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what is best vapor barrier for second floor bathroom on a concrete slab?

My question is about the separation of the bottom of the 2" concrete slab I'm installing as subfloor to my second floor bathroom, and protection of untreated wood beams and joists in 1876 house: I"ll ...
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Properly waterproofing a shower area sharing a living room wall

My parents (live in Belgium) have a shower that has ceramic tile mounted directly on the plaster wall over cement blocks, beforehand the tile installer painted the wall with what was supposed to be a "...
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What can be done about a vanity top that doesn't sit tight to cabinet base?

We purchased a new vanity top to replace our 12 year old builder grade piece, however, it does not appear to sit tight on the base. It doesn't really sit "in" the cabinet, and only the back sides seem ...
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Why is my bath exhaust fan noisy only when installed in the ceiling box?

The house and fan are 45 years old. The fan in the guest bathroom sounded like a jet plane since we bought the house, but we finally decided enough was enough after some house guests complained. (Note:...
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Should the bottom of a shower enclosure be watertight?

I have a newly-installed shower that leaks like crazy. As soon as the water level exceeds the depth of the low-profile tray, I end up with water all over my bathroom floor. Is this gap in the ...
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Wiring for GFCI and 3 switches in bathroom

I'm wrapping up a bathroom remodel. An electrician came a while back and ran new wiring. He installed a plastic 4-gang box which will have a GFCI receptacle and 3 switches for a light above the ...
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renovating a bathroom to add wet room for tub & shower

Thinking of remodeling existing 11x 7 foot bathroom with bathtub & shower in one wet area. Not sure if the size of this area 5 ft x 4.5 ft is adequate, without resulting in having to clean the ...
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Venting exhaust fan through separate stack vent

I'm having my roof reshingled, so now is the time (past time) to fix the situation with the bathroom exhaust venting into the attic. It's a 20' run to the wall end of the house, so that is probably ...
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Should I add GFCI outlets in my bathrooms if those circuits already have a GFCI remote on them?

I just purchased my first house and when the inspector was taking us through it he showed us that there are two or three remote GFCI outlets that control a number of outlets across the house. Example: ...
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How should this vintage wall-mount sink be mounted? Does not fit standard cast iron brackets

I'm planning to wall-mount a vintage 'Standard' victorian cast iron sink similar to the one in this question: Antique Cast Iron Sink Wall Mounting Support and Weight Issues?. That sink has two bolt ...
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Where can I find a replacement bracket for my glass counter top?

Sorry if this is obvious but I'm having a hard time contacting the manufacturer so I wanted to ask here. I'm trying to replace my mounting brackets on a bathroom sink I have and was wondering if ...
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Liftoff ate my enamel

I used liftoff sealant remover on my fiberglass shower and where it pooled in the corners it has eaten away the enamel. Is there anything I can coat it with to seal it again?
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Marmoleum in bathroom

I would like to install marmoleum (natural linoleum by Forbo) in my bathroom. It comes in variety of shapes: square and rectangular lockdown tiles (30x30cm etc) square and rectangular gluedown tiles ...
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What is a good technique to remove a glued-in mirror without access to its edges?

http://imgur.com/MKkZfSZ I'm trying to get this mirror out without making a total mess of the surrounding drywall. Any best practices?
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Plywood for Bathroom Subfloor

I've ripped out the floor of my bathroom down to the joists. The bathroom is 5 ft x 4 ft. Should I use tongue and groove or can I use standard plywood? Does it matter?
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Standard Grade and Curb Height for ADA Compliant Shower Floor

I am managing replacement of a bathtub with a walk in shower for my mother in her condo. The HOA is demanding a shower grade of 1 inch per foot which seems far to steep for a person with disabilities. ...
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Toilet flushes just fine. But the bathroom sink is backed up

This is probably a simple fix for someone in the know, but I'm no plumber. Anyway, my problem is simply a backed up bathroom sink, gurgling up every time I flush the toilet. Toilet flushes just fine....
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Should I cover area where ceiling once was?

I'm in the process of converting a 10'x11' bedroom into a master bathroom. I plan on removing the ceiling soon and it will be replaced when the drywallers come in a month or two. My question is, ...
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IC Rated, pivoting recessed (pocket) light for shower [closed]

Looking for an IC Rated, pivoting recessed (pocket) light for shower. Does anyone know if such a thing exists? I've been scouring Amazon for a few days now and haven't come across any promising hits....
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Electric bathroom mirror lights fault

I have two electric bathroom mirrors each with 2 18 inch fluorescent tubes and built in shaver/toothbrush socket. Both units have developed the same fault ie when I turn them on both tubes light then ...
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Can I modify the plug of my new bath fan to fit the non-polarized receptacle?

Can I file down the polarized plug of my replacement Pro Endurance bathroom fan to fit the existing female receptacle?
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Extending horizontal urinal flush handle vertically

We have a urinal used by small young children where the handle is too high. We'd like to extend it lower so that it could be reached by them. My only thought is kind of ugly and hackish -- a couple ...
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Peeling paint disaster

I wanted to paint over my bathroom. The paint was peeling and coming off in large plastic-like strips. I assumed that I could not paint over it, so I ripped off all the peeling paint. It seems some ...
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Special sized towel rack brackets needed - do they exist?

