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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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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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How to fix small holes/separation in caulk around bathtub?

I'm sure this is a relatively simple task but I've never done it before and want to make sure I get it right. There are some holes/separation appearing in the caulk between the bathtub and the wall ...
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What is the practical difference between cement board and greenboard?

When installing tubs I've mostly used cementboard. I find it a bear to work with though. A guy I know uses the water resistant greenboard; he claims that for home applications it is entirely ...
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How do I prevent this bath faucet from leaking while the shower is running?

Here's a photo of my setup: The hose and nozzle hanging down in the picture make up the shower head assembly (it is a hand shower that can hang up on the wall or be removed for directed use). You'...
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Do I really need to fill the tub with water?

I recently did some patch work on my bathtub caulking. Just a little to give it a few more months before I redo the entire bathtub. My tub is floating and has a tub surround. My wife usually removes ...
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Do tub drains of the same diameter ever have different thread-per-inch counts?

My tub's drain flange has had the little cross piece inside it broken out, which means I cannot screw a grid drain into it. Right now, it's totally open and an invitation for my toddler to drop stuff ...
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What are the advantages of various bathtub materials?

We're going to be putting in a new tub, and I'm not sure what to get. Cast iron? Enameled steel? Acrylic? My concern with the cast iron (other than lugging it up the stairs) is the rust problem. How ...
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How do I retrieve a detached plunger from a bathtub drain?

I have an old bathtub drain assembly that is similar to this: As far as I can tell, the linkage broke off completely due to old age. If I unscrew the trip lever and cover, it's not attached to ...
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What steps should I take after kitty litter has been washed down the drain?

A relative tried to do me a "favor" and clean out the bathtub where a kitty box had been temporarily stored. I guess 2-3 pounds of clumping litter were washed down the drain. It doesn't appear to be ...
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Will my pocket door affect my installation of a tub surround?

My wife and I have decided to install a tub surround around our tub (best place to put it!). We are planning on removing the tile and the drywall behind the tub and installing one of the surrounds ...
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How can I easily fix or replace the broken knob handle on bathtub faucet control?

DIY amateur here. The single handled plastic knob that controls the bathtub faucet recently fell off, along with a screw from its interior and a cap covering the screw. I wish I could post a picture, ...
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Can a freestanding bathtub drain be damaged by regular use?

I recently moved out of a house with a freestanding bathtub. During our tenancy there, the floor developed cracks which I reported and 2 months before we left, we would find water on the floor every ...
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Is there an approved way of fixing a cracked Fiberglass Tub/Shower?

I noticed a crack in the bottom of my tub, and noticed that it flexed when I stepped near it. I called in 2 companies to give me an estimate on repair. The first, proposed a more or less ...
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How do I remove a stuck faucet/tap cover?

I've been fixing leaking faucets in a bathroom. There are total six faucets in a bathroom, two made into a bathroom basin, two made into the wall in the shower tube and the last two are on the wall ...
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Why does cold water always mix in bathtub mixing valve, even on hottest setting?

I have a single-handle (rotates 270 degrees) faucet in my tub/shower. I've noticed that it is always mixing in cold water, even when turned all the way to hot. I can prove this by holding the cold ...
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Should galvanized steel pipe be used as a tub spout?

I have a 90 degree fitting coming down from my shower valve. Also have a screw on tub spout trim. Right now there is a 6" galvanized pipe that connects the 90 to the tub spout trim. Is the ...
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Tile Around bathtub. Over drywall vs. vapor shield & backerboard

I am remodeling my bathroom, and the last step is the tub. The Place for the tub was about 3 inches longer than the tub, so we built the wall out by putting drywall over the studs. I keep reading ...
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What should I use as backing for mosaic accent tiles that are a different thickness than the main field tiles?

I noticed, too late (during install), that the mosaic tile my wife chose for accent in our shower is a different depth than the regular tile we're using. The mosaic tiles are about 1/8-3/16" thinner ...
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How do I replace a bathtub drain trip lever?

The trip lever for the drain in my bath tub is very old (I'm guessing 30+ years) and has begun corroding and rusting. It's definitely time to replace it. I plan to replace the entire trip lever along ...
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How to replace bathtub pull-up drain stopper with screen/mesh for hair?

