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What power and type of in-line bathroom extractor fans should I be looking for?

We had some mould appear in our bathroom and I suspected that our inline extractor fan was underpowered. As it happens the extractor just stopped working, so I'm in the market for a replacement. I ...
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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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When tiling a shower surround, how do you transition from backer board to greenrock?

I am remodeling a bathroom and have done demo down to bare studs. I am going to tile the bath tub (with shower) up to about 6 ft, and one wall will have tile up the wall 4 ft high. I am planning on ...
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Why does my bath faucet drip for a few minutes after it's shut off?

I have a traditional two handled (one hot and one cold and they are separate) bath faucet. I recently had it reseated and the washers replaced, however, what I noticed was that immediately after shut ...
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Is it a problem that my toilet flange is 3/8" below the surrounding tile?

My tile setter had to elevate the tiles around the toilet hole in order to make up for some unevennesses. As a result, the toilet flange is approx. 3/8" below the surrounding tile. Can that be ...
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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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Should I block off the soffit vents in the vicinity of my bathroom exhaust vent which is in the soffit?

I've seen the other threads on here warning against venting a bathroom fan to a soffit: People warn against the moist air heading right back up the surrounding soffit vents and into the attic ...
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Can I vent a bathroom fan through an attic window?

Would venting a bathroom exhaust fan into the attic and through the attic window cause any problems? I was thinking this would prevent cutting a hole in the roof or the soffit. My thought was to ...
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How should I waterproof an upstairs bathroom floor?

I'm adding on a bathroom upstairs. My question is what precautions should I take to waterproof it. I'll have new copper, PVC drains and the floor itself I'm worried about. It's sitting half above a ...
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What is the best way to repair a cracked bathtub?

Close examination of the floor of my bathtub has revealed a long, thin crack in the bathtub itself. The bathtub is one of the common plastic-feeling variety (though I am not sure if it is actually a ...
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How should I extend the drywall around a shower remodel?

After removing a fiberglass tub unit and replacing it with a four piece shower unit, is it best to just piece in the drywall from where you cut out the unit or remove the drywall up to the ceiling and ...
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How do I install a bathtub's surround on a cinder block wall?

I'm trying to install a tub and surround. The two short walls (left and right) are studded and I can secure on those studs but the back wall is cinder block. Do I need to add studs to the cinder block ...
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What type of washcloth bar should I put inside a fiberglass shower?

I have a fiberglass bath and shower. I would really like to mount a bar inside it on the back wall for hanging washcloths up to dry. I've tried the suction cup mounted ones with moderate success. ...
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How can I locate and repair a leak?

We recently bought a 100 year old house that stood uninhabited for 18 months prior to our move. Everything had been properly winterized for the cold winter months (Temperatures can reach -40 C) and ...
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How do I secure the shower valve without removing tile?

The plumber didn't secure the new valve to the frame, so the shower valve and head were left loose and it is wiggling. The new tile is completed and we do not want to redo it. What is the best way to ...
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How do I replace this bathtub handle that has a plastic piece?

I have followed a number of videos, but they all seem to have a copper (?) stem. At this point I'm up to some plastic piece that has no notches (namely around the metal piece) to use a wrench on. ...
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How do I calculate the proper fan size for a bathroom exhaust and the number of pickups?

Getting ready to remodel my bathroom and I'm thinking about installing an inline fan to reduce noise. I'm looking at Panasonic 120 and 240cfm models. Bathroom is 7' x 8' x 8'. With a shower in one ...
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Why doesn't the flange fit on a new bathroom faucet?

I purchased a Kohler Mistos today for the bathroom sink. I took out the old faucet, struggled with the old drain assembly, but got that off with no damage to the sink. I attempted to put in the new ...
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How do I wire a bathroom exhaust fan/light to two switches?

I could use a diagram to wire the following: a bathroom exhaust fan with light on two separate switches. I also need a 3rd switch for a vanity light and a GFCI. My power comes from the attic (12/2 ...
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How can I clean silicone mastic stains from a bath-tub and tiles?

I was redoing the silicone dilation around the bath-tub, using the silicone mastic from a tube. Unfortunately, I stained the tub and a tile with silicone. You cannot see it really, but they got quite ...
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How to repair this shower/bathroom wall for bathroom remodel.

I have a nasty bathroom downstairs. It looks like the previous owners built it over a floor drain, not entirely sure if this is a good thing or not (not even sure if that's what they did but see ...
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Is it OK to vent a first floor bathroom with a fan and a duct running through the basement?

I have a bathroom on the first floor of a two-floor house where the popcorn ceiling has dilated and cracked open twice within a year, and some mold is always coming back next to the ceiling, so I need ...
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Should I seal bathroom ceiling and wall tiles?

The previous owner put tiles around the bathtub like ceiling and side walls. I wonder if I need to seal these tiles in order to protect them from the water? Will it increase its lifespan?
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How to clean hard soap scum and lime from bathtub?

All this dirt has been on the bathtub for like a year or so since the previous owner just remodelled my house before we bought it and he didn't live there. I read many articles and videos to learn how ...
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How can I brace a bathtub faucet without tearing out the tile wall?

