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Bathroom exhaust fan without duct

I just found out that our bathroom exhaust fan has no duct attached to it. Our current fan is Panasonic FV-08VQ2 (90 CFM, 4" duct diameter). The fan just blows the air to the inaccessible attic. There ...
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wiring a bathroom exhaust fan to a continuous circuit [duplicate]

We are adding a bathroom fan to our bathroom that never had one. We found power from the attic that we may be able to use. This power joins the hallway ceiling light to the hallway switch. We would ...
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Need help roughing out DWV for new double sing location

I am trying to move a double sink vanity to the wall on the left where we closed in the closet door. This 1977 floor plan didn't make a lot of sense to us so we are doing a full remodel of the ...
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Will it cause problems to shower without the exhaust fan and only turn it on afterwards?

If the exhaust fan was not turned on until after the shower is complete (say, 30 min. after the water is first turned on), is that enough to cause mold/mildew/paint issues? The mirror is foggy during ...
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Is it necessary to shut off the water in order to tighten a handle on a Moen faucet?

I have a Moen faucet. The handle unscrews. Do I need to shut off the water to remove the barrel shape under the handle in order to tighten the handle?
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What is the purpose of a bathroom fan filter? What is the risk of not using a filter?

Our bathroom fan filter was worn out and very dirty with cigarette smoke from the previous tenant¹, so we removed it. We could replace it, but why does a bathroom fan need a filter in the first place?...
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How can I add a second light to my bathroom circuit?

I am new to the forum and this is my first major project. I am looking for some help for adding a vanity light above my sink, and wiring it to the existing switch that controls the ceiling light so ...
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How to grout in order to minimize uneven tile spacing?

I have tiled my shower wall with hexagonal tiles & subway tiles. I am about to grout both walls BUT because the hexagonal tiles don't space out evenly, I am afraid white grout would show the ...
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How do I get rid of toilet stains?

So my friend said I could rent out his place for free if I can get it clean and the person was here last didn't take very good care of it. The toilet looks like it hasn't been cleaned in ages and ...
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Should AAV be installed prior to water testing new DWV system?

I'm adding a bathroom in my house and preparing for my rough-in inspection which will involve plugging the main waste line and filling everything with water to test for leaks. I'm using an air ...
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New bathroom mirror covers a junction box

I’m attempting to replace the vanity mirror in my daughter’s bathroom. The old mirror is wired for electric lighting, but the new mirror is just a mirror with no attached lighting fixture. My ...
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How to fix cracked bathroom tiles?

Only two of the tiles are cracked and one portion of grout chipping away (first picture). I think it's because the surface is uneven and poor cushioning. I know people would ideally rip open the whole ...
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Plunger doesn’t stop all water

I put in a pvc linkage and plunger and it’s not stopping the water from draining slowly from tub. I tried all positions on it and same result. I bought a brass setup and cannot get plunger down far ...
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Can I install a bidet seat/washlet without a tank?

I'm interested in adding a washlet to my toilet seat (like this one for example https://www.brondell.com/swash-300-bidet-toilet-seat/) but I'm not sure if I can do so given that my toilet doesn't have ...
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When to vent new half bathroom plumbing

I am planning the install of a new half bathroom in an existing space in my home. There is currently one full bathroom, that is on the second story of the house. The soil/vent stack runs vertically ...
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Installing a shelf in the bathroom

I am trying to mount the following shelf in my bathroom: Backside of shelf: The current screws I have for the shelf: Close up: My question: Are those the correct screws? Do they fit? Seems really ...
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Replacing Multi-turn Toilet Valve

As you can see above, I've got three bathrooms with 1/2" galvanized pipe multi-turn toilet valves I'm wanting to replace with quarter turns. I originally was planning on just breaking loose the old ...
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Toilet and given vertical soil stack and no wall space behind

I'm planning out a new second floor bathroom in a historic home and I'm not finding many examples. The best placement for the soil stack is to come up directly under the toilet. The best place for ...
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Can I wire-nut together and cut a switch out of my overhead fan?

I have replaced my bathroom extractor fan with a new model. The new model comes with a single-gang controlled switch which is wireless. You can slot it into the 1-gang box, but it doesn't need any ...
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How to best secure claw foot tub feet

In my new home, there is a cast iron claw foot bathtub with poorly attached feet. The feet are slightly wobbly and one of them falls off any time the tub moves at all. So far it has not fallen out ...
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Are these bathroom vents?

I was looking at a house and the bathrooms appear to have no exhaust fans. It does have these little things that look like they might be vents of some sort. Could they be sufficient for ventilation to ...
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A new boiler and the shower has no hot water. Cold water flow is fast. Any ideas on how to fix the problem?

I have a new Viesmann 50-W boiler installed two days ago by an engineer from a company. There is no hot water when using the shower (upstairs) because the boiler does not turn on to heat the water. ...
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Overflow pipe has come off the sink

We have a Corian sink and the plastic over flow pipe has popped loose. It looks like a cable tie was used on it. We put it in in 2012 Double sinks. The other sink is fine. I don’t want to call the ...
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Can I use cement backer board as a subfloor? [duplicate]

Would it be correct to tack HardieBacker to the floor joists directly or is it necessary to lay exterior plywood when renovating/installing a new bath floor? my home is 140 years old and the floor ...
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Bathroom ventilation system with electric fan

tl;dr Why am I prohibited from using electric fan in natural / gravitational ventilation system, if there is an additional 2,5 meter long horizontal pipe between ventilated bathroom and the wall? Two ...
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Can I use 12-2 wire on a 20amp breaker to power an entire bathroom?

