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Can I use screws or nail to fasten shower liner?

I've read articles where either one is used to secure shower liner to studs when making a shower bed. Is one better then the other?
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Basement bathroom rough in pipes

Could someone help me identify the pipes for my rough in basement bathroom? Im pretty sure the larger (1) is for the toilet but I’m not sure what the other two are for. Is the large black top (4) for ...
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How do I check bathroom plumbing vent?

I have an addition where the toilet clogs every few weeks. You can hear it coming a few flushes before the back up with a LOT of gurgling in the pipes. I "fix it" by running the shower, and ...
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Installing shower niche on outside wall

I am thinking about installing niche on outside wall. One of my concerns I have is that if siding needs to be changed, during installation of the new one, nails can go through the plywood and ...
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PEX Homerun vs T&B with 1/2in Supply

I'm adding a small bathroom to my detached garage. I've read lots on home run vs trunk and branch, I've got a pretty good idea of the pros and cons of each. Issue for me is, I've got 1/2in copper ...
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digital shower fed from shower pump -- low or high pressure?

We currently have a gravity-fed salamander shower pump (this one https://www.salamanderpumps.co.uk/product/ct-50-xtra-ct50-xtra/12) and would like to use it to feed a digital mixer shower (this one ...
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Wood ceiling in bathroom

We are remodeling (actually, rebuilding) our bathroom in our 1930s farmhouse and when taking out the old ceiling, we encountered an old wooden ceiling with exposed beams. This old ceiling we can't ...
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Took apart bathroom outlet now I can't get it back together again [closed]

I was getting a reverse neutral on bathroom outlet so I took it apart to fix it but now I don't know how to put it back together again.
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Shower tile cracking horizontally in two corners

I was cleaning my shower today and noticed two new hairline tile cracks (they weren’t there when I cleaned last week). Both are in the third row up and both cracks span the corners. 6 tiles total are ...
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Black lines in shower wall tiles join areas

I have these black lines in the join areas of my wall tiles from my shower: They are both in the lower part, where the wall meets the floor. I have similar lines near the drain: I have tried to fix ...
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Sister i-joist for subfloor install?

I am doing a small bathroom remodel that turned big...now replacing a 4' by 4' section of subfloor thanks to discovering surface mold on the subfloor (no rot). The joists are 16" on center and lo ...
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12x24" Porcelain Tile over 2x6x1.5" T&G Spanning 48" Beams

I have some questions in regards to installing 12x24" porcelain tile over 1/2" plywood underlayment that sits above 2x6x1.5" T&G subfloor that is supported by posts and beams on 48&...
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Fiberglass Bathtub refinishing keeps peeling

My fiberglass bathtub is peeling again, and needs to be refinished again for the third time. It generally happens when temperature wavers between hot and cold I noticed (70 degrees to 40 degrees ...
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Hot Water won't turn off, Cold water won't turn on in bathroom

I don't know much about anything actually relevant here but for whatever reason the water specifically in our bathroom is basically broken. We live in a trailer so we leave the hot water dripping in ...
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Should a tiled shower ceiling have cement board instead of drywall?

My contractor used mold resistant drywall for ceiling in shower stall; ceiling will be tiled. The stall will be surrounded by frameless glass and there will be about 4" gap from ceiling and the ...
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Waterproofing bathroom: where does the water go

I've been watching some DIY guides on waterproofing a bathroom, for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmrFUgI1C58 My question might be obvious but it's unclear to me; waterproofing protects the ...
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Location of shower drain

My GC wants to install shower drain in corner of the shower pan. Is that a good idea? We can't put it in the middle because of the drain pipe being in the way.
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Why is my bath exhaust fan vent depositing frost on the wall?

There are 2 vents exiting from 2 adjacent bathrooms. One exit looks ok, as for the other one I noticed building snow (condensation) - see picture. Left is from Dec 15, Right Dec 24. While the ...
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Should I be concerned about moisture around sprinkler head and vent grates in my bathroom?

I recently moved into a mid-rise condo with a bathroom situated in the interior of the building (no windows). The bathroom has relatively poor ventilation--there's no exhaust fan and it has just a ...
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What are alternatives to a double sanitary tee for back to back toilets?

I'm remodeling two back to back bathrooms. None of the fixtures are staying in the same place so I'm essentially starting from scratch. After a lot of research I've put together a plan that looks ...
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Is a bathroom with only a shower a "full bath"?

My town just has "full bath" and "half bath" assessment categories. I have two bathrooms with a shower but no tub, so technically they are 3/4 baths. Should these be counted as &...
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How to exhaust a central bathroom (only toilet/sink)

We have an open floor plan, and on the main floor is a bathroom (only a toilet/sink, no shower or tub). The house was built in 1995, and because this is an open floor plan, the vent goes into the ...
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Are exhaust fans inter-connected in a 3 stories condo?

I am a smoker who lives on the first floor of a 100 years old 3 stories condo. During the winter, I smoke in my bathroom with the exhaust fan (on the ceiling) turned on to draw the smoke out. Each of ...
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Seweage smell ONLY from AC vent in bathroom

I recently started installing new floor in our bathroom. I of course took out the sink and toilet, which were left unconnected for about a day and a half (will not do that again). The sink and toilet ...
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Flies in apartment bathroom

As of about 1-2 months ago, I've had these small, black flies constantly show up in my apartment bathroom. They show up in the bathtub more than anything else, sometimes on the shower curtain, ...
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Plumbing toilet fill tube runs into copper pipe picture attached

Any idea about whats going on here with the copper pipe?
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Help replacing a bathroom vanity light fixture with no ground wire in metal clad cable

Attempting to replace a bathroom vanity light fixture, removed the previous fixture and found a rough hole in the drywall with metal clad cable containing only 2 wires (yellow and white) - no ground ...
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Shower Door Hinge Pulling Away From Wall?

