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Unread 09-11-2011, 11:40 PM   #1
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CW Basement Tile Renovation Progress for Review

Hi All -

Can ya'll recommend me some links for some *tile in niches* .
I hate the look of laundry boxes and I'm thinking about doing a tile in niche and just putting in shut off valves in there....and make something a bit nicer.
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Unread 09-12-2011, 03:58 AM   #2
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Nobel, Tile Redi, Recessit and Fin Pan have some ready to tile niches. Google them.
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Unread 09-13-2011, 05:58 PM   #3
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What's involved in removing floor tile

Walls are cakes....as it's coming all down- tile and walls.
For tiled floors (thinset or mud) --- how do you guys remove the tile and or surface prep. Just chip the tile as much as possible and then the *rough edges* provide a better adhesion point for the next layer to thinset ?


FWIW, the base is a concrete basement. Not sure how clean is to get it...
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Unread 09-13-2011, 06:38 PM   #4
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You can try a hammer and chisel and see how it comes up but many times it's worth renting an electric chipping hammer from Home Depot.
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Unread 09-13-2011, 06:54 PM   #5
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Close enough. I was going to use my Hilti TEC with a wide chisel bit.


I found older thread references that suggest just tile ontop ?

I suppose it's easier and maybe it's my OCD, but I would prefer tiling off the base - substrate. I guess tiling on top....I already have a level surface....
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Unread 09-13-2011, 08:23 PM   #6
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Epoxy Grout - Or good Sealants

It's been awhile since I've needed to tile.

Back then, I know alot were adament that Epoxy grout was not worth the trouble/hassle.

I used Laticrete epoxy and the grout has been mildew free...

I'm not sure how it is in the stone world, but SEALANTS have come a long way in the automotive field !

I'm going to be grouting with both stone and ceramic tile.
What are you opinions on Epoxy grout these days.
Yay or Nay.
If nay, I assume you may be a proponent of using a good quality sealer.
If so, what sealer do you recommend.

I use Stonetech for our granite countertops and it's good stuff.
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Unread 09-13-2011, 08:53 PM   #7
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Alan, for general information about epoxy grouts, type epoxy into the Advanced Search Feature and ask for Titles. You'll come up with several hundred threads on the subject.

As for sealers, they can be very application specific and you'll do a lot better if you ask for specific advice on one of your project threads. We recommend a lot of different sealers and many people have their own favorites for various applications.
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Unread 09-14-2011, 04:31 AM   #8
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You can tile over tile if you are certain that the slab is in good condition and the old tile and grout are well adhered, and that the increased height is not going to be an issue with doors, appliances, and the like. Your new tile work will never be better than what it's attached to, though.
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Unread 09-14-2011, 10:52 PM   #9
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Chef,

We are about to close on the purchase of a house that had 600 SF of 18" porcelain tile installed over existing tile on a concrete slab about four years ago. About 80% of the tiles are now tenting and our first order of business will be replacing that floor after first removing both layers that are now on there.

I am no expert but personal experience and observation suggest that the pros are correct in that T-O-T is not the preferred method.
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Unread 09-19-2011, 05:35 AM   #10
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Waterproof Access Panels

I have a *city clean out* on a side of wall where I would like to make a tiled wall...showever area. Is there a access panel that exists that can be tiled over yet have a gasket - waterproof seal on the access panel itself ?

Anyone know of one that exists
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Schluter makes one but I forget what it's called. It has magnets that hold it in place, tile the cover plate, attach it to the wall, then caulk around it. When you need to access it just cut out the caulk and recaulk it when your done. Its listed on Schluter's website somewhere-check it out
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Unread 09-19-2011, 07:00 AM   #12
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I don't know of any that are waterproof.
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I used to use toilet wax to hold access panels in place. I'm sure somebody is gonna tell me how shady, etc, but it hold like hell.
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Unread 09-19-2011, 04:23 PM   #14
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Very green good way to reuse materials.
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Unread 09-19-2011, 04:32 PM   #15
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I have never heard of a waterproof panel either. even if you kerdi both sides then caulk the grout joint with 100% silycone you will still have water get behind the tile and then it will penetrate the joint where there is no Kerdi.
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