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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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Should my bathroom's plumbing vent be downstream of the toilet connection?

My wife and I just bought a house and have been smelling sewer gases from our tub. After taking a look at the piping, the tub doesn't have a p-trap. My original plan is to install a trap before the ...
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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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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 cartridge for this tub valve?

I need to replace the hot water cartridge on my jacuzzi tub. This is all I have access to -- I can't get to the other side. I can't tell how to disassemble this valve to get the cartridge out... any ...
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Exterior wall vapour barrier behind shower install?

There is discussion of vapor barrier behind a shower at this question, and many recommend not to have a vapor barrier behind the backer board if you are using a membrane on top of the backer, as it ...
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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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Should a bathtub be installed on a concrete slab or the subfloor that will be installed over the slab?

I am currently finishing my basement and looking to install a bathtub. I have already decided that I will be using a sub-floor in the basement. My question is: Should I place the bathtub directly on ...
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Shower mixer handle sticking out too far aesthetically

This question is common enough that it should have a place on the stack exchange - so that the best answers can easily be found. After redoing a bath and waiting to see that everything comes together ...
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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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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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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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Claw foot tub faucet riser problem

Renovating bath and bought new kingston brass faucet with hand-held shower. Room is almost finished and looks better than expected so I decided to purchase the add-on shower riser with diverter so ...
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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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How do we remove a 1940 Crane tub spout base adapter that is inside the wall?

We have a 1940 Crane bathtub spout that leaks when the shower-head is on. We want to replace the spout, so we have removed it but need to remove the base adapter (correct term?) that is inside the ...
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How to disassemble Harden (Symmons) tub/shower valve trim?

I'd like to replace the old Harden tub/shower valve trim in my condo's bathroom. As far as I know the Harden company (which already went bankrupt) only made trims and they used Symmons hardware under (...
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What's the correct name for this type of bath and shower mixer tap?

I'm looking for a way to find a certain type of tap but I'm not native English and have no idea of the terminology, or even what I need exists... Wall has 2 pipe endings, 15cm apart. I need one big ...
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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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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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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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How can I fix a very slow drain?

I have a bathroom with a bathtub, toilet, and sink that are all very, very slow to drain. When water drains out of the toilet, it backs up into the tub, and vice-versa. Here's what the setup looks ...
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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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Do I really need to fill the tub with water to properly apply caulking?

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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Replacement for Jacuzzi tub faucet with both handles on one side

Our Jacuzzi tub faucet has both hot & cold controls on the same side. I am looking to replace it, but cannot seem to find anything like it on the net. Everything I see has the controls on either ...
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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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How to effectively patch/recaulk small crevices between bathtub and bathroom tile?

There was some mold growing inside the caulk at one corner of my tub so I cut it out. In doing this I discovered I have a few small gaps in the old caulk I'd like to fill. I want to practice ...
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How do I remove the connected **plunger** of a bathtub linkage assembly that won't fit through the opening?

I have a trip lever mechanism on my old tub and want to replace it because the water stop lever is faulty and the tub drains and leaks slowly. I removed the cover plate from the overflow opening and ...
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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 do I replace a broken bathtub drain?

I am trying to replace my bathtub drain however the cross bars have broken off so I am unable to unscrew it from the tub. How can I unscrew it? EDIT: This is approximately the product I am trying ...
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Epoxy fumes won't leave our home. Help!

So my husband decided to paint our smurf blue tub and shower with an epoxy white paint. He used two cans that came with the kit and it didn't cover. When the nearest Lowes was without another spray ...
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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 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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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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Why would water be coming out of my shower when I turn on the bathroom sink?

The other day we finally installed a sink faucet and down pipe connecting the sink to the drain in the floor of our bathroom. Up until now we have been using the tub to wash our hands. We have been ...
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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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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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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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Will faced insulation behind poly sheeting trap moisture?

I insulated an exterior wall in my shower. I had some faced insulation to use up so put it in the wall with the paper to the outside, no staples or tape. I have 6 mil plastic for interior vapor ...
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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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How can I repair the damaged coating in my bathtub?

The cat peed in our tub and I poured pure white vinegar in the tub to deodorize. I left about an inch of it in the tub for a couple of days. After I drained it I noticed that the glaze was gone where ...
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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 ...