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This is an effective trick a plumbing contractor once told me. Go to your local home improvement store and buy a cheap shower head (the one I picked up cost $1.50). If you look down inside of the showerhead you'll see a washer which constricts the water flow. If you take a drill and enlarge the hole, thereby increasing flow, the water pressure will ...


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Yes, install heating cable behind the mirror - it will heat the mirror and water will not condense on the mirror. Heating cable manufacturers even offer some special kits for that - like this one from DEVI.


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In the U.S., shower heads are required by government regulation to restrict water flow in order to save water and energy. By law, they must deliver less than 2.5 gallons per minute. For this reason, many shower heads will deliver less than ideal flow and/or pressure. To get around the law, and benefit those with less-than-stellar water pressure, many ...


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The smell of sewage is definitely a bad sign and means that either a trap has gone dry or a connection somewhere is bad releasing sewer gasses. Maybe this is related to the vermin, maybe not, but its definitely something that needs a resolution. When checking traps, check: Are all your toilets full of water? Do you have any sinks or fixtures that are ...


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Many faucets have an adjustable range. In the last one I installed there was plastic ring with v-grooves around the outside of it: to adjust the range you positioned two stops that hooked into the v-grooves. Recommend the TIA* approach to see what you can see - it may be very straightforward. Just don't drop the screws down the drain! *Take It Apart


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Low pressure can be caused by old galvanized pipe, which often build up deposits causing the water to be restricted. Another cause of low pressure can be incorrect pipe size. I like to run a 3/4" trunk line with 1/2" legs to fixtures (which I think is pretty common). Some houses have pressure reducing valves on the supply line, which are used to control ...


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I'm unaware of any permanent solutions, but there are quick fixes available in the auto and dental industry. Dentists use anti-fogging solution like this or this. I know a guy who uses Rain-X Interior Glass Anti-Fog on his car mirrors. Would probably work inside a shower, too.


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Why you get burned One of the most common plumbing configurations, is a trunk and branch system. This is where a larger diameter pipe runs from one end of the building to the other, and smaller diameter pipes branch off to supply rooms or individual fixtures. If any of the branches demands water (you flush the toilet), there is less water available to all ...


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I'm just a motivated DIY guy, but when I learned tiling I was told to use silicone caulking wherever tile changes directions. So, inside corners, meeting the floor, etc.


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Greenboard is water resistant, but should not be used in areas that are going to stay damp, such as tub surrounds. Once water gets into it (especially if it's not sealed correctly, and there's not the requisite gap between the tub and the wallboard), it will slowly deteriorate and/or mold -- it's water resistant, not water proof. Yes, cement board is a ...


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Yes it's normal and what you want. It's called a P-trap and the water sitting in there seals out the sewer gasses. My ASCII P-trap: \ / | | __________ | | _________ \ / / \*\__/*/ \****/ ---- The asterisks would be the water that forms the stopper. In an empty home ...


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The stopper you're describing is called the diverter. The symptoms you're describing sound like it's gotten slightly bent or nicked. I would take it apart and try re-setting the pin. Maybe scrub it a bit with a light abrasive to true it up. If that doesn't work, replace it. I assume your diverter is in your tub spout. You can usually remove that by removing ...


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Part of the cause of this may be turbulent vs. laminar flow. A high temperature will have a lower viscosity, leading to a higher Reynolds number, which contributes to turbulent flow. Add in surface defects from mineral build up, and you've got enough turbulence to vibrate your pipes to 'banshee levels.'


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You don't have a caulking problem, you have a structural one. The walls and floor shouldn't be moving so much that caulk cracks. And caulk isn't an adhesive for holding up the soap dish or towel bar. Finally, a rocking toilet indicates the floor either wasn't properly leveled or that it's not structurally sound. If these are the issues you are noticing, then ...


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The shower temperature changes when you flush (or use water) because the pressure in that supply line has changed. This means less supply to the mixing valve in the same setting. Modern Thermostatic mixing valves are designed to keep the total pressure constant. This means that a reduction in cold water pressure (from a flush) is detected and the mixing ...


