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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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Can I install a LED Transformer in a junction box?

I want to put a series of LED tape lights under the bathroom medicine cabinet. My bathroom has a series of lights above the medicine cabinet that are controlled by a switch, and I'd like to tie the ...
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Bathroom hot water

we have a reno company doing our bathroom, and they installed a jacuzzi tub on Friday. They said we could go ahead and use the tub over the weekend as long as we tried to not get the floor really wet ...
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Tile floor problem

I am remodeling a bathroom in a 39 year old house. ! will be installing 12 x 12 ceramic floor tile over plywood underlayment. Originally had old sheet vinyl. Because of the differencein height between ...
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Shower Light connected to bathroom ventilation fan. Does it need GFCI?

I am going to attempt to make this as clear as possible. In my bathroom, there is a switch that directly controls only the bathroom ventilation fan. I would like to add a recessed light over the ...
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Can a bathroom fan be exhausted through existing gable vent?

My bathroom exhaust fan recently broke. When I went to replace it, I noticed that it wasn't being exhausted from the attic. I was about to make a separate hole in the nearest gable to exhaust the ...
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How to avoid water build-up in bathroom's passive ventilation shaft?

Our apartment building is 23 years old, and the bathroom has passive ventilation: basically there's a hole in the wall just under the ceiling, where warm moist air slowly escapes. It usually has a ...
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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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What is the most suitable material to use for baseboards in bathroom

I used particle board baseboards in our bathroom a few years ago, but found, even after prepping/painting them, they have swelled up with the moisture in the bathroom (more around the bath area). I ...
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What is the point of a shower diverter?

Let me explain what I mean. Most googling leads to tub related setups, but my setups do not include tubs. Lately I have been seeing these diverters in many newer bathrooms(my own new one in SG, and ...
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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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Laminate flooring in multi-width bathroom

The master bath has several widths as seen below. [The closets will not get laminate flooring.] My guess is to determine the cuts required for each width and choose the best fit. How best to deal ...
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Minimalist improvement on tiny shower?

I've just moved into an old (1950's) home. The only shower is in a tiny bathroom and it's so small that when I take a shower the shower curtain is stuck to one side of my body and the blinds from a ...
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Adding more floor joists in a crawlspace. Originals are 5' OC and need more support

I just bought a 1956 ranch house in Portland, OR and am facing an issue. I've gutted the bathroom for a remodel and it's down to the studs. There was a bit of water damage to the subfloor around the ...
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Bathroom nozzle part

Is there a specific name for the part of a bathroom nozzle the holds the washer? I have a two handles brass BR faucet with a flat wide spout that I believe need a washer which I ordered. The problem ...
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Are there drawbacks to installing a stronger bath fan?

I have a bathroom fan that doesn't seem to be doing the job. I'd like to replace it with something that has much higher CFM (jet speed); is there any reason not to do this? Is it possible that it can ...
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Upgrade bathroom light and separate exhaust fan

I Have a small bathroom and it has a light that is separate from the exhaust fan. I want to upgrade it to a light and fan combo. Can this be done easily without having to go into the attic? I ...
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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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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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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 tile....
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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 ...