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Proper size drain and venting behind new bathtub

I'm a plumbing newbie and I'm adding a bathtub where one didn't exist before and I want to make sure that I am plumbing the drain properly. I have a 2" drain available to me directly below the tub ...
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Strategy for replacing leaky tub trap

I have a leak in the trap underneath my bathtub. Specifically, the leak is happening at the union nut of the trap (see red circle in picture). I have confirmed that the nut at the union does not ...
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replacing tub surround: pros and cons glue-up vs direct-to-stud?

i'd like to replace my aging (PVC) tub surround with a sturdier, but inexpensive, multi-panel acrylic (or similar). Noticed those are either glue-up or direct-to-studs. What are the pros and cons of ...
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Is it a problem to have water around a tub drain flange?

I just replaced my 30 year old tub drain flange with a new one. I have made sure that the flange is tightened. Water goes down the new configuration just fine - it is not clogged. However, after ...
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Treating old cedar?

I just moved into a home with an interesting master bath. The back shower wall and the vanity are made entirely from rough red cedar. It looks good and has minimal wear so far. Some soap scum and It ...
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Plumbing replacement - Drains, P-traps, and Vents

I'm having a bathroom remodel done that involves replacing the leaky old galvanized steel plumbing with PEX piping. I have zero plumbing experience, but I'm not convinced it's being done properly. ...
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Who manufactures this bath tub faucet?

I have a bath tub faucet that leaks and needs valve replacement. No one seems to know what kind of faucet it is. I have sent a picture of it to the major suppliers and no one seems to know. Maybe ...
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Bathtub surround - Acrylic vs Laminate vs Vicryl vs Tile vs Cultured Marble vs Fiber Glass

Need to replace tub surround because of a cracked single piece fiber-glass tub, and the options are overwhelming. Am looking for the pros and cons of these surround types, and any options that I have ...
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Shower Over Existing Bath

I have an exsiting bathtub with a short shower hose for use when bathing. I want to add a longer hose and a wall attachment so that we can have stand-up showers. I'm curious whether baths with showers ...
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How can I fix a chipped acrylic tub?

I dropped something on my Kohler white acrylic tub while installing CBU and it took off a small chip from the corner. What is the best option for fixing this? Here's a picture of the chip:
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Do I really need to fill the tub with water?

I recently did some patch work on my bathtub caulking. Just a little to give it a few more months before I redo the entire bathtub. My tub is floating and has a tub surround. My wife usually removes ...
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Fix fiber glass tub or replace

I have a fiber glass tub, which has developed cracks and was sealed with epoxy. 6 months ago, the crack reopened and so I re-applied the epoxy. 2 months ago, the crack extended in front of the epoxy ...
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Does it make sense to use a nipple to connect a tub spout to copper?

I recently purchased a Grohe tub spout and it requires a MNPT fitting on the copper. The MNPT fitting must be placed behind the CBU and the tolerance is 1/8". Since I haven't chosen my tile yet, I'm ...
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No hot water in only one bath tub

We are not getting hot water in only one bath tub. The left side is for hot water and right side is for cold. There is no drop in pressure when I turn on only the left side. But instead of hot water ...
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plumbing part for old jacuzzi tub

I have a jacuzzi tub that is at least 22 years old (I found it when I bought the house that long ago). I don't know the make and model, but I was told it is similar to a Jason J4260. To repair a leak, ...
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What might cause water to leak under or behind a bathtub?

The floor in my bathroom is constantly wet after showers. House was built in 1970 and this bathroom is all original. From the yellow tile down to the linoleum. The shower curtain is sealed, the ...
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BATHTUB FAUCET LEAK, MOEN

I put a replacement cartridge in mu Moen Bathtub faucet only to make the leak worse. I used a No. 1225 i see 1220 is interchangeable plus cost $5. less. the only thing we did not spray with Lyme ...
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How can I fix a bathtub refinishing debacle?

OK. So I have an old cast iron white bathtub. And it was in really bad shape. Nicks, worn out, everything. So I go to HD looking for the Rust-Oleum tub & tile refinishing kit. Didn't have it, ...
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Plunger stuck inside tub drain

I have an older bathtub with a "plunger drain" setup like this: I can see the very top of the plunger's linkage assembly (it must have become detached from the trip lever linkage at some point, and ...
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Tub overflow elbow standard screw pattern; 2 or 1 screw?

Is there a standard screw for tub overflow elbows? Or most popular? I am installing a new tub and looking for a overflow elbow with a screw pattern that will lend itself to a stylish overflow now, ...
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Excessive spa bath foam when cleaning

We've recently renovated this bathroom, and since our Spa Bath hasn't been used in quite some time we decided to give it a clean out. We used this liquid cleaner and followed the instructions ...
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Bath tub stopper won't go down into “locked” position anymore

I took off the bathtub stopper and now, when I put it back down into the drain, it won't push down into the locked position! Gahhh.... Basically, the stopper will fit into the drain, but it's left ...
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How can I prevent spillage from my bathtub?

Let's set the scene: The horizontal surfaces of the bathtub in my apartment are flat. We have a double shower curtain (with the waterproof bit that hangs on the inside of the tub and the fabric bit ...
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Replacing spout on irregular bathtub pipe

I am trying to replace a bathtub diverter spout. When I took off the old spout, I discovered it was incorrectly installed. It didn't have the common plastic adapter, the shower spout was just slipped ...
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How do I remove bathtub drain screw?

