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Shower pebble tile grout cracking

Picture of cracking grout around pebbles. When we step on it while taking a shower it makes a squishing sound like water being pushed out. What's the best solution? can I remove the cracked grout and ...
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Costco CST80SL fan wiring

I want to replace my old bathroom fan with a CST80SL BROAN bathroom fan. Originally, there are two switches in my bathroom, one for bathroom fan and the other for bathroom light. My question is can ...
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How do I fix this countertop with a permanent solution?

I've never worked with countertops before. I want to provide a permanent fix to this problem. Any suggestions?
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Large hole behind tile in wall

We have a 50s bathroom and everything was cemented to the wall and we removed it all. This is where the toilet paper holder was at. As shown, there is a large hole behind where the tiles would go. How ...
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Should the corner joints on a tiled shower bench be caulked?

My shower/tub area was completely tiled, including a bench area in the back. The house-flipper did not seal the grout in any way. I’ve heard you typically caulk where the tub and tile grout meet, but ...
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Replacing Moen 1225 cartridge - entire stem and top of cartridge came out - bottom did not

I'm the homeowner/landlord - I've changed the 1225 cartridges before with no problem....until tonight. It has the Chateau style handle. Needed a little CLR to loosen screw but it came out. Cartridge ...
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Bathroom vent is noisy when it's windy outside

The vent fans in our bathrooms make loud clapping noises when it's windy. I can open/close the doors to the bathroom quickly and hear the flap clapping because of the pressure change. Is this ...
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Is it cheaper to run electric or mixer shower?

we will fully renovate our bathroom. We currently have an electric shower. We installed gas central heating a couple of years ago and we left a hot and cold water feed from the combi boiler in the ...
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How to identify the rough in drain pipes

[I am planning to finish my basement. When I bought the house they said it is roughed in for a full bathroom, but I'm unable to figure out what the drain pipes are. My guess is the right one is for ...
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Water stains in bathroom are black - water is clean

Why are there black stains on my bathroom sink and when I rinse cups and turn over to air dry on paper towel a black ring mark is left and also the cup is dry but has black marks on the inside of the ...
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how to wire a basement bathroom with 12/3 [closed]

I'm putting in a basement bathroom with a macerator toilet, 3 lights, an exhaust fan, 2 switches and 4 outlets. I ran a new 12/3 cable from the distribution box across the basement ceiling ( no ...
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Smelly water from bathroom faucet

We are on well water and we have an iron filter and water softner both newer (2 years old) and we have smelly water but only the cold faucet and only for a few seconds when the cold water faucet is ...
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Why does cold water flow to just one of my bath faucets when the water heater valve is closed?

I currently have a plumbing leak which has caused me to close the gate valve above my water heater unless we need hot water. By doing this, we are still able to use the sinks, toilets, etc. One of ...
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How to fix moldy grout

My tenant just moved out and I discovered the washroom grout is extremely moldy. It ate away the grout. May I may get suggestions on how to possibly fix this?
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How to repair this hole in our bath?

We bought our house about 6 months ago, and there was already a reasonable hole in the enamel (?) of the bathtub. It looks like this: [Edge to edge, the whole thing is about 3cm] I'm afraid I don't ...
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Strange connection between hot/cold inlet shanks of faucet directly under the sink [duplicate]

I was expecting a 'normal' faucet but when I got under the sink to remove it, I found that there is some type of connecting 'tube' between the hot and cold side directly under the sink. There are no (...
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Best way to replace cracking grout/caulk around acrylic bathtub?

I have an acrylic bathtub that meets up against marble tile. I thought this was hard grout at first because it has a gritty finish, but poking at it with a knife reveals it to be somewhat flexible. ...
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Should I install self-leveling material over or under backer board?

Redoing a master bath. Right now it has OSB Subfloor down. The floor varies in how level it is some parts are 1/4" to 3/4" off. I was planning on putting down 1/4" HardieBacker board ...
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Toilet doesn't completely flush unless obstructed

I'm in North America. I'm having issues with my toilet, and this may be a basic question and I'm not originally from here so not used to how the toilets work here! When I flush the toilet, it doesn't ...
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How to prep this concrete shower floor for a replacement acrylic base?

Ripped out a shower surround, replacing with new wall panels and shower pan. The prior pan was set in some cement or thinset, and that's left a very uneven surface. How do I prep it for the ...
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Trying to replace bathroom vent, but housing is stapled to the rafter

I have a Broan 688 vent in my bathroom. It's incredibly loud, and it doesn't have a light. I bought a Revent replacement from home depot, which is designed to fit the exact cutout as the Broan. ...
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Can I vent basement bathroom plumbing through an existing 2" vent?

Can I tie a basement bathroom with 3 fixtures into a 2" existing vent? The vent currently supplies basement sink and washing machine with the upstairs sink and dishwasher. The upstairs also uses ...
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Can I reuse my concrete shower pan?

House was built in 2004. I'm remodeling a small bathroom with a shower in it. The shower did not leak, it was just dated. I removed all the original cement board and tile. The shower pan is concrete ...
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Wiring bathroom light and fan 3 black wires

I was replacing an old Leviton 15 Amp Single Pole Dual Switch and noticed all wires were black. This was for a bathroom that one switch would power the light and the bottom switch would just power the ...
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Can you put Hardy backer board on top of Mapie self leveler plus?

