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I’m planning on doing my first bathroom remodel DIY. What order should I do these things, and are they feasible for a beginner?

Here is a picture of my current guest half bathroom: https://imgur.com/gallery/4tHOpt1 I’m planning doing these things, in order: Remove the sink/drawers/Mirror/Lights Remove the Toilet, clean around ...
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How to correct an old bathroom ceiling vent fan duct (or lack thereof) in an old 2 story house

I'm fixing up an old home, built in 1930s, renovated in 1980s that has a terrifying fire hazard of a bathroom light/vent fan/heater in the downstairs hall bathroom. When this old unit was removed, not ...
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Bathroom remodel - Where to place vanity light box in wall and proper vanity size

I'm working on a DIY bathroom remodel and wanted to get your opinion on best way to proceed. First, see the pictures below. The 72" wall to wall is wall to that stud in front of the toilet. The ...
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Possible to adjust tile layout halfway though?

tiling a 100 sqft bathroom with 12x24 porcelain tile. I am about 1/3rd done and called it quits for the day. I used a laser level but I think I messed up or it shifted (first time tiling anything) and ...
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No warm water in the shower. Only scalding hot or ice cold

Remodeled our master bath. Bought a delta shower system. Double lever valve. One lever controls on/off the other lever in front controls hot and cold water. You would think putting the lever in the ...
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How bad is this damage and how do i repair it?

I live in a house owned by a housing association that is absolutely terrible with maintainance and so I wish to take matters into my own hands with a bathroom that is in truly a terrible state. We are ...
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Are all shower arms removable?

I was wondering if all shower arms are removable because I am unable to figure out how to remove one?
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Should I attempt to level my basement slab before installing vinyl plank flooring?

I am getting my basement bathroom finished. We found the concrete floor is not 100% level during tub installation. My plumber used mortar under the tub to level the tub. Please look at the gap between ...
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How to caulk wide gap around bath

I want to re-do the caulk around my bath, but the gap starts small and grows to about 4cm. It doesn't need to be a perfect finish -- just enough to stop the water until the bathroom is refurbished ...
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What is this? Looks like a water flow limiter, but isn't

I recently had a flooding in my apartment due to a broken hose under the kitchen sink. Now I'm worried about everything that could go wrong again in that sense. Then I noticed this device that sits ...
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Gap between toilet and a "glue" on the wall

I don't know anything about plumbing, but recently I moved to a new apartment and noticed that there is a slight gap between the hanging toilet and some kind on a white glue on the wall. Check the ...
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Can I use a 90 degree elbow between the tail pipe of bathroom sink and the trap?

I live in a large Travel Trailer and would like to have more space beneath the sink for storage. I'm buying a top mount rectangular vessel sink with hand pressed pop up drain plug no mechanism from ...
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Using 1/4” cement board for shower wall

I realize using 1/4” cement board for a tiled shower wall is a general no-no, but I’m trying to find a creative work around here. I’m trying to build a tile enclosure for an existing shower pan in a ...
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How can I waterproof a tile soaking tub?

I'm in California. I want to build a tile soaking tub in an upcoming bathroom remodel but I'm unsure how I should waterproof it. I recently was at a spa where they had deep and narrow soaking tubs ...
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How repair damage from suction bath mat in tub

My roommate went to clean our bathtub, so they took off the suction shower mat to do so. When they did, it messed with the finish on the tub. Some of it is now perforated and peeling. How do I repair ...
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Why are the vinyl floor tiles in my bathroom lifting up?

Recently had to have a leak fixed in the bathroom which involved having the tiles around the bath/shower replaced, as well as a new shower screen installed as the old one had failed. House was built ...
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Metal transition strip between bathtub/shower and wall

I was trying to sand down my bathroom walls before painting. I have a fiberglass bathtub/shower that transitions to the wall with a piece of thin aluminum in between. There was an L-shaped piece of ...
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How to wire occupancy sensor with dimmer

I am remodeling bathroom. The code now requires occupancy switch on all lights there but I also need to have a dimmer on main lights (LED). What is the simplest way to combine those two? I can't find ...
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How can I connect a dimmer and outlet in the same box?

I am really confused on how to connect this new dimmer to my bathroom GFCI outlet. This one has screws. Old dimmer stopped working and had wires. New dimmer and outlet: Outlet wiring: Both lights ...
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Time efficient clean up of large areas and small but important areas

I have: a large area/wall with tiles (bathroom) and a smaller area with tiles on top and around the kitchen/food counter. The grout etc is fine, I was wondering what is an efficient way for general ...
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What are the pros and cons of putting a downstairs toilet's cistern in an upstairs cupboard or converted loft, to save space in a tight cloakroom?

As the question says. I have a tight downstairs cloakroom in my house, that I'm redesigning. The inches taken up by a typical cistern behind the toilet is a problem,it pushes the seat too close to the ...
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Remove plastic fitting with teeth from copper pipe

I am trying to change my shower arm, and have come into some trouble. The current pipe has a fitting like the one pictured stuck on it - I’ve pulled and pulled but it will not come off, I assume the ...
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Changing shower arm

So I was trying to move my shower head and it has snapped off, so I need to change it. Is it possible to do this myself, and if so what do I need to buy? I have looked online at shower arms, and they ...
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Red Guard application

My bathroom was gutted to the studs. Now we are to the point of mudding drywall. I'm wondering if I need to use red guard on the sub floor and green board (around bathtub shower) before I install ...
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How can I remove heavy soap scum on a glass shower door?

