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How to mount a floating shelf on ridged ceramic tile

My bathroom is tiled with an extremely ridged ceramic tile and I would like to mount a floating shelf on the wall. Since the tile is ridged, the tiler is reluctant to drill holes in it for fear of ...
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Tile overlapping existing toilet flange - flange extenders don't fit

I'm replacing the toilet in the master bedroom. I pulled the old toilet off to discover the toilet flange is about 5/8" below the tile floor. I went to the store and got toilet flange extenders (the ...
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Half bath exhaust fan placement

I am installing an exhaust fan in a basement half bath and I have two places it can go. One is in the wall behind the toilet or in the ceiling above the vanity. I can't place it above the toilet ...
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Bathroom gfi won't work

Here is a picture of the gfi I have power going to it but nothing works I have checked the breaker box the light is not on the gfi but it won't let me reset it have clue
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Best tool for chrome fittings plumbing at home

Which is the best tool to work with rounded chrome fixture. Please see picture attached where chrome plating is removed using pipe wrench. The brass colour on the faucet shaft shows marring by a ...
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Is an exhaust fan required by code in a new basement half-bath?

I am building a half bath in my basement. Is an exhaust fan required by code? Since there is no shower can it be vented into unfinished space?
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Repair drain for two sinks on opposite sides of a wall

Doing a bathroom reno in a single floor ranch built in 1962. Two full bathrooms share a common wall. The vanity in each bathroom drains into opposite sides of a galvanized tee. Two inch galvanized ...
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I want to connect rain shower head - how should I disconnect this plug?

I had a renovation of my bathroom done recently by a contractor. Only thing he left not done was installing rain shower head (as it was still in transit from the e-store). He left me with this plug in ...
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Bathroom Vent Fan Upgrade

I am upgrading an undersized bathroom fan that is 50 CFM and has (possibly) a 3" to 4" exhaust pipe. The new fan, which is 150 CFM requires a 6" exhaust pipe. Do I need to rip out the existing vent ...
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How to remove shower drain cover

Right, I've recently moved into a new flat in London and it's time the drain was unblocked but I just cannot figure out how to take the drain cover off. If someone could let me know so I don't end ...
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Modern half-bath copper DWV configuration

First off: I KNOW PVC is fine. I KNOW PVC is cheap. I KNOW PVC is fast. I KNOW PVC is more flexible. I KNOW PVC would still be working [sarcasm] 300 years after I'm dead. Now that I've sufficiently ...
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Basement Rough In Decipher

Can someone help me decipher the rough in currently in our basement and identify what is what? What else needs to be done to complete the rough in before finishing the bathroom and starting to frame?
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Pvc trim aound tub?

My hex tile job came out weird near the tub. To occupy the non tiled space I had to heavily grout. I want to pvc trim the bathroom. Can I extend the trim in front of the tub in order for the profile ...
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No power to bathroom lights and two outlets

Having an issue where my bathroom lights/fans and 2 outlets will not come on. Here is what i know so far: No breakers are tripped No GCFI are tripped, i reset all of them All the breakers at the ...
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Greenboard behind acrylic panel in shower

I've been reading a bit about bathroom drywall options, and have seen that "greenboard" water-resistant drywall is not recommended for use in the shower/tub wet areas for tile backing. Does that hold ...
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Need suggestions regarding installation of a hand shower with an old style water mixer.

I would like to keep the current water mixer as it is, and install the hand shower without getting into the hassle of destroying the wall. I am looking for an aesthetic approach to it. I have to ...
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Troubleshooting a running toilet

My toilet has a slow but continual trickle of water running from the rim into the bowl. I presumed this was a misaligned float but when I pulled it up to its maximum height, the flow didn't even stop. ...
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Should I upgrade 2x6 attic floor joists by sistering some or all with 2x8s?

Our 1938 cape cod has an attic that was converted to master suite (who knows how long ago), but we've been living there for over a year. We have since decided to gut the entire upstairs and put in a ...
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Pressure Balance Vs Thermostatic Shower Body Valves

I recently installed a pressure balance valve with a single handle in my new shower to replace an old dual handle system. When the single handle is at the midpoint the pressure is good. I assume this ...
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Shower pressure reduced after renovation

I live in a 21 story building in New York City that was built in 1953. When I moved in the original shower was in place which had two separate knobs for hot and cold. I installed a Speakman Icon ...
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How to remove tile with mesh embedded in cement bed?

I am doing a bathroom remodel on a late '60s house. The bathroom tile is set on a roughly 1.5" cement bed with embedded wire mesh. I have removed a small portion with a rotary hammer with a pointed ...
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Can I put in a vented bathroom fan in my condo

I just purchased a condo in Myrtle Beach, SC - it is the first time I have owned a condo versus a house. While exploring, I found that the bathroom fans don't vent outside, they just circulate the air ...
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scaped / cracked a bathroom tile - do I need to replace?

I am regrouting my bathroom and the shower floor tile has a scrape mark / maybe not cracked through....my question is can i continue ( i can live with the mark) or is it now not waterproof ? Do I need ...
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What type of material is this and do I have a leak?

I just bought a 1923 home in Cleveland, OH, and had a weird problem with the flooring in the half bath on the main floor. As you can see from the photos, there is not only a bulge in the flooring, ...
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Bathroom Window Repair

Was hoping to get some advice. we had our windows replaced and the shower window now needs to be repaired as it was outside the scope of work for the installers. I am a home improvement novice and was ...
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Problems while replacing old bathtub with recently bought bathtub?

