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 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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Will this shower set work as a replacement in my tub?

Hi I bought a new tub and shower set and want to replace the existing ones. I heard that for 'Shower Faucet Trim Plate and Handle', the new size/model needs to match with the current size/model. I ...
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What size pipe should be used when converting from single to double Bathroom Sink?

Our bathroom had an optional double sink in the main bathroom from when the house was built (before we lived in it). Based off of water temp alone I'm guessing that the toilet & sink are on the ...
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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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Help identifying unusual type of toilet flush button

My toilet has an unusual type of button to flush it, which is shown in these pictures: The top part which you actually push and the base both unscrew from the shaft in the middle (which is connected ...
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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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Faucet is secured in a strange way. How can I remove it?

I've replaced a decent amount of faucets but I've never seen something like this. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to remove it so I can replace it? The faucet is broken to the point where ...
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Metal and Plastic Bathroom Faucets are the Same?

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 remove this bathtub diverter spigot?

I'm trying to remove a bathtub diverter spigot, but I can't tell whether it is a screw-on or a slip-on (with a hex bolt at the bottom). My spigot has the notch where a hex bolt would normally be, but ...
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Which adhesive sealant for bathroom fixture escutcheons?

I'm installing some shower fixtures and the escutcheons need to be sealed and adhered properly but I'm not sure how to do this the right way. Here is a photo of all 4 fixtures/escutcheons. I'll refer ...
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How to Get Light Cover Off!

I've tried turning, and the light cover is loose but no matter how much I turn it, it is not coming off. Any help/tips would be appreciated.
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No Go with Faucet Puller to Remove Handles

Trying to replace double sink bathroom faucets from the 1980s and after removing setscrews tried to pull of handles after oiling them and using a Husky faucet puller. No luck with the Husky and no ...
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Incorrect shower tap handle

The shower tap I’m looking at is a two control one: one for hot/cold and one for pressure/tub/shower. The hot/cold works fine, but the other one is not gripping correctly. The only way the current ...
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How can I adjust the operational tension of a Delta shower faucet?

My Delta Monitor 1300/1400 series faucet was repaired by a neighbor because it dripped from the shower head. Now it works and there is no leak but it's waaaay too easy to push. Like you touch it with ...
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2 shower heads and 1 rain head…low flow

I hope someone can help because I'm truly lost here since I'm not a plumber. We just had our house built and it was completed just 3 months ago. We have a 50 gallon electric water heater and it ...
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Will a widespread 8“ offset faucet also replace an existing 12” offset faucet?

I have a bathroom faucet (image below) which I think is a widespread 12" (closer to 12 1/4"?) offset, if I am using the terminology correctly. This faucet leaks profusely around the base of ...
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Can someone help me identify this fixture?

I am trying to find out what fixtures to purchase for this valve ? I found some numbers on these, but even googling them the entire day did not result in anything fruitful. Hoping if someone knows ...
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Bath tub spout still drips a little after replacing, is this normal?

I didn't notice the leaking from the spout until some guests told me. It was dripping big drops. The spout is the type installing using hexa bolt. I bought the replacement at HomeDepot and followed ...
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Replace pop-up with flip sink drain covers?

I had my house replumbed to code and put new sink basins in with pop up wastes. But I find that the water drains slowly, and the brand I'm using breaks easily so that they don't click in and out. I've ...
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At what height should support handrails be mounted in a home?

Mom broke her hip, and I am trying to make her home more elder-friendly while she is in rehab. While I have found lots of hardware that is available, I have not yet been able to find specs, such as ...
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I have an indoor swimming pool - can I have a large mirror, or will it be steamed all the time?

I have a dehumidifier in my indoor swimming pool room, I would like a large dance mirror on the wall - would it be constantly covered in condensation. My room humidity is controlled to 50%. Just don’...
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Best way to install fixed bathroom shelves

My contractor had installed 4 bathroom shelves but three of them have fallen down. These I guess require glue. Is that the problem? Is there another way to install them so like with screws so it will ...
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How do I wire multiple switches for my bathroom lights and fan?

I am redoing a bathroom and onto my wiring. I am installing (4) recessed lights, (1) fan, and three switches. I want one switch to control (2) recessed lights, the next switch to control the other (2)...
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difficulty of replacing bathroom fan

I have a fan in one of the bathrooms of a 1930s house and there's a relatively low ceiling. The fan seems to work ok and it's in pretty decent shape(seems to be from 2013), but I think we need a bit ...
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Shower head with easy on/off switch

I am making a new bathroom with tub where I want the shower to have easy on/off system. I can't find such thing at homedepot or lowes. Typically you have to dial the mixer starting from to warm and ...
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What tool is used to tighten a short pipe nipple?

What tool is used to tighten a short 1/2” x 1 1/2” nipple that screws into a shower valve behind the wall? Well a nipple extractor work if you turn it in the opposite direction (clockwise )?
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What is this and how can I remove it?

I have a very small combination bathtub/shower. There is not much room to begin with and I am already bumping and banging into things. There are two what I'll call "racks" on the wall inside the ...
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How can I prevent reverse air flow from bathroom fan?

I have a second floor bathroom that has a ventilation fan which exits to the roof. Whenever I take a shower there is an incredible amount of freezing air (midwest winter) that is coming in through the ...