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How to patch wood subfloor surrounded by gypsum/gypcrete?

I have a 1'x 2' of wood subfloor in a bathroom corner that is rotted as seen in the picture. It's 3/4" thick. Below it is around 22" of space and the neighbor downstair. I know that much, but I don't ...
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Shower Light connected to bathroom ventilation fan. Does it need GFCI?

I am going to attempt to make this as clear as possible. In my bathroom, there is a switch that directly controls only the bathroom ventilation fan. I would like to add a recessed light over the ...
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Cutting Acrylic bath panel to fit skirting

We are decorating our bathroom and the current bath panel is looking a bit yellow. We have found a lovely clean white bath panel made from Acrylic, but we have a skirting board on both walls where ...
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Can a bathroom fan be exhausted through existing gable vent?

My bathroom exhaust fan recently broke. When I went to replace it, I noticed that it wasn't being exhausted from the attic. I was about to make a separate hole in the nearest gable to exhaust the ...
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High humidity in bathroom!

I cannot for the life of me figure out where this excess moisture is coming from. My bathroom has humidity about 10% higher then the rest of the apartment. The living area is fine. I check the ...
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How to avoid water build-up in bathroom's passive ventilation shaft?

Our apartment building is 23 years old, and the bathroom has passive ventilation: basically there's a hole in the wall just under the ceiling, where warm moist air slowly escapes. It usually has a ...
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How can I remove a stubborn screw from a toilet seat?

I would like to install on a one piece Kohler toilet a bidet. When I tried to unscrew the screw from the seat, it just didn't move, not with the screwdriver nor the drill. So I put wd40 but still ...
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Where are these flies coming from?

We recently had a sewer fly infestation caused by having a cracked mortar collar on the rest bend of the soil stack which runs through the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. I removed a good portion ...
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Can you waterproof Luxury Vinyl Tile floors without grout?

My questions are on the use of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring - my preference is to use the LVT without grout. However, I'm skeptical on how well the LVT will hold up to moisture without the grout ...
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What materials to use replacing a water damaged bathroom ceiling?

I had a leaky roof that caused half the bathroom ceiling to come down. The roof is now fixed. I know I have to remove the rest of the ceiling as well, and dry it out before replacing, and possibly do ...
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Correct order of operations for caulking + sealing bathroom tile?

Around my bathtub I have tile, and the old latex caulk where the tub and tile meet is cracked so I've removed all the caulk and am ready to put new silicone caulk down. However, I would also like to ...
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Can I run a toilet drain on the exterior of my house?

I want to install a toilet in my upstairs bedroom. I was told that I cannot connect to the 3" vent line for the downstairs toilets. the main reason being that a vacuum will be created when we flush ...
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Replacing Ceramic Toilet Cistern

I have a damaged toilet cistern which is beyond repair. I was wondering if I was to install a new cistern how I would know my new one would be 'compatible' with my current set up? Is there a degree of ...
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How long and tall does a shower wall need to be to protect against overspray?

We're designing a curbless shower right now and would like it to be doorless. The design would have the showerhead on the West wall, and the entry along the East side of the North wall. This general ...
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Testing older anti-scald valve for correct function?

Would it be acceptable to do the following: 1) Turn on water at shower valve. Set temp at > 100F. 2) Turn off (or drastically lower) cold water upstream. 3) Measure Temp of water < 120F.
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What is the most suitable material to use for baseboards in bathroom

I used particle board baseboards in our bathroom a few years ago, but found, even after prepping/painting them, they have swelled up with the moisture in the bathroom (more around the bath area). I ...
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House improvements for my grandma. What are the most important changes that I can make? [closed]

I'd like to make some house improvements for my grandma. I want to start with bathroom/toilet. What are the most important changes that I can make?
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What is the point of a shower diverter?

Let me explain what I mean. Most googling leads to tub related setups, but my setups do not include tubs. Lately I have been seeing these diverters in many newer bathrooms(my own new one in SG, and ...
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Tub overflow elbow standard screw pattern; 2 or 1 screw?

Is there a standard screw for tub overflow elbows? Or most popular? I am installing a new tub and looking for a overflow elbow with a screw pattern that will lend itself to a stylish overflow now, ...
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How to remove this bathtub diverter spigot?

I'm trying to remove a bathtub diverter spigot, but I can't tell whether it is a screw-on or a slip-on (with a hex bolt at the bottom). My spigot has the notch where a hex bolt would normally be, but ...
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Dual-flush Toilet Not Filling Up Properly

Here is the video I recorded of my toilet: Toilet Problems So about a month ago our dual-flush toilet suddenly stopped filling up properly. It takes forever to fill up and it doesn't even fill up ...
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How to remove stains from tile?

I have a very weird stain on the bathroom floor of an apartment I just moved into. Is there an easy way to remove this stain? Also, what is the material of this tile? Is it like a concrete tile? ...
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Laminate flooring in multi-width bathroom

The master bath has several widths as seen below. [The closets will not get laminate flooring.] My guess is to determine the cuts required for each width and choose the best fit. How best to deal ...
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How Do I Insulate My Bathroom Floor?

I'm renovating my bathroom and I need to insulate the floor. It's a concrete slab with 2x4 joists set on one brick piers. The home was built 50 yrs ago. There was no insulation at all in the floor. ...
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Minimalist improvement on tiny shower?

