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Can I safely reduce the height of this tub stopper?

Re-doing a bathroom, original plumbing c. 1963. That tall silver thing stops the tub. You lift and turn it to stop water from flowing out. As you can probably guess, the stopper is preventing us ...
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Unusual sized freestanding bathtub drain flexhose

I bought a freestanding tub online and it came with a 1 3/4 flexhose which doesn't fit my standard plumbing which is 1 1/2. Is there a way to make it fit? (It's made in China)
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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 won't drain completely from my bath sink

I live in an apartment, my bath sink won't drain completely. The drain isn't slow it just never drains completely. The standing water becomes slimy if not cleaned every day. I think there must be ...
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Identifying and fixing/removing odd bathtub drain stopper

I have a tub with a broken drain stopper consisting of metal rod(s) inside the drain assembly, below the in-tub drain connected up through the overflow. As best I can tell, it looks something like the ...
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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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Very strange: tub & shower blocked, but toilet and sink fine, and snake won't fix it

Here's a doozy that so confused my plumber he left without fixing the problem: the tub and shower are both backed up but are somehow connected, since water in one will cause bubbles and eventually, a ...
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Which bathtubs do not require installation?

I need a "no install" bathtub for an otherwise great apartment that only has a shower. The bathtub would be used nightly by an American adult of average height (not short but not "tall" either) and ...
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Drywallers messed up tile backer board, can I still tile?

I had the drywallers install denshield tile backer and I am finally getting around to tiling. I noticed a problem while looking at it the other night. Most places I've seen say that the gap between ...
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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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What are the design limits of a normal tub overflow drains (and their gaskets)?

We have a leak from the tub into the ceiling below. I'm pretty sure it's from the overflow drain, but as soon as the home warranty plumber heard this he said "oh, that's the problem, the overflow ...
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Kohler bathtub cold water stem removal

Need to remove stem from bathtub cold water faucet which turns on clockwise and off counter-clockwise. Does Lefty-Loosy apply here?
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Bath tub spout still drips a little after replacing, is this normal?

I didn't notice the leaking from the spout until some guests told me. It was dripping big drops. The spout is the type installing using hexa bolt. I bought the replacement at HomeDepot and followed ...
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When is acetone not effective when cleaning up residual caulking?

I have read in several places, including here, that using acetone as part of a caulking clean step is useful/effective. I have scrapped off most of the caulk on my bath tub and am trying to clean the ...
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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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How to open up the overflow drain cover of a massage bathtub?

Our massage bathtub was installed by the previous owner. I want to snake bathtub through the overflow drain to unclog the drain. But its cover is kind of unique. I couldn't find any instruction online....
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Can I use acrylic caulk around the bath?

used acrylic caulk in my kitchen on backsplash and love, love it. you just can't stain it. want to use it around the bath instead of this rubbery stuff I had. am i being wrong headed..?
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Close gap between bathtub border and wall

In my bathroom, I have a bathtub with a showerhead. The bathtub is diagonal, one side is a semihigh wall, behind is the toilet. The other side is attached to a wall. Problem now is that there is a gap ...
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Is there a check valve in the bathtub valve that would prevent water from going reversed through the valve?

New single handled type shower tub faucet in a new house in Mexico. 250 gallon gravity fed tank on roof. Has boiler. Water comes out real slow. Appears when in cold position no water comes out, only ...
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Drilling into a bathtub

I am trying to install a bath shower door . I need to drill holes into my tub and I am using a Milwaukee Drill with Dewalt titanium drill bit set. I am not sure what sort of bath tub mine is (fiber ...
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How can I remove this bathtub drain

I want to remove our older style bathtub drains that use a drain lever with linkage and replace it with a popup drain. However, unlike most of the examples here and on other sites, our drain doesn't ...
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Running water in master shower causes guest bathtub spigot to drip

If this sounds familiar, I deleted my previous question cause I have more info that changes the facts. I noticed that my son's guest bathroom tub had a little water around the drain after I took a ...
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How to best repair poorly fitted rubber ring around overflow of bathtub?

I flooded my downstairs neighbor and after doing some troubleshooting, I figured out why. The overflow outlet on my tub was poorly fitted by the previous person touching it (I bought the condo like ...
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Moen faucet cartridges repeatedly fail with torn seals

My tub/shower faucet had a slow leak a few weeks ago, so I chose to replace the cartridge (after removing the old one and looking at it, it's a Moen 1225). This solved the problem. However, I had a ...
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Replacing Exhaust Fan in Bathroom and connecting to semi rigid aluminum duct

I am replacing my exhaust fan in the bathroom and having a hard time connecting the new fan to the aluminum semi rigid duct, because is hard to compress, extend or curve. How can I make this easier ? ...
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can KY jelly be used in a pinch if no silicone plumbers lubricant is available? this is NO joke!