I have a bathtub which also is a shower, and it has a twist-and-pull type drain. Currently I never actually use the bathtub for taking a bath, only showers. Unfortunately it keeps getting clogged with ...
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How to have a free-standing bathtub resurfaced

I have a nice free-standing claw-foot tub. It was re-finished poorly by a previous homeowner and now we're getting white flakes in the water. There are also rust spots in a couple of places. ...
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What is this crud in my shower valve, and how can I prevent it?

I just replaced the pressure balancing valve and valve mixer cap in a shower that had lost its hot water. Replacing the parts fixed the problem, but when I pulled the old valve out, it was covered ...
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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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Are either of these tools suitable for tightening the pipe union nut underneath a bath?

I'm having trouble tightening the pipe union nuts on some new bath taps I've fitted at my mum's house. I got everything out OK, and (because the previous plumber had put the hot tap on the right ...
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What are the pros and cons of adding a vapor barrier behind shower backer board?

After much research, I have a lot of conflicting advise about the need to add a vapor barrier before installing the backer (hardy / cement) board for my bathroom shower. The "expert" at Home Depot, ...
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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 snake a bathtub with no overflow drain?

Our upstairs bath tub has been taking longer and longer to drain and my wife has finally tasked me to fix it. Yesterday I literally emptied an entire bottle of Liquid Plumber down the drain (...
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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 does an external tower style bathtub drain work?

I have this style tub drain and can't figure out how it works. Does it simply block the flow of water when lowered? Or is there something more complicated happening? My tub has stopped draining and ...
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How can I fix a bathtub that was not set properly?

I think the floor was not prepped correctly. The tub creaks a lot and there is a great deal of vertical play when standing and moving around. The tub does appear to be level, so I don't think that's ...
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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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How do I fix my clogged bathtub drain?

I have a trip lever drain in my bathtub. Thought it was the problem, but it's completely out and the tub still won't drain. Any ideas?
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What do you call this old pipe to bath tap join and how do I remove it?

I'm trying to replace the bath taps. I'm at the point where i've removed one, but can't get the 2nd one off. They are connected differently (go figure). See attached image: As i'm new to plumbing i ...
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can i paint my bathtub wall?

One of our bath walls is green Sheetrock with a white semi gloss paint finish. As you can see on the pictures attached, the paint has started to bubble and strip. What can we do now? shall/can ...
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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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Should I Get My Bathtub Refinished?

The bathtub at my new place isn't in horrible condition, but it does have a few patches on the bottom that look a bit grayer than the rest of the tub, and are rougher. In general the bottom is not as ...
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How should I caulk between bathtub and drywall?

My tub sits in an alcove that is 6 inches wider than the width of the tub at the head, and sits against a full wall at the foot. I tiled the alcove but stopped at the front edge of the tub so that ...
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How do I patch rusty spots in bathtub?

One of the tubs in our new home has a few spots where the enamel is chipped away and the metal underneath has started rusting. I don't want to replace the tub yet, so how can I clean and patch the tub?...
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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 to fix a bathtub faucet that leaks only when the shower runs?

I just moved into an apartment and the faucet in the tub is fine when all of the water is off. It leaks when I turn on the water and switch it to the shower head. What could be the problem? It's a ...
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Can I fill the void behind the shelves in a tub surround with polyurethane spray foam for added strength?

My wife and I plan on putting up a tub surround. I have researched a bunch of these and on a few of the reviews I have read that the shelves are flimsy. The surround she likes (therefore the one we ...
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In a brick layout for tile, how do I handle exposed cut edges?

My second in the line of "redoing a bathroom" questions. For our tub surround, my wife and I have picked out some very nice 16"x4" subway tiles, that we would like to arrange in a brick pattern. To ...
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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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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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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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How should I seal a shower base that is leaking?

I have a shower stall with a cement-like slab base. The shower base is ancient and has developed some cracks. The top surface has some sort of sealant which has worn away, with the result that water ...
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How do I anchor an acrylic claw foot tub?

I have been working on remodeling my bathroom. As part of the renovations we have decided to replace our old tub with an acrylic claw foot tub. The tub is extremely light weight. I am assuming that ...
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How to build up concrete slurry under a new bath

I'm replacing our bath. It is a standard built-in plastic bathtub, with a concrete slurry built up underneath it. I talked to a builder some time ago who explained that it was to support the weight of ...