For topics generally relating to the design, materials, fixtures, construction, maintenance, and other specialized considerations of a shower enclosure, typically located within a bathroom.

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Kerdi Over Existing Shower Pan

I started out building a shower pan in the traditional method (plastic liner), but, bailed after having difficulties with the shower curb. I have built the first layer of mortar that goes under the ...
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New shower pan over old lining?

We bought a house with cracked grout on a lumpy shower floor but no signs of leaking or mold. Six months later as I was removing the grout, tile came up. I removed the floor tile and thinset and ...
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Shower starts v hot and powerful but gets colder quickly even though lots of hot water available

We have an amazing power shower in our new house in New Zealand. Only problem is the hot water is very hot for approx. 30 seconds and then gets colder and colder. Start with the mixer handle in the ...
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Window in shower enclosure: What to do about it, if anything?

One of the quirks of my house is a 1945-vintage double-sash window, with wood trim and probably wood sashes, chest height, located above a tub where it could be nicely soaked by side-splash when ...
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How can I repair my shower that is leaking from the back of wall?

I had my shower remodel a couple of years back, from plain old shower to now cement tile. Now I noticed that when I go to turn the water on, there is water coming up out from the back of the shower ...
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Increasing subfloor thickness under new shower pan

I ripped my old shower down to the studs and joists. The studs were rotten, the subfloor was rotten, and the top of the joists (in some places) were weak and rotten. I plan on replacing some studs ...
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Shower waste options

So, 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 ...
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Can I caulk over cracked grout (shower floor) as a termporary fix?

We have an older shower, with 1x1 tiles on the floor. Some of these, the grout has started to crack, and we want to prevent water damage. However, we've exhausted our renovation budget for the year, ...
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Why won't my shower turn off all of a sudden?

Until today, our bathtub/shower faucet was working fine, no leaks whatsoever. Today after showering, I turned the single knob all the way to off, yet the water was still coming out full blast. I ...
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Replaced pressure balancing unit in Kohler Rite-Temp temperature control, now valve body is leaking

I have a Kohler Rite-Temp temperature control for my shower that was having trouble regulating hot and cold (it was either all hot or all cold). I took it apart and replaced the pressure balancing ...
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Vapor barrier behind existing backer board

We are remodeling our master shower. We currently have a plastic tray-like/shower pan with tile on the walls. There is currently green board on the walls. When we place the vapor barrier on our new ...
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Which adhesive sealant for bathroom fixture escutcheons?

I'm installing some shower fixtures and the escutcheons need to be sealed and adhered properly but I'm not sure how to do this the right way. Here is a photo of all 4 fixtures/escutcheons. I'll refer ...
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How can I calibrate my bar type thermostatic shower mixer?

I have fitted a bar type thermostatic shower mixer, which is either red hot or stone cold. The mixer has blue/cold on the left and red/hot on the right. The plumbing is the same way round. I've been ...
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How to remove tiles stuck straight onto bessa Block

I am renovating 4 bathrooms soon to be 18 in total and the previous owner stuck all the tiles straight onto bessa (CMU) blocks and not onto dry board. As you can imagine, this has caused a lot of ...
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How to install a shower curtain from wall to glass edge?

My walk in shower has a glass wall. I'd like to install a shower curtain but I can't find a shower rod that can be secured from a wall to a glass edge. Here's a picture of the problem. Is there a ...
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Water leaks out of spout when the shower is on

The faucet leaks while the shower is on. I removed the spout and all there is, is a pipe coming out of the wall. Do I have to remove the tiles to get at whatever is behind them or can I fix this ...
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Shower floor is in bad shape - what options do we have?

We've asked for a quick estimate from the guy doing our laminate, and he said it's not worth it to re-grout. He also said there's no way to just remove the old tile, since the floor is slightly water ...
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Why does my shower head stop abruptly after a few minutes?

Recently my shower has been stopping after a couple of minutes. The tub faucet is fine, water pressure everywhere else in the house is fine. I get city water if that matters. I checked my shower head ...
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How can I route the shower plumbing back into the wall?

I have purchased an exposed shower valve similar to this for a ground-floor shower room in my home. I would like this connected to a ceiling mounted rainfall shower like this. So I need to be ...
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UK to East European shower pipe converter

I bought an UK shower while doing my refurbishment of the flat in Latvia. Unfortunately, only after the tiles and pipes were installed the plumber told us that the UK shower "doesn't fit". This is ...
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Chalkboard shower surround?

I have enough slate chalkboard from an old school to make a shower surround. Support is not a problem, heavily reinforced concrete floors, cast iron tub with tile lip. Need advice on adhesive and ...
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How often should I recaulk the ceramic-tiles in my bathrooms and kitchen?

I'm wondering ow often should I recaulk the ceramic-tiles (with silicone) in my bathrooms and kitchen to prevent any water penetration into the walls? Thanks!
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How can I support an already installed shower valve?

My shower valve was poorly installed. The pipes and valve were never secured or clamped to the surrounding framing. The valve rattles around in the wall and the cover plate has about a 1/2" gap ...
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Kerdi Board at edge of shower

The shower I am building is 36x42 on the inside of the curb. On one wall the 4ft wide kerdi will go exactly to the point where the tile will end. On the other will can I hang the entire 4ft wide ...
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Bathtub shower leaks in wall only when turned off

Our upstairs bathtub has a small leak inside the wall that over time softened the ceiling sheetrock below. After removing the sheetrock we tested the shower, and it's weird -- it leaks about 1/4 cup ...
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Is some condensation on bathroom walls safe?