I have a half bathroom I was going to power with a dedicated 20 amp circuit breaker. I was going to use the 20 amp breaker to power: vanity light shelf light (Phillips hue light strip) outlet ...
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Bathroom window block joints getting green

I am a first-time homeowner and I started seeing the color of the material between window blocks of my bathroom turn green over the 6 month time period of moving in. I am wondering: what is the cause ...
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Can I attach heavy glass enclosure to plastic shower

The shower surround is attached to studs but where the heavy glass enclosure should attach there are no studs. Is there some kind of anchor I can use to attach to the plastic only? Thank you!
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Re-purpose old water heater vent for bathroom exhaust fans

We just had our old gas water heater replaced with a tankless unit, so the vent for the old tank is now unused. I'd like to install exhaust fans in our 2 small bathrooms, and ideally use the old vent ...
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Basement Bath Drain/Vent Help

I'm finishing my basement, and adding a bath in the process. I'm hoping to get some help with drain/vent questions. The current stack is right in the middle of where the new shower will be. I'm moving ...
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Re-do paint over plaster in bathroom: How to feather/match?

I want to understand what went wrong, and how to repair it: This bathroom in a loft was done in 2012. The plasterwork is really good --- smooth and shiny; but the last year or so the paint (Dulux ...
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Grout cracked & discoloured [closed]

My bathroom floor grout has several cracks - and appears to be rusting. See the image for an exemplary area. These cracks appear - in differing severeness - around the bathtub and along the wall, ...
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About the thing in bathrooms which looks like a ladder

What is the thing that is in some home bathrooms and is like a ladder (you can see it in the picture)? What is it called? What is it there for?
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How can I remove this stuck screw in my bathroom?

I'm trying to remove this tower holder, but the screw is stuck. The hole seems to be a 2mm hexagonal socket, but the allen key turns and cracks without moving the screw. I've tried other fixtures and ...
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Barn Door with no header

I want to install a barn door across the opening to the master bathroom. There is no header and I don't mind there being an open area above the door for extra air flow. What is the best way to do this?...
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What is this purpose of this access pipe in my bathroom?

In my new apartment in Spain there is an opening in the middle of the tiled floor that reveals a ~15cm diameter pipe. This descends around 60cm and has water at the bottom and some smaller pipe ...
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Are there advantages to flex duct over sheet metal for bathroom fan (other than ease of installation)?

Working on the bathroom in a currently unfinished basement and installing a fan. I have 4" sheet metal duct to use, but I know it would be a lot easier to install flex duct. I have a straight shot of ...
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Renovating bathroom, do I need to add a moisture barrier over insulation

I'm renovating my bathroom, and I have to rip out the entire bathtub and surround, so I decided to add insulation to both the external wall and the internal long edge of the bathtub surround - see ...
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How to remove bathroom sink drain with no lock nut

I'm trying to get this pipe out but I have no idea how to remove it from the sink. Any ideas?
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Sunken area under bathroom cabinets

I'm remodeling a bathroom in a Houston, TX house that was built in 1969. After removing the cabinets on each side, I found that the concrete floor is approximately 2 inches lower where the cabinets ...
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What is expectation for plumber doing finishing work in bathroom?

Last year I worked out a fair price with my plumber to do all the rough-in plumbing for our basement build out that included rough in plumbing work to pass rough-in inspection and it included a return ...
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Can't shut off towel heater?

I've just moved into this house and there is no way to twist these two knobs. How do I shut off this towel heater?
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Countertop repair

Someone left a waterbottle on our bathroom countertop and it looks like it stripped off the paint. Can this be fixed? Thanks.
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Caulking corner of showers changed grout color

I just finished up a second shower tiling project in my house. I was excited to see how much more smoothly my second tile job would go than my first. All was good until the final step of caulking the ...
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What is the yellow lever under my bathroom sink?

I'm working on a bathroom faucet that has been dripping. I turned off both shut-off valves (one to the hot and one to the cold). However, I also noticed a yellow lever on a pipe that feeds into the ...
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Multiple in-wall bathroom heaters on same circuit

I am designing the electrical for a new-construction home. Targeting NEC 2017. I have two bathrooms, each of which will have an in-wall heater. The heaters run on 240V and draw 8 amps each. I would ...
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What is this thing that holds widespread bathroom faucet handle to sink? How do I tighten it?

I have a Pfister widespread bathroom faucet. As I was working on a leak and replacing the cartridge in one of the handles, I managed to loosen the other handle completely to where this part fell off: ...
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Changing bulb in bathroom light fitting

I've tried looking for guides, but I haven't seen any other lights like mine It seems like there is a cover over the bulb but I haven't been able to remove it and even if I could I don't think the ...
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Sliding bathroom barn door covering cadet heater

This was a design decision I made a month ago and now after things putting together, I have a "duh" moment. This is my bathroom door which will have a barn door sliding to the left: Note that there ...
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New sink drain not aligned with trap

Just had a new sink installed in my bathroom and the drain hole on this new sink is centered compared to my old sink which was off center and further back. When I look underneath the sink the P trap ...

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