How to Run Electrical Wire Under Outdoor Decks

Electrical wire spool

When you build a deck or a patio on your lawn, you will, of course, have to wire the thing itself or you may even have to run other electrical wires underneath it (except the main, of course). Regardless of what you’re wiring under, the wiring will eventually be exposed to water and other external elements. There … Read more

What Happens If You Put Dirt Over Grass?

Adding dirt over grass

Lawns usually take up a large portion of our land; and for good reason. If you look at new construction homes with and without lawns, you will find that houses that have a lawn have much higher construction costs compared to those without. However, at the same time, you will also find that the selling price … Read more

How Do You Fix Thick & Uneven Grout Lines?

An outdoor tiling project with porcelain tiles and grout

Construction workers are notorious for cutting corners when they know no one is looking or as they get closer to the finish line. One of the last bits that they need to work on includes filling grout between tiles. It isn’t uncommon to find thick and uneven grout lines when you move into a new construction … Read more

Are Hairline Cracks in Grout Normal?

Cracked grout in between some tiles

In a previous article we discussed when to use grout, when you should go for caulk and when a silicone base is necessary for filling gaps. We also mentioned that over time, grout tends to develop cracks in many cases – especially if applied in the wrong place. Sometimes these cracks are rather prevalent, while … Read more

Do You Need to Repair Drywall Before Tiling?

Dangerous wiring - simply removing an electrical shower and leaving the wire exposed behind the tile through the drywall

When looking to retile a drywall, one of the most common and troubling problems faced by DIY-ers and contactors alike is that you’ll end up losing some of the drywall along with the tiles. No matter how successful or how carefully you removed the old and outdated tiles, you are bound to face this issue. … Read more

Should You Wet or Soak Tiles Before Laying Them?

Applying wet tiles

Tiling has always been a rather confusing task since the start. From afar, the process looks rather simple; just flatten the surface, lay some cement, mortar, or adhesive and start laying tiles, right? However, it is only when you get up close and personal that you get a better idea of the intricacies involved. Today, there … Read more

How to Tile Over Uneven Drywall

Dangerous wiring - simply removing an electrical shower and leaving the wire exposed behind the tile through the drywall

It’s hard enough to apply tiles on the wall – the process becomes ten times more difficult if there is an uneven wall involved. In many cases, drywalls aren’t completely even. There are often boards that aren’t flush with each other, which leads to a ‘bowing’ effect, making the tiling process even harder. If you … Read more

The Best Type of Tile for Basement Floor

The best type of tile for basement floor

A very common question people ask when it comes to basement flooring is what kind of tile is best for basement flooring. With so many options to choose from, it is natural to be confused. You will find some who say that any type of flooring will work in a basement, provided that is waterproof. … Read more