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    Re: Flooded Basement

    If this is a water table problem and the water is not flowing through your wall, so long as you have gravel underneath the slab so that the water can flow, you may be able to avoid cutting a trench...
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    Re: Tile on wood subfloor

    Jack has a good point. I assumed, based on your question and the size of your tile, that you intended to use ceramic tile.

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    Cyril Prendergast
    Kitchen, Bath & Home Remodeler...
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    Re: Tile on wood subfloor

    Hello Maverick,

    The extra layer of plywood or hardi backer board is necessary to stop the floor from flexing when a person walks on the floor.

    Cyril Prendergast
    Kitchen, Bath & Home...
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    Re: Tiling a basement shower

    Yes, as long as the concrete floor is clean (i.e. no paint or other materials), you can tile directly onto the concrete using Thin Set.

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    Re: Tile on wood subfloor

    You do not need to seal the plywood but one layer of plywood is not enough. You will need to install one additional layer of 3/4" plywood or one layer of 1/2" hardi backer board.
    If use an...
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    Re: Tile Grout flash-dried

    Thanks Rudy. Good luck to you!

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    Cyril Prendergast
    Kitchen, Bath & Home Contractor
    Serving Westchester County, New York
    www.yourconstructiongroup.com
  7. Re: Heating Hot Water With a Steam System

    There are tankless wall-mounted hot water heaters that will provide instant hot water when you turn on the tap. They make them in electric and gas and they are up to 98% efficient. Any good plumbing...
  8. Re: Can you tile on plaster thats on brick?

    Yes, you can tile on the existing plaster but do not use glue. You should use Thin-Set instead. I hope this is helpful.

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    Re: Cracked grout/loose floor tile

    It sounds like you will need to rip up the floor and check the stability of the sub-floor. Before re-tiling, you should make sure that there are at least 2 layers of 3/4" plywood or the equivalent...
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    Re: Tile Grout flash-dried

    Unfortunately, sometimes it just depends on the brand of grout. Some brands seem to dry much faster than others, and for those brands you need to grout just a small section (3 or 4 square feet) at a...
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    Re: river rock tile in bathroom

    I would need more information concerning your existing floor to fully answer this question but unless you have a concrete floor, in most cases it should be installed over cement board or hardy backer...
  12. Re: single vanity light into two wall sconces?

    I assume that you mean that you would like to replace the multiple light vanity with two separate wall sconses and remove the box that you have right now. If so, then yes this is possible. However,...
  13. Re: Thick Wood Planks Screwed into Floor

    The easiest way is to cut the boards between each joist with a circular saw. Set the saw to the thickness of the board and run it right through. Then use a chisel or pry bar to split the wood around...
  14. Re: Ants coming through Heating and Cooling duct work

    The only thing I can suggest is using duct tape with peel-off backing and putting it on every joint on the duct work to eliminate access. If that doesn't work, than I think you may just need to call...
  15. Re: Best Type Window to use in a Bathroom in the Tub/ Shower Area?

    Vinyl is the best choice for a bathroom and the least expensive for a person on a budget. Do not use a wood trim; you should tile right up to the window. Also, it is preferable to use a marble or...
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    Re: moentrol pressure

    It may be that there is not enough water pressure coming to your house, or if you have a water filter, your water filter may be dirty. You may not notice the decreased pressure in your other faucets...
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    Re: hot water pipe

    The pipe is likely touching another pipe or is touching something metal along the pipe line. When the zone valve opens the initial flow of water will cause the pipe to vibrate, resulting in a...
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    Re: Hot Water Pipe Noise

    It sounds like your hot water pipe may not have enough brackets along the pipe line and is touching something metal along the way. Also, check your copper u brackets- they may be a little loose...
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    Re: Kitchen sub floor

    Your easiest option is to do as you suggest: to attach a 2X4 to the joist and then install the T&G plank on top of the 2X4. This should take care of any problems.

    Cyril Prendergast
    Kitchen, Bath...
  20. Re: Tiling over tongue and grove pine walls

    Tiling over tongue & grove material is not recommended because during the winter and summer months, the tongue & grove material will expand and contract with the humidity and the tiles will become...
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    Re: cutting laminate countertop

    Have you considered cutting the legs or bottom frame off of the dishwasher in order to avoid having to cut the countertop? If this is an option, then you might consider purchasing 2 single drawer...
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    Re: Ceramic Tile in Basement Bath

    If it is a concrete floor, probably the easiest thing to do is to rough up the floor with a grinder, then nail wire mesh down onto the floor and then install the mortar bed (1 1/2 inch minimum).
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    Re: toilet ring/spacer

    You can use a spacer or a No. 10 wax basket. No. 10 basket should be enough to make up for the extra height of the tile.

    Cyril Prendergast
    Kitchen, Bath and Home Remodeler
    Serving the Hudson...
  24. Re: Knocking bathroom vent fan due to heat/cold expansion/contraction

    I suggest that you check the damper that should be connected to the housing (the damper comes with all fans when you buy them). It might be the damper that is flapping. If so, if there is a damper...
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    Re: Bathroom paneling warped

    Your best option is, as you suggest, to take a piece off the first and last boards (about 1/8th of an inch off of each) and after reinstalling the boards, caulk the corners. This will give your wall...
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