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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the minimum required distance from a shower to an electrical outlet?

In Fairfax County Virginia, what is the minimum distance that an outlet must be from a shower in the bathroom? Does the minimum distance change if it is GFI outlet?
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Why is my third floor hot water pressure so low?

The hot water pressure in our 3rd floor shower is very low. The 2nd floor shower however, has very good pressure. The problem is not the shower head, which actually produces great pressure when ...
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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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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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Is a glass shower screen a suitable backing for mosaics?

I have an old boxed-in corner shower. The glass screen has three panels which are all very hazy. I can't afford to replace it right now. I was thinking of putting mosaics (big pictures - not little ...
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How do I keep my shower handle's entire stem from spinning?

I unscrewed the knob and pulled it off, then took of the escutcheon, then removed the entire valve body. The stem screws in and out of the valve body which is what controls the water flow. The valve ...
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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 can I make a mixer shower more powerful?

The Mira mixer shower has variable temperate settings from 1 (cold) through 10 (hot), plus the extra bit for hot water only. I normally shower at 3 and was thinking there must be a way to let more ...
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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 do I remove hard soap scum on my shower door?

I have a problem with regards to my frameless glass shower door because I don't usually clean it regularly. What happens is that the lower edge of the glass door is already very cloudy and is very ...
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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 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 ...
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Can I replace a shower door that has one edge joining with another glass pane?

I had a shower door that wouldn't close anymore and the hinges were generally rotting and it was falling apart. The original construction was shoddy. The shower consists of a door with one edge of ...
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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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Is there a way to design/create a shower that is less prone to mold?

I think I've had it with traditional tiled showers...I can't stand the site of mold in between tiles, on the tiles! on shower curtains, on shower doors, etc. I think I'm pretty clean, but I always ...
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Why is the caulk cracking and the toilet rocking?

We paid a lot of money to have our bathroom gutted and redone. After several problems with the contractor not returning calls to correct shoddy work, we are at a loss. I am not sure if the shower ...
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How to stop a shower stall from leaking

I have a corner shower stall that's leaking. The leak is occuring on the right hand side of the shower stall, about a foot off the ground. What can I do to stop this leak? Here is the shower stall: ...
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Should tiles of “stones” be removed from the backing?

We had a stone floor installed in our shower. The stones came on 1' x 1' "sheets". The installer kept the stones on the backing, and now you can clearly see lines in both directions where each 1' ...
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How to properly caulk a plastic shower?

I have installed a 3 piece plastic shower wall liner and the two vertical seams require caulk. I've caulked them with GE Silicon II bath and shower caulk multiple times but it always pulls away from ...
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How can I correct the slope of a marble shower sill?

Our master shower is tiled in marble; it's almost perfect except... the sill has a slight slope running out of the shower instead of into it. As a result, every time we take a shower, a small amount ...
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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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Do I need to use silicon seal (caulk) and a sealant strip around the base of my shower

The seal around the inside of the shower cubicle (standard single person mass produced unit) had rotten (it's about 15 years old) so I ripped it out, cleaned up the surfaces and am redoing it. The ...
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Why is my shower faucet turning itself off?

My shower has a wall mount single lever faucet similar to this: http://www.cn-faucet.com/Wall-Mount-Single-Lever-Faucets-141.html Over time, it has become more sensitive and now, in most angles, ...
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Recommendations for particular brand/models of shower enclosures? [closed]

We have a partially finished basement. Our unfinished laundry had a toilet and sink in the corner. Both are ancient and we're going to replace them. Still, they're in the corner of our laundry room, ...
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How can I replace the seal on the bottom of my shower door?

I am trying to replace the seal on the bottom of my shower door. Any ideas what it is called and/or what I could replace it with? The "Shower Door Company" of Atlanta, Georgia made the door, which is ...
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What kind of material do I need above the tile line in my shower?

I have a shower with original, 100-year-old tile. The tile and the drywall-like material above the tile line has survived well, but we're planning to replace it in the entire bathroom due to ...
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How do I remove this shower fixture?

I'm a little desperate here. When we moved into this home, we inherited this shower fixture. Now it's leaking. But, I can't figure out how to remove it!? I've tried to back it all the way off ...
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ceiling mount shower curtain rod

I am currently (slowly) re-modeling a small bathroom (about 32 sq/ft) and I have small problem with the shower curtain rod. The space is small, and one of the walls that the shower curtain rod would ...
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How can I stop my shower turning too hot and too cold?

There's something wrong with the plumbing, because the shower temperature simply will not stay constant. It gradually changes to either scalding hot, or freezing cold while it's running. The ...
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Tub Faucet Sticks Out From Wall. How do I fix it?

My bathtub faucet sticks out from the wall so far that you can see the hole in the tile where the pipe comes out. I am a bit perplexed on how to fix this issue. I have an access hole on the other ...
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Shower gets colder during use, already replaced cartridge, what else could it be?

Recently purchased a house built in 2006. The shower gets colder as time passes and requires constant adjustment of the valve in order to maintain temperature. I replaced the cartridge in the valve ...
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Shower head washer woes

I was installing a new shower head (Brand: Niagara Earth), and apparently overtightened it, cracking the washer in the process. Unfortunately, it seems to be a specialty type of washer that has an ...
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What can I do with mold under grouting?

In my new place, there's a semi-transparent grouting/glaze over the corners of my shower - and there's mold growing beneath them? Is this normal? How can I fix it?
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Shower faucet ring won't budge

I'm in the middle of repairing a leaky shower faucet but I can't remove a certain ring from the faucet mechanism. I have sprayed the area with WD-40 and will try again in the morning. Below are some ...
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Shower water going under the shower curtain

I have a shower over my bath, but due to the shape of the bath the shower curtain does not cover the entire length of the bath, so sometimes water is getting under the curtain and on to the carpet. ...
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Is there an easy way to remove silicone sealant?

Is there an easy way to remove silicone sealant? Having had mouldy sealant have replaced with MicroBan to stop the mould coming back but is there any tips on getting the stuff off for next time? My ...
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Screaming shower head (the sequel)

See also this question: I recently soaked my Moen shower head in vinegar for a day to fix a problem where the center jets which pulsate were not working. Inside is an impeller of some kind and I ...
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How do I secure a shower curtain rod?

In my bathroom I have one of those spring-loaded shower curtain rods that you twist to get tight. When any real weight is on it, it moves, and if it moves enough, the whole thing comes crashing down. ...
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What precautions should I take installing tile on a backerboard in an area surrounded by cement?

I had to have my old three-handle tub faucet replaced by a plumber, because the valves in the handles were rotted into the handle bodies. When the tile came off, we found that the wall behind the ...
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Why does flushing a toilet or running a clothes washer sometimes change shower temperature?

Admittedly, this isn't something that is happening to me but I'm curious: I've heard that in some houses, flushing toilets or running a clothes washer sometimes changes the water temperature for ...