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You need a fixture listed for wet locations: from the NEC. Bathtub and shower areas. Luminaries located within the actual outside dimension of the bathtub or shower to a height of 8' vertically from the top of the bathtub or threshold of the shower shall be marked for damp locations or for wet locations were subject to shower spray. NEC 410.10.D. Since in a ...


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From the 2014 NEC: 210.8 (A) Dwelling Units. All 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles installed in the locations specified in 210.8(A)(1) through (8) shall have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for personnel. (1) Bathrooms There is no requirement in the code for bathroom lights or exhaust fans to be GFCI protected. ...


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This is, without a doubt, a Moen brand valve. There are numerous trim options available in many finishes. You need to go to a good specialty plumbing shop, they will have some Moen trim items in stock and should be able to order many more items. Bring your pictures and all old trim with you.


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this looks like an older style moen 2520 core and valve body. however, the screw pattern (for the escutcheon) looks odd and may be of an older or different trim style. however, the valve core should be identical and should just swap out.


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there is nothing unsanitary or unclean about a properly built and maintained tile shower enclosure, but maintenance and cleaning are key. regular degreasing (with a detergent or soap), descaling (with a dilute acid) and sterilizing (with bleach or hydrogen peroxide) are key. almost universally, any mold and mildew issues are solely the fault of the owners ...


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Mould will grow in a moist environment, and showers are wet. Any areas where water pools should be eliminated. Dehumidifiers (e.g. ventilation fans) are good, but they only help by removing and possibly circulating the air (i.e. exhausting existing air results in drier air from elsewhere in the house replacing it in the shower room, thus reducing humidity). ...


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As someone who is a student of chemistry, I would say that lye is not toxic, it's caustic. In fact, it's less toxic than Tylenol, mg for mg. This doesn't mean it isn't dangerous; concentrated sodium hydroxide is quite hazardous, but is safe to dispose of by rinsing with plenty of water (you can't overdo it). Sodium hydroxide breaks up organic matter by ...


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We had such a thing and it got stuck sometimes in shower mode. That's when you realize what a good thing it usually is to have the tap as default, so you don't get completely wet by the shower when you turn the water on. This is the german version, I can remember we had one even in 1990s .. http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/pict/262173333141_1.jpg When ...


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An alternative to JimmyFIxit's answer: Actually, I have a similar rotary handle with a an additional slide-lever diverter/flow rate controller which does NOT depend on inlet flow pressure. You can leave the diverter in any position you want, turn the water on/off with the main rotary lever, and the diverter will stay put. It's pretty common in the USA, ...


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To turn off the shower water temporarily during the shower, you can use a showerhead valve that mounts at the end of the showerhead pipe just before the showerhead itself: [Image from FaucetDirect.com] This lets you maintain the advantages of letting water flow from the tap when you first turn it on (faster flow means less waiting for hot water, and ...


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What you need is a valve designed just for shower only. Not a valve assembly with a diverter, which are specifically designed for tub/shower combination: No diverter here, most any manufacturer that you have seen offering the tub/shower valve sets also makes the shower only units. To answer your question, the point of the diverter valve is so you can fill ...


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One could always come up with hypothetical scenarios, but this seems pretty unlikely for several reasons. One: For electric current to be in "contact" with the water, there'd have to be physical damage to wires or heating elements, with just the right bad luck that they came in contact with the tank. And the tank itself would have to conduct electricity. ...


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I'm from Serbia, just like the OP, and we do have such a myth there. After my initial rant, aimed at explaining why some of the safety assumptions that many answers here may have are wrong, I'll show installation of a typical water heater and explain a couple of issues that I see with the installation. (Feel free to skip this part) First, some background, ...


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There are alternatives to try first before spending more money. See this link... http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-quiet-noisy-water-pipes.html If these methods do not work for you install a water hammer arrester. See... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z0Tb1SdFGk


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Yes, it is available. Unfortunately the only way you can maintain the same temperature setting without hot water delay's is to also install a hot water recirculation pump. Mixing Valve see this link... http://www.deltafaucet.com/smart-solutions/tempassure.html Hot water recirculation pump see this link.... ...


