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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 do I mount this towel rack that was ripped off the wall?

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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How can I stop a toilet seat from rapidly loosening?

The seat on my toilet always works itself loose. It has plastic thumb-screw-style nuts that tighten on to bolts on the underside of the toilet. The left nut works itself loose over the course of a ...
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Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?

I want to install a towel bar in my bathrooms - and I went to Home Depot to get one - but all of their towel bars were 24 inch... This to me is weird. Do all people just mount their towel bars to a ...
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How do I tighten this bathroom faucet?

My bathroom faucet is loose on the countertop. It wobbles and rotates when lifting and turning on the water. Underneath it looks like the following pictures. (It's above and behind some drywall, so ...
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How to limit bathroom shower water usage by time?

I have a teenage daughter whose showers are getting longer all the time and I am getting tired of fighting with her about taking all the hot water. Therefore, my question is about installing a device ...
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How can I fix/modify my tub/shower combo so the water comes out of the showerhead?

My house has a guest bathroom that has a shower/tub combo, but I realized there seems to be no way to get the water to come out of the showerhead instead of the faucet. There is a volume and ...
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How can I repair a towel bar with one end ripped out of the wall?

I'm in desperate need of assistance. I'm a tenant living in a rented apartment and one end of the towel bar just fell out of its socket! Can anyone tell me how, if possible, I can fix it myself ...
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Bathroom Light Fixture with no stud or box

I uninstalled my old bathroom light fixture to replace it with a nicer light but found that there is no stud and no wall box behind the sheet rock. The old light fixture is very light but the new one ...
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Why does dirt appear after we turn off water either to the house or under the sink?

I had to call the plumber to come out a few times recently to work on my kitchen faucet or bathroom faucet. Each time, he either turned off the water under the sink or turned off the water to the ...
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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 the handles from this faucet

My bathroom faucet is leaking around the base of my right handle. With previous faucets I've been able to use a set screw to loosen the handle and replace the washer. With these, though, I can't ...
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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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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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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 can I remove and re-install a towel rack without destroying the wall? [duplicate]

I'm living in a single home rental, so I have to be careful not to damage the walls. Recently, a guest must have grabbed the towel rack to avoid a fall, as it is now pulled away from the wall. It ...
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How can I fix a wall mounted towel hanger

A towel hanger fastened with a drywall fastener has been ripped out of the wall. How can I repair the hole and reattach the towel hanger?
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Are there advantages to running separate lighting circuits to my addition?

I'm wiring a 2-story addition to my house, each floor of the addition is a bathroom and closet. I will be running two receptacle circuits, one for each bathroom, each protected by a GFCI receptacle, ...
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What type of anchor is this and how do I remove/replace/tighten it?

I have a loose toilet roll holder and trying to tighten it. The issue seems to be that one of the drywall anchors is loose. I don't know what type of anchor it is nor how to tighten or replace it. Any ...
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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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Did I ruin my bathroom faucet during descaling?

I wanted to descale my bathroom faucet (for taking showers), so I put some vinegar on a tissue and put it on the faucet. I left it for 7-8 hours and when I wake up my faucet looks like this: It has ...
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How do I fix/fill this void left by previously tiling around a bathroom vanity

Previous home owners tiled around a vanity, then the vanity needed to come out. Now this void approximately one inch deep is left, and we want to fill it and retile so we can use a wider variety of ...
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Turning off a towel rail

My friend moved to a flat in UK a few months ago, and his electricity bill is soaring. There is no gas in the flat, only electric heating. One curious thing I noticed is that the towel rail (similar ...
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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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What is this light fixture type? I have never seen it anywhere before. (North America)

A couple of these lights went out in my bathroom. Brought the light-bulb to HomeDepot where staffs there also couldn't identify it. No other markings found except for the "Type T Shielded" ...
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What is the point of a shower diverter?

Let me explain what I mean. Most googling leads to tub related setups, but my setups do not include tubs. Lately I have been seeing these diverters in many newer bathrooms(my own new one in SG, and ...
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Should I replace this cracked bathroom wall tile?

Just had someone install ceramic tiles for bathroom. But to my surprise one tile on the shower walls, appears to have a hairline crack. I asked him about it and he said it was a manufacturing cosmetic ...
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How do I remove the water/temperature control faucet if there are no visible screws?

