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Does a bathroom exhaust fan have to vent to the outside?

Is it normal and/or code compliant to have a bathroom exhaust fan venting to the attic? I've seen this a couple times now, and the first time I saw this I thought it was very odd. But I mentioned ...
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Can a bathroom vanity be installed higher than 30 inches?

"Standard" bathroom vanities are 30", where as kitchen counter tops are typically 36". For me (6' tall), the 30" vanity is rather low. Is there any reason to leave vanities that height, or can they ...
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help and advice on shower renovation on existing slab

We recently purchased a home that is built on a slab. We're going to have the floors polished but we're debating about what to do with the existing shower. It currently has some sort of hard foam pan ...
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How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?

I have recently removed a vanity from my bathroom and am facing an unfortunate plumbing footprint when trying to put a new vanity in place. The cold water line runs right against a built in cabinet ...
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Why is my bath hot water not so hot now that I have new taps?

I have had new taps fitted in my bathroom, both bath and sink. However when I have a bath the hot water is not as hot as it is for the sink or indeed downstairs in the kitchen. I don't have to use any ...
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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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What is considered “over a tub or shower” for a bathroom fan?

I'm going to add a fan to my currently unvented bathroom. The fan installation instructions include the text "if this unit is to be installed over a tub or shower, it must be marked as appropriate ...
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What can I do to make my new bathroom vanity more stable?

Note: Feel free to edit the title of this question if you know of a better way to put it. I got a new bathroom vanity (cabinet and sink top). In spite of its high price, the quality is not so good. ...
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How do I wire challenging bath situation

I have opened up my bath with studs and ceiling exposed. I have one power source going into the room. I have : Ventilation Fan/Light/Night light 3 switch for one gang box Vanity light that I wish ...
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What is this called?

I'm looking for a water container that functions like the one on the bottom, as water flows out of the container, the "cap" goes down, no air gets in. I don't know what it's called or what keywords to ...
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Should I replace bathroom OSB subfloor with plywood?

Before we begin, English is not my first language so my terms could be a bit wrong. Considering I'm planning to install 1/4" concrete backer-board over the sub-floor before tiling it again, is OSB ...
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Installing a Bathtub that does not have a flange

We are in the process of doing a bathroom remodel and we noticed that the bathtub we ordered does not have a flange. The bathtub will be installed in an alcove setup (surrounded by 3 walls) and will ...
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Is it wrong to connect multiple J-bends (traps) together?

My tenants recently told me that they have constant clogging problems with their bathroom sink and had me come take a look at it. I found the following 3-trap configuration: This was done because ...
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How do I cut down a bathroom wall drain?

I am doing a minor renovation on our second bathroom, and I have run into a problem. I was able to remove the old vanity,mirror, etc., and repair the drywall. The water valves both leaked, so I ...
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Bathroom floor - what should I do?

I am renovating my bathroom. Previously the plan was to replace the old floor with new floor tiles. But after some investigation, it's too much effort for its worth. So now I am thinking more along ...
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What is the purpose of a bathroom exhaust fan?

Okay I actually do understand the purpose of the bathroom fan; it gets the steam out of the bathroom after a super hot shower, right? Well turns out I NEVER turn it on. I suppose I don't shower in ...
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Bathroom subfloor replacement

I live in a house built in 1981 that has 16 inch spaced floor joists. In wanting to retile the bathroom I have discovered the plywood all around the toilet flange is junk, it expands about 12 inches ...
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Should electrical wiring be placed above or below plumbing pipes

I'm putting a bathroom in my garage/shop. I'm going to have to run wiring and water supply plumbing through the same walls. should I put the wiring above or below plumbing?
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Tile over Plaster (bathroom)

I am remodeling a bathroom to add a shower to a previously tub only bathroom. It is an older home (Built late 40's) and I believe the two interior walls are lathe and plaster the exterior wall I ...
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Re-wiring a bathroom

So I have a bathroom that I am going to remove the old wiring, add a new breaker and pull new wire to from the breaker panel the bathroom. I want to install an exhaust fan and a vanity light on the ...
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Where exactly does backer board need to reside in a bathroom?

I'm a little confused on where exactly backer board needs to reside in a bathroom. I know it needs to immediately cover the walls that the shower/bathtub face, but what about the rest of the walls in ...
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What's the recommended procedure for converting a single circuit light switch into two switches for controlling a bathroom fan?

I think my question might be similar to Controlling two fixtures on same circuit independently but I don't need anything as fancy. Summary: I'm remodeling a bathroom. Presently it has one switch ...
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How do I wire a GFCI switch/outlet receptacle?

I'm replacing a switch with a switch/outlet (GFCI) in my bathroom. The switch will control the bathroom exhaust fan. Currently I only have two wires to work with (hot & neutral...no ground). ...
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How to change a bath plug chain?

