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Properly waterproofing a shower area sharing a living room wall

My parents (live in Belgium) have a shower that has ceramic tile mounted directly on the plaster wall over cement blocks, beforehand the tile installer painted the wall with what was supposed to be a "...
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Cutting acrylic bath panel to fit profile of baseboard trim

We are decorating our bathroom and the current bath panel is looking a bit yellow. We have found a lovely clean white bath panel made from Acrylic, but we have a skirting board on both walls where ...
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Why is my bath exhaust fan noisy only when installed in the ceiling box?

The house and fan are 45 years old. The fan in the guest bathroom sounded like a jet plane since we bought the house, but we finally decided enough was enough after some house guests complained. (Note:...
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What can be done about a vanity top that doesn't sit tight to cabinet base?

We purchased a new vanity top to replace our 12 year old builder grade piece, however, it does not appear to sit tight on the base. It doesn't really sit "in" the cabinet, and only the back sides seem ...
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Can anyone identify what brand this faucet is?

I wanted to replace this faucet and had a hard time figuring out what brand it is.does anyone know what company this is ?
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How can I remove a stubborn screw from a toilet seat?

I would like to install on a one piece Kohler toilet a bidet. When I tried to unscrew the screw from the seat, it just didn't move, not with the screwdriver nor the drill. So I put wd40 but still ...
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Toilet will not flush and has Air Bubbles

Toilet will not drain when flushed. If I use a plunger for 5 min I can get the water to drain to normal level in the bowl. If I turn on the water to the bathtub and sink both sandwiching the toilet ...
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Correct order of operations for caulking + sealing bathroom tile?

Around my bathtub I have tile, and the old latex caulk where the tub and tile meet is cracked so I've removed all the caulk and am ready to put new silicone caulk down. However, I would also like to ...
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Can you waterproof Luxury Vinyl Tile floors without grout?

My questions are on the use of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring - my preference is to use the LVT without grout. However, I'm skeptical on how well the LVT will hold up to moisture without the grout ...
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What materials to use replacing a water damaged bathroom ceiling?

I had a leaky roof that caused half the bathroom ceiling to come down. The roof is now fixed. I know I have to remove the rest of the ceiling as well, and dry it out before replacing, and possibly do ...
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Foul smell in bathroom, ONLY when air conditioning is NOT blowing/running

There is a smell in an interior bathroom with no windows. The tub is rarely used. When I noticed the smell, I got on my hands and knees to sniff everywhere, stuck my head in the toilet tank, shoved ...
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How do I secure a toilet bowl to a tile floor?

The bathroom in my house was redone right before I moved in. After moving in, I noticed the toilet is loose. It seems to only stay in place due to it's sheer weight, and it has quite a lot of jostle ...
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Testing older anti-scald valve for correct function?

Would it be acceptable to do the following: 1) Turn on water at shower valve. Set temp at > 100F. 2) Turn off (or drastically lower) cold water upstream. 3) Measure Temp of water < 120F.
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Is there a moisture barrier I can apply between drywall and paint?

We are going to paint a small bathroom. Over the years the Sheetrock looks as if water has been exposed to the walls. Is there a moisture barrier that you can put on Sheetrock before painting?
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Should the bottom of a shower enclosure be watertight?

I have a newly-installed shower that leaks like crazy. As soon as the water level exceeds the depth of the low-profile tray, I end up with water all over my bathroom floor. Is this gap in the ...
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How should this vintage wall-mount sink be mounted? Does not fit standard cast iron brackets

I'm planning to wall-mount a vintage 'Standard' victorian cast iron sink similar to the one in this question: Antique Cast Iron Sink Wall Mounting Support and Weight Issues?. That sink has two bolt ...
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Wiring for GFCI and 3 switches in bathroom

I'm wrapping up a bathroom remodel. An electrician came a while back and ran new wiring. He installed a plastic 4-gang box which will have a GFCI receptacle and 3 switches for a light above the ...
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Applying caulk over new caulk

A few days ago I scraped out all of the old caulk around our bath, cleaned and dried the area then applied an anti-mould bathroom sealant (neutral silicone). I don't think I applied a thick enough ...
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Dual-flush Toilet Not Filling Up Properly

Here is the video I recorded of my toilet: Toilet Problems So about a month ago our dual-flush toilet suddenly stopped filling up properly. It takes forever to fill up and it doesn't even fill up ...
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How to remove stains from tile?

I have a very weird stain on the bathroom floor of an apartment I just moved into. Is there an easy way to remove this stain? Also, what is the material of this tile? Is it like a concrete tile? ...
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Trouble in guest bath - water hammer, dripping faucet argh

So I have a mix of problems that I'm not sure how best to deal with since it could very well be multiple problems or just the one. We had a plumber replace the tub/shower faucet and the corresponding ...
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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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Do I need a vapor barrier on tub surround with 1 external wall?

