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What do I do when a horizontal rod for a popup drain is too short?

My contractor just installed a Delta Arzo Two Handle Widspread Lavatory 3586LF into a Kohler Persuade Curv top and basin lavatory, K-2956-8. The problem is that the horizontal rod for the popup drain ...
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Is some condensation on bathroom walls safe?

I have an exhaust fan in my master bathroom and also a wall heater. I like to run the heater without the fan running during my shower so that the room is nice and warm when towel drying off. I then ...
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How can I remove a toilet brush that is deeply stuck in a shower drain?

I was trying to clean my shower drain with a toilet brush and the toilet brush broke inside the pipe. Now, the head of the toilet brush is stuck about 2 feet down in the pipe. Water will not pass, the ...
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How do I safely and cleanly remove sealant from a plastic bath?

I really need to replace the sealant around the bath, but I want to do a good job of removing the old stuff first. The bath is a plastic one, and the walls are tiled. What's the best way to get the ...
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Install floor tile or tile-board first?

We are updating a small basement bathroom. We agree on the style and materials, but not exactly on the method of installation. The idea is to put tile down on the floor, and use tile-board for the ...
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How do I seal the sink basin opening?

I purchased a new bathroom sink and faucet and set everything up according to instructions. The faucet instructions told me to use silicone for the drain lip (the border thing around the stopper in ...
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septic system smells in basement bathroom

have an existing bathroom in basement - we have a septic system. Bathroom has smells from the system- no vent. How do we vent without tearing up the walls?
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Is there a simple way to convert from a pull switch to a toggle switched light fixture?

I would like to replace a bathroom vanity light fixture in 100 year old house. It currently has a pull string on/off switch. Is there a simple way to convert to a switched light fixture? The switch ...
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What could cause my bathroom exhaust fan to stop working?

I've got a Vent fan with heater in the bathroom, and recently the vent fan stopped working while the heater worked fine. Thinking this might be just a bad switch issues, I took the cover plate off the ...
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How can I speed up the removal of stubborn tile?

I am trying to remove tile from the bathroom floor. It was installed in the 70s, and the pieces are tiny, 1 in x 1 in. I've been hammering away but they're not coming up very easily. Is there a ...
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What is the best way to repair and prevent cracking grout in a shower stall?

The grout in my main shower has developed cracks. They started small but over time they have grown and there are actual crevices in the grout. I've been using my guest shower so as to not cause mold ...
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How should I insulate an interior wall between a warm humid bathroom and a cold bedroom?

We're redoing the master bath. I'm wondering if and how I should insulate the interior wall. Bedroom is kept at 50F. Bathroom will be warm (radiant floor) and humid even if we have and run vent fan. ...
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How can I install a switch to power a bathroom TV off safely and discreetly?

Firstly, I'll start by saying that I have no electrical skills apart from basic changing a socket skills... I have a small bathroom that I've decided to put a waterproof TV in. The TV is going to go ...
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Water from bathroom faucet smells like rotten eggs

The sink is in the powder room on the main floor of our house. When I turn the water on it is fine for a few seconds then it smells horribly for about 3-4 more seconds then it is back to normal. It is ...
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Bathroom remodel

I am in the process of redoing my upstairs bathroom. I would like to tile the bathroom floor. I have a tile-redi shower pan for the shower floor. Q1: Do I need to put a moisture barrier over the wood ...
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Is it dangerous to run electrical cords through heating vents?

I'm living in an old apartment, and my roommate has fed electrical cords through a heating vent from the living room into the bathroom, up to a power bar on the side of the sink. I see this as a ...
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Replacing vinyl tile with ceramic

My current bathroom is vinyl tile over wood sub floor (second floor). From what I read online I should lay some concrete backer board on top of the vinyl before I lay the tile. My first problem with ...
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What type of adhesive should i use for installing tile board to glazed tile?

I have glazed tile around my tub and almost all of them or cracked or chiped,So without haveing to replace the tile i am putting up decrative tile board and i don't know what type of adhesive to use ...
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Could the diverter valve be causing water to get cold quickly?

I recently finished a bathroom renovation. Went to take my first shower in the new surround and hot water only lasted about 15 mins. For the remainder the water was lukewarm. The new shower has a ...
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How can I repair a granite countertop where multpile chunks have broken off?

A mirror door on the bathroom medicine cabinet broke off and took out a good chunk of granite countertop on the bathroom sink fixture. We're not talking about a crack or chip, not something small. ...
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Can i use decrative tile board in my shower?

I am putting in a new tub and i had to take down the inside wall too replace some rotten studs.I am go'ing to put cement board on the wall.So can i put 1/8" tile board over the cement board for the ...
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Replacing cast iron pipe and adding new toilet

I'm planning to add new toilet/shower/sink downstairs. I have one existing on the 2nd floor and right under I'd like to add the new one. The new one is on the concrete slab, so no basement underneath ...
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How do you wire a 3 switch box in a bathroom?

I'm replacing an old outdated 3 switch unit with a newer one to match the rest of the bathroom. One switch controls a light, one controls the exhaust fan, and the third controls a heating element. ...
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Nailing down hardibacker on walls

I'm in the middle of a bathroom renovation, which will be tiled with large format porcelain tiles on both the floor and walls. I put 1/4" HardiBacker on the floor, laid on top of a bed of thinset as ...
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How can I patch the ceiling and rehang a shower curtain rod?

