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Replacing tub caulk

I have a question about replacing caulk. People always state that when you replace caulk, that you should remove all of it. My tub has caulking in red found in the image above. Do I really have to ...
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How do I accommodate this drain stack in the way of my finishing surfaces?

I was ready to lay the tile board over the studs above the tub until I noticed (late - I know) that the cast iron stack running up the corner of the wall line is protruding too far. The tile board ...
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Replace bath taps that are slathered with sealant

I’m replacing the mixer taps on my bath, but they’re absolutely covered in sealant and the spanner won’t get a grip. Any advice for removing? I’m worried about damaging the plastic nut if I go for it ...
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Layering clear caulk over colored caulk to create "fake" grouting

It was time to re-caulk my bathtub, due to mold/mildew in the surface. The walls are tile down to just above the bathtub and the plumber had apparently used a clear caulk over grouting. I successfully ...
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Should I seal my acrylic caulk?

I just used Speed Demon acrylic caulk around my bathtub--between the tub and the tiled wall. It does NOT have silicone in it. So is it ok as is, or for better waterproofing should I buy some kind of ...
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How to clean rust from a bathtub?

I recently asked this question about our bath, and someone requested I make this cleaning query a separate follow-up. We need to repair the enamel in the hole below, and to do this we need to clean ...
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How to repair this hole in our bath?

We bought our house about 6 months ago, and there was already a reasonable hole in the enamel (?) of the bathtub. It looks like this: [Edge to edge, the whole thing is about 3cm] I'm afraid I don't ...
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Sealing a loose deck-mount bath faucet

Does anyone know how I can seal/tighten following loose deck mounted bathtub faucet? Is there any waterproof double sided tape for this? I lifted it up in the first image below.
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Best way to replace cracking grout/caulk around acrylic bathtub?

I have an acrylic bathtub that meets up against marble tile. I thought this was hard grout at first because it has a gritty finish, but poking at it with a knife reveals it to be somewhat flexible. ...
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Can Mapei type 1 thinset be used over RedGard waterproof membrane?

I used Mapei type 1 thinset in a shower area over a waterproof membrane (red guard) . The ceramic tile job is about done. I trusted a friend knew what he was doing that was helping me and after ...
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Can’t remove bucket from trip-lever drain stopper

The trip-lever connection broke (old age I assume) and I was able to use helpful suggestions from this forum to grab the bucket with a coat hanger. I can pull it up enough to grab the rod attached to ...
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How difficult is it to replace this tub diverter valve?

I live in a house built in 2008. The tub diverter valve no longer stops water from coming out the tub spout when engaged. You therefore can't take a shower. I looked under the diverter and there isn'...
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Leaking from above

I have a bathroom that is upstairs right above my kitchen. Lately we have noticed a lot of water on the countertops and floor after we shower. I thought the drain was clogged so I purchased some ...
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Steel bathtub making weird noises when pushing on it or standing on it?

My 20 year old steel bathtub is making weird noises when pushing on it with my hand (probably like what, maybe 10-20 pounds of pressure?) and when standing on it, the noise seems to originate around (...
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I’m getting Static shocks when touching water in Lay-Z-Spa whilst standing on my Astro Turf

In the spa for a while. I bent over to use the net that was sitting on the Astro Turf. I touched the metal handle and got a shock. I got out and stood on the Astro Turf and when I put my finger in the ...
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Will these floor joists support a new soaker tub installation?

I am installing a 3ft. X 6ft. soaker bath tub that will weigh almost 1200 lb. dead weight when filled with water. The tub will be parallel to two existing 2x10 floor joists that have a 11ft. 3in. ...
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Bath tub paint coming off

My cast iron bath tub paint is chipping off and the underlying material (is it epoxy, not sure) is being exposed. Is this something to be concerned about? How can I fix it?
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How do connect a water supply to a 3/4-14 NPS faucet connector on my vintage tub?

I just bought a new Kingston CC8T1 faucet for my vintage tub which has been a mess for years. I bought the faucet on Amazon and now realize that it's really unclear how to actually connect this thing. ...
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Bath tub sealing

I filled the bathtub before sealing around it . I drained the water after 3 hours because I needed the the bath empty for a few minutes. Then I filled the bath up again. Does that cause a problem in ...
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How to clean out clogged water supply lines in bathroom?

I'm a new homeowner. I have somewhat hard water where I live which causes calcium buildup in my water supply lines. My pipes are also pretty old, and it's likely that the previous owner never ...
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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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How can I decrease water flow to tub spout?

Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to help me solve THE HOT WATER MYSTERY! Story: I moved into my house 1 year ago and since day 1, I noticed the bathtub in the guest bathroom had an issue ...
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Minimum height requirement for shower head above tub spout diverter

I am installing a new shower valve and will be removing the current shower head and replacing it with a hand held shower head supplied from a drop ell fitting which would be lower than the current ...
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can I right turn the p trap?

I am putting a shower where I have to take a right turn (because of the distance between the p-trap and drain pipe is very small I had to take a right turn) on the top of the p trap to tie into the ...
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How to have a tub faucet, shower head, and rain shower head?

I am remodeling my bathroom and installing a new bathtub. I would like to have the tub outlet, a shower head outlet, and a ceiling rain outlet. I would like to use the rain shower head and the normal ...
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How to fix moldy caulking over grout in bathtub corners?