My Delta branded shower faucet doesn't have any screws besides for two that hold the panel independently to the wall. The handles have no apparent way to be removed. Can anyone suggest a method that ...
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Bathroom fixture with no junction box, centered near PVC pipe

I took off a bathroom fixture hoping to replace it, thinking it would be a simple job. Well it turns out there's no junction box. I could just wire things up and it'll work, but that doesn't seem ...
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Why is my bathroom sink leaking around the overflow seal?

Can anyone tell me why I have water leaking out from under the actual sink? It’s coming from the overflow “Reservoir” area? The sink is draining completely fine otherwise. Just replaced the sink drain....
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2 sinks on one drain line

I have my bathroom sink rough plumbing coming from the 3" stack vent, running about 2 feet. My question is: can I use that same drain line for another sink? Reasoning: about 2 feet from that sink ...
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How do I stop a countertop soap dispenser from leaking?

I have a countertop soap dispenser. It is a Blanco 911-375 Alta Soap/Lotion Dispenser, Satin Nickel Finish filled with Seventh Generation brand dish soap. For the high-end-quality brand name, it ...
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How best to remove and replace this gasket on swivelling spigot

has worn out and is leaking. How to install the new one without damaging it?
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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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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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New Medicine Cabinet - Stud Removal

I am installing a new inset medicine cabinet. I need to add about another 1.5” inches in height to get the new one to fit. I would like to remove the header on this (it’s a true 2” stud) and replace ...
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How can I install a light fixture when the junction box is partially blocked by a mirror?

I wanted to replace light fixture in my bathroom. When I removed the light fixture I noticed that electrical box was being slightly blocked by the wall mirror which is 10ft x 5ft. (see picture) Now ...
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What's the difference between bathroom storage cabinets and vanity units?

I am modifying my bathroom to suit my needs and I came across these two terms I could not comprehend. Can anyone explain the difference between bathroom storage cabinets and bathroom vanity units?
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What can be a replacement for this brand of sink faucet?

I need to get a replacement handle for one of the sinks in the bathroom which has a broken handle. Handle is acrylic and has a square stem. I can't seem to find the name of the brand anywhere on the ...
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Removing (glued?) P trap

I don't have a lot of DIY knowledge, so I apologize if the solution seems obvious. I'm trying to replace a bathroom vanity. Tutorials for removing a P trap mention removing two nuts, but I only see ...
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I have a Broan-NuTone AER110LK Bathroom Fan with LED Light that I am installing to a single pole switch. Need help with wiring

I have a Broan-NuTone AER110LK Bathroom Fan with LED Light that I am installing to a single pole switch. Not 100% on wiring because instructions only show wiring for a two function switch. Wire from ...
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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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How to remove the handle on my Delta faucet?

One of my faucets is leaking in my bathroom sink. I have a double-handle faucet set from Delta. I removed the set screw from the cover but, for some reason, the cover still isn't coming off. I ...
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Tightening a bathroom faucet

The faucet assembly in my bathroom is loose and shakes when I turn on and turn off the faucet. Any idea on how this faucet works and can be tightened? See pictures of the top and underside.
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Metal and Plastic Bathroom Faucets are the Same? [closed]

Today I spoke to a highly reputable bathroom faucet company, and they claimed that their all metal faucets and plastic faucets (internal parts) are generally the same when it comes to quality and how ...
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How to tighten this nut underneath my pedestal sink?

I replaced a sink stopper assembly in a bathroom in my house because the stopper didn't work anymore and was clogged up. The previous one was a plastic body and I thought that I should replace with ...
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Part inside of a faucet, bath to shower diverter

While taking off my old shower hose a part of my faucet came with it. Unfortunately this small plastic part got stuck to the hose and broke while I was taking it off. It originally had 4 raised tabs ...
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How can I fix a mixing valve which doesn't control water temperature?

Earlier today, this DIY community helped me take the first step in fixing my mixing valve (which doesn't do any mixing when turned- the water stays tepid) - thank you! Now, I'm at the next stage where ...
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How to unscrew faucet nut with no room to rotate?

I need to remove a bottom mount sink faucet to replace a clogged cartridge. Unfortunately, there's no room to spin the faucet nut as it bumps into the edge of the sink. Any ideas?
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What is this metal bathroom mounting stud called?

I’m trying to fix up an old bathroom. The home was built in 1960. There’s a metal mounting stud coming out of the wall. In other bathrooms it supports a toothbrush / glass holder. What is this ...
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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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