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Feb 10
2013

Fabulous Floor Heat!


Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: water heater, tile, renovation, plumbing, maintenance, HVAC, floors

Mason:

We just purchased a 45 year old home that has had renos but I'd like to put a heated ceramic floor for the family room in the basement. ( 24x16) It now has laminate over concrete!!! Nasty! What is the safest and best way to do this knowing that there might be basement water damage every 100 years :) The house is in a river community.

Thanks,

Liz

 

Dear Liz:

Heated floors are wonderful.  If you buy-into the magazine ads run buy floor heating companies, your naked baby and the

Jan 15
2013

You CAN, but you MAY NOT!


Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: tile, renovation, remodeling, floors, cracks, bathrooms

Hi! We have a early 1930s house. The bathroom has an old tile floor set in cement, with plywood and vinyl laid over the top of this. We want to install a new tile floor. Can we install directly over the vinyl (on top of the plywood), or will this cause cracks? If we take out the plywood, can we tile over the old tile? Thank you!

 Mark

 

Dear Mark:

I am reminded of one of my favorite movies, "Avalon", where a kid raises his hand and asks his grammar teacher "Can I go to the bathroom?"  The

Aug 20
2012

Mind the Gap


Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: tile, remodeling, kitchens, handyman, cracks, countertops

"Mason:

We have remodeled our kitchen and are to

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