I have been looking around for a tutorial to chane a simple bath plug chain. My chain has snapped, so the plug is not connected. I assumed it would be a simple job, but i can't find anything online ...
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Disassemble and remove bathtub–shower combination

I need to remove this bathtub with shower walls in order to investigate and repair water damage near the bottom of the wall. How do I disassemble, loosen, and remove the walls and tub without damaging ...
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Why cement under upstairs bathroom floor?

I went to tile upstairs bathroom floor and when we pulled up old linoleum and replace subfloor that was rotted we discovered 1 1/2" of concrete poured on top of old subfloor. Why would somebody do ...
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How do I wire a GFCI with 5 wires?

How do I install a GFCI receptacle with 2 black and 3 white wires plus a ground? I have two such regular receptacles next to sinks and should replace them before the upcoming home inspection, please ...
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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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What kind of a bathroom vent is this? How do I open it?

http://imgur.com/bIHdOvX See picture. Bathroom vent doesn't appear to be sucking, so I want to open it and see if it's something to do with the fan. If the fan looks fine I think I'll have to hire a ...
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Shower Base over or to the side of tiles

I am tiling my bathroom floor and putting in a new shower base. What do i do first? Do I put tiles on the whole floor and then but the base over it? or put the base and then put the tiles to it?
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How large must the air inlet tube of the sewage be?

A friend of mine lives in the last floor of a building with 4 floors. One of his bathroom syphons keeps being emptied each time he or a neighbour flushes the toilet. The water is simply drained out. I ...
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Is it acceptable to put the bathroom entrance in the living room? [closed]

The bathroom (shower+toilet) and living room are located next to each other (see image bellow). One option for making an entrance to the bathroom is by putting the door on the living room’s wall (B), ...
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Can I support a fiberglass tub with a layer of 1" thick foam board between a concrete subfloor and mortar base?

I'm trying to maximize the headroom in my basement shower. I originally planned on placing the tub on top of the subfloor and sleepers that make up the rest of the floor, but then I realized I can add ...
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What is the easiest method to clean a bathroom floor that doesn't have a drain?

I recently moved to a new apartment and the bathroom does not have a floor drain. In my previous apartments, I used to pour/spray water on the bathroom floor while scrubbing with a brush and ...
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Toilet, sink and shower blocked

I live in a block of flats in China. I had a lot of friends over a couple of days ago and since the toilet, sink and shower are all blocked. The water on all those items does go down, but really, ...
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My upstairs bathroom fans don't vent properly, how should I handle this?

I just noticed this weekend that neither of my upstairs bathrooms exhaust fans vent properly. I hear the sound of the fan, but as google has told me, when I put toilet paper on the fan it doesn't ...
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How do I install the trap for a standard bathroom sink?

I have an open 1.5" drain pipe in the wall. I just need to redirect it through the (currently non-existing) drywall and put in a trap. What is the proper way to do this? Do I just put a 90 degree EL ...
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Can I use old style individual faucets on a bathroom vanity?

We have an old home and would like to keep with the period where possible. I have a marble vanity top with individual faucets for hot and cold rather than a single spigot for both. I can buy brand new ...
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Bathtub trip lever broken and detached

I have somehow broken the bathtub trip lever and it is detached from the inside. How easy is it to fix it? I am worried that whatever (chain, rod) that is behind the bathtub might be falling down to ...
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Why is my bathroom floor raised up very high?

I know that it needs to be raised a little bit so that the floor can slope towards the drain. But on my floor the slant towards the drain is shallow, but the floor of the bathroom is much higher ...
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Tile cracks on a convex edge

I am a DIY newbie, and I need help with some damage that starts to appear in tiles along a convex edge. The corner of my bathroom looks like this (walls, floors and that "cube" are all tiled): The ...
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What material might be behind my old bathroom tile? [closed]

I am considering removing the tile in my bathroom. The house was built in 1948, and I am concerned of what I might find behind the tile. Can anyone tell me how they attached the tile back in those ...
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Is it normal for an exhaust fan cover to hang below the finished ceiling?

I live in an apt complex and have asked my live-in manager to please fix the bathroom fan. He tells me that there is "nothing to fix". Can someone please tell me if this is true?
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What is the minimum thickness of an insulated bathroom wall

I am trying to build a basement bathroom in the corner of the house. Where I am, basement insulation codes are R10/13. What is the minimum that I can do to frame and insulate a wall. The two ...
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How do I frame this oddly spaced rough in

It's been a long time since I posted about this stupid rough in (dang kids), but I'm attempting to get back on it. The spacing for these pipes are driving me crazy. For a quick reference, 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 frameless glued mirror?

I have an ugly giant frameless mirror glued to a tiled wall in my bathroom I want to remove. It's probably been there > 20 years. How do I get rid of it? I'm thinking of just covering it in tape ...
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How to better waterproof the shower area?

I recently started having a lot of moisture in room next to my bathroom/shower wall. Its important to add that these walls are made of plaster. Initially I thought it was the silicone than joins the ...
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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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Sink tailpiece doesn't line up with trap

After installing a new bathroom sink, the drain tailpiece doesn't line up with the trap coming out of the wall. I've seen flexible accordion hoses for this, but I think that violates code ...