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Why is the first shower of the day is colder than the second?

Description Since I've moved into this house, I've noticed that the first shower of the day is colder than the any subsequent shower. More specifically, if no hot water has been used for a while, ...
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How do I remove this shower stem valve?

I don't see how to remove this stem valve. It fits into this brass pipe which is not a collar--it is entirely round, and I tackled it with channel lock pliers and quite a bit of force, and it did not ...
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How can I repair damaged epoxy grout in a shower?

I have a small opening in my shower tile floor that is grouted with epoxy grout. It is collecting water. I've dried all the water that has made it in the opening but want to know if I need to use ...
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Does RedGard count as a rubber sealer in a shower?

In standard poured shower pan construction there is normally a rubber layer between the bottom flat layer, and the upper sloped layer. Today I came across the following "updated" method: (credit: ...
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How can you tell when a vacuum breaker needs to be replaced?

The one in the master bath just started "leaking" recently and now my daughter reports the same problem in her bath. Is this just a part of their normal function or do they need to be replaced or ...
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Can disconnecting the cold switch on a shower pump save money?

I've moved into a house that has one twin pump on the hot and cold water pipes (leading from the tanks) to make the upstairs shower more powerful. It works fine in the shower, as it switches itself on ...
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How can I remove an anti vandal tap head?

I have almost identical problem this one except that it's a shower tap... How can I remove stuck anti-vandal rings in tap head? The drama is that the shower won't turn off all the way as the washer ...
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What factors need to be considered to get the most powerful shower possible?

I'm getting a new shower installed in my house, to replace the existing mixer shower. I am going to stick with a mixer shower, not least because I don't have a water tank. So, this means I have a ...
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Can a ½ inch water pipe supply enough pressure for a shower head and body sprayers?

I have a ½" water supply feeding my shower currently. We're currently doing a remodel and would like to install a shower system (shower head and three body sprayers). Can I use the current supply to ...
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Why is my fuse board buzzing when I'm using the shower?

I have used an electric shower for years no problems, but all of a sudden my fuse board started buzzing when I use the shower. I replaced the shower with the same size unit and it still makes a ...
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Does anybody have a source for epoxy putty (for plastics) in black color? [closed]

I need to seal a broken plastic ring, but it needs to stay black - all the epoxy putties I find are grey or white. Thanx!
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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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How can I get my shower tiles really clean?

My shower tiles in my apartment are kind of nasty, and I've tried spraying them with Clorox Bleach Foamer and also Tilex:Mold & Mildew and then scrubbing with a magic eraser thing. I can try ...
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Why does water surge out of the shower head after being turned off?

This can happen 30 minutes later or even many hours later after a shower is taken. The new shower fixture installed didn't solve the problem. Can anything be done to correct this and prevent this ...
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What could cause my showers hot water to not work well after water main work?

We had some work done on the mains cold water feed into the house. At first everything worked just fine but after about a day when the top floor shower is now switched on there's a rapid banging noise ...
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What could be causing our shower fixture to not work properly?

All of the sudden, we can't turn our Symmons shower fixture to 12 o'clock. It stops around 10 o'clock in it's off position now. We've noticed that when we turn the shower on lately it makes a really ...
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What is the proper preparation to re-apply silicone caulk?

We have a Swan Stone shower surround that consists of 3 solid surface panels caulked at the corners with a corner molding them applied and caulked. The previous owners weren't great at things like ...
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Puzzling leak in my 2nd floor tile shower

I am looking for help. I recently bought a home. During the home inspection the inspector plugged the shower drain, filled the shower to test the shower for leaks. Unfortunately, I believe he used ...
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How to repair latex paint on drywall in bathroom?

Within the two years we've lived in our house, the paint in our master bathroom has gone from glossy white to cracked and peeling in several spots. In addition to this, staple-shaped rust spots are ...
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What could cause water to come out of the faucet when the shower is on?

I'm having a problem with my shower. The water is not all coming out of the shower head, but out of the faucet. The type of shower I have switches to the shower by pulling down on the faucet head. ...
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What type of primer and paint are better used in a bathroom?

I just removed some wallpaper from a shower ceiling. I now have exposed drywall. What type of primer and paint do you suggest I use? I'm overwhelmed by the oil/water/latex bases, and when to use ...
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How can I remove ridges from a concrete shower pan?

I recently laid a new concrete shower pan, and went around the drain radially, which created some circular ridges. I'd like to make the pan as smooth as possible, but these ridges are currently 1/8" ...
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How do I get the shine back on the bottom of my acrylic shower stall?

How do I get the shine back on the bottom of my acrylic shower stall?
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Should I apply waterproofer on the subfloor beneath a shower pan?

I'm going to be using the Kerdi shower pan and membrane to seal a steam shower. I understand the process of installing the membrane, deck and preparing the wall and ceiling substrate. This question ...
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What could cause water hammer after changing a valve cartridge?

I fixed my delta 1400 series shower faucet the other day by replacing the valve cartridge with a non-delta brand. Everything went well, until I turned it on, now the shower pipe is hammering. The ...
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How do you remove hard water drop stains from (shower) glass?

I wanted to apply Rain-X to the inside of glass walls in the shower to minimize upkeep and prevent further water stains. But if possible, I would like to get the glass really clean first. The previous ...
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What are disadvantages of wood floor covering in shower?

