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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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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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Tub overflow elbow standard screw pattern; 2 or 1 screw?

Is there a standard screw for tub overflow elbows? Or most popular? I am installing a new tub and looking for a overflow elbow with a screw pattern that will lend itself to a stylish overflow now, ...
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High humidity in bathroom!

I cannot for the life of me figure out where this excess moisture is coming from. My bathroom has humidity about 10% higher then the rest of the apartment. The living area is fine. I check the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to remove this bathtub diverter spigot?

I'm trying to remove a bathtub diverter spigot, but I can't tell whether it is a screw-on or a slip-on (with a hex bolt at the bottom). My spigot has the notch where a hex bolt would normally be, but ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What is this this square hole in bathroom rough in used for?

I have a plumbing rough in that is located below grade in my basement. The system consists of a 2" sewer pipe and a toilet rough in connected to an ejecter tank. In the middle there is what appears to ...
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Tiling over rough uneven plaster wall

After pulling down some paneling in our bathroom I discovered why they had it there in the first place. At one time there was plastic tile over the walls and they damaged the surface while removing ...
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faucet (grohe arden?) leak. how do i remove the handle, get to the O ring

Got a 2 handle bathroom faucet that seems to be leaking. I think it is a Grohe Arden (I am not the original owner of the house and the faucet is over 10 yrs old). The only place I can see Grohe ...
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Changing bulb in shower ceiling light fixture

I have a light fixture in the ceiling of my shower. (see pic) It has a cage over the glass dome, which I was able to remove so okay there. Problem now is that I cannot seem to get the glass dome to ...
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Can I get bathroom permit in old house (1950s) which doesn't quite meet modern codes?

I want to add bathroom in my basement. The house was build in 1950s so its old. The basement ceiling hight is not great, max 7 ft (unfinished area). I have had couple of contractors and plumbers come ...
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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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Cover all walls of the bathroom with bathroom tiles?

I want to completely cover the bathroom walls with tiles, but a friend of mine told me that it's a bad idea because the walls "can't breath". He said to at least keep a portion of 20-30 centimeters on ...
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Device to run bathroom fan based on the duration the lights were on [closed]

I would like to make the bathroom exhaust fan switch on after the light are turned off and then switch it off after a time proportional to the duration of the lights were on. My idea is that the ...
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Small bathroom - feasible layout?

With a tiny (5' by 6') bathroom we never have enough space. Current layout is like this: Is the following feasible? Particularly in terms of drainage from the shower? Currently the bath ...
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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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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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What should i put between concrete and tiles?

I am redoing my bathroom and figuring out how to do the floor. Previously it had lino on top of 26mm of tongue and groove foam-backed chipboard, which also locked into the hall floor. This chipboard ...
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Filling hole after removing medicine cabinet

I have a mirror that is larger than the hole left from removing a medicine cabinet in our bathroom, and I plan to mount it so it covers the hole entirely. I don't want to just leave the empty hole ...
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Leaky Tub Faucet

I have a single handle (cartridge style I believe) delta tub/shower setup. The faucet is leaking after a shower but does not leak after running just the tub only. Any thoughts on what this could be? ...
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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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Retiling a tub surround, not sure how to shim it

I just ripped out the original tile and backer board on a secondary bathroom in my home and now it's time to put the new stuff up and I'm a bit stumped. The backer board was originally installed on ...
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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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90 degree angle in air conditioning ducts, should I avoid them?

I have forced air at my home and air ducts run pretty much straight. However I want to add bathroom in the basement and because of low ceiling hight, the main air conditioning duct has to be re-routed ...
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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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Dual-flush Toilet Not Filling Up Properly

Here is the video I recorded of my toilet: Toilet Problems So about a month ago our dual-flush toilet suddenly stopped filling up properly. It takes forever to fill up and it doesn't even fill up ...
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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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Old vinyl flooring stuck to tile

Many years ago, I placed vinyl sheet flooring over the tile floor of our bathroom without using adhesive. I simply caulked all the way around the edge. Over time, water got under it and I noticed ...
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Jack and Jill bathroom light sensing door locks

I have an interior Jack and Jill bathroom that is connected to two bedrooms. I'm trying to solve the problem of someone locking the other door when using the bathroom and then forgetting to unlock it ...
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Which way to unscrew the behind part of the v pipe?

I am trying to remove the pipe bellow my bathroom sink to clean it (clogged). I made loose the facing screw but I can't the behind one. The one in the red square. I am not sure which way is the ...
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How to fix a vanity mold built up as a result of valve leak?

I noticed a valve leak too late and now part of the vanity has built up some mold. I would like to avoid replacing the entire thing obviously. So I would like to understand how (un)safe it is to keep ...
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How is this pipe removed? Seems to have 2 points to be released

I am looking into how I can unclog my bathroom sink. I am looking at the pipe underneath and it seems that it has 2 points that can be used to be released. Why is this? Does it matter which to use? ...
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Opening tubes to unclog bathroom sink

I need to drain my bathroom sink because it is clogged. I checked a couple of videos and I am confused on the following: 1)I see that to "unscrew" the tube underneath they turn it to the right instead ...
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Bathroom vent letting in cold air

We have a vent opening over the shower stall letting cold air in the bathroom. No fan attached. There is also a fan in the ceiling..What is the vent for that is letting in all the cold air? We have ...
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Basement Bathroom Plumbing - Rough in Backwater Valve

I am trying to figure out how in the world to frame this basement bathroom. As you can see from the image, there is a backwater valve that would end up right in the middle of the room. I know that ...
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My bathroom fan brings air into the bathroom; should it?

My apartment's bathroom fan appears to have been installed to bring a (small) amount of air into the washroom. I've confirmed this with a sheet of paper; pushing it against the grill I can feel a ...
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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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Why is my bathroom fan completely ineffective?

I just moved into my first home, and the bathroom fan is 100% ineffective. I can hear the motor run when I turn it on, and I remember going into the attic with the home inspector and tracing a ...
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Removed tiles… what's underneath and how to proceed?

I've removed a couple of tiles from my bathroom wall (for a remodel), and I'm unsure about what each of the layers are underneath, how to proceed, and how to make sure I'm not damaging anything ...
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Precautions to take using half completed bathroom

What sort of precautions should be taken when using a half completed bathroom that is mid-refurbishment, to avoid damage or extra time/money having to be spent. Specifically, when using the shower ...
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Remove tiles (and plywood underneath) around toilet without removing toilet

Is it possible to remove tiles and plywood from a bathroom floor around the toilet without removing it? If so, how? The floor is ceramic tiles over plywood over floorboards, in a 1st floor (one floor ...