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Uneven Pipe in Bathtub, Drain Post won't screw back in?

Bathtub got clogged and we have a push-pull tub stopper, so I used a pop up drain wrench, and was able to unclog the tub after using a drum auger. However, putting the pieces back in has been ...
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Is it a problem that my bathtub drains directly into the wall?

This is the drain in the bath tub: Here is what I see inside the hole My landlord said is ok. But I think water going directly to wall can't be a good idea. My question is how bad is it? Needs ...
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What size gasket to use on tub overflow drain?

I have an old tub and the gasket for the overflow had broken down to nothing. I bought a new foam rubber gasket at Ace, but it's tapered more than the tub is slanted. When I fit the gasket in, there ...
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Fixing leak in tub overflow with old style drain closer

I couldn't find any examples of my tub drain lever online, so I can't figure out how to remove it. The overflow is leaking, so I'd like to open it up and see what the gasket is like to replace it. On ...
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REPAIR - Bathtub caulking or grouting between acrylic bathtub and tile

A large chunk of grout came off from the area that covers the joint between our bathtub and the wall tile (see pictures). As I prepare to fix it I would like to know what is the best method to repair ...
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How to fill 4" width gap between the walls and alcove bathtub door

I'm trying to install a full width alcove bathtub sliding glass door. Problem is the width of pre-built tub doors, especially those at budget price level such as this one, seemed to be standardized ...
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Which copper adapter should I use for tub spout and what is the difference?

I'm going to sweat a 1/2" piece of copper with a Male Adapter Fitting to thread into the drop-ear for my tub spout. I purchased this: 1/2 in. Copper Pressure Cup x MIP Male Adapter Fitting Later ...
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Will my floor support our bathroom remodel?

We recently decided to remodel our upstairs bathroom (5 x 11 ft) and I have a lot of concerns about the amount of weight that will be added. I have had a contractor check it out and he says it should ...
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Accidentally removed part of rubber strip between bathtub and glass while replacing silicone caulk

I've had moldy, leaky silicone in my shower for a while, and decided it's time to replace it. But I got over-eager in pulling it out and got a chunk of an also-moldy rubber seal/spacer/gasket that's ...
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Can I extend a tub/shower diverter nipple?

I need a longer non-standard tub/shower diverter in a finished tub surround. The threaded nipple I have now is short (works, but spills onto the overflow). Question: How can I extend that nipple? I ...
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How to replace a Gerber Toe-push tub drain stopper?

I need to replace existing gerber toe-push tub popup stopper, because the rubber gasket is worn out. Below are images of the toe-push stopper. Click on image for a larger version of the image. ...
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How to protect cast iron bathtub after heavy cleaning

We have a cast iron bathtub that had a very heavy iron stain from our city's water supply. The surface was so rough that it was painful to use, I tried cleaning it with a wire brush attached to a ...
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What is the recommended way of removing a siliconed in tub jet tube

I was trying to get our jetted tub back in operational order when I noticed it was leaking. After cutting a hole in the wall in the other room, I traced the leak back to a tube that was not properly ...
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How should I install tile backer board with a curved tub flange?

I'm attempting my first bathroom remodel and been down the debate of how/where to place the tile backer board. I found this thread here: https://diy.stackexchange.com/a/32090/94284 Should I put ...
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Can XPS foam support the weight of a bath?

For a design project, we're looking to use XPS foam boards that are 5cm thick (15 cm wide strips) to support the underside of a bath without legs or wall fixtures, but a supportive frame at each end. ...
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How to inspect/test old capped off drain pipe

I have a roughed-in bathroom in the basement of my 1969 home. There is a 1.5" metal drain pipe coming through the slab. It is capped with a metal cap. I am looking to install a bathtub and use this ...
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If an overflow gasket does not fit, can it be rotated?

Our new tub is very vertical at the supply/drain side at the overflow hole. The drain fitting we have slopes backwards very slightly where it connects. The rubber gasket for the overflow is very ...
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Foul smell coming from around bathtub tap, but it's not the overflow. What else could it be?

Every time I take a bath, while I am lying in the bath I notice a foul smell which eminates from around the tap area. At first I thought it was the overflow drain, so I did the usual full deep ...
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Tub only drains when toilet is flushed

My tub usually sounds haunted when flushing. I cleaned it for hair. Now it only drains when the toilet is flushed. My toilet is vintage 1960s and is in need of replacement anyways but this is bizarre.
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Water sometimes come up in my tub, but my drain is not clogged.I in a condo on first floor of 14 story high rise

Dirty water backs up in my tub sometimes,but my drain is not clogged.I live in a condo on the first floor in a 14 story high rise
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Slip nuts - brass and PVC

I've got a brass tub drain of 1 1/2" diameter, and the p-trap it connects to is the 1 1/2" PVC. The brass drain kit did not come with any slip joint nuts for the part where the bottom of the brass ...
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Connecting braided water connector with 1/2“ female connection to 3/4” male tub inlet

I'm currently using a 3/4" x 1/2" bell reducer and 1/2" nipple to connect my tub faucet's inlet flare (I think that's the right word?), but no matter what I do, I'm getting leaks on both ends of the ...
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Repainting damaged acrylic coating on my shower tray. Help!

I was cleaning something in the shower tray and I used a chemical which was petroleum based (which I didnt know), which caused the acrylic coating (I think its acrylic coating) dissolve. I did a bit ...
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Waterproofing / drainage around jacuzzi tub perimeter

I have a large jacuzzi tub with jets in my house that I rent out short term on AirBnB. The jacuzzi is on the second floor, directly over a first floor bedroom and on numerous occasions people have ...
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Tankless Hot Water Filling Tub - GPM?