The tub faucet is in pieces right now and wanted to have repaired before the man of the house returns from his daily labors. I've replaced before but used no lubricant. That may be why it needs ...
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Leaking bathtub from seal underneath around drainspout

Our tub is leaking from a curved line around one side of the drain underneath the tub. We have a hole in the ceiling to see it and can see little droplets of water forming along that area. The ...
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How can I build up the hardibacker if it doesn't come flush with the tub

So I have put hardibacker on the walls around the tub and on one of the three walls the wall is not flush with the tub flange (See pic below). Not sure how to make the wall a bit thicker to go over ...
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Why is the hot water in my tub fluctuating between hot, warm and cold?

I've been living for a year in a 1985 (or so) 8-floor condo in the NYC metropolitan area. The building is well managed. I have a kitchen and a bathroom with both a separate shower and a jacuzzi/...
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Correct order of operations for caulking + sealing bathroom tile?

Around my bathtub I have tile, and the old latex caulk where the tub and tile meet is cracked so I've removed all the caulk and am ready to put new silicone caulk down. However, I would also like to ...
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How to stop water running down shower tube and under the bath

We've got a corner jacuzzi bath tub with a shower attachment. The shower tube goes through a hole and via a spring so that the tube retracts automatically. The problem is that water collects on the ...
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3 pole switch with 2 wires

Old house. Replacing existing Bath fan/light/heater with new version. A single three switch pole (hope I'm describing that right). Old set up ran 2 12-2s as the power source We replaced the old wire ...
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Faucet supposed to stick out this far?

A local plumbing company installed my tub/shower. In my uneducated opinion, this faucet doesn't look right and seems to be sticking too far out. Should it look like this? I don't want to be overly ...
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Do I also need to apply thinset to my Subway tiles or is it enough to just put it on the wall?

Subway tile question regarding a bathtub surround. Do I need to apply thinset on the back of the tile? Subway tiles are small, can I just put thinset on the wall and apply the tiles? Thank you
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Do you need spacers for subway tiles?

A lot of Youtube videos is showing subway tiles being installed without spacers... Do you really need spacers or not for Subway tiles (Bathtub surround tiling) ?? Thank you Andrew
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How can I attach an overflow cover in a bathtub with no access panel?

Years ago, the builders put the bathtub in the wrong way so that it abuts tile in the bathroom behind it. The only way to put in an access panel or to access the pvc behind the tub would be to either ...
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Need For Redgard On Cement Board - Can I apply it before hanging?

Basically I'm getting a guy to do my tile around my tub/shower. He swears you don't need Redgard and we are on a tight timeline so applying it when hung would put us behind anyway (We really have 2 ...
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Gaps created by cement-board being further that the bathtub-lip when tiling?

My installation: Cement-board = over the bathtup lip. There's one-two spots where the cement-board is not not flush with the bathtub lip creating gaps behind few tiles are supposed to be. Can i just ...
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What are the pros and cons of cast iron vs. porcelain covered steel bathtubs?

What are the pros and cons of cast iron vs. porcelain covered steel bathtubs? I'm wanting a free standing bathtub but do not want the fiberglass or acrylic type that are common now.
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Is it safe to attach a bath screen to a steel stud behind tile?

I'm putting a 13 kg screen up in my bathroom, which has tile and then plasterboard or drywall, not sure which. There is a metal girder, about 4 inches wide, that runs vertically up the wall, exactly ...
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How to caulking a bathtub with various size edge between wall and tub

Background: Bathtub was re-caulked by maintenance few months ago. 2-3 months after the caulk that the guy put in fell out. Given few other things that maintenance did that were poor jobs I am not ...
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Shower surround - does it need adhesive?

I just had a plumbing company over to install a tub and shower surround. I noticed when showering that the walls all bounce against the studs if you touch them. Not sure if that's normal, I looked ...
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Ripped off paint on bathtub

The paint on my bathtub has been ripped off so much like this: What should I do to fix this?
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fast fill faucets and fast drain for 70 gallon walk-in tub

Is there a size requirement for a fast-fill faucet? 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch supply pipe? Will it work with a 1/2 inch line? Also, what size drain for a fast empty of said tub of 70 gallons?
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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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Tub only leaks when filled and plug removed

my tenants called stating that water is pouring from their walls. They live on the second floor. A new tub was installed directly above on the third floor and has been used only for showering without ...
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How to drain a free standing bathtub

I have a freestanding bathtub to be installed on a bathroom with concrete floor that will be tilled. There were no instructions with the bathtub and the company doesn't really care (Brazil has ...
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Tub spout leaking when water is off

What could be some reasons why a tub faucet's spout leaks when water is turned off? E.g. some gasket within the mixing valve perhaps? The shower doesn't leak, just the tub spout.
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Lift bucket in tub won't go down enough

The lever to the lift bucket was stuck and I didn't want to force it so I took the screws out and took out the assemblage and lift bucket to inspect. I cleaned off the lift bucket and put it back in. ...
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Opening tubes to unclog bathroom sink

I need to drain my bathroom sink because it is clogged. I checked a couple of videos and I am confused on the following: 1)I see that to "unscrew" the tube underneath they turn it to the right instead ...