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Would you expect a plumber to put up plastic to contain dust for a basement bathroom rough-in?

I've read through other posts on basement bathroom rough-ins, but haven't found anything. Yesterday, a reputable plumber used a jack hammer to break up concrete in a basement bathroom being added to ...
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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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Bathroom GFCI question

In my apartment bathroom there is a GFCI receptacle with 2 switches on the wall directly to the right when walking in. There is also a receptacle right by the sink. Does the receptacle by the sink ...
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Quieten New Bathroom Fan/Reduce Vibration

I recently replaced an old bathroom exhaust fan due to how noisy it was, and the new one is quiter, but could be better. The model is this Its fitted pretty tightly to the ceiling, and is good ...
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How would 8x32 tiles look with one vertical seam on shower walls that measure 39.5“ by 35.5” by 39.5"? [closed]

I asked this question yesterday with 8x16 tiles, but today I found this tile in a larger size, 8"x32". The thing is, I made the mistake of putting 2" x 2" tiles on my shower floor of a tile that is ...
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Can I use 8x16 tiles on shower walls that measure 39.5“ by 35.5” by 39.5"?

I made the mistake of putting 2" x 2" tiles on my shower floor of a tile that is hard to match. This being my first tile job, I didn't plan properly. Finally, I've found the floor/wall tile from the ...
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Why does my bathroom Caulk change color when wet?

Applied colored caulk to bath room, let it cure as directed. Now color changes when wet. Is this normal? If not what is the cause?
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Retrofitting a sloped bathroom floor

Current Situation I have a ground-floor bathroom (2.1m x 2.7m) with a level concrete base which has a smooth finish with some type of self-levelling aggregate. At present the concrete is covered with ...
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Safely fit new bathroom pull switch to existing wiring

We moved into a house that has a bathroom pull switch (surface mount box - is that a 'pattress'?) dangling from the ceiling by a couple of inches of wires. I think when we moved in it was flush with ...
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How do i remove this bulb from my bathroom fixture?

My bathroom fixture has one of these and I can seem to remove it. Any ideas?
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What should I use to seal the joints between two pieces of concrete backer board in a bathroom?

We had some plumbing issues in a bathroom that required us to open up the wall for the shower. That's been fixed but now I'm wondering how to seal the replacement piece of backer board. It'll be ...
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Bathroom slate tile stain/decoloration

A few months ago we installed slate tiles around our bathtub/shower and we sealed them with 511 Seal & Enhance (by Miracle Sealants) . Since then we started to notice notice some areas of the ...
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What can one do with shower water?

A relative is rebuilding his bathroom. Since he has a garden and he is all about "thinking green" he was wondering if he could use the shower water (or any other) in any way, like water plants. I ...
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Building new shower, how can I control the flow of water to two different shower heads?

Similar to how you can control the flow of water between a tub faucet and a shower head, I'd like my new shower to control water between a rain-head shower from the ceiling and a handheld shower on ...
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Fixing Old Leaky Faucet - Handles won't budge

I've been tolerating a small leak for a while in our bathroom, but it's started to get bad enough that it needs fixing. While I was hoping I could just pop out the handles and replace an old O-ring ...
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Damp on the ceiling of the flat downstairs looks like a leak - what should I do?

A couple of days ago the downstairs neighbour knocked to say he was seeing some damp on the ceiling of his bathroom that might indicate a leak coming from my flat, so I went down to look and it does ...
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Adding exhaust fan to existing single light switch

I have added an exhaust fan in bathroom to an existing single light switch that operates one light. I'd like the switch to turn the light and the fan on together. The existing switch has one feed of ...
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gap in corner where back splash meets

we are putting in a vanity and the wall is not square so the back splash does not match up correctly and leaves a gap in the corner where the 2 pieces are to meet. The contractor tried to fill with ...
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Will this shower trim work with my existing setup?

So I'm looking to replace my shower trim/handle, and I'm wondering if the new trim (2nd picture) is compatible with my existing setup. If it is compatible, what would I have to do to install the new ...
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Can I add bathroom/closet in place of 2nd entry door?

I have 1.5 bath ranch style house shown in picture below. The closet space is very limited and I really want to add one more full bath. I am contemplating closing the 2nd front door (as seen in sort ...
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plaster shower walls, how to do them today?

I have an American 1950's home. It appears the previous owner covered original plaster walls with an inexpensive glue together shower panel system. Most of the homes in the area were built with tile ...
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Where are these flies coming from?

We recently had a sewer fly infestation caused by having a cracked mortar collar on the rest bend of the soil stack which runs through the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. I removed a good portion ...
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new unfinished cabinets in bathroom

The cabinets in my bath are new and unfinished. What is the best way to protect the wood? I would like to stain rather than paint. Do I need to cover with polyurethane after I stain? Also, what is ...
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Can the wallboard around the bathtub be refinished the same as the tub?

