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Would an 18" pedestal lavatory with 4" separation from wall and toilet meet code?

First of all, I am located in Fairfax, VA. I am aiming to turn a 1/2 bathroom into a full bath. The bathroom dimensions are 7'4" x 6'4". I would like to add a pedestal lavatory, toilet and a ...
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Bath ceiling & vanity light stopped working when

I was checking outlets & the bathroom GFCI tested neutral/hot reversed. So I changed it with a new Leviton GFCI & wired it correctly & now tests good. Problem is, the ceiling & vanity ...
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Repairing shower tile, water damage, loose tiles, possibly poor installation

Background: I have a few loose tiles in my shower. I intended to just pull and replace them with new thin-set and grout. After pulling them out I realized that the damage might be more significant ...
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Bathroom Door Handle/Latch is Broken

The handle was not working properly and wouldn't activate the latch. Handle seemed to be acting as though it was locked when it wasn't. I took the plate off the latch and found that a piece of it was ...
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Can I partially recaulk a walk-in shower

Recently moved into a place and noticed there’s quite a bit of mold in the walk-in shower. It’s a walk-in shower tiled from ceiling to floor. From what I can tell the mold only exists at the bottom ...
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Can I lower the height of a sewer vent pipe joint?(2 45°)

1976 home, it had pipes routed through the empty space below/behind the 1-piece shower. I’ve ripped it out but the 45° joint on the sewer vent pipe is an inch or two too tall to fit any new alcove tub ...
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How to find the bathroom fan with unknown location

I live in a Dutch house, and when I moved in the bathroom layout was changed including the location of the ventilator grid. However even in the original layout I only knew the location of the grid and ...
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How do I fix my clogged sink with black flakes coming out?

My second floor sink in my bathroom is clogged and I have black flakes coming out every time I plunge it and the water doesn't go down. I don't know what to do to fix it. It's not happening anywhere ...
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How do I find a replacement fan motor that fits?

I have a bathroom fan mounting bracket installed in the 70's that I do not have a fan motor for. I am trying to find a replacement or figure out how to replace the whole bracket. I've tried searching ...
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Vintage Bathroom Tile Patch

I need to patch these missing vintage tiles as well as remove the tile to the right and the left of each. Substrate is very hard and tile chips easily. What tools and processes are needed to do this? ...
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Should I use leveling clips for 3 x 18 tile?

I plan on tiling my bathroom walls with 3 x 18 (2.875" x 17.625") tile. I've heard you should use leveling clips for 12 x 12 or larger tile. I'm larger than this limit in one dimension, ...
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Nutone Bathroom Fan cutting out

Our Nutone bathroom fan (no light) is cutting out. We have a timer switch (10 mins, 20 mins, and so on) and the fan will start but will often shut off after two minutes. Before calling an electrician ...
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Can I add a GFCI receptacle to the light circuit in my bathroom?

I have a 4" sq. metal box with 2 cables feeding the location. 1 cable is standard romex with a hot and neutral- no ground. The other cable is old cloth insulated with a hot, neutral and a ground, ...
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Light switch wiring help [closed]

The dimmer switch in our bathroom was replaced about a month ago. Recently the breaker just started popping. I'm not too sure if the wiring is right or what is going on. Any information on what I ...
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Replacing Shower Tile Directly on Plywood

My wife and I recently purchased a house (our first!) in which the previous homeowner added a shower stall that sits on top of a stand constructed from plywood to accommodate the shower drain. After a ...
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Advice Needed for In-Wall Tank Toilet Wastewater Pipe Installation

I am remodeling my bathroom and have ordered this in-wall tank toilet: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Swiss-Madison-St-Tropez-Back-to-Wall-Concealed-Tank-Toilet-Bowl-Bundle-in-Glossy-White-SM-WK514-01C/...
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Can a shower vent tie in to the main vent stack below the flood level of a toilet above?

I am adding a shower to my bathroom, and was planning on tying the vent into the 3" line that vents the wall-hung toilet on the floor above. Does this meet code (TBH, I'm not sure what specific ...
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What's going on with the plumbing under my bathroom sink?

https://imgur.com/a/ppYpX3B I'm wanting to replace my bathroom vanity but the amount of foam around the plumbing is making me nervous as I have no idea why it's there. Is there something going on here ...
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What does "attic access required" mean in the context of a bathroom exhaust fan?

Basically my question is, does "attic access required" mean that someone needs to physically go into the attic to install, or simply that the venting is through the top rather than out to a ...
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a foul smells lingers 1 day AFTER showering

i cannot find it anywhere. but after 1 day it start to smell bad for three days. then the smells go aways. then when i shower again the cycle starts. idk where it is comming from i also can't explain ...
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Wall behind bathroom sink

Looking for help identifying this material and how to remove it. I replaced my bathroom vanity but created a bigger job in the meantime. The vanities were different sizes so I created a gap in the ...
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Help with drywall dust, efflorescence or something else?

This stuff appears all over the bathroom floor of our home. We are sweeping it up weekly. Can anybody identify what it could possibly be? I do not know where its coming from. I basically can sweep up ...
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Bathroom Fan broken - cannot take out fan!

would really like some help/advice here. We brought our condo new construction about 11 years ago, and the bathroom fan recently stopped working. I got two handyman's to come out here already, and ...
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Open back bathroom vanity on a mid-century bathroom

I recently purchased a new bathroom vanity to replace our existing 1963 one. The problem is, most of these new vanities come "Open back". If I was installing over an existing wall, not an ...
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Installing Panasonic WhisperThin RG-T810LA in existing bathroom

So, I bought the Panasonic fan to replace an old Broan that was installed when my house was built 20 years ago. The Panasonic has a vastly different footprint, so I went up in the rafters, exhumed ...
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Installing door seal with MVHR system to prevent noise?

