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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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Tub spout leaking when water is off

What could be some reasons why a tub faucet's spout leaks when water is turned off? E.g. some gasket within the mixing valve perhaps? The shower doesn't leak, just the tub spout.
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Rubber ring underneath bathtub drain stopper

I'll start off this post with saying that I know almost nothing about plumbing or even simple handy-man stuff. Now, I have a bathtub that is clogged. I unscrewed the stopper and there was a rubber ...
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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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Why is hot water coming out of the faucet but the shower is ice cold? (Diverter not on spout)

My shower has 3 knobs & the spout. The diverter (that turns from spout to shower) is in center of shower wall between hot & cold knobs. I've checked to ensure the diverter knob is fully turned ...
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Basement rough-in. Converting plumbing from a tub to a fiberglass shower

the basement rough-in was completed with a shower/tub rough-in. I want to convert it to a shower. I bought an alcove left drain fiberglass tub. The shower does have a p-trap and everything should be ...
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Running water in master shower causes guest bathtub spigot to drip

If this sounds familiar, I deleted my previous question cause I have more info that changes the facts. I noticed that my son's guest bathroom tub had a little water around the drain after I took a ...
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Who manufactures this bath tub faucet?

I have a bath tub faucet that leaks and needs valve replacement. No one seems to know what kind of faucet it is. I have sent a picture of it to the major suppliers and no one seems to know. Maybe ...
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Bathtub stopper is rusted - how do I get it out?

I want to replace this, but I can't get it out. The screw is beyond rusty, it's soft. Trying to remove the screw seems hopeless, it's feels like I'm sticking my screwdriver in playdoh. How can I get ...
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How to best repair poorly fitted rubber ring around overflow of bathtub?

I flooded my downstairs neighbor and after doing some troubleshooting, I figured out why. The overflow outlet on my tub was poorly fitted by the previous person touching it (I bought the condo like ...
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How soon can I use my shower that I recently grouted and tiled? Should it cure first?

We have been retiling my tub surround area and finished grouting the tile last night. I used non-sanded PolyBlend grout (sold at Home Depot) and added a bottle of Grout Boost Advanced Pro. Everything ...
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How to drain a free standing bathtub

I have a freestanding bathtub to be installed on a bathroom with concrete floor that will be tilled. There were no instructions with the bathtub and the company doesn't really care (Brazil has ...
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How can I remove the faucet cover I dropped down the drain?

I dropped the plastic (H) round faucet cover of my bathtub faucet down my tub drain, and now the water will barely drain out. What do I do.
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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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Leaking bathtub from seal underneath around drainspout

Our tub is leaking from a curved line around one side of the drain underneath the tub. We have a hole in the ceiling to see it and can see little droplets of water forming along that area. The ...
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Moen faucet cartridges repeatedly fail with torn seals

My tub/shower faucet had a slow leak a few weeks ago, so I chose to replace the cartridge (after removing the old one and looking at it, it's a Moen 1225). This solved the problem. However, I had a ...
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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 ...
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What can I do to stop my fiberglass bathtub from squeaking?

I have a fiberglass bathtub in my mobile home that is roughly 5' x 4' in size. The mobile home is a 1978 doublewide, and the tub was in the home when we purchased it, 5 years ago, so I'm sure it's ...
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Why would my bathtub spout stop leaking after fixing a water pressure issue?

Something strange happened in my bathroom. For a few days the tub spout was leaking non-stop. During that time the water pressure had been low and there was no hot water. I thought that the leak was ...
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Loud water sounds when tub faucet is turned on

I have the Alder tub/shower combo (http://www.moen.com/adler/spot-resist-brushed-nickel-posi-temp-r-tub-shower/_/R-CONSUMER%3AL82694EPSRN). When I turn on the water for the tub, the sounds of water ...
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How vent bathtub trap when drain is routed under tub, directly away from best vent location?

I am … very slowly … thinking about replacing the probably circa 1950's galvanized steel drain pipes in my basement with PVC. In particular, I would like to replace the drain line under ...
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3 pole switch with 2 wires

Old house. Replacing existing Bath fan/light/heater with new version. A single three switch pole (hope I'm describing that right). Old set up ran 2 12-2s as the power source We replaced the old wire ...
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Tub overflow elbow standard screw pattern; 2 or 1 screw?

Is there a standard screw for tub overflow elbows? Or most popular? I am installing a new tub and looking for a overflow elbow with a screw pattern that will lend itself to a stylish overflow now, ...
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Installing americast tub

I'm trying to get my tub level and also don't want to have the tub creak when using it. I was told we can't use mortar unless we have a waffle bottom, but we don't have a waffle bottom. I know we ...
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How can I attach an overflow cover in a bathtub with no access panel?

Years ago, the builders put the bathtub in the wrong way so that it abuts tile in the bathroom behind it. The only way to put in an access panel or to access the pvc behind the tub would be to either ...
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Replacing Exhaust Fan in Bathroom and connecting to semi rigid aluminum duct

I am replacing my exhaust fan in the bathroom and having a hard time connecting the new fan to the aluminum semi rigid duct, because is hard to compress, extend or curve. How can I make this easier ? ...
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can KY jelly be used in a pinch if no silicone plumbers lubricant is available? this is NO joke!