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In any administration where internationally recognised regulatory rules are used and means are provided to ENSURE that all except a few rogue installations are installed to the standards then the risk of electric shock from such installations is extremely small. I have never heard of such an installation causing shock or death in New Zealand (where I live). ...


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This will probably be closed as a shopping question, but a search for "shower head on off valve" gives you many results for valves that go in-line between the shower head and feed pipe, such as this from Amazon.


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There are certainly shower heads with their own flow control valves, and I know such valves used to be available separately to be installed between wall and head. There are also mixing valves which separate temperature and flow, though most of the ones sold in the US seem to put on/off on the temp control, perhaps for some obscure liability reason. So yes, ...


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The blinds are easy - translucent window privacy film is available, removable if you change your mind, and sticks to the glass, so that deals with the blinds. A shower door would be the obvious full-bore solution to the curtain. Curtain weights (or a weighted curtain) (or, if you happen to get lucky and have a steel/cast iron shower basin, magnets) are a ...


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In the UK we have electric showers which heat water on demand - ie they're supplied with 230V using about 9kW, which is enough for a moderate flow of cold water to be heated to about 50C as it flows through the shower. Not only are they directly connected to the shower hose, they're usually inside the shower cubicle - so the unit gets wet and the electrical ...


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Ex-communist or not, real reason is that many older building have substandard wiring, especially grounding which in combination with metallic plumbing can cause electric shocks even without insulation fault.


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If the water heater is not properly grounded, it could be dangerous but then it would be dangerous all the time, not just when you take a shower. Sounds to me like a myth that got started because someone once was injured by a faulty water heater and then the myth took on a life of its own. If the water heater is wired properly you have nothing to fear. ...


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I have never heard of such a thing, and in the USA the water heater is usually tucked away in some hard-to-access place like a basement or utility closet. Turning it on and off all the time would be totally impractical. I know in some other countries it is typical to have the water heater installed in the kitchen or bathroom.


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I suggest looking at a solid shower door. Time and money not withstanding, you could consider changing it into a wet room and get rid of the curtain altogether.


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I would check on the type of shower curtain they use in hotels that have an arced curtain rod. This would give a slightly more room. The reason the shower curtain sucks in when you turn the water on probably has to do with hot air rising and pulling in cold air at the bottom of the shower. Try leaving the curtain slightly open at the back of the shower to ...


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to your points: 1) no - it doesn't mean they are crossed. it is almost impossible to make a cross connection unintentionally. this is so unlikely its almost a guaranteed impossibility. 2) wont harm anything 3) low pressure is probably unrelated, but could be a result of contamination introduced into the pipes when the work was done (solder debris ...


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i would have to disagree with daniel above. standing water leads to mineral deposition and galvanic corrosion much faster, and in places it may not normally happen. pathogenically, you could also be hosting lots of little bacteria and fungii in that standing water, particularly on a well water connection. hand wands sometimes go months between uses, so i ...


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Use toothpaste or shaving cream. Wipe it on, then wipe it off. The mirror will not fog up after treatment for at least several showers. Tooth paste seems to last longer than shaving cream, but it is harder to wipe off. Also, don't use abrasive (usually white) toothpaste for this... use the gel kind.


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you have sort of answered your own question - let me elaborate 1) the valve body should be secured somehow to avoid fore and aft movement. the movement flexes pipes and joints that arent meant to be flexed, and it is this movment that keeps unscrewing the trim face screws. you can simply cut a hole on the rear wall the valve is within, and place a ...


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You were not very clear with your question. I am assuming that you are looking for the fitting to which the sprayer head attaches, which then drops over the bracket peg in your first picture. It is called a swivel connector. They are not "generic", they are specific to the manufacturer of your hand-held shower equipment. This one is from Alsons, a very ...


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Get the Plumber back. He may have just cleaned, flushed &/or adjusted the Mixer & not replaced it. But, it sounds like you have a Pressure-Balancing valve instead of a Thermostatic valve. So yes, see if the Plumber can replace the current valve with a Thermostatic valve, this would be the long-term permanent solution. Just an FYI. Not in all but in ...


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clean them thoroughly and they may work no problem. However it's possible that the rubber hardened and cracked which means that you won't be able to get a grip with it anymore.



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