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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 ...
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How to keep door open or closed automatically?

Our bathroom door is not closing properly or people forget to close it, and then it makes noise when the wind moves it. I would like to implement something like in the Q&A "How can I make a door ...
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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 ...
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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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Will a widespread 8“ offset faucet also replace an existing 12” offset faucet?

I have a bathroom faucet (image below) which I think is a widespread 12" (closer to 12 1/4"?) offset, if I am using the terminology correctly. This faucet leaks profusely around the base of the ...
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How to find a faucet with a decent drain plug mechanism?

So I've replaced one bathroom faucet with a basic Delta model faucet. The problem is that the mechanism to raise and lower the plug sucks. They include a semi-hard plastic rod to connect to the rod ...
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How should I install a bathroom Exhaust Fan on 2nd Floor?

I would like to install a bathroom exhaust fan in my 2nd floor bathroom, due to moisture issues. There is no existing fan, only a light fixture. There are two exterior walls in this room and the attic ...
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What should I use to repair plaster in a bathroom?

Our house was built in 1941, so all original walls are plaster (I'm assuming lath and plaster?). This is true for the bathroom in question. The walls in this bathroom are plaster, and are painted with ...
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Do I need an HVAC vent in this bathroom?

The finished portion of my basement was completed after the original construction. I've found a few questionable practices, including the lack of an HVAC vent in the basement bathroom (shown in green ...
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What should I know before having bathroom fixtures installed?

I recently removed the old towel rack in the bathroom (which was badly installed because it left huge holes inside and the rack was hanging and I had to literally tug it out, which took me ages!) and ...
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Is it possible to relocate my water heater?

I'm planning a complete refit of my bathroom, hopefully converting to a wet room, and I just wanted to get some idea of my options. The bathroom is (sadly) very small, around 1.7m x 2.3m. This is not ...
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Second toilet runs after first one flushed?

When our one toilet is flushed, the other toilet will run for a short time? II have drained the tank and cleaned around the flap.
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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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The tube drain pipe is in bad shape

Okay, two months or so ago I had the drains in the house snaked because of slow draining at almost all of the fixture sites. After the plumber was done, everything was great, but two days ago I walked ...
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How to cut edge of vanity

Just bought a house and the bathroom vanity has an unfortunate countertop situation--clearly the countertop was too big for the vanity, but they just put it on top and let it hang over the ...
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Stuck tub drain

I am having trouble removing a tub. Specifically, I cannot seem to loosen the drain. I've tried a proper tub drain wrench, but it still won't budge. Any ideas how I can get this thing to loosen?
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What is the proper/recommended way to tile a window sill in a shower?

I'm in the process of re-tiling my bathroom shower wall and I'm stumped on how to properly tile the window sill near our shower. Here's a picture: It's roughly 3 inches deep and 18 inches wide. ...
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How do I fill in around waste pipes?

Broke the concrete in my basement to run new pipes for the basement bathroom. The plumber put sand under the pipes to support them at the correct angle. I asked him not to glue the vertical sections ...
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How can I alter these wooden towel hooks so that the towels don't fall off?

We have this rack of towel hooks in our bathroom, but the hooks are so smooth that the towels easily fall off. How can I alter it so that the towels don't fall off? I'd rather not roughen up the ...
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How do I stop waterproof ceiling paint from peeling in the bathroom?

We had the bathroom painted by tradesmen twice in the last two years. The ceiling was skimmed both times. The paint is a special coat bathroom paint.
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Applying wooden planks to masonry wall

Introduction I would like to cover my bathroom walls with wooden planks because it looks downright hipster. Trouble is that there is masonry directly under the surface, and also they will potentially ...
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Can I hang a mirror by anchoring into furring strips?

So I'm remodeling my half bath and I want to install this mirror. Unfortunately, Moen's site doesn't tell me how heavy the mirror is so I weighed it using my weight scale (I know, not very ...
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How should I insulate my bathroom wall?

I just gutted my bathroom. I want to replace the insulation in the walls. Right now there is fiberglass insulation with a plastic vapor barrier. Behind that is a old cardboard like material that they ...
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Life span of an average flexible water hose

What is the life span of an average flexible water hose? Thank you
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What is the purpose of this tile joint?

Noticed this in a public restroom today. Never seen anything like this in tile before. Is this just a flex joint? Or is it a patch job?
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Redguard - Waterproofing around penetrations / stub outs?

I'm getting ready to apply Redguard waterproofing membrane to my bathroom walls and floors. The room has been designed as a "wet room", so the entire thing needs to be "tanked" to be correctly ...
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Bathroom fan/light switch with outlet

I have a switch in my bathroom that controls both the fan and the light, and also has an outlet. Can I get anything that has two switches (one for the light and fan) and also not lose the outlet ...
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Why does my bathroom door make a cracking sound when opening it?

My bathroom door makes a cracking sound whenever I open it. When the screws are tight against the hinges, it makes the cracking sound when I open the door. But when I loosen each screw, the cracking ...
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quarter turn shutoff valve won't completely close

I have a quarter turn shutoff valve on our toilet that won't turn all the way off. It turns about 75 degrees and still lets a bit of water pass through. From 0-45 degrees, it feels fine, just like ...