I currently have a toe touch drain stopper installed (see first photo), and would like to replace it with a twist stopper (see second photo). The screw on the bottom of the toe touch stopper is ...
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How long can I shower with tub chips?

My tub has recently developed some 1" to 1 1/2" tub chips. I've already purchased the porcelain repair touch-up solution, but haven't gotten around to applying it yet. See the following photo. How ...
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How to drill into an acrylic tub to create an overflow drain

We bought a freestanding tub and did not realize it did not have an overflow drain. We need to add one to meet code. Does anyone have experience with this they can share?
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How to fill 3/4" gap between tub and tile floor

My house is 120 years old and there are very few level surfaces or right angles. I just had the (alcove) tub and shower replaced. One end of the tub apron is nearly flush with the floor, but the ...
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Shim Tub Surround for Cement Board

This has probably been asked a million times. Had a new tub installed today. The tub straps will interfere with my Hardiebacker, which I had planned to run right down to the top of the tub flange. So ...
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How soon can I use my shower that I recently grouted and tiled? Should it cure first?

We have been retiling my tub surround area and finished grouting the tile last night. I used non-sanded PolyBlend grout (sold at Home Depot) and added a bottle of Grout Boost Advanced Pro. Everything ...
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Does a bathtub spout with a diverter have to be on the same side as the valve, or can I move it over to the side of the tub?

I'm putting in a shower/tub unit and we want to have the tub spout on the side of the tub in the middle. The valve unit will be in the usual place on the end of the tub, with the shower head above it....
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Shower problems…

I recently had some plumbing work done to my shower. Pipes replaced, faucet, as well as the hot/cold knobs. I went to take a shower a couple of days later. Water flowed fine through my shower head for ...
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Bathtub Drain Stopper too large?

Is there a smaller size that's standard? I pulled out a broken bathtub drain insert because it was broken, and the standard 1-1/2 inch size does not fit. Is there another standard size that fits maybe ...
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Leveling bathroom floor with purlins (surface shims, leveling strips)under tub [duplicate]

I have a small 5 x 11 bathroom in 1961 coop/condo, wood subfloor (pictured) is not level. We don’t think water damage just building settling. This is a gut job, all fixtures being replaced. Would it ...
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Why is my bathtub handle difficult to turn?

I moved into a new place, and the bathtub handle in the upstairs bath is very difficult to turn. The bathtub in the other bath downstairs does not have this issue. Handle looks to be a Moen, and there'...
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How to remove this brass collar from the pipe

The bathtub faucet is leaking at the diverter so the water can't be directed to the shower head. I bought a universal replacement (different brand) and attempted to remove the old one (it was a Delta ...
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Drilling Countersink for Acrylic Tub-Shower Surround Fasteners

I am planning on installing a Delta 400 Classic Curve Acrylic Tub and matching Surround. Above, and around, the surround will be Purple drywall or Cement Board. Tile will not be involved. I would ...
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Why do bathroom sinks have overflow holes whereas kitchen sinks and tubs do not?

My understanding is that the purpose of the overflow holes is twofold-- To allow water to flow down you drain faster. To prevent overflow if the sink is filling faster than it's draining. If #1 was ...
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Shower drain location

I'm planning to remove a bathtub and replace it with a shower. I'm planning to create the shower base myself, rather than buy a pre-made pan. However, I won't be able to move the drain, since I'm on ...
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How do I easily remove silicone?

Since some parts of the siliconed area of my bath tub are damaged, I need to replace the silicone. Is there an easy method to remove that silicone?
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How to reattach a tub overflow pipe that is offset from the tub

I recently discovered that the overflow drain that is supposed to be connected to the overflow outlet on my bathtub is...well, not. Taking off the cover of the overflow outlet, I see the pipe ...
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I'm trying to figure out how to fix the drain under the bathtub

My house was built 1974. I recently started a bathroom remodel. I have been fighting with getting the bathtub level and the problem was the drain and overflow assembly was keeping the tub from going ...
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Should galvanized steel pipe be used as a tub spout?

I have a 90 degree fitting coming down from my shower valve. Also have a screw on tub spout trim. Right now there is a 6" galvanized pipe that connects the 90 to the tub spout trim. Is the ...
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Converting basement shower to bathtub

New homeowner here starting his diy life, I have a gross basement shower I'd like to make into a more normal bathroom experience for guests (the rest of the basement is nicely finished). I'd like to ...
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How to unstuck a bathtub stopper

I've got a drain assembly like the 2nd image in This answer. My problem is exactly like the one in that question except I'm trying to fix the non-working assembly instead of unclog the drain. it is ...
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Water taps open and running water when I come home

I've had two occurances where I've come home from work to find my bath taps open and gushing water, even though they were off when I left for work. First time it was both hot and cold taps, yesterday ...
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What are the best options to repair this kind of damage in my bathtub?

Please let me know in the comments if any other information is required to understand the issue or help one construct a good answer. I've reviewed other questions regarding bathtubs without success....
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How does an external tower style bathtub drain work?

I have this style tub drain and can't figure out how it works. Does it simply block the flow of water when lowered? Or is there something more complicated happening? My tub has stopped draining and ...