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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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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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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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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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Should I keep a bathroom door open or closed to keep it from expanding?

Should I keep the bathroom door open or shut after a shower to keep it from expanding? What if the fan is on as well?
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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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How to Remove This Bathroom Faucet Spout

I am replacing the faucet in my guest bathroom but I am having a difficult time removing the center spout of a widespread setup (I think it is an old Moen). I have loosened the nut underneath the ...
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Can I replace Halogen fixtures with these LED fixtures?

I just moved into a new apartment, in the bathroom there are 6 lights in the ceiling and a dimmable switch next to the door. I want to change the bulbs to LEDs, but these damn halogen bulbs are ...
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How can I reattach my steam outlet pod?

I have a shower tub steam combo of an unknown brand, installed by the previous owner, and I accidentally hit the steam outlet pod, which came off. The pipe it was attached to also came off : How can ...
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Is purchasing a valve necessary when shopping for a bathroom faucet?

A product page for a bathroom sink states a "rough in valve" must be purchased separately for the purpose of installation. I wasn't sure if I really needed that because I am just going to replace my ...
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Washbasin Tap not working properly and no water pressure. Refer images

just shifted to a house and after moving in got to know about the tap situation. The house owner hasn't shown up since ages as per current roommates. Kindly view the image and suggest a solution to ...
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Installing an acrylic glass pane as a one-sided shower cabinet - feasibility & tools

I'm moving into a new place at the end of month. It's in the attic of a tenement building, and all the wall (and ceilings) are drywall. My first project is the bathroom: The bathtub doubles as a ...
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How To Cut/Shave Existing Drop In Sink To Fit New Faucets

Old but very customized Master bathroom remodel (circa 1992)included twin drop-in sinks & exclusive use of Hardin polish brass fixtures. Hardin now long out of business. Want to replace with new ...
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Optimal P Trap height

I am removing a piece of galvanized drain while in the process of replacing the vanity.The galvanized is connected to the abs drain pipe entering the waste stack by a rubber connector. In order to ...
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Tub faucet, how to attach elbow to cut pipe (partially cut threading)?

I'm working with an older fixture and most of the pipes are fused which has made it unwieldy. I'm a novice at plumbing as well. I've attached a picture of the faucet plumbing. Valves still work fine ...
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Tub faucet handle will not come off

The right tub faucet handle absolutely will not come off and may have become fused. I've tried a variety of ways and angles with maximum personal force (I'm a large guy) and even bought a faucet ...
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Controling of bathroom light by using Magnetic Switch (Sensor) [closed]

I want to control bathroom light by using Magnetic Reed Switch (Sensor). When enters inside light should be ON & after coming out light should be OFF.
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Waterproof front lip of shower pan that is beveled for entry?

I have a 36" x 60" pre-formed fiberglass/acrylic showerpan in white color. I have had an issue come up that I thought would not be so big of deal but now I can see it is. 3 of the sides of the pan ...