Questions tagged [bathroom-fixtures]

Bathroom fixtures include things like safety handrails, faucets, shower heads, towel bars, toilet paper holders, shower caddies, soap holders and so on. Use this tag for questions about installing, repairing and possibly troubleshooting them.

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How to replace the bulb in my light fixture

I'm trying to replace the light bulb in this fixture in my washroom. I was able to unscrew the bulb by slowly moving the bulb anticlockwise squeezing my hand through the glass however I'm unable to ...
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How to offset the effective location of a wall sconce?

A relative asking for help - didn't notice earlier that the construction crew located the right hand wall sconce really close to a corner: Ideally, the location would vertically center of the lower ...
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Drill hole size for a given screw size in tile

I need to install a grab bar in a ceramic-tiled shower. I plan on drilling through the tile and screwing into studs (no anchors) with stainless steel screws. I know I need to use a carbide or diamond ...
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No water in shower

We have replaced the water cartridge in the shower because of low water pressure, now we have no water coming out of it. We have tried seeing if it was upside down. And no change... please help
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Does anyone know the brand on this bathroom faucet?

This faucet was here when we bought the house and we need to replace it but don’t know the brand/type. We’d like to replace with the same faucet if possible to match our other sinks. The previous ...
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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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Water stream does not start for first half of tap rotation

The water in my bath sink faucet starts flowing only when the faucet has been turned halfway by 45 degrees. I would imagine water to start flowing slowly right from the start. Please watch the 10 ...
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Rapid, repetitive water hammer

I've got a 1953 single-story house, with all copper water piping. When turning on the shower upstairs, there is frequently some serious water hammer. I'm familiar with water hammer that goes "...
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How to safely hang this bathroom mirror and medicine cabinet

While opening the medicine cabinet last night I felt it move away from the wall! When I took off the cabinet it appears that the person that installed it just drilled screws into a horizontal sheet of ...
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Bent Metal on Light Fixture

I recently bought a light fixture with a bent frame. Any ideas on how to bend the metal back to original shape without causing damage or discoloration to the metal?
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Dual/Stacked switch available for 1 switch being a dimmer for the overhead LED and the other for the Bathroom fan/light on/off only?

Situation I have is a dual/stacked switch in the bathroom. One of the switches is on/off for the vanity lights and the other is for the bathroom fan/light. I changed my lighting to LED fixtures and ...
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What is the point of extra T pipe under my vanity?

I noticed there is an extra T pipe under my vanity for cold water. It goes to basement and it looks like there is a hole in it as well. I cannot understand what does it do? It looks like there is ...
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Does this stem have a washer that I can replace?

My bathroom sink cold water faucet was leaking into the cabinet (related post). I took apart the faucet stem to see if there was a washer I could change and I do not understand what I am looking at (...
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How to get at the washer inside this bathroom sink faucet

I want to replace the washer in the cold water faucet (see photo) because there is a slow leak under my bathroom sink (related problem ). This is as far was I was able to go in taking apart the faucet....
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Bathroom sink dripping into cabinet: How to fix it?

There is a slow leak in the cabinet under my bathroom sink. It seems to be coming way up at the top of the cabinet, from a black plastic connector. (See photo.) I tightened the black plastic ...
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Seal a Universal Tub Spout

Trying to replace the bath tub spout for a front-end threaded connection, I found a "Universal" tub spout (and in fact could not find a front-end-threaded-only tub spout at the local ...
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How to attach claw feet to cast iron bath

Trying to attach the feet to our victorian bathtub is turning out to be more challenging than we initially thought. I have looked online, so far none of the baths seem to have the exact fitting we do, ...
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How to remove curtain rod holder

I have curtain rod holder which I am not able to remove from wall. Netiher it rotates nor i can pull it out. I don't want to use any pressure too much because I don't want to damage the tiles. Any ...
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Why has my bath tap gotten stuck/stripped loose twice?

Bathroom about 5 years old, thermostatic valve on bath filler. Twice now the valve has gotten impossible to turn, like it’s gritted up inside somehow. I replaced the cartridge before but this seems ...
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Best way to paint plastic chrome sink fittings?

I've just installed a matte black faucet and would like the drain and overflow covers, which are currently chrome, to match. (See first picture.) The fittings are plastic. They should be easy enough ...
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Are all shower arms removable?

I was wondering if all shower arms are removable because I am unable to figure out how to remove one?
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Wire bathroom fan with light and vanity light?

Can anyone guide me on how to wire a bathroom fan with light and vanity light with one hot wire ? [![enter image description here][3]][3] [3]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/TZfuN.jpg![enter image ...
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Can I replace a shower cartridge with the water on by forcing it against the water pressure?

My cold water valve is frozen open, water is leaking from the spout and the building won't turn off my tier for 2 weeks.
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How do I remove the rest of this Moen faucet handle?

I don't know the exact Moen model number of this bathroom facuet, but I need to replace the cartridge below one handle to stop a slow leak its causing from the tap. I've removed the little cap on top ...
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Can you DIY replacing shower door hardware?