The tub faucet is in pieces right now and wanted to have repaired before the man of the house returns from his daily labors. I've replaced before but used no lubricant. That may be why it needs ...
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What are the pros and cons of cast iron vs. porcelain covered steel bathtubs?

What are the pros and cons of cast iron vs. porcelain covered steel bathtubs? I'm wanting a free standing bathtub but do not want the fiberglass or acrylic type that are common now.
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How can I build up the hardibacker if it doesn't come flush with the tub

So I have put hardibacker on the walls around the tub and on one of the three walls the wall is not flush with the tub flange (See pic below). Not sure how to make the wall a bit thicker to go over ...
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fast fill faucets and fast drain for 70 gallon walk-in tub

Is there a size requirement for a fast-fill faucet? 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch supply pipe? Will it work with a 1/2 inch line? Also, what size drain for a fast empty of said tub of 70 gallons?
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Why is the hot water in my tub fluctuating between hot, warm and cold?

I've been living for a year in a 1985 (or so) 8-floor condo in the NYC metropolitan area. The building is well managed. I have a kitchen and a bathroom with both a separate shower and a ...
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Faucet supposed to stick out this far?

A local plumbing company installed my tub/shower. In my uneducated opinion, this faucet doesn't look right and seems to be sticking too far out. Should it look like this? I don't want to be overly ...
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How to stop water running down shower tube and under the bath

We've got a corner jacuzzi bath tub with a shower attachment. The shower tube goes through a hole and via a spring so that the tube retracts automatically. The problem is that water collects on the ...
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Do I also need to apply thinset to my Subway tiles or is it enough to just put it on the wall?

Subway tile question regarding a bathtub surround. Do I need to apply thinset on the back of the tile? Subway tiles are small, can I just put thinset on the wall and apply the tiles? Thank you
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Do you need spacers for subway tiles?

A lot of Youtube videos is showing subway tiles being installed without spacers... Do you really need spacers or not for Subway tiles (Bathtub surround tiling) ?? Thank you Andrew
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Need For Redgard On Cement Board - Can I apply it before hanging?

Basically I'm getting a guy to do my tile around my tub/shower. He swears you don't need Redgard and we are on a tight timeline so applying it when hung would put us behind anyway (We really have 2 ...
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Gaps created by cement-board being further that the bathtub-lip when tiling?

My installation: Cement-board = over the bathtup lip. There's one-two spots where the cement-board is not not flush with the bathtub lip creating gaps behind few tiles are supposed to be. Can i just ...
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Why does my shower head drip when the tub faucet is on?

I just installed a new tub fixture set: There are two controls - one for temperature and one for volume. The large handle is volume. When the diverter valve is engaged the shower sprays properly ...
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Manufactured home bathtub/shower wall installation

We purchased a 15 yr old mfd. home. Master bath has an ABS(?) bathtub with separate shower walls. It's serviceable, but will eventually need to be replaced(ugly). A: I would like an all in one insert ...
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Bathtub separating from wall

I recently bought an older house. It has had some work done in the master bath, and I just noticed that the tub is separating from the wall. What would be the best way to fix this? Oh I should mention ...
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I am trying to identify the brand of this bathtub faucet

I am wanting to replace this bathtub faucet without changing the plumbing behind the wall. I am assuming by identifying the brand/type of faucet already installed I could have success by getting ...
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How to caulking a bathtub with various size edge between wall and tub

Background: Bathtub was re-caulked by maintenance few months ago. 2-3 months after the caulk that the guy put in fell out. Given few other things that maintenance did that were poor jobs I am not ...
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Grout or caulk between acrylic bathtub and tile?

Contractor who remodeled our bathroom used non-sanded grout between bathtub (acrylic) and first layer of tile. He said that he recommends that instead of caulk as caulk will be trapping moisture and ...
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Ripped off paint on bathtub

The paint on my bathtub has been ripped off so much like this: What should I do to fix this?
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Shower surround - does it need adhesive?

I just had a plumbing company over to install a tub and shower surround. I noticed when showering that the walls all bounce against the studs if you touch them. Not sure if that's normal, I looked ...
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Can I glue vinyl flooring to my bathtub's side panel?

We’ve just bought our first house, and obviously have very little money at the moment. The bathroom is horrible and we’d like to make some small changes to at least make it look slightly nicer. As ...
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What might cause water to leak under or behind a bathtub?

The floor in my bathroom is constantly wet after showers. House was built in 1970 and this bathroom is all original. From the yellow tile down to the linoleum. The shower curtain is sealed, the ...
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How can I prevent spillage from my bathtub?

Let's set the scene: The horizontal surfaces of the bathtub in my apartment are flat. We have a double shower curtain (with the waterproof bit that hangs on the inside of the tub and the fabric bit ...
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Building a sunken tiled bath

I'm planning to build a sunken bath/wet room type shower. The plan is to raise the floor of the bathroom by 18" and then build a bath with its bottom just above the original floor level (to allow for ...