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How do I repair drywall around a bathtub?

I have an area of drywall that is next to my bath tub that has gotten soft and crumbly. Mostly held together by paint & caulk now. I'm reasonably sure I understand why. We're getting some water ...
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How can I determine if the mildew on the bathroom ceiling comes from the upper floor?

I live in a flat on the second floor. The building in which I live is five levels high. How do I find out if the mildew on the bathroom ceiling comes from the upper floor? I removed the mildew just a ...
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How to install tub into non-square rough opening?

I am remodeling a bathroom and I am putting in a new tub and then tile the walls of the tub. My problem (right now) is that my rough opening is 60-3/4" at the back and 60-1/2" at the front. This ...
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What are the pros/cons of installing glass doors over a whirlpool tub?

I'm building a new bathroom and I have a whirlpool tub. I really like the tile behind it, and I would like the look and the feel of being able to see through wall to wall. However, I'm worried about 2 ...
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Do tiles need to be cut to fit area between back wall and the edge of the bathtub?

I am in the process of remodeling a bathroom and I am putting in a new tub and plan to tile the walls. It seems most tubs are standard depths of 30 or 32 inches, ours is 32". Now the new tub is ...
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How to find and fix a bad smell of moisture?

We just bought a 3-year old house and there is an odd smell of moisture in the master bedroom and attached bathroom. It smells like someone just took a shower although the house has not been used in ...
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tiles getting spongy and water coming up between the cracks

I have press-on tiles in my bathroom. We noticed they are getting spongy near the cooling vent. When I press it with my foot, I can see little bit of water coming up between the cracks. Duct work is ...
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How can I alter these wooden towel hooks so that the towels don't fall off?

We have this rack of towel hooks in our bathroom, but the hooks are so smooth that the towels easily fall off. How can I alter it so that the towels don't fall off? I'd rather not roughen up the ...
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Why won't my new water valves turn on?

Alright I just replaced my bathroom sink and faucet had some problems but managed through. Turned my water back on and the went back to the bathroom sink to turn the valves on but they won't turn. ...
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Is there a device that will allow a bathroom fan to run for 5 minutes after it is switched off?

There is one switch that controls the lights and fan in the bathroom. Users turn the light/fan on when they enter, and off when they leave. I'd like for the bathroom fan to run for a time after they ...
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How to remove a tub insert

We're looking at the effort and time for a bathroom renovation, and the biggest item on the list is replacing an old fiberglass tub insert/surround with a standing shower insert/surround. Looking at ...
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Is it advisible to block a bathroom vent due to cigarette?

I live in an apartment, and there's cigarette smell coming from the bathroom vent (probably from a neighbour who smokes). I'm wondering is it advisable to block the bathroom vent to block the smoke ...
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Can I use the white from one switch, but the black from another?

Some terminology, because I don't know any better: light-fixture - An existing, separate, light fixture...currently with dedicated 14/2 vent-unit - A new vent just installed, has three ...
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How should I prepare the shower walls for tiling to prevent mold and mildew?

What is the proper way to prepare a bathroom wall before tiling for a shower area to prevent the growth of mold and mildew?
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Can I use epoxy grout on tiled shower and bathroom floors?

I'm considering white grout for bathroom shower walls (the floor will be covered with a shower tub). Wanting to avoid problems with graying, mold and mildew in the shower and sink back-splash area, I ...
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Chair rail or tile cap in bathroom?

The previous homeowners put tile approximately halfway up the bathroom wall, and there it goes right into the drywall/plaster. Is it better to put a chair rail (composite?) between the two, or is it ...
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Mildew resistant mud need for bathroom?

I'm installing the green sheetrock (moisture-resistant) in my new bathroom. Is green mud and tape recommended or required also?
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Mold in grout or just stained by mold…is retiling needed?

At my parent's place there's a small bathroom with a shower but the bathroom doesn't have windows (there is a ventilation fan). I've noticed that in the grout, and some of the caulking around the ...
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How can I fix a ceiling above the shower that was damaged by water?

Our pipe coming out of the wall was leaking a very fine stream of water. We haven't had time to fix it. I don't know what that bumpy stuff on the ceiling is called but it's all peeling off. I know the ...
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Could water temperature fluctuations be caused by new plumbing?

I'm having a new bathroom installed. I hired a plumber to do all the water works. He ran all the lines; he is now waiting on sink and toilet to arrive to finish installation. Since he ran new line, we ...
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How can I make these bath valves easier to use?

I'm looking for a way to make the valves in the pictures below easier for my mother to use. She has a bad case of arthritis in here hands, so this was suggested by a nurse. I would really prefer any ...
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How do I fill in around waste pipes?

Broke the concrete in my basement to run new pipes for the basement bathroom. The plumber put sand under the pipes to support them at the correct angle. I asked him not to glue the vertical sections ...
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I have a leaky shower. Builder thinks a total renovation to bathroom is needed to waterproof whole bathroom [closed]

So the builder I got in thinks I should remove shower, vanity and toilet. Basically a renovation of the whole bathroom upstairs to waterproof the bathroom. The leak is obvious that it is from the ...
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How do I install a vanity that's higher than the mirror?

I'm doing a bath remodel. The existing wall mirror is resting on a Formica back-splash. The existing cabinet is wheelchair height. The remodel cabinet will be higher than the bottom of the wall ...
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Can I vent a bathroom through the soffit if I use a product designed for it?

