it? As you can see the […]

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Julie might have used a valuable Beatles or Rolling Stones CD or two or three to make a backsplash in her home in Essex, UK. Here's what she want to know: "I have made a kitchen backsplash out of old CDs. How can I remove the tile grout without scratching the CDs? Are cup brushes any good?" […]

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Sharon's bathroom floor tile grout is cracking in her Anchorage, AK home. You're not going to believe the photos. Here's her story: "My master bath floor has cracked and chipping grout in more than 50 percent of the tiled area.  Some tiles sound hollow underneath. The sub-flooring is 3/4 in OSB with 3/8 inch interior plywood […]

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Ada Wilhelm has a gorgeous rectangular tile floor in her house in Hernando, FL. She wrote to me with a very simple question: "How can we darken a grout that is too light?" Well Ada, I'm wondering why you want to lighten it after looking at the photo you sent below. The grout, to me, looks […]

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DEAR TIM: I embarked on a simple caulking repair around my bathtub that's now turned into a quest. While pulling out old caulk I discovered loose tile. After removing four rows of tile up from the top of the tub, I then was met by a crumbling wall surface behind the tile. I took out […]

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Christie is remodeling her bathroom in Monroe, CT. She's conflicted about how to attach the toe strip on top of her laminate flooring. "I recently painted my ceramic wall tile with a tub and tile paint by Rustoleum, and installed vinyl plank flooring in my bathroom.  I have quarter round to match the flooring for the […]

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Dylan, who hales from Southampton, England in the UK, has an issue with grout in his toilet. "I have a clump of grout in my toilet bend which a dumbhead tiler poured down my toilet last night and it's set. What is the best way to remove it? I have a grout remover and was thinking […]

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