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Blue stains from water

What would cause blue stains and a blue tint to our bathroom tub and sink have water purification system in use for aprox. 7 yrs. Does this need any maintence
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Type of beadpanel to use for wainscoting in a bathroom

We're renovating our bathroom and we're planning to do wainscoting. I found some MDF beadboards whose moisture rating is "moisture-resistant". Can I trust that in a bathroom (assuming I use the ...
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How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?

I have recently removed a vanity from my bathroom and am facing an unfortunate plumbing footprint when trying to put a new vanity in place. The cold water line runs right against a built in cabinet ...
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What is a reasonably economical way to heat a basement bathroom?

I have a basement bathroom (roughly 8' x 4') that corners two outside walls, and has no heat vent. Months like this it's ice cold. I'd like to heat it up, just not sure how, outside of running a space ...
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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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can i use an inline exhaust to vent a kitchen and bathroom?

I have 2 bathrooms and a kitchen that are currently unvented. I would like to install an inline exhaust fan to service all three. I will be putting the exhaust fan just inside a gable that will have ...
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How should I vent bathroom exhaust fans in an old brick house with slate roof?

I recently moved into an old brick house (slate roof), containing several bathrooms without vents. It's a problem that I've been wanting to correct, though I've put it off because I'm not sure if ...
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Is there a downside to leaving cavity in wall behind mirror?

I took the bathroom mirror off the exterior wall and discovered a cavity roughly 12" wide, 16" tall. I'm guessing this used to be for a small recessed medicine cabinet. Is there a problem leaving ...
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How to replace bathroom supply line?

Question 1 - I am replacing my bathroom sink faucet. The supply line is 1/2" and the instructions for the new faucet states that a 1/4" supply line is needed. The current supply line is a grey solid ...
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how to remove a stripped allen screw?

I removed a spout handle that kept falling apart to repair it with teflon tape. I am now trying to put the handle back but the hex bolt is half recessed and badly stripped. How would I remove it? I ...
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Wiring Bathroom Fan Switch

I'm trying to wire a new single pole dimmer (two black wires, one ground) and single pole switch (no wires, just screws) for the fan in my bathroom. What I see coming into the box is three separate ...
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How can I join two solid surface vanity tops for a seamless appearance?

I purchased two Swanstone solid surface vanity tops for my double-bowl sink. I trimmed them to site side-by-side and planned to use white silicone caulk between them to fill any very small gaps. ...
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How do I remove a rust stain on my bathroom vanity counter?

We just moved into a rental home and I seem to have done something stupid. I have a metal plate that I made into a make holder that I spray painted gold on the sink counter top. I must have gotten wet ...
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Is a raised floor viable and safe in a basement bathroom?

A contractor wants to build a raised floor for my bathroom basement that he is building for me instead of breaking the concrete. The plumbing would be underneath the floor. Is this a viable and safe ...
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Can I restore a bathroom sink with automotive filler and spray on enamel?

I have a bathroom sink in my old house that looks authentic for the time period, but is very old and chipped. I thought this might be a good way to give it a new lease on life: Patch up the chips ...
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Is there any additional sealing operation required after grouting for the bath shower

For re-grouting the bath shower, is there any additional sealing operation (like using sealant) after applying un-sanded grout on it?
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How do I prevent runoff from bar soap damaging the caulk in my shower?

I recaulked part of my shower about a year ago. After a couple of months, I noticed that the caulk had worn off just below my in-wall soap dish, where the extra soap runs down the wall. I recaulked, ...
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How can I stick bathroom tiles back down?

Some water got under the tiles and now they move around as you stand on them. How can I fix this, is there a way to stick them back down?
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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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What are the tools and procedures of a re-grout task in shower room?

I found some black mold on shower grout; and some grout may need to be re-grouted. Please refer to three red-circles in the attached photo. Would you like to let me know the right tool, material (like ...
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I cleaned a cast iron bath tub with a toilet bowl cleaner

The toilet bowl cleaner cleaned it beautiful, but then it stated turning brown or rust colored and I want to know something to clean it with, that will clean it and the brown won't come back.
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Replacement of Ventra Bath Fan

I've read Replacing a bathroom fan and Where can I find a bathroom fan that will fit in a 5" cylindrical space?. I decided that I would replace my Ventra bath fan with an Air King. The Ventra unit is ...
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How do I replace the water supply line that appears to be built in to the shutoff valve?

We're preparing to replace our bathroom faucet. We were able to easily disconnect the cold water supply line from the shutoff valve to the faucet by simply loosening the nuts holding it in place. ...
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Is grout required when installing luxury vinyl tile flooring?

My wife and I are redoing two bathrooms. My wife hates ceramic tile due to mold issues here in the South Eastern US and generally not liking the grout which requires frequent cleaning and resealing. ...
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Hot water in cold water pipe

I recently had a recirculating pump installed in the far end of my system. (The master bathroom is at the far end of the house away from the water heater.) There are two outside faucets that are ...
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How to better waterproof the shower area?

