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I don't know how far along you are, and I've never installed a shower, but I have installed a few bathtubs from scratch, and I assume the principles are the same. I frame the enclosure to allow 1/4" extra all around, i.e for a 60" long tub I frame the opening 60-1/2" long. I make sure the corners are as square as I can get them, and the walls are straight ...


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Shower pan is always first because you want the top of the shower pan to the edge of the green board. So there may be shimming involved to get the walls not only lined up with the pan but as close as you can to perpendicular. I am not going to argue with your installers because I have had some large sheets of granite and marble installed for showers but I ...


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The answer as to how much it costs to keep the water hot 24/7 will depend on a number of factors: size and shape of tank, effectiveness of insulation, temperature of surroundings and of the heated water. FWIW, my standard 180 litre electric hot water heater has a data plate that claims a standby loss rate of 76 Watts. That doesn't seem to present much ...


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This is probably along the same sort of idea as turning off the A/C via the breaker in the winter. A dose of paranoia (what if the heater stays on all day because the thermostat is broken?) and a little bit of sense. Assuming that your water heater is not a perfect insulator, you are probably losing some money by keeping the water heater at a good ...


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The troubleshooting section in the installation guide would indicate 2 things. First, you've likely backed the limit screw out too far - assuming the water pressure on the hot and cold sides are similar between the two showers, they should be set in the same range. Second (and more directly related to your issue), you should pull the spindle assembly and ...


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It's called a towel bar. Usually they come with the "bumps" so you might have to buy both.


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If you saturate toilet paper with the remover and slap it on your vertical surface it will stick there and hold it against the caulking. Practice a couple times with water to get a feel for the appropriate amount of moisture. Scrape off as much as possible before you start in with the remover though. Just to clarify, you should be using a plastic blade in ...


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I agree that the best solution here is tell your landlord, provided you have a reasonable one. What does your lease say about routine maintenance? Chances are if you weren't doing chinups on it, you shouldn't be charged. However, if you've had a previous experience with this landlord in which they've proved to be unreasonable, you could attempt to fix it ...


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Sad to say, the pot-metal piece attached to the wall broke, and it's likely hard to find the right replacement part. The proper person to call in a case like this is your landlord. If it broke without unreasonable force, you should not be charged. The landlord owns the property and has the right to choose the time and manner of repair (she/he may not want ...


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I'd use unfaced fiberglass, at least if each wall cavity has a place above the shower where the wall can breathe. Fiberglass is very permeable to air, which is why it only works well in still air.


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I really recommend Hardie boards vs. other good competitors. They are oblivious to water - don't hold it and break down. If money is no object, nothing outperforms sprayfoam. If you want something that works well but cheaper - Roxul. I have not used a vapor barrier on any of my HB/redguard installs unless inspector needs to see it then I stick fork holes ...


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I have to wonder if your next problem will be that the valves are too far back in the wall to install the handles when the shower walls are installed. My experience with shower valves (not, I admit, a huge number of them) is that they normally don't sit all the way back in a 2x4 wall cavity when at the correct depth, so there's normally room for a 3/4" board ...


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According to the manufactures install specs, a separate vapor barrier is not required if you seal between panels with a waterproof sealant/caulk. I found the complete install specs for you here: http://www.certainteed.com/resources/CTG-2509_Diamondback_Install_Guide_Eng.pdf



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