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What to do with old air/light shaft? [closed]

I live in an old house that is very narrow but tall. In the middle it features an old air/light shaft that looks very similar to this one. It goes through attic room, second floor bathroom, first ...
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air vent on downstairs bathroom but not upstairs

Is it true that downstairs bathroom "need ventilation" more than upstairs, to avoid mold growth? I know at my house the downstairs bathroom has a vent fan but the upstairs does not. I'm wondering if ...
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Can I add an exhaust fan to bathroom without exterior wall or roof access

My master bathroom is wired for a fan, but I opened it up and found that it is just venting into the joist between the ceiling and the second floor. There are no exterior walls to access in the ...
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How do you install a solar light tube through an outside wall into the basement?

In renovating a basement, is it possible to install a solar-light-tube through the wall to the outside and still gather light?
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How do I remove a rust stain on my bathroom vanity counter?

We just moved into a rental home and I seem to have done something stupid. I have a metal plate that I made into a make holder that I spray painted gold on the sink counter top. I must have gotten wet ...
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I cleaned a cast iron bath tub with a toilet bowl cleaner

The toilet bowl cleaner cleaned it beautiful, but then it stated turning brown or rust colored and I want to know something to clean it with, that will clean it and the brown won't come back.
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Replacement of Ventra Bath Fan

I've read Replacing a bathroom fan and Where can I find a bathroom fan that will fit in a 5" cylindrical space?. I decided that I would replace my Ventra bath fan with an Air King. The Ventra unit is ...
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How to fix a ventilation pipe to the wall?

I'm doing some renovations in my toilet/bathroom, and am currently pondering the ventilation. Here's the current situation (click pictures to get bigger versions): My toilet and bathroom are right ...
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Can I tie in bathroom vents with turbine roof vents?

I want to vent my 2 bathroom fans into one of my roof turbine vents.Can it be done and not pose a mold problem?
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How do I get even water pressure from a bathtub mixer faucet?

I just bought my house and noticed there is a problem in the bathroom tub faucet and that is: the valve starts from the cold toward hot and as it goes toward the hot the water pressure increases and ...
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Are PEX required for shower mixers?

From my understanding it is normal to mount a PEX like this one in the wall. And that it is not legal to have hidden connections in the wall. Question Why are PEX so often used (required)? Is it ...
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Are “Waterproofing Primer” and “Grout Sealer” the same?

As I'm getting close to end of bathroom renovation, hardware store recommends me to purchase 'grout sealer' to finish off new layered grout. When I test it out, I found out it is very similar to '...
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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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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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Preparing surface when tiling over existing tiles

I'm retiling our bathroom and intend to tile over the top of the existing floor tiles. The floor is in fair condition at the moment with no cracking except in one place which I did myself and will ...
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Moisture damage in bathroom ? How to fix this?

DIY newbie here. Please look at the first picture. I have this all over the bathroom, possibly because I did not use the exhaust fan while taking showers over the years. How do I fix it ? I am ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Where are this flys coming from

I wake up one morning for work and I'm walking down my hallway and there were 10+ fly's on my light .I just stayed away from them because it creeped me. I took my son to school came back about an hour ...
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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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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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Sound insulation for tile floor: Laticrete or NobleSeal SIS? Do I need backerboard

This will be the first time I do tiling myself. The bathroom subfloor is concrete I believe. I am on a condo top floor so will need some sound insulation. I am leaning toward Laticrete 125, but it ...
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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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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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removing wet wall sheets from bathroom

I need to remove bath and install walk in shower due to disability. but there is "wetwall" sheets all around the bath. How do I remove them without damaging the wall? The house is made from Swedish ...
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Crumbling plaster in 1927 bathroom

We are (attempting) to restore a home built in 1927. Our bathroom walls are crumbling! There is no tile around the tubs and showers. It goes straight from the tub to plaster. When it was installed it ...
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Bathroom switch for light and fan

I replaced the old two switch with a new one. I labeled the wires and put them in the same place on the new switch but it blew the fuse. I now have it working but the black wire going to the fan is ...
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“shower gate” instead of shower curtain?

I'm looking to start a project to replace my shower curtain and curtain bar, with a shower "gate", for lack of a better term. What I want to do is to find a way to attach some sort of sliding gate ...
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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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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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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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Strategy for installing interlocking stone tiles

We're installing a split face stone that has interlocking edges like this. The stone will be one entire wall in a bathroom (2 inside corners). What is a good strategy for putting the tiles on the ...
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Unable to unscrew sink valve that was covered in deposits

My faucet has been dripping a bit, so I decided to replace the valves. I finally got the escutcheon off, which required a rubber gripping pad, and the whole thing was covered in mineral deposits. I ...
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How to change a stem tied in series to main water line?

This building was put up in the 1940's and we have an unusual layout in the bathroom. I am seeing two sets of Gerber hardware (the kind used on tubs) in the bathroom. One set is on the tub and the ...
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Kenstar Jacuzzi Pressure Valve dripping every minute

I bought this Kenstar Jacuzzi 3 L instant water heater for the bathroom since I am going to be the only one using it and didn't need a bigger capacity than this. Post installation, I noticed that the ...
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Bleach markings on bathroom sideboard

Due to my ownstupidity I applied some bleach on my bathroom sideboard, and it has left some yellow markings. See the photo below. Is there anything I can do to remove these markings?
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Why does my bathroom Caulk change color when wet?

Applied colored caulk to bath room, let it cure as directed. Now color changes when wet. Is this normal? If not what is the cause?