Chrome hardware was mistakenly installed on our shower door. The contractor's quote is too high for a replacement to black. Is it possible to DIY? What materials would be needed to change the ...
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Drilling steady holes horizontally on ceramic

I need to drill holes in the bathroom ceramic tiles to hang some accessories. I am using a cordless drill, which is actually an electric gun-shaped screwdriver claiming to act as a drill. It has no ...
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How to fix leak in bathroom sink at rubber gasket of drain assembly

I've just installed a new drain assembly from home depot on a new cultured marble bathroom sink. I followed the steps in this fabulous video to prevent leaks, including putty plumbers putty around/on ...
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How do I shorten pre-installed ducts without cutting into the ceiling?

Upgrading a bathroom fan and I need room to convert a 3" duct to a 4" flapper on the fan (about 7" of length overall). The ductwork is rigid sheet metal and ran directly to the old fan. ...
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Can I install a sink sprayer with a bathroom faucet?

I purchased a vessel type sink faucet made for bathrooms and installed it in my kitchen. How can I add a sink sprayer? If it has to be all cold water thats ok, but I think its possible to have a mixer ...
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What can I replace an 8-spline handle with?

My bathroom, built in the 1930's, is missing one of the wall-mounted shower handles. The stems are 8-spline and I can't find any 8-spline handles that aren't 1930's antiques. I would rather not ...
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Is this type of under-sink connection appropriate?

I had my bathroom remodeled about 6 months ago and today I noticed water under the counter. To my completely untrained eye, the plumbing connection between the sink and the drain line looks hacky. The ...
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Cant remove brackets on underside of bathroom sink

I can’t figure out how to remove (or even turn) these brackets. Has anyone seen them or know how to work with these? I’ve done a lot of searching and can’t find anything.
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Installing a vintage bathroom sink

I recently purchased this vintage sink that was mounted in a cabinet vanity. I am wondering if it is possible to wall mount this and if anyone has any ideas on what I may need. I was thinking about ...
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Install towel warmer on a thermostat

I am considering purchasing this towel warmer Model AN-5309 for my bathroom. I am setup to hard wire the device. I would like to attach this to a programmable wall thermostat. Can anyone confirm ...
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Towel bar above wall-mounted convection heater

I am building a cozy bathroom in my basement. Due to the limited space, I am planning to install a towel bar directly above a wall mounted convection heater. Should I be worried of fire hazards of ...
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Unable to remove shower handle due to stripped allen screw

I have a shower handle similar to this one and need to replace the shower cartridge. I'm using this video but am getting stuck on the first step trying to use my Allen wrench to take off the handle. ...
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bath faucet dripping and moving!

My shower lower faucet has been dripping for a few months. Last month I tried to change the cartridge, but it didn't work. I then found it didn't drip after I tightened the faucet clockwise but now ...
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How to extend 1/2" shower connection just a little bit

I am replacing the shower head we currently have with a new one. The existing shower head used a 1/2" "S" shaped pipe with male threads on each end. The new connection is designed to ...
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Remove head from a quarter turn tap with no screw

I'm trying to install a tap (see photograph), but the tap head is getting in the way due to restricted space. I'd like to try and remove the head so that I can install the body and then reinstall the ...
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Getting single handle faucet off with no set screw

I am trying to fix a leaky single handle faucet but I cannot find a set screw or really any way to get the handle off. I tried prying off and just pulling. There are no screws under or behind the ...
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What is the type of bathroom faucet that mounts from the top?

I have a sink where the original owner remodeled into a tight space. Now I need to replace the widespread faucet and am having troubles finding the correct mounting type. Because of the tight space, ...
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Raise sink up off pedestal

We have a bathroom sink that sits on a pedestal. We are due for a full bathroom renovation in next couple years, but I need a way to deal with a problem until then. The sink was installed wrong (and/...
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Our Jacuzzi tub just stopped draining. What could be causing this? We’ve tried it all

We’ve just moved into an older home which happens to have a Jacuzzi tub. I’m sure it hasn’t been used in years, but it fired up just fine and we’ve used it 4 times. However, all of a sudden it just ...
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My shower drain is epoxied, what do I do to get the drain out?

My prefab shower drain that screws in is glued with epoxy that was used to put the tile down. I've had to remove the tile and now the drain is stuck. How can I get the drain to screw down without ...
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Fix pinhole leak on shower mixing valve

I tried removing the bonnet nut from my old Delta style shower ball valve. I tried blow torching a bit, but in the end used a plumber's wrench and ended up twisting the thin copper pipes from the ...
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Bathroom faucet stem stops loosening; can't get out

I am trying to remove the stem below to fix a dripping faucet. I use a wrench to loosen around the hex with the arrow. With some force the stem begins to loosen (the threaded-looking part below ...
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Bathroom Vanity wood getting damaged slowly

Anyway to stop this happening. I always use the fan when taking a shower still the top edge of the vanity wood is opening slowly. Anyway i can stop this and fix it ?
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Why are British "shaver sockets" limited to using a single plug at at a time, and given this, how are you supposed to use two appliances?

Is the only option either for everyone who needs another socket to get an adapter and charge things in their own rooms or constantly swap which appliance is plugged in? I live in a shared rental where ...
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Escutcheon plate doesn't cover hole in tiled shower wall

I just installed a new shower system and the new escutcheon plate is a little smaller than the old one, leaving a small gap at the bottom of the wall. It's not terribly noticeable, so I'm not too ...
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Bathroom faucet set screw not Allen or Phillips

This is a 2-handle bathroom faucet. I need to remove the handles and replace the cartridges because the faucet is leaky. My homeowners manuel says it is a Moen faucet. When I remove the cap, I see a ...
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