I have an exhaust fan in my master bathroom and also a wall heater. I like to run the heater without the fan running during my shower so that the room is nice and warm when towel drying off. I then ...
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How can I remove a toilet brush that is deeply stuck in a shower drain?

I was trying to clean my shower drain with a toilet brush and the toilet brush broke inside the pipe. Now, the head of the toilet brush is stuck about 2 feet down in the pipe. Water will not pass, the ...
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How can I get my shower head to increase water pressure?

My mom has very thick hair and typical low flow shower heads take a very long time to rinse her hair. I decided that I would look online for some high flow shower heads and can't seem to find ...
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What is the cause of a shower diverter valve becoming stuck?

When I tried to shower today, when I pulled the shower diverter, it didn't divert most of the water to the shower (most of the water kept coming out of the faucet). I tried to push the diverter back ...
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How does a shower valve get installed backwards?

I have stayed in hotels on a few occasions where the shower is controlled by two knobs (hot/cold), and one of them turns backwards (clockwise for "on", counter-clockwise for "off"). Now I've moved ...
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Shower above tub, tanking and addition of a mixer unit

Afternoon... For the past 10 years I've had an electric shower above the bathtub with a curtain hanging from a circular rail which stops the front and side walls getting wet. The walls, and indeed ...
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What is the best way to repair and prevent cracking grout in a shower stall?

The grout in my main shower has developed cracks. They started small but over time they have grown and there are actual crevices in the grout. I've been using my guest shower so as to not cause mold ...
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no hot water in a single handed shower with low pressure

since summer is over i've started using the hot water again and now it has low water pressure, low enough to not being able to start the gas water heater. oddly, the sink faucet of the same bathroom ...
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How do I remove this dated, broken shower handle?

I have one of these horrible plastic faux-crystal shower knobs/handles. It was likely builder grade when the place was built (1985) and has started to break apart, giving me a convenient reason to ...
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Making piping easily accessible inside shower

A plumber has just repaired a leak in my shower tap pipes. To do this he had to smash out tiles from the shower wall, and now I am left with a big hole to repair: I could re-tile this hole but if I ...
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How do I remove this plastic shower drain cover?

My shower has recently been having trouble draining and, with a flashlight, I've noticed that there's a great deal of hair and other material stuck in the pipe, clogging it. It seems simple enough to ...
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repair drywall in the shower

How do I repair a moisture damaged drywall in my shower? This is a painted wall, and the paint is gone in some areas and the spots that have no paint get soaked when I use the shower. In these areas ...
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How can I patch the ceiling and rehang a shower curtain rod?

I have glass tiled walls in my bathroom, so opted to hang the shower curtain rod from the ceiling to protect the tiles. It looked great, until a house guest recently slipped, and grabbed the curtain ...
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Can I use a snake to clean out a shower head extension?

I have a basic 25 to 50ft long 1\4 to 3\8 snake, with a 1\2 drill. Can I use that to clean out a shower head extension? I noticed sediment when taking the old shower head off. With the extension ...
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Is it possible to use plastic sheeting rather than tiles in a temporary bathrooom?

Is it possible to use plastic sheeting (somewhat like opaque perspex laminate) rather than tiles in a temporary (house will be demolished in two years time) bathrooom? I'm thinking the kind of product ...
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How should I replace a tub spout?

I am also having trouble with water still coming out the spout when the shower is on. When I replace the spout should I use Teflon tape (it has a set screw) and plumbers putty between the spout and ...
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Self leveling underlayment - should I tile first?

I need to level the base of a shower and the plan is to pour self leveling underlayment. The initial plan to shim the shower explains why I removed some tiles. I've moved on to plan B, which is the ...
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Does it make sense to build a false wall at the back of a shower bay and what do I need to concern myself with if doing this?

I tore apart my master bathroom down to the drywall/subfloor (studs in some places). It had a 35 year old 1 piece blue fiberglass surround in it (had to cut it up into many pieces to get it out the ...
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How do I clean stains from suction cups on a shower wall (enamel)?

There are two shower stalls I've used in the recent past at different locations, and I put different suction cup based hooks, holders, dispensers etc in each them. What I believe are enamel shower ...
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What is suggested as a way to get excess water out of septic lines?

I am experiencing septic field line failure due to my wonderful water company having a water main break in 2014. I did not realize the issue was related to the water main when I had someone out here ...
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Shower floods behind the wall. on pre-formed shower/bath and ONLY when the shower is turned on

No previous leaks were found, but one morning the kitchen floor (on the other side of the bathroom wall) flooded when the shower was turned on. It's a high-usage shower, used for a minimum of 2-3 ...
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Dripping shower and “sighing” toilet

My upstairs master bath separate shower leaks when I drain the jetted tub next to it and also my guest bath, which is about 50 feet away. The master shower is never used, we use the guest bath for ...
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What is best caulk for a 3/8“ wide X 1” deep gap between a shower floor and wall?

I planned to use Loctite Polyseamseal with a backer rod. I called Loctite tech support and they advised against it in that Polyseamseal won't hold up in a standing water situation. That surprised ...
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Shower/Tub caulk cracking on new bathroom shower

We had our bathroom remodeled recently and I noticed the caulk starting to crack around the tub. Upon further investigation it seems this caulk is very poor quality and dissolves when wet. Are there ...
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How do I have less water coming into my shower/tub?

I have two problems that I believe are related. I have a shower tub combo. First problem: There is a lot of water that comes out of the spout and it is difficult to pull up on the diverter to have ...