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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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How can I build up the hardibacker if it doesn't come flush with the tub

So I have put hardibacker on the walls around the tub and on one of the three walls the wall is not flush with the tub flange (See pic below). Not sure how to make the wall a bit thicker to go over ...
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can i use an inline exhaust to vent a kitchen and bathroom?

I have 2 bathrooms and a kitchen that are currently unvented. I would like to install an inline exhaust fan to service all three. I will be putting the exhaust fan just inside a gable that will have ...
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Can I tile directly over Artex?

The entire of my bathroom is covered in artex and I'm planning on tiling over all of this—the entire room, not just the bath/shower area. The texture of the artex is very slight and 90% is only =< ...
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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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Strong intermitent sewage smell in bathroom, possible broken underfloor pipe

I am experiencing a strong smell of "sewage" in my bathroom (and sometime outside the side of the bungalow next to bathroom). This smell is intermittent and NOT linked to use of toilet for #2's. To ...
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Water gets cold after ten minutes of use!

Water runs cold after about 10 minutes of showering! Also there was black stuff coming out of bath pipe before. Just got a new water heater and it didn't fix the hot water problem :(. What could it ...
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Wire in two lights to a switch plus a fan to a switch when power is coming in between the lights without using 14-3 wire

I am redoing some work in my bathroom. I have a hot wire running between two lights with the switch outside one of the lights. How do I wire it with 14-2 wire without running the power source to one ...
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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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What's the recommended order for completing these bathroom remodel tasks?

I realize that this question is similar to What is the order of tasks when refitting a bathroom? but since I have some different projects, I thought it would be appropriate to ask in a separate ...
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Should light bulbs above showers be “steam proof”?

In replacing the lighting in my apartment with LED bulbs, I noticed that the recessed can lighting above the shower (to be fair, the light is centered on the shower curtain) does not appear to be ...
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How to fix water leak between tub and shower walls

Less than a year ago we remodeled our bathroom. A new tub and shower panels were installed. I was told by the contractor that it was not necessary to caulk between tub and shower panels due to the ...
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cleaning mold with bleach - residue from previous cleaning

A bathroom wall is covered in mold. I have a foam spray cleaner that contains bleach to remove mold. I have previously cleaned the wall multiple times with various wipes and a vinegar mixture. I want ...
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Hot and cold water mix

My hot and cold water mix in the shower lasts only about 2 minutes ,then the water goes cold ,would like to know the reason ,its only happening in my shower .
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Water dripping from shower head

I am having the same problem as others water coming out of shower head but only when the valve is in the neutral position to fill the tub. I have removed the spout to expose the copper nipple I have ...
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Bathtub separating from wall

I recently bought an older house. It has had some work done in the master bath, and I just noticed that the tub is separating from the wall. What would be the best way to fix this? Oh I should mention ...
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Replacing bathroom fan - hums

Purchase new bathroom fan (not a big project guy but this seems pretty straight forward). Hooked up wires, white to white, black to black and green to green. Connected power and turned on fan. It just ...
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How to replace bathroom supply line?

I am replacing my bathroom sink faucet. The supply line is 1/2" and the instructions for the new faucet states that a 1/4" supply line is needed. The current supply line is a grey solid tube and ...
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How do I use a multimeter to determine why one of my lights is not turning on?

In my Bathroom, the light switch is located on the left hand wall. The duplex outlet is on the forward wall. On each side of The forward wall (left & right) are the fixtures, one each. When I flip ...
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How to finish 1" gap between tub and tile

We just tiled above a new tub--our first time. We started the bottom row 1/4" above the vertical flange on the tub. This left us with 1+" of gap between the flat tub surface and the bottom of the ...
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Should I put vapor barrier only on exterior wall of a bathroom?

I've been searching around the site and haven't found an answer for my question on where to place a vapor barrier so I'm hoping to get a little more clarity here. Basically I'm in the home stretch of ...
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Previous owner didn't get permits for remodel, am I now liable?