I have a question about how filling a bathtub would work with a tankless system. Due to my panels load/capacity I'm looking at the RHEEM RTEX-11 with a Flow Rate: up to 2.68 GPM. I'm worried about ...
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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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Can a bathtub work without a drain waste or removal shoe?

I guess the drain waste or removal shoe was missing which I saw after trying to change out bathtub drain. Is this a really important part and is it difficult to install?
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Rod fell into overflow pipe of tub pop-up drain

I have a Kohler pop-up tub drain and the lift rod fell off the crank piece of the overflow hood assembly. What's the best approach to try and fish the rod, spring, etc., out? Obviously, I don't want ...
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grouting or caulking? bottom of tiled wall at tub rim

At the tiled wall surrounding the tub, at the bottom of the tiles where the tiles end and intersect the tub rim, should it be grouted ( epoxy grout)? or leave it open and caulk with silicone caulking? ...
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Does the ledger board for a bathtub go under the flange or level with it?

Replacing a bathtub with a new one pictured. It will go into a 3-walled space. Durock and tile will be attached to wall to finish the job. I've been reading many articles and they mention a ledger ...
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Tub drain re-assembly

There was moldy caulk around the tub drain. I intended to take it out, clean the drain area, reapply any teflon tape, and re-caulk the area. When I started to turn the drain counterclockwise the top ...
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Crack in acrylic bath tub, but fiberglass is ok

I managed put a small crack in the corner of my acrylic bathtub. Looking underneath it looks like the crack is just to the acrylic, and the fiberglass shell is still in-tact. Is this enough to hold ...
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What is the glue stuff you use to seal a glass shower panel to the tub?

I've got a frameless shower enclosure (I think that's what it is called) and the transparent glue/seal between the glass and the tub is peeling off. What is it? I'm guessing some kind of transparent ...
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how to deal with tub drain smell?

There's a foul odor in our kids (teens) bathroom which I'm pretty sure is coming from the tub drain. We have some kind of domed cover over the drain most of the time to catch hair, but apparently it ...
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Why are shower drains 2“, but tub drains 1.5”?

In the US, code dictates that the drain (p-trap and arm) on a shower use 2" pipe, while on a tub you use 1.5" pipe. I understand that is code, but I am curious as to why it is the way it is. ...
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How can I fix cracks between the bathtub and the wall surround?

I noticed after years of usage, there are some cracks in my bathtub (pictures attached). I am not sure how bad they look and whether or not if I need to fix those cracks? and if I do, how can I fix ...
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Installing new Moen valve not working

I am remodeling my bathroom and the "tile guy" removed my shower parts. The old Moen valve was still retained. I put everything back in using new Moen shower kit https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...
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Foam insulation around edge of bath. What is its purpose?

While doing some bathroom renovation, I noted foam insulation around the edge of the recessed bath when examining underneath it. The foam would extrude in places above and below the edge of the bath ...
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M24 and 15/16” aerators aren’t fitting

M24 and 15/16” aerators aren’t fitting When we purchased our home, the bathtub’s faucet in the master bath no longer had the male aerator attached. I measured the diameter of the opening and found it ...
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what should we do at the chipped tub rim lip

The new tub rim upturn lip has chipped and cracked a little. To install the wall tiles, which option is better? Install the tile backboard (is it cement board) in front of the upturned lip and ...
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Cannot figure out how to remove shower handle

I have been having problems with the hot water knob of my shower, whereby the water pressure gets very low, especially after the knob is turned off tight. I am then able to restore the pressure by ...
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How can I drain a low pan into a drain at standard sink height?

I am a dog groomer and the building I recently moved in was used as a Beauty Shop. The drain that my bathing tub is supposed to hook up at is located too high. I know the water will not drain uphill. ...
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How do I repair this bathtub drain plug

I don't understand how to get this working. When workibg properly, you rotate a wheel on the frontof the bathtub and the drain plug would rise to drain or fall to plug. Recently somehow it stopped ...
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old american standard bathtub faucet still leaks after replacing 2k-2c cartridge

Just replaced a leaky cold-water faucet cartridge and it still leaks. It's "better" but far from solved. The rubber on the old 2k-2c cartridge seemed to be pretty deteriorated (practically no longer ...
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How to adjust tub water level with standing waste stopper?

I have an old tub with a standing waste stopper. When the drain is closed, if the water level gets too high, it automatically drains down to a fixed level. That level was 3/4 of the tub depth, until ...
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How should I handle cracked grout in my two bathrooms?

Both bathrooms have cracked grout where the tile meets the tub. They were done by a contractor 2.5 years ago. The second picture shows a crack going away from the tub between tiles. This bathroom has ...
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How to convert bathtub drain to shower?

I have a 1960's house. I am renovating a bathroom, removing bathtub and putting in shower. I will be using Schluter Kerdi-Shower for conversion. I would like to know what parts of that iron drain ...
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How can I identify the manufacturer of my walk in bathtub?

I saw another post that said there should be access to the electric panel, but I don’t see anything like that. Is there any other way to find out who made the tub?
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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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Odd Size Tub Drain- 1 3/8" Coarse Thread

I recently removed a drain from my fiberglass tub/shower enclosure. It didn't survive. The problem is that it the older 1 3/8 standard but coarse thread, not fine. All I can find is fine in that ...