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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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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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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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 long should thinset dry before gluing up tub surround?

I replaced the walls in my bathroom and used concrete board around the shower. I plan on finishing the concrete board joints with the proper mesh tape and (premixed) thin-set as recommended but ... I ...
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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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One shower runs out of water in 7min.. Other stays hot forever!

I live in an apartment complex where the rooms/bathrooms are identical, and there is one gas water heater for each unit. My shower will stay hot as long as I want it to, but my roommate has to rush ...
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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 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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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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Bathroom remodel

I am in the process of redoing my upstairs bathroom. I would like to tile the bathroom floor. I have a tile-redi shower pan for the shower floor. Q1: Do I need to put a moisture barrier over the wood ...
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Why doesn't cold water stop when the valve is turned off?

We just have installed new shower mixer, and all the time some problems are coming up. Now when we turn off both valves hot and cold water, the hot water stops, but cold water keeps on going! Doesn't ...
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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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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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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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Why does my shower keep alternating between freezing and boiling by itself?

A little while ago our totally fine bath/shower tap unit broke in our bath. Our landlord's plumber installed a new one and since then we've had big problems. Steps to reproduce: We get in the shower, ...
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Help identifying thermostatic mixer (shower temperature control)

I have the following valve in my shower. I thought it was a Grohe, but after contacting their support - it seems it is not. There is something wrong with the valve, not letting us decrease the ...
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What recessed shower light cover is this?

We have a recessed shower light fixture and the cover is melted (thank you previous owners...). But I can't figure out what this thing is called or where I can get a replacement. I've attached a few ...
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Can I curve an L-shaped shower curtain rod myself?

My hall bath has a partially enclosed tub. I have researched an L-shaped shower curtain rod and know that they exist, however, I would like the longer part of the "L" to be curved to allow for more ...
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I was not able to get a smooth finish on a shower pan, how can I smooth it out?

I am in the midst of a custom shower project. I am building a shower pan using the "traditional method" which is a concrete pre-slope, then a PVC membrane, then a top mortar bed, and finally tile. ...
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Shower not hot enough, unable to find adjustment, manufacturer out of business

Our shower doesn't get hot enough even with the knob turned all the way, I measure about 90 degrees F. A sink faucet in the same room at the same time shows 115 degrees F. The hot water pipe leading ...
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How to tile over shower wall surround flange?

Background I've been following this guide from Family Handyman on installing a fiberglass tub surround, and am to the point where I need to tile over the nailing flange. They say to put 1/4" tile ...
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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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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 ...
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How can I repair a leaking shower?

We have a leaking shower. We have replaced the seat and stem on the water but it still leaks. Also the diverter does not shut off all the water.
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Why would a shower pump turn on when not required?

In my long loft I have two shower pumps and two hot water cylinders. The pump/tank on the far end of the loft is for 1 bathroom and the pump/tank on the near end is for another bathroom. After ...
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Shower Frame is leaking (at the corner)

Our framed corner shower is leaking at the "seam." At the corner where the two sides meet, the panels seems to be loose. Whenever I spray water on the glass and framed walls, some water will leak at ...
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Should backer board be installed all the way to the ceiling around a shower?

I had a shower head that sprayed water for awhile and it deteriorated the drywall. I'm cutting out drywall and replacing with hardiboard. Should I take the hardiboard to the ceiling or could I stop it ...
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Drain clogged by grout

The contractor I hired to tile my basement bathroom dumped a bunch if grout sand down the drain. it is clogged solid now that the plumbers came back to do their water test. we have been trying to get ...
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how to setup bathtub spout and shower head in separate locations

I am installing a new bathtub that is big enough for two people. with one person leaning against each end of the tub. So I want to have the shower head in the usual position at the end of the tub, ...
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How can I repair cracked stones around a drain in a wet room?

We've had two plumbers trying to fix this problem but the leakage to downstairs is still happening. The second plumber recommended that we contact a wet room specialist to have a look at this. He ...
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Why doesn't my shower work when it's below below 0?

We had an addition put on in 2012. There are two bathrooms - one upper and one lower. Last winter the hot water in the upstairs bathroom quit working when it dipped below zero. This year, it worked ...
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How can I stop this Shower faucet leak?

replaced the pfister diverter stem with a new one, tub spout still leaks water when diverter switched to shower position. It appears the problem is inside the manifold. I cleaned the inside and looks ...
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Is it ok to use a shower that just has the backerboard installed and not yet tiled?

I'm trying to figure out the timing of redoing my shower. I'm looking at installing a new tub with a tile surround. I'd like to demo the current setup and install the tub and backerboard (and sealant) ...
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Questions about shower wall tile install

I'm getting ready to install 12x12 ceramic tile on our tub walls. What type of thinset should I use? Ancillary to that is the type of grout to use? Sanded or unsanded? While researching the ...
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How to tighten a swivel component on a shower head?

So here's the situation. I got a shower head: Problem is that the swivel part is loose, so the shower head just kinda flops down. Is there any way to tighten that part? Any help/suggestions/links ...
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Need to unstick stuck shower divider valve

The shower divider value (which chooses between letting water flow into the tub or up into the shower) is stuck. I can't spin it with the installed plastic handle. Here's some pictures: With the ...
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Shower drain: plunger helps but only momentarily

The water in my shower doesn't drain properly, so I used the plunger and the problem seemed to be solved. However, the next time someone uses the shower it's the same problem again: water doesn't ...
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No hotwater in shower

The cold water works fine but there is no hot water (no water at all actually) coming from the tub or shower faucet. There is no water coming from the faucet when the lever is turned from cold to hot.
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mounting a hand held shower bracket to drywall

I need to mount a vertical rod that will hold a handheld shower head. There are two brackets. The lower one will go into the fiberglass shower stall. No sheet rock behind it, no stud. The water ...
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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 pre-...
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What to do about holes in tile grout?

In the bathroom of our new house, the grout between our tiles in the shower room seem to have occasional "bubbles" or gaps and I'm concerned that it might allow water in, especially since this is ...
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How do I replace shower / tub handles / spouts?

I recently bought a house with 20 year old fixtures 3 bathrooms including a shower, shower/tub, and roman tub. The shower knobs say Harden on them and the tub/shower knob has a separate tub/shower ...
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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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How can I fix low water pressure in one shower?

I am experiencing low water pressure in one shower on the second story in my condo. The water heater is on the first floor. The shower downstairs has good water pressure. Every sink and toilet seem to ...
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Replacing shower head - thread sticking out of wall is too long

I'm retrofitting a new showerhead to an old shower. The old showerhead had an escutcheon plate, the new showerhead doesn't. The result is that the new showerhead sits 10mm off the tiled wall of the ...
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One of my glass shower doors shattered! How can I get it replaced?

We purchased a small house that was built in the 80's, and the master bathroom has a shower equipped with sliding glass doors. All of the hardware seemed to be in fair condition at time of purchase, ...
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How to disconnect shower tray from drainage pipe?

I'm trying to disconnect the shower tray from the drainage pipe but the white plastic bit that looks like it could be screwed off seems stuck tight: I'm not sure I can apply the torque needed to ...