The top hinge of our shower door is pulling away from the wall, which causes the door to sag and leave a little gap when it's open. I tried pushing the hinge back into place and tightening the screws, ...
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Shower Hot and Cold Reversed: Will this cause any damage to the system?

My plumber installed new shower diverter-spout below. The last one was dripping. While working, he also misaligned the shower top knob incorrectly, so Hot Side brings cold water, and Cold side brings ...
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Bathtub Spout Dripping Sounds: Ways to reduce sound temporarily

I have a Bath tub spout that lightly drips water. A plumber is coming by to fix it next week. In the mean time, what is a good sound reduction method? Should I place a sponge or towel at the bottom ...
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How do I re-route my main plumbing stack to make room for in-the-wall taps?

We're in the middle of renovating our upstairs bathroom. My lovely and amazing wife has bought two vessel sinks and in-wall mounted faucets. After removing the drywall we have sorrowfully discovered ...
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Skim coating over plaster walls with semi-gloss paint on them?

I want to paint my bathroom, but the walls are really gnarly and I'm trying to figure out a way to smooth them out before I paint. I live in a concrete masonry building (I think; it was built in 1910),...
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Air return competes with bathroom fan?

Can my air return be preventing my bathroom exhaust fan from drawing air? We have a terrible time with moisture building up during showers. The air return is on the hall wall directly opposite the ...
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What is the purpose of the higher pipe in my bathroom sink drain?

As title states, this sink drain in a bathroom has me confused as to the purpose of the higher set pipe above the trap. My assumption is that it's a vent, but I don't understand why it's here. I'm ...
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Removed the toilet from bathrom in effort to get closer to & remove a clog. How do I determine if the clog is gone without putting the toilet back on?

The story of a Friend, my plunger, his auger, and my toilet. A "doo doo" or don't do situation! Hi, an acquaintance was at my house helping me with a clogged toilet. He has more gusto then ...
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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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Does this sink detach from the bathroom countertop?

Our countertop is perfectly fine, but we'd like to maybe get new sinks because they are scratched and have aged over the years due to water damage, cleaning products, etc. Does this sink detach from ...
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Beeps in bathroom ceiling

Exactly every 24 hours I hear 10 secs. beeps (not chirps) coming from the ceiling fan in my bathrooms. Replaced nearby Kidde smoke alarm including wiring and still beeping every day at 11:50am. ...
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Floating Vanity w/ Metal Studs & Tile Wall

So the high level question I have is, what is the best way to hang a vanity on a wall with metal studs and large format tile (12x24 inches). At this point, I am down to the drywall so can add re-...
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Closing a hole from removed tap head after replacing it with mixer

I recently replaced a traditional tap with separate hot & cold handle with a mixer tap. Since the original tap was fixed 50 years ago, I couldn't remove one of the tap head completely and other ...
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Are replacement bath fans available with the same mount and opening size?

Current bathroom fan sounds like a jet engine for about 30 seconds and then sounds normal. Not sure how old it is but the house is from the 70s. I'm hoping to be able to replace it with a new one ...
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I am trying to change my bathroom fan plug, but don't know where to start?

My bathroom fan has not been working for a few years now, and I was thinking of changing it. I tested the wall switch, circuit breaker, GFCI outlet, and I believe the issue is the actual input plug/...
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Bathroom fan install with new construction - lip around edge of fan doesn't jive with 'install drywall"

Feeling dumb here. Finishing up a remodel and have a Broan InVent fan with ~1/2" lip around the bottom. The instructions indicate attach the fan to the joists with the bottom 1/2 or 5/8" ...
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1-1/4 brass sink drain pipe stuck in larger cast iron elbow--threaded or not?

Attempting to replace p-trap in bathroom, 1954 ranch on slab. There is a 1-1/4 brass drain pipe "stuck" into larger cast iron elbow in wall. The brass pipe is short, no longer perfectly ...
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Recommendation for wiring path for bathroom bidet outlet

first time doing a more difficult outlet install (not just across a wall). Looking to install an outlet for a bidet in my 1st floor bathroom. I need to run a wire from the outlet above the sink to ...
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Best practice to unclog calcium deposits on the water holes of the toilet seat

So, basically I live in a region where the water has a lot of limestone content and calcium gets stuck to everything. In my house one of the toilets has this issue where water comes out only from the ...
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How do I properly demolish a tub and shower?

I'm planning to demolish my bathroom for a renovation, and not sure of the exact steps on demoing the tub and shower. Also worried about the shower since it's a large one piece. How I should go about ...
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How to legalize unpermitted half bathroom?

I live in Daly City (SF Bay Area) and I recently purchased a house with an unpermitted half bathroom that was converted in the back portion of a 2-car tandem garage. It looked like it was installed ...
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Can two light sources be on a dimmer within the same 3-panel switch?

Our GC's electrician recently installed a new 3-panel switch in our California bathroom to control two light sources and a dehumidifier/fan. I had wanted both light sources to be on the dimmer, but ...
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Bathroom sink drainage mystery

Top floor bathroom sink in a 3 story townhouse. When running the hot or cold water at a low flow rate, the sink drains normally. Running at high flow rate causes backup in the sink, i.e., the drain is ...
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