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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?

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 finish....is it possible to sand the wall down a bit then unibond it before tiling it??? A friend suggested this to me.

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?

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?

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 ?

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?

Is ordinary plasterboard good to use for a shower/bathroom area?

I have had ordinary plasterboard put up on a wall where the side of my bath is, the tiler has I think put PVA onto it and tiled on top. As I have a shower also I need to know if this is correct and will not fail or have water seep into it destroying the plasterboard. Also I have a wall that has lining paper on it and he has used PVA on this wall ready to tile will this also fail? Currently I have stopped work because I understand that adifferent type of plasterboard should be used and or tanking. Please can you assist?

Finishing a tiling job - cleaning the grout off the porcelain tiles

I've just had a wet room tiled and noticed that the tiler hasn't cleaned the grout off the porcelain tiles. The grout residue appears stuck all over the walls etc. The wet-room hasn't been used. Nick the tiler says that he doesn't normally come back to a job to clean up. I'm not sure if I'm been had, as I see that tile after installation cleaner is something like £40 for 5 litres. I have the walls and floor tiled for a 2m by 4m wet-room. I'm not sure if it is industry practise for a tiler to finish up and clean the tiles ready for use or wether end user should clean the grout off.

Nick the tiler has also been heard quoting "I don't like grouting".
And someone has also notice that the tile lines of the tiles for the floor former for the shower area are misaligned to the rest of the bathroom floor.

There is also a misalignment from the wall tile to the floor tile - the reason given for this was that the grout spacing for the wall requirement is 2mm and the grout for the floor is 3mm. I can't figure out why this has to be the case because the tiles are 300mm by 600mm (largish) - and 2 tiles on the floor would have absorbed that tolerance of 1mm each on each of the 2 tiles by the end of that run to the wall.

Main question what is the industry standard for a tiler leaving a site?

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