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How do you get a nice finish when applying sealant around baths and sinks

I am planning to re-grout the tiling in the bathroom. As part of the project I will be removing the sealant around the bath.
When I applied the sealant last time I had a hard time getting it to look as good as it did when we first moved into the house (it was a new build).

Just how do tilers get such a great smooth finish.

How do you get tiles to stick to plywood?

tiles keep coming away from plywood that boxes in pipe work

My mates sister got her bathroom tiled. The tiler tiled on top of the old tiles,however he just stuck them on with silicone!!! He said "its common practice in the trade". Is this right? surely not?

Drilling through tiles

Our bathroom is fully tiled and I'm looking to install a loo-roll holder and a shower curtain. Had a word with a few people that do DIY and they said diamond drill bits and such aren't really required, just some masking tape over the area and a low torque setting on your drill? Will this be ok?

I have recently removed tile of a bathroom wall....the adhesive is still on the wall...can anyone tell me how to remove it easily??? or is it possible to tile over the adhesive again?

I ment to say in the question its a whole wall I am talking about not just a single tile....the original wall is block wall with sand and cement plaster it possible to sand the wall down a bit then unibond it before tiling it??? A friend suggested this to me.

Should I use additional wooden board to tile on, in a upstairs bathroom ?

Instead of tiling straight onto the original wooden flooring boards. Should an additional wooden board be used to tile on ? Also are the any special adhesives I should use to waterproof it as well ?

Do stud walls need plastering before tiling?

We are having a new en suite built. All around it is stud walls. Should the walls be plastered before tiling . what is the best way ? Don't want to be cheated?

what adhesive shall i use for floor tiles

which adhesive for porcelain 600x600 floor tiles on to a ply lined bathroom floor? i have a 20kg bag of unibond rapid set ceramic floor tile adhesive cement basedleft over from another job. will this do?

Should I use grout sealant once my bathroom (including shower) has been fully tiled?

How do you apply grout sealant?
Does it affect/change the tile appearance?

how to tile over floorboards


I have a bathroom with floorboards that I would like to tile over. Can floor boards be tiled directly on top of or do you need to some kind of layer? Sorry if I sound dim! What kind of adhesive would you use to tile on top of floorboards?

Some tips on steps to tile over floor boards would be much appreciated.

Additional 1

Thanks for your tips. I've now decided to do a complete refit of the bathroom - install new bath, toilet and sink. Since I'm removing all ceramics, should I lay the plywood first to entire bathroom and then install bath on top, or should I cut out area of bath and fit bath to floor board?

Additional 2

Where can you buy the marine ply or cement backer board from? Been looking at B&Q and Wickes website and can't see any of them selling the stuff?

Also If I decide to lay vinyl floor instead of ceramic tiles on top of floorboards what thickness ply would I require?

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