I'm trying to replace my bathroom towel racks, without re-drilling holes in the wall. The previous rack's holes are wider apart than all the standard holes I'm finding in stores, so I'm not finding ...
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Bathroom Faucet Drain Problem

Got a new faucet for bathroom sink. The drain won't fit flush like the old one and a pool of water won't completely drain. What should I do to fix ?
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Close gap between bathtub border and wall

In my bathroom, I have a bathtub with a showerhead. The bathtub is diagonal, one side is a semihigh wall, behind is the toilet. The other side is attached to a wall. Problem now is that there is a gap ...
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Foul smell in bathroom, ONLY when air conditioning is NOT blowing/running

There is a smell in an interior bathroom with no windows. The tub is rarely used. When I noticed the smell, I got on my hands and knees to sniff everywhere, stuck my head in the toilet tank, shoved ...
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Tiled surfaces in kitchen and bathroom…how do I refresh it to make it look better and/or newer?

Please refer to the following photos. The kitchen counter looks a bit weathered/worn and the finish is matte. The bathroom floor also looks a bit weathered/worn and the finish is also matte. The ...
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Applying caulk over new caulk

A few days ago I scraped out all of the old caulk around our bath, cleaned and dried the area then applied an anti-mould bathroom sealant (neutral silicone). I don't think I applied a thick enough ...
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Nearly New Northern MN Slab In-Floor Heat Home Needs New Water Line

Built in 2010, I moved in to my 3-bedroom, 2 bath home in Jan. 2011. The house has radiant in-floor heat (natural gas) and sits on a slab. This past late fall the City notified me of an unusually ...
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Can mold growth be removed and cleaned up in a two-story apartment building successfully?

I live in an apartment building that has 24 units which all the bathrooms vent into the hollow walls or their neighbors bathrooms upstairs. (so in their ceiling, the smell and moisture comes out ...
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Slanted ceiling in bathroom closet

I have a ceiling that protrudes into my upstairs bathroom closet (split level house). I obviously cannot change this, but I would like to know how to make this a more functional closet and what type ...
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Bathroom ceiling vent has a fan cover, and a duct behind it but no wiring. What does that do?

I'm in the UK. I believe this house was built in the late 90's. The bathroom (and toilet) both have ceiling fan vents with a plastic guard covering the vent. When I removed the guard to replace the ...
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Should I vent 2nd floor bathroom exhaust down?

I am looking to install an exhaust fan in a bathroom where one does not already exist. I've read that it is preferable to run exhaust ducts down instead of up, but does that apply here? We would be ...
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Removing bath faucet fixture

I have an older bathroom sink fixture that needs some repair. I was able to remove the allen screw and pull the handles. But I can't remove anything after that. I'm assuming the outer threads on ...
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How deep should my grout removal go?

In regrouting a bathroom, how deep should I go to remove the old grout? Should I go all the way the depth of the tile or will stopping at some shorter depth be just as effective in letting the new ...
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Bathroom drain problem

Other than soldering,is there a way I can connect the (Chrome)wall-bend to the pipe coming from the wall. The pipe coming from the wall is not plastic nor is it cast iron. I will assume it's copper ...
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our bathroom exhaust fan flops open and shut in hot weather, thats with the power off.

Our bathroom exhaust fan flops open and shut (least that what it sounds like) in hot weather, when power is off. 30 yr old house. Please what can I do to fix.
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Toilet will not flush and has Air Bubbles

Toilet will not drain when flushed. If I use a plunger for 5 min I can get the water to drain to normal level in the bowl. If I turn on the water to the bathtub and sink both sandwiching the toilet ...
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Old claw foot bath tub

second time we painted this tub we painted it red the bottom started peeling off so we sanded it down cleaned it out and mixed the two paint and finisher together it's worse than ever what can we do ...
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Wiring a light fixture in bathroom attached to a switch and GFCI

I am replacing all the components in my bathroom during a remodel. I have a box that has a light switch and a GFCI, the switch controls the vanity light. When i removed the old fixture I neglected to ...
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Replace bathroom light fixture without replacing the fan?

I have a bathroom fan/light fixture. The fan and light both work well, but the light fixture looks very dated and the cover is broken. Replacing the entire fan fixture is a bigger project than I want ...
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Philips Ceiling LED Light 33369 6500k Flash Once When Switch Off

I have recently purchased Philips Ceiling LED light together with the fixture to replace my bathroom light. I notice when I switch off the light, the LED will turn off and on (flash once) and stay off....
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Installing p-trap at a higher level than the waste pipe exit

There are some similar versions of this question, but none that fully answer my issue. Sorry for any redundancy. I am installing a new vanity and would like to have the p-trap higher than the waste ...
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How long should a blower and dehumidifier run in order to dry out ceiling boards and drywall?

I recently had a leak in a pipe in my ceiling. It was caught immediately and only soaked the floor below my bathroom, the floor boards and ceiling drywall in a small area. I had two air blowers and a ...
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Is there a moisture barrier I can apply between drywall and paint?

We are going to paint a small bathroom. Over the years the Sheetrock looks as if water has been exposed to the walls. Is there a moisture barrier that you can put on Sheetrock before painting?
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How to wire a bathroom fan with a timer?

From what I understand there are 3 ways to wire a bathroom fan: Together with the lights (both are on or off); Individual switches for lights and fan; Put the fan (and maybe the light) on a presence ...
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Can I install a LED Transformer in a junction box?

I want to put a series of LED tape lights under the bathroom medicine cabinet. My bathroom has a series of lights above the medicine cabinet that are controlled by a switch, and I'd like to tie the ...
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How to repair void in edge of subfloor from rot?

Started what I thought was an easy job of placing "peel and stick" tile and grout in my downstairs bathroom, but that was until I removed the quarter round at the base of the tub. It is not all the ...
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Bathroom hot water

we have a reno company doing our bathroom, and they installed a jacuzzi tub on Friday. They said we could go ahead and use the tub over the weekend as long as we tried to not get the floor really wet ...