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 can I connect a bath wall spout intended for copper to a brass water supply outlet?

I'm in the process of remodeling a bathroom and am getting ready to tile the walls surround the tub/shower. I'm stumped on how to connect the bath spout. The spout looks like this: As you can see,...
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How to clear the clogged washbasin?

The washbasin in my bathroom is clogged very badly and I have no idea how can I clear it. I'm in Germany and their systems are very new to me and I don't even know what I should do on my own. Back ...
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Any ideas how to replace bulb in this bathroom ceiling fan?

This is an old bathroom ceiling fan & light fixture. The bulb has gone out, now I cannot find away to open it and replace the bulb. There are no screws that I can see. I played around with glass ...
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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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Tub installation/level questions

I am remodeling our bathroom, and we got a new tub/surround made by American Standard. They're both direct to stud installations. The tub came with a large piece of horizontal plywood along the ...
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How to tighten fitting on pipe in very small space

While replacing the washer in a bathroom tap/faucet, I've accidentally loosened the fitting (e.g. the tap now turns when I turn the tap "handle"). Here is a photo of the underside of the sink, with ...
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Mounting mirrored bathroom cabinet to plasterboard wall without usable stud

I have a bathroom cabinet which weighs in at 14.5kg (empty). The cabinet says that the screws should be "into material, not plaster board". The problem is that the horizontal spacing between the ...
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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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Why would my shower only have hot water?

I bought a house a couple years ago and the previous owners added a small bathroom in the basement. The shower only has hot water and I don't know why. The toilet and sink next to it both have cold ...
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How can I attach a light to a tiled wall without having a socket (also avoid drilling)

In the bathroom the sink has as usual above a mirror. The wall behind the mirror and the sink has tiles. The light is only in the ceiling. How could I add some light (source) above the mirror if there ...
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How often should I wash my hands when cleaning the bathroom? [closed]

As someone with a little touch of OCD, I find that I feel stressed when cleaning my bathroom because I worry about cross contamination. When I finish cleaning one part of the bathroom floor, and then ...
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Hot water faucet handle stripped

Is there anything I can pack into my reproduction bathroom sink hot water faucet handle to stop it from slipping/spinning? The teeth are stripped and I'd really prefer to not have to replace it.
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Thermostatic shower valve with tankless gas heaters

Are there any benefits to using thermostatic shower valves when my tankless gas heathers already limits its maximum temperature at 48°C (it can only reacho more up to 65° by disabling the safety ...
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How to remove a sheet metal screw from the threaded end

I'm trying to remove the metal box that holds a bathroom exhaust fan into the ceiling. I've got all the wood screws out but there are 2 sheet metal screws that appear to connect the box to the duct ...
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What is this red sediment inside our sink aerator?

Does anyone know what this red slime/gunk is inside our sink aerator? Besides replacing the aerators, is there anything else we should do? The red sediment is in the aerator of the sink and one of ...
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Is it safe to flush a high pressure toilet that hasn't been flushed in > 3 years?

The short version is that I have a high-pressure toilet that hasn't been flushed in more than three years. According to my previous tenant, there is a leak in the rubber gasket between the tank area ...
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Rust on bathtub feet. Any way to provide support to bathtub without disassembling bath unit?

I have a Bette steel enamel bath similar in shape and dimensions to the one below. The bath unit is supported by four support feet in the same configuration as the image below. It's set sideways into ...
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Condensation on bathroom vent

MY bathroom vent goes directly into the attic space,no pipe. It is getting warmer outside and my attic is very hot. When the Air conditioning is turned on the vent fan drips. How can I fix this?
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Quarter turn bathroom tap: Valve removal

I am dealing with a bathroom tap and wanting to replace the quarter turn tap valve as the tap is leaking. Here is the tap (I cannot find any brand details) Here is a close up of the cold tap: I can ...
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Can pvc fittings and pvc pipe be used to install tube and shower fixture

Can pvc fittings and pipe be used to install tub and shower fixture.
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How can I determine where power enters my bathroom light circuit?

How do I determine if the power source is going right into the 3-gang box of switches, or directly to one of the fixtures (1 vanity light and 1 light/exhaust fan combo)? What is the best way to ...
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What to use to seal around fixtures when tanking a drywall bathroom?

After I hang the drywall there is some gaps between the fixture and the drywall board (yes, I'm using greenboard that will be tanked/redgard/kerdi/etc, no backerboard in Brazil), what is the best way ...
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Grounding wires

For a light fixture, if I ground the wire to the light fixture and the wire in the box is also grounded, do I need to connect the two grounded wires? The cooper wire within the box is extremely short,...
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Life span of an average flexible water hose

What is the life span of an average flexible water hose? Thank you
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Sub-floor trouble in bathroom

I have to rip out a rotted section of sub-floor in a handicapped bathroom. It's 3/4 in. osb with 1/4 in. plywood on top. The contractors that had built this apartment just 4 years ago put no cement ...
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I am trying to identify the brand of this bathtub faucet

I am wanting to replace this bathtub faucet without changing the plumbing behind the wall. I am assuming by identifying the brand/type of faucet already installed I could have success by getting ...
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Is there a special tool to remove this shower cartridge cover?