As part of the cosmetic updates for the bath, I decided to remove the moldy caulking where the tile meets the bathtub. It looks like the previous owner put the caulk over the grout, I'm assuming ...
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Replaced Tub Spout, now water pressure in the shower is weaker than before. Is there a water leak?

I hired a handyman to replace my Tub Spout with this one here: https://www.homedepot.com/p/DANCO-5-1-2-in-Decorative-Tub-Spout-in-Brushed-Nickel-10316/202562828#product-overview. Now the water ...
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Bathtub draining slow

My bathtub drains very slowly. Even when it's finished draining it still has water sitting at the top of the drain. Even trying to use Drano causes the Drano to back up into the bottom of the tub ...
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Is it necessary to caulk between bathtub and drywall?

Our house was built in 2017. It was not built to the... highest quality standards. One thing I have wondered since shortly after we moved in is this: Should the builder have caulked where the tub/...
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1/2" to 3/4" gap between tub and tile

The question has been asked on this forum before about what to do when tilers have started the tile too high from the tub. But my gap is even larger, and I have tried the caulk solution to ugly effect,...
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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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Is this a good enough P-Trap

This is the plumbing under our bathtub. We are getting strong sewer gas odors in the bathroom above this plumbing. Sometimes I can smell it coming from the tub and sometimes not. Is there a chance ...
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How can I coat a Jacuzzi tub to cover stains?

I have a badly stained bathtub that's in good shape. The previous owner put in a Jacuzzi tub in 2018 and I'm guessing immediately began dying her hair blue and purple leaving this great tub/shower ...
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Struggles replacing bathtub drain

I'm trying to replace a tub drain, and as far as I can tell the replacement piece is the right size (same diameter and thread spacing, and nearly the same height as seen in pics) However, whenver I ...
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How should I repair this crack in the top of my tub's panel kit wall?

I have a bath tub with "panel kit" above it that covers the 3 walls. I noticed tonight that there's a crack on the top edge of the panel kit, near a seam. My question is how can the crack ...
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Can I use Type N Mortar for acrylic bathtub?

I am installing a Delta brand Acrylic bathtub in a basement on concrete. The instructions call for a mortar base but does not specify a specific kind. Would Mastercraft brand “Type N Mortar” from ...
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How should I fix the tile at the top of my shower?

I had someone put tile in my bathroom shower and there seems to have been a bad measurement that created thin crumbly tile at the top of my shower. I fired the contractor and decided to just finish ...
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Tub Surround separated from wall

I recently removed the shower doors on our tub and after I removed them I noticed the fiberglass tub surround is separated from the wall on one side. Is it ok to run a bead of bathroom silicone ...
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Type S Mortar suitable for basement bathtub install?

I’m installing a Delta acrylic tub in the basement on concrete. I have a bag of Type S mortar from a different project. Is that suitable for this installation? Delta’s instructions don’t have a ...
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Bathtub Overflow gasket still leaking

I had a leak a couple of days ago from the old bathtub overflow gasket which I then replaced with a brand new one. I have no idea since when it started leaking but good thing I caught it. The problem ...
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Old Kohler bathtub turnbuckle overflow assembly

I live On the second floor of a mid to late 1940s era apartment building. on the second floor of a mid to late 1940s era apartment building. Recently the bathtub drain quit draining the water despite ...
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Replace a shower handle and faucet, new configuration

I currently have a handle for hot/cold, and part of that fixture there's a toggle switch to flip from shower to faucet. The the spout is just a spout. I'd like to replace it with a new configuration ...
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Steam in bathroom

My bathroom originally vented into the attic instead of outside. I didn't have too much steam with this. A 3 inch vent was put on and exhausted out through the soffit. It wasn't effective. A new fan ...
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How do the pieces of this fiberglass tub surround attach to each other?

I have a Jacuzzi-brand tub with an integrated multi-piece surround that came with our house when we bought it. Probably installed in the 90s if not earlier, but I don't really know. This bathroom is ...
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How to level an already settled bath tub?

I have a bath tub installed in my basement. The tub's front and back long sides are leveled. but not left and right side. The tub is about 1/4" off towards back from both the sides. I don't see ...
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Why has my bath tap gotten stuck/stripped loose twice?

Bathroom about 5 years old, thermostatic valve on bath filler. Twice now the valve has gotten impossible to turn, like it’s gritted up inside somehow. I replaced the cartridge before but this seems ...
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How to fix rusty tub lip

I recently had plumbing repairs in my shower and they had to remove a section of the wall. I discovered that the tub lip in one corner has rusted badly. The rest of the tub lip has little to no rust ...
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Attaching flexible bath drain pipe to dwv pvc pipe

The drain pipe in the image below came with a bathtub I bought. How is it supposed to attach to regular dwv pvc? The inner diameter is about 1.375 inches, although at the two grooves near the end the ...
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What can I cover this shower handle with to hide the shaft?

The shower handle has the shaft exposed. I want to cover it but I don't want to put the circular plate that Moen (mainly) sells. I don't want it cover the tiles. Just the shaft. Is there something ...
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Could I use silicone caulk for installing bathtub drain

I am renovating a old bathroom with cast iron tub in it. I installed the drain flange using plumber putty and to make it water proof I had to tighten drain a lot. The drain elbow is 3/8 inch below the ...
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