We have an acrylic tub and I want to refinish the walls and tub with AquaFinish. Is this possible?
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bathroom fan does not turn on, just hums for 2 minutes then finally starts up

Lately every once in a while, when I turn on my bathroom fan, it does not start up. Rather there is this low humming sound for about 2 minutes. Then finally, the fan starts to run. Why does this ...
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Bathroom vent through existing roof vent

I have a roof with two gable vents as well as slanted vents that look a lot like these one: I do not want to install an extra vent specifically for bathroom so I was wondering if I could use one of ...
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Back lighted mirror

I would like to know how I could get a mirror like this: Does it need to be custom made If it need to be custom made, by who? Glass store or light store? thanks a lot.
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Basic wet venting configuration

I am remodeling a 1st floor bath. I know about wet venting, but frankly I don't understand all its rules. I want to get some feedback to see if I am doing it right. Here's the high level ...
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Bathroom Sink Handles - What are they called?

One of the "handles" on my sink is broken (see photos below) and I would like to find a replacement part but I don't know what they are called in order to search for the right part. They have threads ...
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Is my shower wall sound enough for an overlay?

How do I know if my existing tile wall is sound enough to do a thin panel stone wall overlay in my shower? How do I check to ensure the structure is safe to do this overlay?
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Will an inline tankless heater help my 50 gallon water heater fill my 70 gallon tub?

I've been working on an issue with my remolding plan. I want to get a 70 gallon tub, but I currently only have a 50 gallon water heater. The water heater is only 2 years old and is fairly nice, but I'...
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Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?

I want to install a towel bar in my bathrooms - and I went to Home Depot to get one - but all of their towel bars were 24 inch... This to me is weird. Do all people just mount their towel bars to a ...
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Is this cement board / Sheetrock still ok to use in my bathroom?

Our builders are putting up cement board in the bathroom, and we noticed the pieces on the left have some stains, they look very different to the rest that looks the same as the ones on the right of ...
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How vent bathtub trap when drain is routed under tub, directly away from best vent location?

I am … very slowly … thinking about replacing the probably circa 1950's galvanized steel drain pipes in my basement with PVC. In particular, I would like to replace the drain line under ...
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Help me find a way to get mold off my bathtub mat

How do I get the mold off my bathtub mat? I have used vinager and bleach please help! Any ideas I don't want my kids sitting on mold.
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Toilet leaking at water line [duplicate]

What can I do if the toilet tank is leaking where the water feed line begins? At the hole that leafs out of the tank?
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Bathroom fan with no outside vent

What's the purpose of a bathroom fan with no outside venting? One of my bathrooms is set up this way. I'm about to redo the ceiling, and I'd like to replace the fan unit with something better looking, ...
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Moisture in the bathroom is bubbling lead paint - how do I seal it?

I live in a home built in the 1930s. The bathroom has been poorly remodeled at least twice. At the last remodel, before I moved in, the work wasn't finished. Within the shower everything is fine, but ...
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What should I use to reattach loose tile?

Two loose tiles in my bathroom. Is their any product that holds better than the rest?
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Attach Shower Rod with Glue

I need a glue that would work on ceramic tiles to attach a shower curtain rod. I have tried all types of rods and due to the humidity, they fall down. Please leave names of glue that would work for ...
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Drain piping diagram for bathroom

This is a diagram of how I would like to do the drainage for a bathroom extension. Does it appear right? If not, why? Both the shower and the toilet are within 6 feet of the wet vent. Thanks!
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Recently fitted blocked toilet

We recently had a modern toilet fitted. It has become blocked almost monthly and using a plunger did not clear it. Would reinstalling an old fashioned design solve the problem?.....one with a larger ...
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Bathroom remodel done well, not quite

I recently completed renovation of my bathroom. I expanded the space, changed plumbing and ripped out and rebuilt almost everything. One thing I did not know then but I know now is that I needed a ...
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How can I determine the size of a hanging toilet mechanism?

We would like to install a hanging toilet in an area that is 65cm wide, which is fine for us. However someone told us that the mechanism of a hanging toilet (that's hidden in the back wall) needs at ...
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Cement board removal under tub edge

I have pulled up 99% of the cement board and tile from my bathroom, and am fighting with the edge that is up against the tub. Some of the board broke off a half inch under the tub, some broke off a ...
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How to fix this bathroom light?

This is my bathroom's light, which is both a light and a bathroom fan. The light is much dimmer now, so I guess that one of the fluorescents (or lightbulbs) is out. The fan seems to be working well. ...
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filling holes in bathroom tile

When you walk in our bathroom on the tiles with high heels, it puts a hole in the tile. It seems likely the tiles were not meant to be for floor. Regardless, we'd like to find some way to fill in the ...
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Secure subfloor underwall between joists

I jumped to quickly into cutting out subfloor in my bathroom and I am now trying to figure out how resolve the issue and get the new plywood in place and secured properly. I cut the sub floor to as ...
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How can I quiet a bathroom exhaust fan that became loud only after the duct was added?

I had a fan added in my bathroom. Surprisingly there wasn't one at all. When the fan was first installed they had it venting into the ceiling. It was a .5 sone fan and you could hardly tell that it ...
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How to tile a “wet room” style bathroom?

I have 2 rectangular bathroom that are buing built in a wet room style (curbless open shower, drain in blue with all edges sloping towards it, see below). It was already properly sloped and now we ...