I love the idea of the luxurious texture of wood flooring in a shower. Does this add significant maintenance/cleaning concerns to the shower?
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Can vermin come in through your toilet or shower drain and, if so, what can you do about it?

First, I'm not sure that this is what's happening but I suspect this is the problem. On occasion my wife and I find cockroaches in our house. This isn't very frequent (I'll find one once every few ...
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Should the plastic walls of a shower kit have air bubbles?

We had a corner shower installed awhile ago in our basement. The kit came with thin acrylic walls that were glued to the waterproof gyprock behind. However, there are air spaces between the lines of ...
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How do I remove calcification from a screw head?

I have two screws holding on the metal disc covering the shower drain. Neither appears to be stripped. I would like to remove these screws to clean out the drain. The problem is that the ...
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Should I be concerned by a musty smell after cleaning the shower with bleach?

I was advised to use diluted bleach to clean my shower from time to time. A few minutes after doing so, a (musty?) smell comes from the bathroom. I believe its coming from the shower drain. The ...
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Should I spray down the shower with a diluted bleach solution after using it?

I have a tile shower in the basement that is not very well ventilated. My mother-in-law suggested a spray bottle of 1/2 bleach, 1/2 water, and spraying it around the surfaces of the shower after ...
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Can you ID this shower system/panel product?

We bought a new house that we're slowly learning was the victim of a rather cheap remodeling job. So, I'm slowly patching thing up. One task is our shower enclosure. It's made up of some sort of ...
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How do I repair a leaking shower?

I have been a renter in a duplex apartment for several years, and I am unfortunately having some trouble with my upstairs shower. It has been clear for some time that the shower unit has been in need ...
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How can I prevent water pooling on a windowsill from getting behind wall tiles in a shower?

I have a windowsill in a shower which had regular 6" ceramic wall tiles over drywall. Some water had obviously pooled on this, got under the joint at the lip of the tiles and rotted the drywall. So I ...
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How can I reseal a shower drain on a pre-formed shower base?

The shower drain in my first-floor bathroom leaks. Based on looking from the basement below, it seems the leak is at the point where the drain assembly should clamp to the shower base (which is ...
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What are the pros/cons of installing glass doors over a whirlpool tub?

I'm building a new bathroom and I have a whirlpool tub. I really like the tile behind it, and I would like the look and the feel of being able to see through wall to wall. However, I'm worried about 2 ...
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How to find and fix a bad smell of moisture?

We just bought a 3-year old house and there is an odd smell of moisture in the master bedroom and attached bathroom. It smells like someone just took a shower although the house has not been used in ...
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How to remove a tub insert

We're looking at the effort and time for a bathroom renovation, and the biggest item on the list is replacing an old fiberglass tub insert/surround with a standing shower insert/surround. Looking at ...
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How can I restore the waterproofing behind a shower/bath mixer/diverter?

After install a new shower/bath mixer, I am proceeding to restore waterproofing behind the mixer follow by the tiles. Originally between the water pipes and the tiles there is a layer of gyprock ...
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How should I prepare the shower walls for tiling to prevent mold and mildew?

What is the proper way to prepare a bathroom wall before tiling for a shower area to prevent the growth of mold and mildew?
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How much water is too much water underneath the basement concrete?

We are getting ready to install a new shower in our basement. When we had our house built about 8 yrs ago we asked to have a shower & toilet drains roughed in. I cut off the plastic cover for ...
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Could water temperature fluctuations be caused by new plumbing?

I'm having a new bathroom installed. I hired a plumber to do all the water works. He ran all the lines; he is now waiting on sink and toilet to arrive to finish installation. Since he ran new line, we ...
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How much thinset is enough?

I'm having a shower tiled and I noticed that the tiler didn't put thinset over the entire area, just on the back of individual tiles. The tiles are heavy stone 3/8x6x12. He used a 1/2 x 1/2 trowel to ...
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How can I fix this persistently leaky shower faucet?

Several weeks ago water began slowly dripping from the shower head in our master bath. Also, the underside of the hot water faucet is wet long after the water has been turned off and the shower has ...
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Increasing water pressure with pump

I live in Karachi, Pakistan. We have underground water tanks and use motors to transfer the amount of water required to overhead tanks that then supply the house. I get lower pressure in my house's ...
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Design guidelines for walk-in shower sizing?

I'm renovating my bath and am interested in a walk-in shower area (i.e. no doors). How can I calculate a "safe" distance from the shower head for the door area? Are there design guidelines for ...
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Where to place shower curtain rod in relation to the tub? [closed]

I am not asking how high to mount the shower curtain rod (that is easy to determine from an existing shower curtain). I am trying to figure out how far "into" the tub it should be mounted. I want ...
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Showerhead with “backflow prevention”

I bought this Delta showerhead almost a year ago. I remember the packaging mentioning a "backflow prevention" feature. Every time I turn off the faucet water streams from the area I've circle below, ...
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How can I prevent sudden increases in shower water temperature

I assume, but am not sure, that this is caused by someone else in the house competing with the shower for cold water. I'm guessing an anti-scald valve might be necessary but perhaps there is a way to ...