I pulled the trim off of my bathtub faucet to grease a sticky cartridge and I saw that the plastic brackets that were used to secure the pipes to the studs were broken. My shower is tile, so I don't ...
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How to fix broken toilet flange from over tightened bolt?

I broke my PVC toilet flange when I over-tightened the bolt used to secure the toilet to the flange. How do I fix this without replacing the entire the PVC fitting? This PVC flange is glued to the ...
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Should I use underlay when tiling a bathroom?

Recently I had a water leak in the bathroom. I noticed water spilling out from the tiles grouting and I removed them to prevent any more water penetration. I noticed that the following layers have ...
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What should be done about water under bathroom floor tiles?

There is water getting under our bathroom floor tiles. The landlord believes that due to a recent remodel of whole bathroom, water is not draining from the window ledge but is instead going into the ...
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Should I create my own faucet aerator?

I installed some new "fancy" faucet, and am quite happy with it, except it lacks an aerator, and water easily splashes out of the sink. Obviously, this faucet is calling for an aerator. Unfortunately, ...
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How do I fix this leaking tub faucet?

I have an old tub/shower with 3 handles in it (hot/cold/shower on) that are all twist knobs. The hot or cold can not fully disengage because they are a bit older and have some sediment built up in ...
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Is the drain cover in my shower sufficient?

I bought a new house about a month ago. In the apartment that I moved from, I had a cheap rubber drain cover that seemed to work very well at preventing hair from getting into the drain, similar to ...
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What type and rating of insulation should be used in a basement bathroom?

I need to replace the insulation on the back and side of the bathtub. The walls face the exterior of the house (poured foundation). What type and rating should I use? I can't tell what the ...
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Is “bronze and silumin” mix actually possible in a ball cock?

In my apartment bathroom there's a thick steel pipe with hot water going from the floor beneath through my bathroom and to the store above. There're two pipes welded into that vertical pipe and a ...
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Why are there bubbles in my bathroom toilet and sink?

I have had a lot of really odd things happen in my bathroom this weekend and I want to make sure it is nothing too serious. Ok so when I was taking a shower I heard the toilet bubble up. A few ...
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How do I get even water pressure from a bathtub mixer faucet?

I just bought my house and noticed there is a problem in the bathroom tub faucet and that is: the valve starts from the cold toward hot and as it goes toward the hot the water pressure increases and ...
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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 do I install a bathroom exhaust system?

We are set to close on our house in about three weeks and one of the problems that the inspector noted was that the vent in the guest bath vents into the attic (never going outside) and the master ...
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How much vent fan throughput do I need for my bathroom?

What minimum size (CFM) vent fan do I need per cubic foot of bathroom? Consider a bathroom that is 10ft. X 4ft. X 6ft(height). What is the minimum throughput rating for a vent fan? I want a vent fan ...
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How can I hang a heavy mirrored bathroom cabinet?

I purchased a bathroom cabinet today that is 1200 mm wide, by 750 mm tall, and 150 mm deep. When I brought it home, I discovered it weighed nearly 40 kg (88 pound) empty. I was told that I could use ...
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Can you identify this seal?

I have a slow-filling cistern and, having disassembled all the pipes inside I've identified a ripped seal. Assuming that I didn't cause that myself just a moment ago, I'm hopeful that replacing it ...
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Are PEX required for shower mixers?

From my understanding it is normal to mount a PEX like this one in the wall. And that it is not legal to have hidden connections in the wall. Question Why are PEX so often used (required)? Is it ...
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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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How can I remove a burn mark on finished wood without replacing the piece entirely?

Our new home has a wooden bathroom vanity with an obvious blackened burn mark on it below the mirror, perhaps from a candle burning too close for too long. What are some ways I can remove the mark? I ...
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How can I stiffen the subfloor of an upstairs bathroom?

I have been doing polished concrete throughout my house. My wife loves it more than I thought she would and now wants me to do it upstairs. I am afraid that the subfloor flexes too much, which ...
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Is it code compliant to vent my bathroom exhaust through the turbine vent in our attic?

My contractor wants to vent our bathroom exhaust fan by connecting tubing to our attic turbine vent (aka whirly bird) to exhaust it to the outside instead of plumbing it to the outside through the ...
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Can I paint over a stain on a laminated cabinet?

I got a stain on my bathroom cabinet that won't come out. It is a laminated wall cabinet. Can I paint over this?
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Is it legal to just replace an existing extractor fan in a shower room with a similar model?

The existing ceiling mounted fan is not working correctly now. It is wired via an isolating switch high up in the room away from the shower. The fan has a built-in pull cord: pull for on, pull again ...
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How can I vent my bathroom through a ground floor vertical-slider privacy window?

I live in an old style garden level unit in Chicago (roughly 80 years old). The bathroom currently has no ventilation. The window is cracked and I'll leave the bathroom door open when I shower, but ...
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Do I need water protection over tile grout in my bathtub?

A handyman suggested to me that I might need to periodically apply water-sealant to the tile and grout on the tile wall of my bathtub. Is he correct? If so, what's a good sealant to use, how is it ...
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Can I vent a bathroom fan through the eaves?

I want to fit a fan in our bathroom. The easiest way to do this seems to be to drill down from the loft and put it in directly above the shower. I'm then considering running the vent (flex pipe) ...