Underneath the shower handle I've found this interesting design where there's a cover or shroud encapsulating the cartridge. The threading on it is interesting: the threading isn't required for the ...
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How do you wire and replace an old bathroom vanity light fixture

I am replacing a bathroom light fixture in an old condo built in the 70s. There is armored cable coming into the fixture from the wall. From my understanding is that I need to do these steps, 1) ...
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Mounting a hair dryer holder to a tile wall

I don't have space in the bathroom for the hair dryer and therefore wish to attach a hair-dryer holder to the wall. The walls have tiles on them. Example: http://www.hood.de/i/foenhalter-...
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Shower needs turning too far to turn off and drips constantly

Hoping someone can assist here. Have had this shower for around a year. The on/off is a round knob to twist with a smaller temperature dial inside that. Anyway, when we turn the shower off, we have ...
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Replace Insides of Old Leaky Push/Pull Tub Valve

I have a leaky push/pull shower/tub valve that caused some wall damage. I have taken off the outer components but I can't see any obvious way to open the valve so that I can replace the insides, ...
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Leaking shower head at the head itself under pressure

My shower head is leaking while under pressure. Like there is a gasket blown where the face of the shower head meets the rest of the head. Any idea why? its oval so there is no unscrewing it. if i ...
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Sink water won't get hot unless shower is on

The sink tap takes 20+ minutes to even get lukewarm, never hot. I have lived with this for a while until I made an interesting discovery the other day. When the shower (in the same bathroom) was ...
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Bathroom light and fan combo safety and wiriing

I am putting a new bathroom light and fan combo in my bathroom. I already have a light above the mirror of the bathroom that provides light for the rest of the area. However the fan/light combo I ...
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Replacement for Jacuzzi tub faucet with both handles on one side

Our Jacuzzi tub faucet has both hot & cold controls on the same side. I am looking to replace it, but cannot seem to find anything like it on the net. Everything I see has the controls on either ...
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bathroom sink has almost no cold water

I have a interesting problem, my bathroom sink cold water tap has good water pressure and water flow but when you turn the tap it goes from cool to warm to hot rather quickly without ever touching the ...
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Shower leaks when valve is shut off but doesn't leak when the valve is slightly open

Our contractor left in the middle of the shower job and we noticed that our shower leaks into the wall when the shower valve is completely shut off. When looking for the source of the leak, I noticed ...
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What is the proper placement for bathroom pendant sconces?

Lighting experts recommend placing bathroom sconces ( sconces used on either side of a mirror above a vanity ) at eye level of the end user. Doing so reduces shadows. What about bathroom pendant ...
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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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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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What is the function of the metal mesh in the rubber grommet for the showerhead?

Our previous showerhead literally came apart in my hands, so I bought and installed a new one today. The first grommet connecting the ball joint to the shower pipe has a metal mesh disc in the middle....
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How can I attach 1 3/8 pipe to 1 1/2 inch abs?

I am trying to install a new vanity and the age of my house is killing me. The pipe coming out of the floor is 1 3/8 inch pipe. I have a new sink drain that is 1 1/4 inch so I have a trap adapter for ...
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Round or elongated toilet seat? [closed]

Not 100% sure if these are elongated or round seats. (I don't have physical access to verify.) Exhibit A Exhibit B
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How to loosen glass bulb cover from metal base?

I need to replace one of the lightbulbs in my bathroom's lightbulb fixture. The bulb itself is a halopin bulb that inserts with a metal hook, but its covered by a glass cage/receptacle that should ...
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How do I remove these bathroom faucet fittings with limited space?

I have a faucet I am trying to remove to replace, seen below. It appears there is a nut holding it to the bottom of the sink, but I can't get a basin wrench around the nut and plumbers sockets won't ...
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how to remove quarter turn tap valve with no flat parts

I am trying to remove a quarter turn tap valve from a bathroom sink mixer tap. All the guides I've found expect there to be a hexagonal part on the valve to use a spanner to unscrew it, but this one ...
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Any thoughts on how to remove this faucet / handle

Hoping to find some help here as I am at a loss. Does anyone have any thoughts on how to remove this fixture. There are no brand marks and I don't know who installed it. The handles don't have any ...
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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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Humidity sensing fan installation

I am installing a humidity sensing fan (Delta GBR80H) into a bathroom where no fan existed before, only have a light switch. What is the best way to accomplish this?
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How find out what the second switch button is for in bathroom?

Long story short, I'm trying to install one sensor switch for both fan and light in the bathroom. I have one light switch outside the bathroom. Inside the bathroom there is 2 gang switch box with 2 ...