I know variations of this question have been asked dozens times and it seems like there is no real consensus. Each post or website I look at seems to advocate something different. I understand that ...
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renovating a bathroom to add wet room for tub & shower

Thinking of remodeling existing 11x 7 foot bathroom with bathtub & shower in one wet area. Not sure if the size of this area 5 ft x 4.5 ft is adequate, without resulting in having to clean the ...
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Venting exhaust fan through separate stack vent

I'm having my roof reshingled, so now is the time (past time) to fix the situation with the bathroom exhaust venting into the attic. It's a 20' run to the wall end of the house, so that is probably ...
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Should I add GFCI outlets in my bathrooms if those circuits already have a GFCI remote on them?

I just purchased my first house and when the inspector was taking us through it he showed us that there are two or three remote GFCI outlets that control a number of outlets across the house. Example: ...
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Should I use Kerdi membrane or cement backerboard?

I have to redo my tub surround due to moisture leaks and failing grout. One of the company says they are going to apply kerdi membrane on the drywall, then tiles onto the kerdi membrane, and as such ...
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Bathroom vent letting in cold air

We have a vent opening over the shower stall letting cold air in the bathroom. No fan attached. There is also a fan in the ceiling..What is the vent for that is letting in all the cold air? We have ...
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Basement Bathroom Plumbing - Rough in Backwater Valve

I am trying to figure out how in the world to frame this basement bathroom. As you can see from the image, there is a backwater valve that would end up right in the middle of the room. I know that ...
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Can I install a toilet flange in a shortened (sawed off) elbow fitting?

I'm putting a bathroom in my basement, and had a plumber come in and lay the PVC pipe after I cut out part of my floor. After pouring new concrete, he came back in and said there was a problem with ...
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Should I vent 2nd floor bathroom exhaust down?

I am looking to install an exhaust fan in a bathroom where one does not already exist. I've read that it is preferable to run exhaust ducts down instead of up, but does that apply here? We would be ...
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Where can I find a replacement bracket for my glass counter top?

Sorry if this is obvious but I'm having a hard time contacting the manufacturer so I wanted to ask here. I'm trying to replace my mounting brackets on a bathroom sink I have and was wondering if ...
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Liftoff ate my enamel

I used liftoff sealant remover on my fiberglass shower and where it pooled in the corners it has eaten away the enamel. Is there anything I can coat it with to seal it again?
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How to wire/replace this bathroom light switch?

I have a motion sensor switch controlling bathroom light and a single pole switch controlling exhaust fan in the same box. I want to replace the motion sensor switch with a single pole switch. Below ...
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Marmoleum in bathroom

I would like to install marmoleum (natural linoleum by Forbo) in my bathroom. It comes in variety of shapes: square and rectangular lockdown tiles (30x30cm etc) square and rectangular gluedown tiles ...
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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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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 is a good technique to remove a glued-in mirror without access to its edges?

http://imgur.com/MKkZfSZ I'm trying to get this mirror out without making a total mess of the surrounding drywall. Any best practices?
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Should toilet be close to sewage pump?

I am adding a bathroom in basement which will have a sewage pump. I am finalizing the bathroom layout and the ideal setup will have the toilet 8 ft away from the sewage pump. Is there any reason of ...
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installation of a frameless shower door

my home is a post and beam construction with interior wood walls of cedar. I have had a tub removed and a full walk in shower professionally installed with concrete board and tile. Do I still need ...
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Installing sterling bathtub with 3 piece wall surround

I recently replaced my old tub with a Sterling Ensemble. I screwed up getting the room square and now I have about a 1/2" gap on the top left of the surround and the right corner touching the wall. I ...
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Plywood for Bathroom Subfloor

I've ripped out the floor of my bathroom down to the joists. The bathroom is 5 ft x 4 ft. Should I use tongue and groove or can I use standard plywood? Does it matter?
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Toilet flushes just fine. But the bathroom sink is backed up

This is probably a simple fix for someone in the know, but I'm no plumber. Anyway, my problem is simply a backed up bathroom sink, gurgling up every time I flush the toilet. Toilet flushes just fine....
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Standard Grade and Curb Height for ADA Compliant Shower Floor

I am managing replacement of a bathtub with a walk in shower for my mother in her condo. The HOA is demanding a shower grade of 1 inch per foot which seems far to steep for a person with disabilities. ...
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Should I cover area where ceiling once was?

I'm in the process of converting a 10'x11' bedroom into a master bathroom. I plan on removing the ceiling soon and it will be replaced when the drywallers come in a month or two. My question is, ...
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Is grout faulty if it has some color variation, or just drying out?

hi just had my new bathroom installed and tiled the tile used Ivory grout but when I am looking at 3 days later most of it is Ivory but there are a few cream areas in grout not sure if it is still ...
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IC Rated, pivoting recessed (pocket) light for shower [closed]

Looking for an IC Rated, pivoting recessed (pocket) light for shower. Does anyone know if such a thing exists? I've been scouring Amazon for a few days now and haven't come across any promising hits....
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Electric bathroom mirror lights fault

I have two electric bathroom mirrors each with 2 18 inch fluorescent tubes and built in shaver/toothbrush socket. Both units have developed the same fault ie when I turn them on both tubes light then ...
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Installing bath screen - hit metal stud behind tile and plasterboard. Safe to attach?

I checked old quesitons but there's nothing specific enough for my problem. I'm putting a 13 kg screen up in my bathroom, which has tile and then plasterboard or drywall, not sure which. There is a ...