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What do I do with a sewer pipe (toilet rough-in) full of cement?

I have a problem that is mind boggling. I bought a house and am now just getting ready to put a toilet in the basement, which has a cement slab. I just took the cover off the rough-in expecting the ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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What areas of 1st floor sheetrock sould be replaced subsequnet to a major 2nd floor water leak?

In our apartment, the ceiling began leaking in 2 places. One of the places, the water was brownish and had multiple droplets, the other the water was clear. We called maintenance at 8 am and no one ...
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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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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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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 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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What is the best way to build a box to elevate my bathroom fan above joists?

I want to create a register/ return air type box about 4" high so my bathroom fan's exhaust will be above the joists so that the duct can have the shortest and most direct run to a gable vent. Is ...
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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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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 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 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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How can I eliminate an odor in an unvented bathroom?

I have a very small bathroom in my office. The said bathroom is unventilated. Obviously it leads to a foul smell in the bathroom. Please suggest to me some method by which the foul smell can be ...
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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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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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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 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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Where should I discharge my bathroom exhaust to?

Everyone in general lean towards roof or gable end of house venting. Then of these two whichever is shortest run..Also everyone agrees down hill slope toward exterior of house..If one is to vent ...
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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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Should I use caulk or grout between the edge of a tiled bathroom floor and the walls?

I just tiled my bathroom floor. What should I put between the tiles and the walls, silicone or grout?
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Why do I have to seal my bath screen from the outside?

I bought a pivoting bath screen. In the documentation that comes with it they say to seal it from the outside. They even put an exclamation mark ! What's the logic behind that?
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Why is there a sewer gas smell coming from my door jamb?

I am at the tail end of tiling my basement floor and undercut the existing trim on the bathroom door. I started noticing a sewage smell and pinpointed it as being strongest at this point. This is ...
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How can I repair my bathroom cabinet?

I've got a Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) sink cabinet that is at least 30, if not 50 years old. The bottom has gotten wet a few hundred times from a shower that was near it, and it is flaking apart ...
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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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How can I repair this broken bathroom tap?

So we had a bathroom tap that looks pretty much like this: the red lines I drew are where the tap has a kind of screw joint that separates the head from the side hot/cold taps. The problem is the ...
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How to remove flex hose from a single-control, tall faucet?

I have a faucet that is leaking down the flex hose. The one flex hose unscrewed easily. The second is turning but not coming out. I assume the nut has become separated from the crimp on the hose. ...
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How do I apply the same texture to the bathroom wall after patching a hole?

My repair guy patched some holes with drywall mud on walls that had been painted with semi-gloss; we went eggshell. He then painted over the area after the mud was supposedly dry. The area did not ...
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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 ...