You want to know which notched trowel to use for your tile project. The boxes of tile that you buy usually don’t tell you which trowel to use with them. Consequently, I get asked about trowel sizes quite a bit. Finding the instructions on the trowels or the bags of thinset is a hopeless … [Read more...] about Trowel Size Matters: Which trowel size do I use for …?
Cement board installation is not something that is incredibly difficult. I think most people worry about how to cut it and once they have a plan for that then they think it'll be a breeze. But I've seen these screw-ups for several years now. It's the same ones over and over. Which … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Screw Up your Cement Board Installation on Floors
How to Install GoBoard Tile Backer Board It's time to work on DIY'ing your tile shower and you're not looking forward to working with the dreaded cement board again. It's dusty, crumbly, and hard to start screws into. Not to mention how heavy it is. Sure, there are waterproof foam backer … [Read more...] about How to Install GoBoard Tile Backer Board | Video
4 Shower Waterproofing systems for tile showers Waterproofing a shower. This seems like common sense, doesn’t it? Well, a lot of showers that are built these days still have no shower waterproofing whatsoever. Or they have poor or improper waterproofing. This post contains affiliate … [Read more...] about Shower Waterproofing Crash Course
There are only so many places to shop for DIY tile installation products. Big box hardware stores are among the best options. But no matter where you go there's going to be good products and not-so-good products. Big-Box stores help and hurt The trap of the box stores is that they want … [Read more...] about Avoid These 3 DIY Tile Installation Products
In this post we discuss: How to cut an inset niche into the wallWhat tools to use to build the recessed shampoo shelfBlocking (framing) for a recessed nicheHow to make sure your niche is waterproofTile inside and around your shower insert The Ultimate Guide to Building a Preformed Recessed … [Read more...] about How to Build a Recessed Shampoo Shelf
You want to tile your concrete floor. But there's a problem. The concrete has cracks in it. You know that if you tile right over the crack that you soon will have floor tile that's cracked in the exact same spot. So what can you do to keep the tile from cracking? Do Uncoupling Membranes … [Read more...] about Do Uncoupling Membranes Really Prevent Cracked Tile Floors?
Typically I encourage people to follow the manufacturer's instructions. Especially when the company has clear, detailed, and easy-to-understand instructions. But when it comes to both Ditra Heat and Ditra Heat TB [edit: now called Ditra-Heat Duo] there are two things that I just don't feel are … [Read more...] about Ditra Heat Mat Installation: Ignore these two rules
New Tile Products Heated Tile Floor Membranes Joining the likes of Ditra Heat and Prodeso Heat is the newcomer Prova Flex-Heat. The newer trend in heated tile floors is to run the heated wire in the tile underlayment rather than on top or below. The advantage is the installation is a little … [Read more...] about 7 Hot New Tile Products and Tools for 2016
There are some aspects of tile installation that seem small or insignificant but they aren't. They really have a big impact. The way you treat your backer board seams is one of them. Doing them improperly can lead to big problems down the road. But these problems can be avoided by this … [Read more...] about Mesh Tape: Don’t skip this step