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  1. I know that I can use mineral oil on my soapstone to age, or give a nice patina to my soapstone, but how do I remove the excess mineral oil from the surface of the stone? You can use denatured alcohol or acetone but the preferred choice would be to not use so much mineral oil that you would have to do this. Ideally, if you use a clean rag or good quality paper towel after the application and rub, rub, rub, any little ... Read More
  2. Section of Newly Installed Stone Is Darker Than Surrounding Stone Q. Natural stone tile installation has water marks that aren’t fading after 2 weeks of installation. Should I apply a poultice to remove the moisture? MSI sells the stone. It's called white oak. It's honed marble, 24 inch tiles, and... Read More
  3. How to Remove White Build-up on Marble Q. I have an (intentionally) distressed marble seat in my shower. After years of use, there is a build up of white on top of it. How do I get ride of it? Thanks. A. White residue on the top of stone can be attributed to ... Read More
  4. Installing large format marble tile on kitchen wall. Q. We are considering using a large format marble tile on a kitchen wall. The tile is 7 1/2" X 24" X 3/4". Is this size tile too heavy to use on a wall? Is special thinset needed? Currently the wall is lathe and plaster (100+ yr old home), should t... Read More
  5. Can cement tiles or ceramic tiles be installed on top of Corian or Avonite? Q. Can cement tiles or ceramic tiles be installed on top of Corian or Avonite? I am restoring a kitchen on a tight budget, and I prefer to cover the existing countertops vs rip out and replace. A. Yes, you can install them directly over the Cor... Read More
  6. Tiles popping Q: I'm laying "penny" mosaic tile on top of a heating system. I had to use a light amount of thinset in some spots due to leveling issues. As a result I have some tiles that are coming up (I have not yet grouted). I am going to use spectralock epoxy ... Read More
  7. travertine tile bathroom Q: I have a 2nd floor shower with moisture resistant sheetrock. I want to put 18" travertine tile on the walls above the pan. Using modified mortar, can these tiles be put on the wall with mortar blobs leaving an air space behind tile or do the tiles... Read More
  8. Slate installation Q: Refacing a fireplace with 30cm slate tiles. What is the best adhesive to use (only about 25 pieces of tile involved so don't want to have to purchase a 50lb. bag of anything)? Would a premix mastic work? Will I need to provide support for the tile... Read More
  9. What is the proper grout for exterior limestone walkway? Q. What is the proper grout for an exterior limestone walkway? Is there a dry grout that can be swept between the stone? Where would I look for stonedust? A. The proper grout will depend on how the stone is set. Will it be set in mortar or placed o... Read More
  10. What do I use to reattach glass mosaic tiles? Q. I have installed a stained glass wall and pond. The mosaic sits on a mortar base, redguard sealer, then more mortar to level the surface. The glass mosaic is put up with latacrete. All of this is put on to a 8 x 16 block wall. One side is peeling ... Read More
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