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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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Bathtub pump motor - ineffective ground through water pipe?

I opened up the space underneath my bathtub for the first time in this house. The tub is a "spa" style and has a pump motor to circulate water through jets. (I'm in NY / USA). I noticed that the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Lowering the water pressure in my bathtub spout

I have a small tankless water heater and the flow from my bathtub spout is too strong and the water will not get hot. How can I reduce the flow in just the bathtub spout?
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Is a liner required when bedding a tub over plywood?

Is a liner material like roofing paper required when bedding a tub in mortar over plywood? I am concerned the plywood will suck all the moisture out of the mortar too fast and lead to cracking?
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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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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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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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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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Black stuff comes out of faucet after running hot water for 10 minutes

After running my bath tub’s hot water for about ten minutes, the faucet is ejecting 1-2 second streams of black particulates, every few minutes. This is happening consistently after running the water ...
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Joist in the way of drain

I'm installing a replacement bathtub. Because a truss joist (3 1/2" wide & running lengthwise in the center of the tub) is in the way of the drain and overflow, I'm left to devise a bend in the ...
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How can I prevent refinished tub from chipping?

I've used the Rust-Oleum 7860519 Tub And Tile Refinishing 2-Part Kit twice over the last 4 or 5 years for a rental property I own and each time a renter leaves, the finish as chipped off in several ...
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Connecting new drain/overflow drain assembly using coupling

I recently purchased a old house and I have had constant problems with the tub clogging. In the past I was able to snake it successfully but this time the snake seems to have gotten stuck and when I ...
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Why would there be a wooden board under cement board in tub alcove?

I'm removing the cement board to make tiling easier. I've so far removed two walls. The third wall however is the one with the shower head and controls on it. I rubbed away a bit of cement board (to ...
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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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The tube drain pipe is in bad shape

Okay, two months or so ago I had the drains in the house snaked because of slow draining at almost all of the fixture sites. After the plumber was done, everything was great, but two days ago I walked ...
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Bathtub shower leaks in wall only when turned off

Our upstairs bathtub has a small leak inside the wall that over time softened the ceiling sheetrock below. After removing the sheetrock we tested the shower, and it's weird -- it leaks about 1/4 cup ...
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Leaky bathtub, need to fix the passthrough hole for the extension

Sometimes when we use the bathtub we get water dripping downstairs, in the kitchen. This morning I've removed the cover of the bathtub and figured that the hole for the extension cord of the shower ...
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Bath handles hanging and small chip in enamel

We let our house for 5 years to uncaring tenants. The bath (was new) now has the grip handles hanging off both sides and there is a small chip in the white enamel. It was assumed the bath would need ...
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Should I build tub/shower niche or ledges?

There is 7-8" in front of tub to frame. Will use 4x4 white tiles. What's best? Multiple ledges--framed shelves to fit 4x4 tiles to minimize cutting. Or Large niches/borders that will be framed to ...
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How do I have less water coming into my shower/tub?

I have two problems that I believe are related. I have a shower tub combo. First problem: There is a lot of water that comes out of the spout and it is difficult to pull up on the diverter to have ...
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How can I remove the stem on my single-head bath faucet?

My house was built in 1999. The shower has a lock ring to release the plunger for the single-head faucet, but it won't come out. How can I remove it to replace the seals so it won't leak anymore?
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Can you install slip nuts for the bath tub drain under the house?

I'm not sure why it would matter, but I'm wondering if it is ok code wise to install the bath tub drain system at the Tee for the drain and overflow valve with slip nuts under the house. Just ...
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Should I seal bathroom ceiling and wall tiles?

The previous owner put tiles around the bathtub like ceiling and side walls. I wonder if I need to seal these tiles in order to protect them from the water? Will it increase its lifespan?
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Why do I have to seal my bath screen from the outside?

I bought a pivoting bath screen. In the documentation that comes with it they say to seal it from the outside. They even put an exclamation mark ! What's the logic behind that?
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Is there a way to install a tub such that it can dry out if water gets behind it?

When you install a tub, you try to build the surround such that water can't get through to the wall. That's great. Nothing is perfect, and eventually small amounts of water will seep through. Then ...
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Tum toe tap drain removal

I am trying to clear a clog in my bath drain with toe touch stop. I have removed the top portion by unscrewing it. I can’t turn the screw in the bottom portion at all. How can I get it out? Thanks!
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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Tracking Potential Bathtub Leak Without Removing It

I've noticed that the corner of my bathtub gets wet. When a paper towel is placed there, it gets soaked in a short while. There is no large amount of water leaking out though. That spot just gets ...