I've just moved into an old (1950's) home. The only shower is in a tiny bathroom and it's so small that when I take a shower the shower curtain is stuck to one side of my body and the blinds from a ...
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Trouble in guest bath - water hammer, dripping faucet argh

So I have a mix of problems that I'm not sure how best to deal with since it could very well be multiple problems or just the one. We had a plumber replace the tub/shower faucet and the corresponding ...
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Shower head with easy on/off switch

I am making a new bathroom with tub where I want the shower to have easy on/off system. I can't find such thing at homedepot or lowes. Typically you have to dial the mixer starting from to warm and ...
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Do I need a vapor barrier on tub surround with 1 external wall?

I know variations of this question have been asked dozens times and it seems like there is no real consensus. Each post or website I look at seems to advocate something different. I understand that ...
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Adding more floor joists in a crawlspace. Originals are 5' OC and need more support

I just bought a 1956 ranch house in Portland, OR and am facing an issue. I've gutted the bathroom for a remodel and it's down to the studs. There was a bit of water damage to the subfloor around the ...
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Bathroom vent letting in cold air

We have a vent opening over the shower stall letting cold air in the bathroom. No fan attached. There is also a fan in the ceiling..What is the vent for that is letting in all the cold air? We have ...
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Basement Bathroom Plumbing - Rough in Backwater Valve

I am trying to figure out how in the world to frame this basement bathroom. As you can see from the image, there is a backwater valve that would end up right in the middle of the room. I know that ...
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Bathroom nozzle part

Is there a specific name for the part of a bathroom nozzle the holds the washer? I have a two handles brass BR faucet with a flat wide spout that I believe need a washer which I ordered. The problem ...
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Are there drawbacks to installing a stronger bath fan?

I have a bathroom fan that doesn't seem to be doing the job. I'd like to replace it with something that has much higher CFM (jet speed); is there any reason not to do this? Is it possible that it can ...
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Toilet drain pipe too high

I'm putting a bathroom in my basement, and had a plumber come in and lay the PVC pipe after I cut out part of my floor. After pouring new concrete, he came back in and said there was a problem with ...
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Can anyone identify what brand this faucet is?

I wanted to replace this faucet and had a hard time figuring out what brand it is.does anyone know what company this is ?
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How to wire/replace this bathroom light switch?

I have a motion sensor switch controlling bathroom light and a single pole switch controlling exhaust fan in the same box. I want to replace the motion sensor switch with a single pole switch. Below ...
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Upgrade bathroom light and separate exhaust fan

I Have a small bathroom and it has a light that is separate from the exhaust fan. I want to upgrade it to a light and fan combo. Can this be done easily without having to go into the attic? I ...
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Should toilet be close to sewage pump?

I am adding a bathroom in basement which will have a sewage pump. I am finalizing the bathroom layout and the ideal setup will have the toilet 8 ft away from the sewage pump. Is there any reason of ...
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installation of a frameless shower door

my home is a post and beam construction with interior wood walls of cedar. I have had a tub removed and a full walk in shower professionally installed with concrete board and tile. Do I still need ...
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Installing sterling bathtub with 3 piece wall surround

I recently replaced my old tub with a Sterling Ensemble. I screwed up getting the room square and now I have about a 1/2" gap on the top left of the surround and the right corner touching the wall. I ...
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What could be causing drainage issues in our new bathroom?

We had a bathroom reassembled in stages. The bathroom functioned when we moved in 17 years ago but fell apart over time. So we had the floor re-leveled then we had new plumbing and a stall shower ...
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3/4 bath plumbing expectations

I'm hoping someone can help me figure out the following. I paid my home builder to plumb a 3/4 bath in the basement. As we got close to closing they finally cleaned up the basement and gave us a ...
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Is grout faulty if it has some color variation, or just drying out?

hi just had my new bathroom installed and tiled the tile used Ivory grout but when I am looking at 3 days later most of it is Ivory but there are a few cream areas in grout not sure if it is still ...
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How to conduct a water proofing test in bathroom

I need help to get a material or find a method that can block off the water outlet in bathroom for 48 hours and later remove the seal. The bathroom floor will be filled with water for a duration of 48 ...
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What are the pros and cons of cast iron vs. porcelain covered steel bathtubs?

What are the pros and cons of cast iron vs. porcelain covered steel bathtubs? I'm wanting a free standing bathtub but do not want the fiberglass or acrylic type that are common now.
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Installing bath screen - hit metal stud behind tile and plasterboard. Safe to attach?

I checked old quesitons but there's nothing specific enough for my problem. I'm putting a 13 kg screen up in my bathroom, which has tile and then plasterboard or drywall, not sure which. There is a ...
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Bathroom Sink Doesn't Drain (It ISN'T Blocked)

I'm not a plumber but I recently changed the seal between the wall and the drain pipe. Now the water drains extremely slowly from the sink. If I move the drain pipe to allow air in between the seal, ...
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Metal and Plastic Bathroom Faucets are the Same?

Today I spoke to a highly reputable bathroom faucet company, and they claimed that their all metal faucets and plastic faucets (internal parts) are generally the same when it comes to quality and how ...
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How vent bathtub trap when drain is routed under tub, directly away from best vent location?

I am … very slowly … thinking about replacing the probably circa 1950's galvanized steel drain pipes in my basement with PVC. In particular, I would like to replace the drain line under ...