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How can I fix a Moen faucet that is still leaking after replacing cartridge?

I had a leaky Moen faucet (Moen 4600) so I removed the old cartridge and replaced it with a new brass replacement cartridge (model 1200.) Since replacing the cartridge I now have a leak from the valve ...
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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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Need guidance for venting a new rough-in for basement bathroom

I'm currently finishing my basement, and I wanted to rough-in plumbing fixtures for a future basement. I've already got the layout, but I just need to figure out the venting for the drawing for my ...
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What is correct vapour barrier method for bathroom ceiling in a bungalow in Canada

I am in the middle of a complete main floor bathroom gutting and re-finish job in my house in CANADA.. and WINTER IS COMING!!!! THE BACKGROUND (pics below): My bathroom is 5'x 13' in a bungalow with ...
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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 I get rid of mold from the bottom of a bath mat (where the suction cups are)?

We have a bathmat that we use to line the tub when we bathe our daughter. After the bath, we remove the mat and suction it to the shower wall (which is some sort of frosted glass) I've noticed black ...
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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I'm replacing an old outdated 3 switch unit with a newer one to match the rest of the bathroom.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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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backer board mystery [duplicate]

There seems to be a split between those who say the backer board should go over the tub flange and those who say it should go above. Those who say over say so for drainage. Those who say above seem to ...
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Should I use Kerdi membrane or cement backerboard?

I have to redo my tub surround due to moisture leaks and failing grout. One of the company says they are going to apply kerdi membrane on the drywall, then tiles onto the kerdi membrane, and as such ...
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Can I remove a tub surround, without removing the tub?

I have an acrylic tub/shower combo that I would like to update. It is a two piece unit - the tub and a complete 3 walled surround mounted above. Ideally, I'd like to remove only the surround part and ...
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Wet Wall with plumbing on both sides

I plan to be adding 2 bathrooms side by side. Is it possible to do 1 wetwall with all the plubming in it? I attached an overly simplified image as an example. A few questions. Is this possible? ...
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Exhaust fixture for venting bathroom fan through roof

I'm planning to install a roof vent for a bathroom exhaust fan I'm putting in. I'm thinking about using one of these: but I was wondering if I need to worry about it getting blocked by ice or snow? ...
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Peculiar bathroom drain and radon potential?

I've removed today the bathroom drain on the downstairs bath. It is a small drain on the floor about the size of my fist. All I can see down that drain is just debris. It looks as if it was drill ...
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How can I connect a bath wall spout intended for copper to a brass water supply outlet?

I'm in the process of remodeling a bathroom and am getting ready to tile the walls surround the tub/shower. I'm stumped on how to connect the bath spout. The spout looks like this: As you can ...
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I think I have a section of frozen PEX inside an exterior wall. What should I do?

The sink in our main floor bathroom, which has an exterior facing wall, seems to have a frozen hot water pipe. The cold water flows freely and toilet is fine, but hot water seems to be frozen, which I ...
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Water pressure in upstairs sink lost after turning off main line to fix shower

So yesterday I had to replace the handle on the shower-- and because I couldn't access the valve to the shower, I had to shut off the main valve to the entire house. I switched out the handle and ...
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How Do I Take This Old P Trap Off Cast Iron T?

I have a house built in 1958 and I'm replacing the bathroom vanity and sink with an IKEA unit that needs plumbing close to the wall. I have a new P trap, but cannot take this old P trap off. It ...
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Faucets not working

Both my bathroom sink and bath faucets just stopped working today. All other water works in the house. It is cold here but nothing seems freezing. Anybody have an idea why this would happen?
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Water flow reduced after a few seconds in 2nd floor bathroom sink, cold side

If you turn the cold water on full blast, it flows for 2-3 seconds at full, then drops off to a trickle thereafter. The hot side does not have the same issue. This began happening a few months ago, ...
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What is the proper order of layers for bathroom walls?

Region: Santa Cruz, California, USA. I'm gutting a bathroom down to the studs and would like a reminder on the proper order of layers for them to ensure that it's moisture-resistant. As far as I ...