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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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Use existing light switch to also power bathroom exhaust fan?

The builder of my house neglected to place an exhaust fan in my guest bathroom. When I brought that to their attention, they replied that code only requires fans in bathrooms that don't have ...
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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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Fitting a thermostatic valve onto a towel rail

I've got a towel rail in my bathroom that is heated from my combi boiler. I'd like to fit a TRV to the towel rail. Is there any reason why I shouldn't do that? Should I buy a specific type of TRV, or ...
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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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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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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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How common are wet rooms in the US?

I have a half bath to which I'd like to add a shower. It is quite small; currently, the smallest shower pan I've found (32"x32") is too large to fit. I've considered turning the entire room into a ...
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Is there a way to remove the mildew smell from under tile without damaging the tile?

We live in a rental. The toilet was leaking when we arrived. Landlord paid for a plumber to do a simple repair, but before that, there was definitely water pooling underneath the tile (and seeping ...
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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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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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Should unsanded grout become darker when wet?

Anyone who recognizes me at this point will know I've been working on remodeling our bathroom (Should we use a tub surround and Curing time for grout with GroutBoost). We finally finished everything ...
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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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What should I use to seal around the perimeter of a tile floor?

I recently tiled our bathroom floor (nothing fancy - just a 7 x 5 room). In between the tiles, I've used a sanded grout and that's worked nicely but I'm confused on what to use around the perimeter ...
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Should it cost less than $12,000 to replace a bathroom and cast iron pipes in 1960s home? [closed]

I need some advice please before I make a decision on hiring a contractor. 1960's home with walkout basement needs a small bathroom gut & cast iron plumbing replaced. All of the plumbing is ...
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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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How can I unclog a passive bathroom air vent?

I live in a prewar apartment building. At the top of the shower, on the wall where the water comes in, is a passive vent. There is no powered fan that is installed and no nearby electrical wiring to ...
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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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How to rough bath sink drain to maximize drawerspace

I am roughing in the plumbing for a bathroom sink that I am going to build a vanity for. I'd like to have the drain only impact a top drawer and take up as little space as possible. The drawer back ...
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Is it code compliant for a new construction bathroom vent (no shower) to go down and then over?

I have a challenge on my second floor where a curved steel roof insulated with spray foam makes the best option for a half (toilet/sink) bathroom fan's vent to route down and laterally out the side 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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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 ...
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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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Can I add a porcelain bathroom fixture to existing tile?

I have a tub and shower with no means of placing bottles of wash or shampoos except for around the edge of the tub. I tried to put in a make-shift shelf tower but it does not fit. I wanted to put ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Maxi Pad flushed down the toilet

I accidently flushed a rolled up maxi pad down the toilet 14 days ago at a friend's house while on vacation. We stayed at their house for 7 days and it was clogged with the pad the first day we stayed ...
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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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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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Can I vent a bathroom through the soffit if I use a product designed for it?

I am looking for some clarification. I have been reading about installing an exhaust fan in a bathroom, and I have been reading that you should always vent to the outside, but I continue to read that ...
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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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What could cause water hammer after changing a valve cartridge?

I fixed my delta 1400 series shower faucet the other day by replacing the valve cartridge with a non-delta brand. Everything went well, until I turned it on, now the shower pipe is hammering. The ...
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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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Can a plumbing vent go “up” and then back “down” to the connection with the vent stack?

I am changing the location of all the fixtures in my bathroom. This move will put the toilet and sink on the opposite wall from the stack. I was originally planning on running a vent up the wall ...
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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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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 improve the drainage rate from a new walk-in shower?

I've fitted a standalone shower in my bathroom. I had a bath with a shower over it previously, and we wanted a walk in. The waste outlet to the sewer is in the same place, and I've connected it up to ...
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What should we do with floor tiles that were applied with Type 1 Mapei mastic?

We tiled a 25 sq. ft bathroom with 12X12 porcelain tiles. Instead of a bag of normal powered mortar (which covered more area than we needed), we picked up the tub of Type 1 Mapei and were told it was ...