Which Shower Tile Backer board is best? When it comes to installing a tile backer board you typically have the following choice: difficult to install and cheapeasy to install and expensive So which tile backer board should you use in your bathroom? I'm going to break them down by … [Read more...] about Tile Backer Board Breakdown
Thinset Decoded Part 2: Which is the Best Thinset to use for... There are too many thinsets. How are you keep supposed to keep track of them all? Besides, all you really need to know is which is the best thinset to use for your project without screwing it up. A quick look at Lowes.com … [Read more...] about Thinset Decoded: Which Thinset to use | Infographic
I know what you are thinking: Stain-proof grout has over-promise and under-deliver written all over it. But these grouts are the best performing grouts when it comes to absorbency. They're not cementitious so they don't fade over time, they don't need to be sealed, they are color consistent, and … [Read more...] about What kind of grout do I need? Stain Proof edition
Why do things have to be complicated? You pick out a grout color and now you're faced with another decision: sanded or nonsanded? Which kind of tile grout is right for your project? First, we're going to break down the tile grouts into two categories cement and non-cement. This post will … [Read more...] about Tile Grout: What Kind do I Need for my Project?
Thinset Decoded Part 1: Understanding the Differences The thinset aisle at your local big box store can be confusing and you may feel like you don't know where to start. Do you ever wonder why one thinset costs $9 and another is priced at $35? What is the difference between modified and … [Read more...] about Thinset Decoded: A buyers guide to purchasing the right tile adhesive
I was anxious when I first was trying out my new MK-EZ Profiler machine. Nobody had one yet (mine is number 38) and it's a lot of money to throw away if it doesn't work very well. After the first day of bullnosing my 3/8 inch through-body porcelain tile, I was ready to throw the machine in the … [Read more...] about MK-EZ Profiler- Tool Review
Update: Noble has since discontinued this product and another one designed specifically for walls. There is a new product called ValueSeal that has taken the place of both products. It's a crack-isolation membrane that can be used on walls for waterproofing also. You've probably heard of … [Read more...] about Noble EZ: The Un-uncoupling Membrane?
You've picked out your fixtures, your tile, and even the grout color. You probably didn't even think of the shower drain. Why put an ugly drain in your brand new tile shower pan if you don't have to? You have a better option. The option is called an Ebbe drain. Please note: This is not a … [Read more...] about Ebbe Drains: Finally, someone thought about the drain cover
Wood-like planks and other large format tile Be sure to take a look at my newer post: More tips for installing wood look tile flooring that talks about patterns, grout joint size, and has additional installation tips. There are some frustrating things about porcelain … [Read more...] about Wood plank tile floors: What you need to know
In 2013, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), the organization that sets the guidelines for tile installations, is rumored to have made a modification to their specifications for constructing tile steam showers. It's all about perm ratings- and Schluter Kerdi fabric no longer cuts … [Read more...] about Kerdi no longer acceptable for tile steam showers