I have already applied self leveler in my bathroom over brand new plywood subfloor. I have got Mixed opinions if I can use Hardy backer board on top of the self leveler.
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Bathroom Exhaust Fan venting

I need to install a exhaust fan for a bathroom in Dallas Texas on the first floor. The home is two story home. There are two optionsto exhaust the air out. One is exhaust the air out on the side of ...
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Best Layout for Bathroom [closed]

Im just wondering what the best layout would be for a shared apartment bathroom with 5 people in terms of allowing the most people to use the bathroom at the same time taking into account the people ...
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Removing Plumbing From Bathroom Sink

I am trying to remove a bathroom sink and vanity (the entire set-up), and unfortunately for me, I just discovered that the hot/cold water lines as well as the drainage line (that connects to the home ...
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How can I tell if this window is made of tempered glass?

I installed a sliding window in my home in Minneapolis and the inspector failed it saying it's not tempered glass. How can I tell if it’s tempered based on the stamp? Here’s the code info from the ...
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Gap between sink drain and trap

I'm hoping someone can help me! I noticed the water was a bit slow draining from the bathroom sink, so thought I'd try my hand at fixing it myself as I'm working from home at the mo. Found suggestions ...
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Upstairs bathroom water leak flooded living room [duplicate]

Yesterday I walked into the living room and it was literally raining. My houseguest had put a 'rag' in the upstairs bathroom sink, turned on the water and forgotten all about it. My couch and a ...
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Installing a humidistat-controlled inline bathroom exhaust fan

We have a master suite bathroom with a corner tub, shower stall, and a sort-of enclosure for the toilet. There's a typical switch-controlled exhaust fan above the toilet that vents out to the roof. My ...
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Water Damage to Bathroom Vanity [duplicate]

I think some water damage around our sink has caused the wood in the vanity to swell and split. It’s relatively new (a couple of years) and we’ve only been living in the house for a few months. Is ...
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Adding a shutoff valve in a live pipe

I'm doing a bathroom reno in an old house - all copper pipe, and no shutoffs. There is a single shutoff between the well pump and the pressure tank, and another shutoff between the cold water input ...
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Fiberglass cloth and resin for shower pan

What are the drawbacks in using fiberglass cloth and resin for shower base with Red guard as opposed to rubber membrane?
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bolt and nut to remove toilet seat underneath

I have to replace toilet seat in small space and not familiar with this tightening screw. I tried using pliers to pull it down but obviously need to remove the nut first. Any advice what tool to use ...
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What tool/process do I need to remove this bathroom exhaust fan from motor?

Bought a condo where exhaust fans weren't working with the plan to just replace the motors (both fans are identical). Found this replacement motor for the current JA2C463N motors (https://www....
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Can I move existing drain on the other side of the floor joist?

I'd like to move drain on the left to the side of the joist to accommodate for off-center Schluter shower tray. Is it acceptable to do in current setup? If not, can I cut shower tray 5" from the ...
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Can I use Schluter system in my shower?

Our shower is 48"x48", the drain can be positioned either on the left or left-top corner, but not in the center because bathroom main drain goes through there. Can I still use Schluter is ...
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Can I use epoxy paint over latex paint on a bathtub and shower walls?

The bathtub and shower surround is in a manufactured home and I am assuming that it is made of fiberglass. The previous owner painted the surfaces with regular latex paint. I know it will not hold up ...
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How should I fasten a new steel bathroom wall to the ceiling between joists?

I am planning to add a new 1/2 bath to main floor of my house. I am leaning towards metal studs. But I have the following two questions before I start: 2 of the 3 bath walls I will be framing will ...
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Can I use Type S mortar for shower mud bed?

I am really confused. I've read numerous posts that say that using Type-S mortar for shower bed is a no-no. I called Sakrete, and they confirmed that it's not for shower bases and more for laying ...
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Rust on Bathroom Radiator (Towel Rail)

I've a 36 Month old Bathroom Radiator (towel rail) that is connected to the central heating system and has started 'growing' rust (see pictures). Is there any method to remove the rust & stop this ...
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Does a basement bathroom exhaust fan duct need to be insulated?

We have a bathroom in a finished basement. While removing the old bathroom fan I discovered that the duct pipe leading outside is not insulated. Should the bathroom fan duct be insulated traveling ...
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Hot water in shower and washer but not other faucets

I have no hot water in bathroom or kitchen sinks but hot water does go in shower and washing machine. My water heater appears okay and runs. I run "hot" water faucet in sink for a minute but ...
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Having trouble with mold in one spot

This is between a toilet and a bathtub. For whatever reason moisture is condensing here everyday. It is dry after a shower but at some point overnight it starts condensing. My main question is what is ...
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Concerned about how shower liner was installed

My contractor installed shower liner, he will be adding corner dams, so I am sure if I should be concerned about how he handled outside corners. In right one he cut piece of the lining instead of ...
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Can I use screws or nail to fasten shower liner?

I've read articles where either one is used to secure shower liner to studs when making a shower bed. Is one better then the other?
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Basement bathroom rough in pipes

Could someone help me identify the pipes for my rough in basement bathroom? Im pretty sure the larger (1) is for the toilet but I’m not sure what the other two are for. Is the large black top (4) for ...
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How do I check bathroom plumbing vent?

I have an addition where the toilet clogs every few weeks. You can hear it coming a few flushes before the back up with a LOT of gurgling in the pipes. I "fix it" by running the shower, and ...
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