I recently started having a lot of moisture in room next to my bathroom/shower wall. Its important to add that these walls are made of plaster. Initially I thought it was the silicone than joins the ...
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What should I do about this gap between the tub and tile?

anyone have any ideas what to do with the front edge of the tub. My tub is rounded on the front top edges. I have about a half inch gap. Looks to small to cut and mortar in a triangular piece of ...
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How to fix a towel bar drywall anchor getting loose?

I have a towel bar which isn't anymore firmly attached to the dry wall as it should. You can see what the situation looks like in the picture below. This was most likely due to the screw not being ...
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Where could water be coming from inside the joint between bathtub and wall tiles?

I wanted to re-do the silicone seal around my bathtub recently, but after removing the old silicone on the side with the shower head, I noticed that the gap between the tub and the wall tiles was a ...
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What can I do to prevent water from penetrating a poorly tiled tub surround?

I rent, and my landlord won't fix anything. I have white tiles in my shower/bath combo, which are off plane (some stick out further than others) and are cracking. I am assuming the uneven plane is ...
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Can I fit hardboard of two different thicknesses?

I'm fitting hardboard on my bathroom's floor in order to glue vinyl on top of it. However I'm using 2 kinds of hardboard. One is 3mm thick, and the other 2mm. Is this a problem, and if so is there an ...
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How do I pump up water pressure in my shower?

I have a well system that generates approx 35 psi of flow to my shower. How can I pump up pressure to the shower?
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How can I adjust the depth to which a pneumatic toilet flush button must be pressed?

We have a toilet with the cistern built into a cabinet, with a button on the front to flush it. However, it only seems to flush if you press the button right in (quite deep) and you have to do it ...
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How can I sand the underside of an enamel sink?

we need clearance to install stem valves because the faucet hole was drilled too close to the sink. We need about 1/2" extra clearance. The counter top guys drilled too close to the sink and did not ...
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Should the backer board be in front of or behind the tub flange?

I'm installing a new bath tub and shower. I've removed the old tile down to the studs. Should the backer board be in front of or behind the tub flange? I put it on the rear tub wall from floor to ...
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Water from bathroom faucet smells like rotten eggs

The sink is in the powder room on the main floor of our house. When I turn the water on it is fine for a few seconds then it smells horribly for about 3-4 more seconds then it is back to normal. It is ...
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Basement bathroom rough-in with backwater valve question

I ended up contacted the plumbing company that did my basement rough-in. This is what they said: Drain and vent for basement sink Toilet rough-in Backwater Valve Tub Drain So I guess my new ...
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How should I center a light fixture when there's a vent stack in the way?

I've got a wastewater vent stack that is dead-center behind the master bath vanity. (See attached picture.) Previously, there was a single light fixture. You can still see the box, which wasn't ...
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How do I know whether or not I've killed the mold?

I had some mold on the ceiling of my bathroom. I scraped it off with a sponge. The thick black mold has gone, but there are still fainter grey stains all over the ceiling which won't come off, even ...
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What is the most suitable material to use for baseboards in bathroom

I used particle board baseboards in our bathroom a few years ago, but found, even after prepping/painting them, they have swelled up with the moisture in the bathroom (more around the bath area). I ...
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What is the easiest way to tear out a bathroom subfloor?

We recently did some remodeling, and in the process, managed to hook up the toilet in the bathroom to the hot-water line. The trouble is, we discovered this fact after we had already put down the ...
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How can I remove the tile grout from the bathroom's tiled floors

I have been trying to remove the tile grout in my bathroom floor. either i have to scrape it off which is very difficult or find another solution. I have tried using bleaching agents but nothing seems ...
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Can you use drywall mud on hardiboard?

I am looking at painting hardiboard or mudding and then painting. Is that OK?
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How do I reroute my existing bathroom piping for a pedestal sink?

(Similar to this question here) I am renovating a bathroom, and I'd like to put a pedestal sink in, instead of a full sized vanity. The primary issue is I would have to move the drain pipe, it is a ...
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How should I waterproof a replacement shower floor?

I have to replace the tile floor in my shower because of mold. What should I use to waterproof the floor and turn up the wall?
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What is causing a cat urine smell in my bathroom?

My bathroom has started smelling like cat urine. We have NO cats. I think the smell is coming from the shower drain. What could this smell be coming from and how do I get rid of it?
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How high must a shower pan curb be?

Releated to: Building on top of 3/4'' plywood subfloor (link for impatient: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/12/21/how-to-make-a-relatively-sweet-shower-cheap/) I would like to know how ...
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Building on top of 3/4'' plywood subfloor

I want to build this: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/12/21/how-to-make-a-relatively-sweet-shower-cheap/ and I'm building in my basement bathroom: on top of the foundation I have 2x4 (horizontal) ...
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How to fix a ventilation pipe to the wall?

I'm doing some renovations in my toilet/bathroom, and am currently pondering the ventilation. Here's the current situation (click pictures to get bigger versions): My toilet and bathroom are right ...
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Can I tie in bathroom vents with turbine roof vents?

I want to vent my 2 bathroom fans into one of my roof turbine vents.Can it be done and not pose a mold problem?