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It looks like the screw in the center is missing (the hole in the center of the piece that says "off"). I would try pulling on that center part to remove it (the screw that was there probably was to hold it in place but now that it is gone it should come off... easier said than done). You will probably need to pull fairly hard or even use a screw driver to ...


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Mira seems to be based in the UK, so I'm assuming a 230V electrical mains. Just taking the nominal figures for power and voltage gives: 10.8kW / 230V = 46.96A. If you look at the worst case mains voltage (230V - 10% = 207V), you could actually be drawing over 52A. So, if your shower is drawing as much power as it's rated for (say if the incoming water is ...


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If your shower curtain can reach to the wall of the bath surround, a combination of shower curtain clips: and splash guards should prevent most of the water from escaping your tub.


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To remove surface mold I use a 4:1 mixture of water:bleach. Spray on liberally and allow to sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse with water and wipe clean. If you need to use a brush to scrape off heavy deposits, I recommend brushing away from your face or preferably wear an appropriate mask and goggles. The mold spores are probably more dangerous than the ...


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You normally want to leave the stones on the backing as they are much easier to handle and lay like this. I think this is a case where the sheets haven't been installed as well as they could be - if you look at the bottom of your photo the joins here are a lot less noticeable. I'd say that the tiler has simply left too much gap between each sheet. You can ...


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Mosaic stone tile is supposed to be installed still attached to its mesh backing. Otherwise it would be more efficient to go to a landscaping company and buy a truckload of river rock. From what I can tell, there could be two causes for the 'line' effect you ended up with: The mesh squares were poorly designed/manufactured with all the stones lining up to ...


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This happens because water is diverted away from the shower to the toilet or washing machine. What happens next will depend on the type of shower and it's age. Older, non thermostatic showers will be affected to a greater extent. For an electric shower the flow of water through the shower will be reduced which will have the effect of heating it up further ...


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Because it sparked, my guess is the switch you're using is not big enough. The pull-cord style double-pole switch at 45A is foreign to me (I have never seen anything like it in north america), but the specs on the Mira site say to use a switch with at least 3mm of contact separation. This separation is important, because at these currents there is going to ...


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Get a swivel shower rod flange like this: or this : It looks like they're available in a range of sizes and finishes so you should be able to find one you like.


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At my parent's cottage, they had a similar situation. The tub comes out from the sloped wall, with the shower head on the opposite wall. They put a corrugated translucent acrylic panel up, cut to fit under the sloped part of the wall, and framed using some PVC c-channel moulding all the way around (you can find all of this at most box stores). The panel is ...


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An unused drain or toilet will eventually dry out. The easy solution is to just run a little water periodically (on the order of every other month). If you still smell sewer gases, then you have a failure in the drain line somewhere. One common location is the wax seal under the toilet. You should also make sure nothing is nesting in the exhaust vent. That ...


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One thing to check before replacing items is the inline filter (if present). When my shower was performing poorly, I unscrewed the head and found a small mesh screen in the line that was clogging up. I cleaned it out and screwed everything back together to find my pressure right back where I expected it. :)


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If the cold water pressure is good, then you are right about the shower head not being the problem. Check the hot water shut off valve feeding the tub to assure it is opened fully. Also if you have good hot water pressure at the vanity and are sure shut off valve is fully open, the problem may be in the mixing valve that feeds the shower head. It's not ...


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Of course they can as long as you have proper drainage angle and double venting and traps. If this is an installation of a new fixture, you need a permit and a master plumber to sign for the permit. Get a plumber and do it right. Just asking the question tells me you don't know what to do and could get into trouble. Saving a few bucks and doing it wrong ...


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Use a masonary bit (easier to get hold of) Put a cross of masking tape on the tile to stop the bit slipping sideways when you start Go easy, don't put too much pressure on the bit. Tip: try on an old bit of broken tile ( or a broken mug/teacup from goodwill) before starting on the expensive tiles.



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