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  • Q&A: Preventing Grout Stains on Kitchen Counters

    Q: I often hear clients complain that they like the look of their tile kitchen counters, but that it’s too hard to keep the grout lines clean. Is there any kind of grout that resists staining, or a sealer that works?

  • Mortar Bed Shower Floors

    Curbed tile shower pans have to be watertight. A veteran tile contractor shows how careful detailing of a waterproof membrane and special drain makes for a trouble-free shower floor.

  • Q&A: Removing Old Grout

    Q: Is there an easy way to remove old grout from a tub surround without working by hand with a grout saw?

  • Q&A: Air-Nailing Backerboard

    Q: Can I use a pneumatic nail gun to fasten tile backerboard to floors and walls?

  • Preventing Tile Failures

    When a tile job fails, it’s easy to blame the materials. But in most cases, shoddy workmanship is the culprit. A tile expert lays out the trouble spots and tells how to prevent problems.

  • Durable Substrates for Thinset Tile

    Behind every attractive tile job is a durable substrate. A master tiler shows how proper use of backerboard and waterproof membranes ensures a lasting finish at tubs, countertops, and floors.

  • Q&A: Tile Over OSB and Underlayment?

    Q: It is my understanding that plywood and OSB should always be installed with space between the sheets for expansion. Apparently, always isn’t always. I am just now beginning a project on an unfinished house in New England that has had the 1-inch OSB subflooring glued and nailed to the joists...

  • Membranes for Ceramic Tile

    Tile may shed water, but a tile job is not waterproof. A master tilesetter explains how to use trowel-applied and sheet membranes to protect against leaks.

  • Q&A: Substrates for Tile Countertops

    Q: Can countertop tiles be installed directly to a plywood base?

  • Glass Block in the Bathroom

    A master tilesetter shows how to incorporate glass block into a tiled bath.