I am looking for some clarification. I have been reading about installing an exhaust fan in a bathroom, and I have been reading that you should always vent to the outside, but I continue to read that ...
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Does a bathroom exhaust fan have to vent to the outside?

Is it normal and/or code compliant to have a bathroom exhaust fan venting to the attic? I've seen this a couple times now, and the first time I saw this I thought it was very odd. But I mentioned ...
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Can the drain pipe in my bathroom vanity be turned to the side?

Can the drain pipe in my bathroom vanity be turned to the side so that the middle of the sink can be further to the right. I don't want ot have to move the hole in the wall. I currently have a 30" ...
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Can I vent a basement bathroom into a semi-enclosed crawlspace under an attachment?

I'm refinishing my basement bathroom and installing a vent. I can easily vent out to this wall, but the thing I'm worried about is it's semi-enclosed. In the winter we put up tarps and store wood here,...
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How can I remove a burn mark on finished wood without replacing the piece entirely?

Our new home has a wooden bathroom vanity with an obvious blackened burn mark on it below the mirror, perhaps from a candle burning too close for too long. What are some ways I can remove the mark? I ...
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Can I grind a shallow channel in my basement concrete to correct the height of a shower drain pipe?

Long story short - the people who finished the basement bathroom did so without a permit, and they made full use of the fact that their work wasn't about to be inspected or subject to building codes. ...
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How to fix a hole in the wall of a plastic shower/bathtub?

I have a hole in the wall of my shower about 4 inches in diameter. I think there is fiberglass underneath. What is the best way to fix the wall and what kind of paint could I use to make it blend in ...
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How do I seal a cracked pipe using epoxy putty?

So, I have a broken pipe exactly on the L join on the wall. It's a huge crack but no big gap, just a curved crack along the pipe. At first I thought of replacing the pipe, but it means that I have to ...
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Replacing subfloor in bath

Working on a bathroom remodel project and found rot and water damage to the plywood subfloor around the shower area. The shower is 36" x 36", and the joists are 24" apart and his part of the subfloor ...
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How can I fix my leaky bathtub faucet with minimal damage to the wall? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to fix a bathtub faucet that leaks only when the shower runs? Our bathtub faucet leaks a steady stream of water. Sometimes this will temporarily slow to a drip if I am ...
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Can I reduce the size of my hot water heater vent or direct the vent out the exterior (house has high efficiency furnace)?

The shower in my master bath is tiny. When I removed some dry wall to see if I could widen it, I found a large ~10" round vent running through the space(must be the furnace). Now that I have a high ...
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Can a toilet on concrete slab be moved about 4 1/2 inches?

My toilet is situated such that it doesn't allow much room to get in and out of the shower. I'd like to move it back to the wall as close as possible, to allow more space. The toilet is on concrete ...
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How can I sound proof bathroom walls?

I'm trying to figure out the best, least intrusive way of sound proofing the walls of a bathroom. The bathroom shares a wall with my bedroom, and my 3 yea old's bedroom. The main problem is the sound ...
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Where to place shower curtain rod in relation to the tub? [closed]

I am not asking how high to mount the shower curtain rod (that is easy to determine from an existing shower curtain). I am trying to figure out how far "into" the tub it should be mounted. I want ...
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bathroom size, will everything fit?

Does anyone know of a website where you can given the dimensions of your bathroom and see how they would arrange your tub, shower, vanities and toliet?
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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 protect my hardwood floors from water damage?

I just bought a home with hardwood floors everywhere, including the bathrooms. While this is nice, I worry that they will be damaged by constant exposure to water. Is there anything I can do to ...
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How can I patch a hole in a painted wood paneling (or plywood wall)?

We just moved into a ranch house that's well over 100 years. Unfortunately our family made some unusual improvements to it while the last five generations were living there (during various decades). ...
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How should I convert a double sink to a single sink?

We are going to remodel our bathroom which currently has two sinks (and not that much cabinet/drawer storage) to a single sink with larger (and more) drawers for storage. Under the current double ...
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Should I create my own faucet aerator?

I installed some new "fancy" faucet, and am quite happy with it, except it lacks an aerator, and water easily splashes out of the sink. Obviously, this faucet is calling for an aerator. Unfortunately, ...
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Is the drain cover in my shower sufficient?

I bought a new house about a month ago. In the apartment that I moved from, I had a cheap rubber drain cover that seemed to work very well at preventing hair from getting into the drain, similar to ...
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How can I install ceramic tile over vinyl tile?

I'm trying to install ceramic tile in a friend's bathroom, appox. 45 sq ft. The current floor in the bathroom is vinyl squares over the base cement. There is no subfloor or anything like that. The ...
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Is there software or a web site that lets me upload a photo and visualize changes to a room?

I'm thinking of changing my kitchen and bath floor, countertops and backsplash. I don't have all day to create a 3-D model from scratch. Can I start with a photo and visualize changes?
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How should I waterproof an upstairs bathroom floor?

I'm adding on a bathroom upstairs. My question is what precautions should I take to waterproof it. I'll have new copper, PVC drains and the floor itself I'm worried about. It's sitting half above a ...
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What are the advantages of various bathtub materials?

We're going to be putting in a new tub, and I'm not sure what to get. Cast iron? Enameled steel? Acrylic? My concern with the cast iron (other than lugging it up the stairs) is the rust problem. How ...
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Precautions necessary when removing toilet and sink for extended period of time?

I'm in the process of remodeling one of the bathrooms. The remodel includes removing tile from walls, installing a new shower, toilet and sink, refinishing the walls, new linoleum, etc. I would like ...