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DEAR TIM: I’m remodeling my bathroom and want the WOW factor when I see it each day. Regular square tile seem so boring. What would you suggest to create a look that will put someone’s head on a swivel when they see it? What are the best practices, in your opinion, when it comes to […]

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Ruth Ann, who lives in Lincoln, MA, wrote to me about grab bars. Here's what she had to say: "We are installing safety bars in our tiled bath, tile over rock lath plaster (1927). The installer plans to use wall anchors, not toggles or into studs. He insists this will hold,, been doing it for […]

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DEAR TIM: I’ll admit it. I’m not the best housekeeper and I’m frazzled. My tile shower floor is filthy with hard water stains. I don’t like using harsh chemicals for a number of reasons and because the stains are so hard to clean, I’ve neglected the floor. Is there an easy way to clean hard […]

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DEAR TIM: I’ve decided to do a major bathroom remodel job. One of the things that needs to be demolished is a full ceramic tile shower with a seat and a concrete mud floor. I’m feeling pretty good about removing the tile from the walls and ceiling, but I don’t know the best way to […]

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DEAR TIM: We are about to remodel our master bath and have a round stained glass window over the current tub. We want to remove the tub and have a large shower put in it's place. I would love to keep the stained glass but, as it is not energy efficient, would like to have […]

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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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Kelsey Rogers has a musty smell when anyone takes a shower in her Chattanooga, Tennessee house. Here's the situation: "For about the last two weeks in our home we have had a mysterious mildew/musty smell. Usually the time we smell it is during or right after someone has taken a shower or bath. We can smell […]

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Paula Lange has a slippery shower floor in Carmel, IN. The shower base is cultured marble. Let her tell you the rest. "I have a cultured marble shower floor with slightly raised pattern ( supposed to make it not slippery).  It is very slippery. No bathmat will stick because of the pattern. I have been looking […]

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Stephanie has a banging noise in her shower in Stockton, CA. Allow her to give you a full report: "When I turn on the hot water valve in my shower it makes a banging noise until I increase the water flow. If the flow of the hot water decreases, it will start the banging noise again […]

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Ken Williams has a very slippery shower floor in his Mooresville, NC home. Let him describe it: "The water in my house is very soft and so it is very slippery and the soap never seems to be rinsed off and as a result the shower floor which is 6X6 tiles is dangerously slippery. The […]

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