I have a glass door with very heavy soap scum. I used a product that is for cleaning the bathroom and tiles, but didn't help that much. Either the scum is too much or the product is not good enough. I ...
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Can you DIY replacing shower door hardware?

Chrome hardware was mistakenly installed on our shower door. The contractor's quote is too high for a replacement to black. Is it possible to DIY? What materials would be needed to change the ...
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How do I clean and maintain my natural stone shower?

I recently bought a home that has a ton of natural stone tile in the master bathroom. One of the first things I did was clean and seal all of it using Miracle Sealants 511 Impregnator Sealer. This ...
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Can I remove these planks from subfloor? [closed]

I am remodeling an upstairs bathroom and have removed the old floor. The subfloor is 2x6 planks between the joists. They are nailed into 2x4s that are sistered to the side of the joists. Has anybody ...
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How can I remove this piece from my bathroom sink handle?

I have been trying to remove an old bathroom faucet for two days and I'm stuck. I can't remove the old faucet handles because I can't seem to remove the part shown in the picture (the big nut and the ...
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Water dripping onto wallboard outside shower, causing damage

I had this bathroom redone in 2015 and the shower does not get used much at all since it is a guest bathroom. The problem I am having is that the wall on the outside of the shower is getting badly ...
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Silicone and bathroom tile: how long is it viable?

A few months ago we had a home inspector in who mentioned that some of our tile grout was starting to fail around our tub/shower, and that it should be replaced as soon as possible, preferably with a ...
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Attaching bathroom door threshold

I just moved into an apartment where the bathroom was recently renovated. However, the threshold was quite loose. When I inspected it, it appeared that that threshold had just never been attached and ...
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How can I get my building owner to deal with a mold issue?

I live in an apartment with no ventilation to the outside. The bathroom fan is ductless as is the range fan in my Kitchen. I have a mold issue in the apartment due to the lack of proper ventilation ...
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Bathroom removal?

We are selling our home and just received our municipal inspection results. They are asking us to remove our full bathroom in the basement because it "no longer" meets minimum height ...
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What should I use to cover shower framing behind tile in a bathroom?

I have this repair I have to do at work. I have an idea on what to do but I am not entire sure. My thoughts are to start with installing a wood board than drywall mud and than tile. Of course there ...
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Slip Joint Reducer Washer too thick / Nut too thin

I've been trying to replace a corroded bathroom sink drain. From my wall I have a 1 1/2" threaded PVC or plastic pipe. I have been attempting to attach this to the elbow from my p-trap kit using ...
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Is it safe to cut 4-1/4" hole for bathroom vent pipe?

Have to run a exhaust vent outside . The exterior joist is actually is 9-1/4 " wide. Edited : Is it safe to cut a hole of 4-1/4" inch in rim joist and run a 4 inch vent pipe. the side is ...
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Cement Board versus Mold Resistant Drywall at Top of Bath Tub/Shower Surround

The drywall installers ran short of cement board, so they used a small piece of mold resistant drywall at the top of the wall where the shower head is located (see upper right of first picture). I ...
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should a glass fixed panel shower door sit directly on a tile curb?

Should a glass fixed panel shower door sit directly on a tile curb? Instructions that I have don't say anything about having a small gap. I would think a small gap, say 1/8" would allow for ...
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How can I remove wood that blocks window operation?

Home is 30 years old. Screens in upstairs bathroom broke. Got replacement screens but need to fold window down to replace. Unfortunately the wood inside the home is overlapping around a quarter inch ...
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Drain pipe and sink pipe don't line up - gas smell coming out

We installed new vanity and the drain pipe (floor) and sink pipe don't line up to install S-trap. We worked around it by installing a straight pipe but now we are getting smell coming from sewer gas. ...
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Sound of toilet water flushed from high floors

I live in an apartment building. Time to time, sound like flushed water going down in pipes come from our bathroom, likely when higher floor neighbors just finished using their toilet. Is there a way ...
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upstairs bathroom plumbing after non use for 10 years

upstairs bathroom had a leak from tub over 10 years ago bathroom was shutdown and basement bathroom was used in mean time. i was gone from house for 3 years during that time ex gutted bathroom. took ...
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Bathroom wiring

How do I wire 3 switches and 1 GFCI receptacle into one box, and 1 additional receptacle by itself, all on the same circuit? One switch is a smart switch going to the exhaust fan, one switch is going ...
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Concrete ceiling in bathroom, already painted once and flaking

We removed the popcorn from the concrete ceiling in our bathroom and it got primed and painted. Paint flaked from the get go (not just in that room) but got really really bad over time. Peeling ...
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Bathroom LED Light Not Working

I had a light in my bathroom. It stopped working. I assumed it was a conventional light that could be easily replaced. Wow, was that wrong. Attached are a set of pictures of the light. It looks like ...
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Exposed dirt under jetted tub smells after water leak

In my bathroom I have a jetted tub and It recently leaked about 3 gallons of water after a fitting came lose. Under the tub is just exposed dirt. No concrete slab. The problem is that the exposed ...
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How do I fix this shower drain?

A couple days ago I noticed in the ceiling some dripping water after taking a shower. There was really no reason the pipe would have broken, so I pulled up the shower grate thinking it was maybe ...
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Voltage between shower faucet and drain

Is it normal to have voltage between shower faucet and drain? I measured 2 volts between shower faucet and drain when water heater is off, and 11-12 volts when it is on?
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How can I repair my sagging shower door?

Not too long ago our shower door started sagging, and now it’s bad enough it won’t close. Which means when we shower water spills all over the place- and one of these days I just know it’s going to ...
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