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Regardless of what type of tile you install over your garage, none of the installations will be waterproof unless you waterproof under the tile first.

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It is possible to embed 12×12 inch ceramic tiles into a freshly poured concrete slab, but there are a lot factors to consider. It is recommended to let the concrete cure for 28 days before adhering the tile to it.

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First of all if it was installed correctly you wouldn’t have a problem. To fully figure it out I would have to perform a forensic intrusive inspection, which probably isn’t practical for a small shower.

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No you cannot use a stucco mix as a mortar bed for adjusting the uneven concrete floor.

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For an ADA shower you can’t have a curb/dam. You need a minimum slope to drain of ¼” per foot and no more than ½” per foot. You need a two part drain with weeps for the primary waterproof membrane to clamp to.

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Xypex is suppose to waterproof the concrete. So in theory it should prevent moisture migration in the concrete wall to help reduce the possibility of efflorescence.

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The proper way to cut glass tile is either with a continuous rim diamond blade either wet or dry. Also you can cut glass tile with manual tile cutters.

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The term mastic in the ceramic tile industry is an organic adhesive per ANSI A136.1. Type 1 and type 2 organic adhesives are to be used only in interior wall and ceilings with limited water exposure. Type 1 is more resistant to water than type 2 adhesives.

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Exterior decks are one of the most common failures in building construction because they are normally constructed incorrectly.

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