Location is Hillsboro, OR (suburb W of Portland). I'm considering purchasing a house that had significant remodeling done a few years ago (kitchen and bathrooms incl. plumbing). If the previous ...
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Installing new bathroom vent

Installing new bathroom vent. Adding a second switch to this existing light switch. Can I just piggyback off the existing hot wire, just like the light switch? I don't need to do anything with the ...
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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 60F. Bathroom will be warm (radiant floor) and humid even if we have and run vent fan. ...
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Why is there a 2" step down into my bathroom?

Why is there a 2 inch step down into my 1931 bathroom? The bathroom floor is 2 inches below the floor just outside the bathroom door. It is the original floor in the bathroom as well as the floor ...
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How can I repair a flexible hot water supply hose that is leaking at the nut?

The hot water supply hose under my sink started leaking after I replaced the popup drain on the sink. Apparently I disturbed the hose in some way. It is leaking from just above the nut where it ...
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How to caulking a bathtub with various size edge between wall and tub

Background: Bathtub was re-caulked by maintenance few months ago. 2-3 months after the caulk that the guy put in fell out. Given few other things that maintenance did that were poor jobs I am not ...
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What can I do about a low spot in my bathroom floor?

I have water standing on a specific area of my bathroom floor. The whole floor dries out except for this area. It has stagnant standing water. What can be causing this problem, and is there a solution ...
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How can I figure out exactly where a bathroom leak is coming from?

There's a small amount of water at the lowest point on my bathroom floor. It looks clear and doesn't have a smell. Lately, it's been showing up every day, whether anyone's taken a shower or not. ...
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What can I do about a spot of rotten floor where I need to put in one of my toilet bolts when replacing a wax ring?

I am replacing the wax ring on my toilet. I put one of the bolts in it's slot on the floor flange and it sunk in through the floor. The rest of the floor seems to be ok. It is in an older mobile home. ...
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Can I glue vinyl flooring to my bathtub's side panel?

We’ve just bought our first house, and obviously have very little money at the moment. The bathroom is horrible and we’d like to make some small changes to at least make it look slightly nicer. As ...
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Plaster in contact with hot wires

The house we are working on has an outlet missing the plug in part so it is hot! My mother decided to put plaster right onto the hot wire! At first I didn't really pay attention or think about what ...
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What might cause water to leak under or behind a bathtub?

The floor in my bathroom is constantly wet after showers. House was built in 1970 and this bathroom is all original. From the yellow tile down to the linoleum. The shower curtain is sealed, the ...
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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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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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Why does my shower turn on when I turn on the hot water in the bathroom sink?

I'm perplexed by this. Why does my shower turn on when I turn on the hot water in the bathroom sink? I lose water pressure when I turn on the sink, then the shower turns on. Any ideas?
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What is causing a cat urine smell in my bathroom?

My bathroom has started smelling like cat urine. We have NO cats. I think the smell is coming from the shower drain. What could this smell be coming from and how do I get rid of it?
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What would cause air bubbles in the toilet when I'm showering?

My basement bathroom has recently been remodeled, everything was working fine for a few weeks, but now all of a sudden I am hearing bubbles in the toilet when I shower, at which point the shower drain ...
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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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Vaper barrier for kerdi lined shower walls

I'm using kerdi membrane for my shower area with cement backerboard. Should I still add a layer of plastic vapor barrier behind the backerboard. Normally that's required to prevent the studs and ...
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Tiling on greenboards?

I'm planning on tiling all of the walls in my master bath. I'll be using cement backerboards for the shower and surrounds, can I use greenboard for the rest and just tile onto the greenboard ...
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Safe location rules for bathroom sink recepticle and light switch

Bathroom sink with mirror & vanity light. Presently, the vanity light switch and single receptacle are separate from each other and in awkward locations. I intend to put them together in a single ...
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Building a sunken tiled bath

I'm planning to build a sunken bath/wet room type shower. The plan is to raise the floor of the bathroom by 18" and then build a bath with its bottom just above the original floor level (to allow for ...
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How can I determine if a mirror is tempered glass or not?

I have a full wall vanity mirror (70" x 42") in my bathroom wall. I need to drill some holes through it in order to install a vanity light. I realized that if the mirror is made from tempered glass it ...