UK based, small apartment. I have a windowless bathroom with shower, and one mechanical ventilation heat recovery system (MVHR) linked exhaust. As such, installing a fan would involve some serious ...
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Should my bathroom vent duct go out the gable, 4ft from two other vents?

My bathroom fan seems to work OK but every few months we get black specks of mold forming on the ceiling. Both bathrooms in this house have 'popcorn' plaster ceilings, which seems crazy but is how it ...
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Need help on how to restore shower following water leaking past drain cutout from old incorrect installation with no waterproofing [closed]

The ceiling below my master bath shower started to show water damage. I cut out the drywall where it was damaged and saw that the shower drain had been improperly installed (picture 1). I don't know ...
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Roughing out shower niche

I am presently roughing in a shower niche (20" wide prefer 24") for a curbless shower (45x60), and after demoing the wall it appears the builder placed studs 24 o.c., which is fine as I will ...
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How to remove chipboard under wall

I have a rotten chipboard in my bathroom and have started removing it, but there is a part under the wall I can't reach. How do I go about removing it?
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Diagonal Cracks in drywall at corner of 1 piece shower/tub - Serious?

I am looking at a condo for sale. In the guest bath, the 1 piece tub/shower enclosure has diagonal drywall cracks extending from the left upper edge/corner (on the showerhead side) and the right ...
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How can I remove the stuck casing for this faucet cartridge?

My new house has a leaky bathtub faucet. The previous owner bought a kit and replaced the shower head and the actual spout of the tub, but then it looks like they ran into the same problem I'm having ...
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Flooding and Patch below the bathroom

There was flooding in bathroom because a tap was accidentally open. Water came out on carpet from the bathroom. Removed the water and made the surrounding dry in and around bathroom. But it resulted ...
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How to remove rock hard caulking on bathtub

i am trying to remove old caulk. The caulking removal tool doesnt work and the box cutter isnt helping. The caulk has really solidified. Any tips on how to remove would be greatly appreciated.
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How to replace this bathroom fan?

I have a dead bathroom extractor fan and I've read many posts and watched numerous videos about how to replace bathroom fans but none have helped me figure out how to get this particular one out. I ...
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Musty/wet soil/slight sour/chemical? smell on first floor in bathrooms and some areas where floor meets the ground

The smell is really hard to describe as you can see from my title. It's not on the whole floor and it comes and goes - sometimes really strong and sometimes none at all. There's no obvious pattern as ...
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Which of these areas are mold risks or pest-intrusion risks vs just cosmetic imperfections?

I have just signed a lease on a place that was a deal I couldn't pass up with the knowledge I'll want to put some work in on it myself (landlord is not great), what would be considered problematic ...
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Formica Laminate for Shower Surround

Has anyone used a laminate sheet (Formica) applied to CDX (low-grade plywood) as a shower surround? In theory I think it would work if it has no joints and is well-sealed at the corners and along ...
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Black sludge in bathroom sink pipe

I noticed the bathroom sink was draining slowly. Our 12-year-old likes to get muddy and then we soak her clothes in that sink, so I thought maybe it was just a bit of mud or debris. But no... I took ...
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Why are there gaps behind my solid-surface vanity top?

Can anyone tell me why this vanity was professional installed like this? It's like the backsplash is crooked. The backsplash is tight to the wall at the corner, then about about 15 inches to the ...
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Crack in bathroom wall

I am working on my parents home from the mid 1930s in NY and while there are hairline cracks here & there, there's this big one in the downstairs bathroom where the tub is. This bathroom doesn't ...
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Taping a drywall and Redgard’d cement board joint

I’m renovating a bathroom and I applied RedGard to my shower’s cement board. I decided to build out a wall and now have new drywall next to the RedGard’d cement board. Is too late to tape the joints ...
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Cap thick metal pipe from bathroom radiator

Have this very old radiator. Need to remove it completely. Supply pipes have not been in use for many years, so needs to be capped. Is it possible to do it myself, what tools? Or need a heavier tool ...
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How to create a sloped floor for drainage on existing flat level floor joists?

I'm building a traditional outdoor wood-fired sauna cabin. The traditional Finnish ways to build drainage is either gaps in the wood floor to allow direct drainage to the ground, or sloped floors into ...
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Can You Paint & Texture Cement Board/Backerboard

During our remodel of our bathroom shower area, we cut out the existing wall tile and some of the textured drywall around the edges. The person doing the new wall tile is going to put new cement board ...
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bathroom concrete floor patch type?

This old floor has some spalling but main concern is an area that looks like someone started jack hammering for about 3 feet long, 4 inches wide, uneven depth (max depth around 2"). Looking for ...
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What type of interior wall is this in my bathroom and how should i go about repairing it? I am a novice when when it comes to home repair

As stated in the title I'm a novice when it comes to home improvement. Unfortunately there are some cracks/holes in the bathroom as you can see in the photos and video. It isn't your typical drywall ...
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Toilet Flange is higher than the subfloor and slightly angled - Keep. or replace?

I'm about to install new vinyl flooring but noticed that the toilet flange is rusted a bit, slightly angled, and higher than the subfloor and the new floor. https://imgur.com/RjfDeRs Should I cut out ...
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Getting latex paint overspray off a new shower insert

I was spraying my bathroom right after a new shower insert was installed. I guess some masking blew back and I got latex paint overspray all over the insert. Of course, I didn't realize it until it ...
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Raceway wiring in a bathroom next to sink

I am rehabbing my bathroom in a 1923 bungalow in Chicago. I have one outlet on GFCI above the sink and it's to the left of it. I want to run a raceway wire to my wall and up and install a ventilation ...
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