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  • Trowel-Applied Membranes

    Are the new trowel-applied membranes used for waterproofing showers as good as sheet membranes? Are some better than others?

  • Tiling an Outdoor Countertop With A Reinforced Mortar-Bed Substrate

    A reinforced mortar-bed substrate is key to success.

  • Cutting Glass Tile

    We had to cut a few glass tiles to complete a backsplash. Even though we used a diamond glass blade in our tile saw, fine chips are visible on the cut edges. What's the trick to cutting glass tile?

  • Inlaying Ceramic Tile in a Wood Floor

    To ensure a long-lasting installation, use a membrane and a movement joint.

  • Tile Doorway Detail

    Q: Tile Doorway Detail When there's an entry between an exterior tiled deck and an interior living space, how should the threshold be detailed so that the doorway doesn't leak? My client uses a wheelchair and would like the interior and exterior floors to be in approximately the same plane.

  • Tiled Showers

    Q: While we've never had problems with our tile-shower installations, new surface-applied waterproofing membranes and waterproof backerboards have me wondering if it's time to change our approach. We typically install cement backerboard over a poly membra

  • Tile Over Tile

    Q: My clients want to update their bathroom by installing new tile over an existing tiled tub surround. The old tile is in good shape, but it stops about 18 inches from the ceiling; my clients want their new tile to completely cover the walls and ceiling.

  • Slate in the Shower

    Q: My client wants to install slate tile in her shower to match the tile on her bathroom floor. I know that slate is porous and harder to keep clean than ceramic tile, but is there a good sealer that can be used with the slate so that maintenance will be manageable?

  • Tiling a Flangeless Tub

    Q: What's the best way to detail the joint between a deck-mounted tub that lacks an integral tiling flange and the tiled tub surround so that it won't leak?

  • Tiling a Breezeway

    Q. I've been asked to tile the floor of an enclosed breezeway that gets tracked with a lot of dirt, leaves, and snow. Besides being subject to the temperature extremes found in Ohio, the existing concrete slab has a crack running across its width. Is porcelain tile the best option in this situation...