I'm just upgrading my old dumb bathroom with the new faucets. The biggest change during remodeling is the bathtub. The builder put in a smallish tub, and I’m now going with a luxurious soaking tub ...
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How to remove these faucet caps to replace washer

I've tried to remove the caps from the faucet so I can replace the washer to stop the drip. Maybe I'm being too careful to not damage the cap because no matter what I do, it's not coming off. Here's ...
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How do i open my toe touch drain stopper

I just got out of the bathtub of my new apartment where I was taking a soak and I went to push my toe touch bath stopper which I have never used before but it seems to be stuck and the fact that I ...
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Wiring a bathroom extractor fan

Im trying to replace a very old bathroom extractor fan(over 20 years old). We currently have an independant switch controlling the fan, a pull chord. This is independant of the lighting switch we ...
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Downstairs exhaust fan venting into upstairs?

I recently purchased a bi-level home with two full baths. The inspection didn't include ductwork, but it seems to me that the downstairs bathroom is somehow venting into the rest of the house. There ...
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Bathroom sink Overflow

I have a Bathroom sink overflow that has been clogged for over 20 years! I realized I need it to have it working properly so I have been trying to "Open It up" I have tried using CLR and the sharp end ...
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Proper material or method for making water tight seal on ceramic soap dispenser?

Background: Hi all, I have this ceramic soap dispenser seen below. After using it for a bit, it has started to leak soap where the plastic pump is screwed onto the ceramic body. I've tried screwing it ...
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Are these bends in the tub drain going to be an issue?

Im getting ready to run the drain for my basement bathroom but I'm concerned that I have too many turns in the tub drain. I had to start in the wrong direction in order to pick up a wall for a vent. ...
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Strip back to concrete or just retile?

We have taken ownership of my wife's late father's apartment which was built maybe 30 years ago. The workmanship is non existent, and tiles are held in place by adhesive tape, there's electrical ...
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Finishing old pine floors in a bathroom?

So my dad and I have this house built in 1880. Floors are 1" pine tongue and groove with no subfloor. My dad really wants to finish the pine floor in the bathroom, and while I'm not convinced this is ...
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How do I mount this towel rack that was ripped off the wall?

Hi one of my tenants sent me a pictures of my broken towel rack. What would be the most cost effective fix?
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Is there a building code for shower tile? (CA)

The folks at Lowe's told me not to place tile on top of tile, but it seems like the shower in the home I just bought has 2 layers of tiles. Is there a code for that? Or just a "suggestion" not to have ...
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How to put vinyl click-together flooring up against cove base tile?

I've got a bathroom project which (among other things) consists of putting in new 5mm click-together plank vinyl flooring. To fully explain, I need to include the fact that there was some rotten wood ...
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LED lights in series - only 2 out of 5 light

I have just fit 5 MR16 LED lights in my bathroom as well as an LED driver. The lights are 4.5W and the driver supports 24W which is just enough (4.5 x 5 = 22.5) When I turn them on, only 2 lights ...
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Is my bathtub's trip-lever plunger stuck?

I have a bathtub which is draining extremely slowly. I believe the tub's layout looks like this: I have tried several things to remove clogs, including fishing with a clothes-hanger hook, drain ...
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Bath tap - no cold water

We have a bath/shower mixer tap. There is no cold water coming out of the tap or shower. Hot is coming out of both fine. What would this problem be, can we fix it ourselves.
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Shower Panel Leaking Supply Line

I have a discontinued Hansgrohe Raindance shower panel (model 27005000). The braided cold water supply line has developed a leak (the leaky cold water line has plastic food wrap around it) I am in ...
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What to do for unused shower drain? (Prevent sewer vapors and mosquito larvae.)

I have a shower stall with a drain that is going unused. My first concern is that if the water evaporates out of the plumbing trap below, I could have sewer vapors coming up, so I pour in some water ...
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How to remove smell from exposed plywood Bathroom cabinets

Recently purchased an older home and the cabinets in the bathroom have an off smell that transfers into the towels as they sit in there. There is exposed, unfinished plywood and I’m assuming it’s ...
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Water is coming out from shower hose every time I use water in any part of my house

The shower water seem to have a life of it’s own.It is not stopping regardless. When using the sink or washing machine, even the kitchen sink, the shower stream changes dynamicly with a pumping sound. ...
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New plaster over top of exposed horsehair plaster in Bathroom

I've taken wainscoting off of my bathroom wall that seems to have been around since the house was built (1900). Under one of the walls is an exposed horsehair plaster that was done right up against ...
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How to Fill Gaps Between Hardibacker and Drywall?

Trying to figure this out. I am going to be using Hardibacker for wet areas around the tub-shower above the acrylic tub/shower surround, and drywall for the rest of the room. There will be no tile. ...
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Bathroom toilet paper holder

I have a toilet paper holder that fell out recently. The holder looks like this: What's the purpose of the alligator clips on the screws, and how should I go back reinstalling this? I can't seem to ...
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What are my options to change the finish on a faucet?

I have a copper finish bathtub faucet (Roman style), and I want to change it to match the other faucets. Can I paint it? If so what kind of paint will hold up? Can I refinish it by any other means?
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Rusty marks on bathroom sink top

I have several stains on my bathroom vanity tops that look like rust. I think they have been caused by things being left on sink tops for too long and water leaving marks around these objects. They ...