I have glass tiled walls in my bathroom, so opted to hang the shower curtain rod from the ceiling to protect the tiles. It looked great, until a house guest recently slipped, and grabbed the curtain ...
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Protecting a wood bathroom floor

We recently had our house renovated and two of the bathrooms now have bare wooden floors. At some point I'll get round to putting down tiles or vinyl but for the time being what should I do to protect ...
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Bathroom Reno started but contractor got ill, what should I do

My contractor is in hospital but he has been sending guys to finish the work but they are not as skilled as he is. How difficult would it be to find someone to take over the job? I know it will be a ...
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Bathroom above the Garage

Is it advisable to build a bathroom above the garage? What kind of obstacles might we face if there is a bathroom above the garage in terms of piping, insulation, etc.?
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Silicone caulk for shower and tub?

I am about to seal the gap between my tub and the wall tile with caulk (it was originally grout which cracked so I chiseled out what I could). I was planning to use silicone caulk (GE II), but a ...
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how do i plumb this rough-in?

The future bathroom in my basement has been roughed-in by the builder. Spot where the tub / shower goes was covered over by a square plastic tub (a "dap-out", if the spelling I see online is correct). ...
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Tiling Sequence: Ceiling, Walls, Floor - Where to Start?

So, I'm ready to tile ceiling, wall, and floor of same bathroom. What's the optimal sequence? Ceiling first, walls first, floor first, or it depends?
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light and fan. together but separate

Currently I have a switch that turns the light on and off, and a second switch that turns the fan on and off. I would like to make it so the fan can only turn on if the light is on as well. But if the ...
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What are my options on location of a bathroom fan vent in Wisconsin?

I just put in a new bathroom fan and notice the previous one was vented into the attic. I understand this can cause mold after awhile. I live in WI where we see a lot of snow. I was told the roof ...
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Can I curve an L-shaped shower curtain rod myself?

My hall bath has a partially enclosed tub. I have researched an L-shaped shower curtain rod and know that they exist, however, I would like the longer part of the "L" to be curved to allow for more ...
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What's the difference between “Wood Filler” and “Floor patch & Smoothing Compound”?

I'm getting ready to repair a small dry rot spot in my bathroom floor and am conflicted on which product to use. When I visited my local big box store, they had a couple options: 1) High ...
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How do I fix bathroom fan which is not working?

I recently moved into a new home and found out one of the bathroom fans don't work but the lights are fine. I thought at first it was the motor but the motor run if i connect it directly to a power ...
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How to tile over shower wall surround flange?

Background I've been following this guide from Family Handyman on installing a fiberglass tub surround, and am to the point where I need to tile over the nailing flange. They say to put 1/4" tile ...
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How can I seal this dryrot spot to prevent it from getting worse?

Our bathroom shower door leaks onto the outside floor and over time, this has caused a dry rot patch on the floor. It's not necessarily severe but there's some mild "give" and I want to prevent it ...
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New Vanity: Sink Won't Drain Completely

My wife and I just replaced the vanity in our bathroom. To fit the new sink, we had to cut some new PVC. Here's a picture. All the plumbing works, without leaks, except that it will not drain ...
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Toilet paper to the left or right?

I just repainted my bathroom, and at the same time decided to replace the toilet paper dispenser. I patched the holes from the previous TP holder, so I'm starting with a clean slate. I'm at the ...
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Neutral (grounded conductor) for bathroom switch (NEC 404.2(C))?

I understand that a grounded conductor (neutral) is not required by code (404.2(C)) for bathroom switches, but is there any reason that I would want to include it - future-proofing, etc.? I'm going ...
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Replacing bathroom switch from single to double switch

I tried to replace my bathroom switch so the light and the fan would run on a seperate switch. One of the wires has 3 wires. What do I do with the red one?
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Do all conductors on a 20-amp circuit need to be 12 AWG?

I'm rewiring a bathroom, and will install a GFCI receptacle on a 20 amp circuit breaker (dedicated to the bathroom only). I am also going to have a fan and vanity light on the same circuit, ...
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How can I repair a leaking shower?

We have a leaking shower. We have replaced the seat and stem on the water but it still leaks. Also the diverter does not shut off all the water.
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Did I ruin my bathroom faucet during descaling?

I wanted to descale my bathroom faucet (for taking showers), so I put some vinegar on a tissue and put it on the faucet. I left it for 7-8 hours and when I wake up my faucet looks like this: It ...
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toilet flush problems

I used plunger,chemicles,snake, several times upto 8 ft, replaced entire filler assembly.Flapjack won't matter cause i've held it up to get a complete flush and it didn't make a difference. the bowl ...
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How can I close off a toilet drain in a concrete floor

I want to remove the toilet and turn the bathroom into a laundry room. How can I close off the drain?
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Replacing Bathroom vent, heat light combo and wiring is weird

I am replacing a bathroom vent, light, heater combo. The wiring from the house has three switches, but has only two lines with three wires (black, white and ground). The new vent, light and heater has ...
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I need some type of ceiling in the downstairs bathroom that will allow me access to the pipes.

What would be the best way to go about this? It must be able to withstand moisture. I have seen vinyl ceiling tiles for a drop ceiling but there is not really a lot of head room (90"). The over all ...
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Hot water in cold water pipe

I recently had a recirculating pump installed in the far end of my system. (The master bathroom is at the far end of the house away from the water heater.) There are two outside faucets that are ...