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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 ...
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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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Filling 2“ gap between a tub and existing floor tiles for 30” bathtub in 32" tub opening

As the title suggests, I have a 30" tub in a 32" tub opening. When the tub is centered, there is an inevitable 2" gap between the tub skirt and the existing floor tiles. The 2" gap excludes the 3/8" ...
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Fill hole in slab beneath tub to reduce radon?

We recently discovered that our downstairs bathtub has a large hole in the slab beneath it where the tub drain and a few other pipes go into the dirt. We had a radon mitigation system put in a few ...
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Is there an approved way of fixing a cracked Fiberglass Tub/Shower?

I noticed a crack in the bottom of my tub, and noticed that it flexed when I stepped near it. I called in 2 companies to give me an estimate on repair. The first, proposed a more or less ...
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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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Replacing valve stem for a faucet in roman tub

I have a fully tiled-in roman tub. The hot and cold water faucets use compression type valve stems. The washers get worn out every few months, leading to drips. I have done the following several ...
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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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Why is hot water coming out of the faucet but the shower is ice cold? (Diverter not on spout)

My shower has 3 knobs & the spout. The diverter (that turns from spout to shower) is in center of shower wall between hot & cold knobs. I've checked to ensure the diverter knob is fully turned ...
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Removing bathtub tread

I work for a well known hotel chain. Corporate has mandated that we replace the bathtub tread with a corporate approved product. In order to do so I must remove the current tread from 94 rooms. I ...
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What is this and how can I remove it?

I have a very small combination bathtub/shower. There is not much room to begin with and I am already bumping and banging into things. There are two what I'll call "racks" on the wall inside the ...
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Can't pry off sliding shower door frame

I'm removing a sliding shower door frame (tub-mounted) and had no problem getting the top and sides off. Then I started on the bottom portion attached to the tub. Cut through the caulk and went as ...
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What is this part called on a bathtub handle

One of the handles in my bathtub spins and after taking it apart I noticed it was missing the piece that would prevent it from spinning. I'm having trouble finding the name of the part yet alone an ...
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3 valve shower allowing flow to tub and shower

I have a price pfister 3 handle shower (circa mid 70s) that when set to shower also lets water out of the tub spout. . When set to tub only, flow is completely blocked to shower head. I have replaced ...
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Tub leaking at the supply line

Today I tried to replace my tub faucet since the old one was dripping out of the front. The new one looks great! Unfortunately, it seems to drip at the supply pipe. The following picture shows the ...
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New bathtub diverter spout drains back into wall

I replaced my old diverter spout with a new one (both Delta), and I've found that the new one will leak water back through the hole in the wall if the diverter is switched off while the shower is ...
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How do I clean this grey stain from my bathtub?

Below is an image of my bathtub, which has this grey stain. I just moved in and it was already there so I don't know what caused it. Is this possible to clean? If it is possible, what do I use? (I ...
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How to fix a leak in an inaccessible bathtub fixture?

Back to my previous homeowners doing weird things. When we got the home inspection, one of the things the inspector noted that for the large jetted tub in the master bath, there was no access panel ...
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Do acrylic glu-up tub surrounds require backer boards, waterproof membrane underneath?

I'd like to replace my aging PVC tub surround with an inexpensive acrylic 3-panel one. Assuming I am down to bare studs after removing the existing surround (perhaps the backing wall will be damaged), ...
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Soldered copper vs threaded copper at shower valve

I am replacing a shower faucet. The previous install soldered the copper to the shower valve but I am considering using threaded copper in case I ever need to replace it. What are the pros and cons of ...
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Americast Bathtub Drain

I am installing an American Standard bathtub and the instructions are stating that a brass drain/overflow assembly is required. The assembly is about $150 and I would like to avoid it if possible. Is ...
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How far in can tile be installed around bathtub window?

I was wondering how far in can tile be placed around the window sill of a bathtub window? The glass window and the tile may be close to flush or about 1/8 inch from the glass part of the window. ...
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How can I remove a stuck bath stopper assembly?

The drain in our tub is slow and I'd like to snake it. I was planning on going through the overflow / drain stopper toggle plate: But I can't remove the stopper and link from the overflow pipe. It ...
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paint a fiberglass tub

We're going to be redoing our bathroom and, unfortunately, there's no room in the budget for a new tub. Is there a way we could paint the tub and, if so, how would I go about doing that?
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Adding a shower to this bathtub

I'm trying to add a shower option to this bathtub. I'm a very new home owner and don't even know if this is a good idea. The challenges I'm having are: Connecting a hand held shower head to the ...
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How do I fix a hot tap that doesn't turn on properly anymore?

The hot tap on our bath seems to be getting harder and harder to turn on, to the point where now it only turns a tiny bit and hardly any water can get through. How do I fix this? I've taken a couple ...
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Spa tub frame too high

So the framer built the oval spa tub frame about an 1 1/2" to perhaps 2" (don't recall exact right now) too high. I told the plumber just to raise the floor where the legs will sit with solid lumber (...
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Drywall/Cement board transition for a tub surround

I am remodeling my bathroom, and intend to replace my bathtub and surround. I have started ripping the 5/8 in. drywall from around the bathtub, and I intend to install a cement board and tile all the ...
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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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Bathtub mortar base

I'm going to be installing a porcelain enamel/metal bathtub (American Standard Cambridge) and the instructions do not call for a mortar bed but I would like to do one just to be safe. Will this harm ...
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Moving and Installing a Cast Iron Bathtub

I am renovating my bathroom. My wife really wants a cast iron bathtub due to its durability. The one she wants weighs approximately 350 lbs. Does anyone have any practical installation tips for ...
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How do I replace the pin on a tub rocker

My tub rocker arm split in half, as the rightmost pin/rivet broke. Is there any way to fix apart from buying a new assembly? I've never seen a brass rivet/pin available for sale.
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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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Can I remove a tub surround, without removing the tub?

I have an acrylic tub/shower combo that I would like to update. It is a two piece unit - the tub and a complete 3 walled surround mounted above. Ideally, I'd like to remove only the surround part and ...
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What should be done about water under bathroom floor tiles?

There is water getting under our bathroom floor tiles. The landlord believes that due to a recent remodel of whole bathroom, water is not draining from the window ledge but is instead going into the ...
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Plastic tailpiece on brass bathtub drain?

I have a new tub that came with the drain & overflow pre-assembled, but no tailpiece. I found a plastic tailpiece for $5 and I would like to know (1) if it's OK to use on this drain and (2) how to ...
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Vapor barrier behind durock? [duplicate]

I am redoing a shower, tearing off old tile, replacing green board with Durock. I need help on whether I should or should not put a plastic sheet, vapor barrier over the studs before putting in the ...
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Bathtub spout feed unusually short

I took off a bathtub wall spout fitting the other day and was surprised to find that the feed pipe that goes along the inside of the faucet piece was way shorter than I was expecting. This really ...
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tub won't drain – I think lift bucket broke off

My tub won't drain. I tried drain cleaner, but then realized the "sound" of tripping the lift lever was not the same as in our other tub, making me think the mechanism to lift the drain plug "bucket" ...
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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 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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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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Can I caulk around this tub?

As shown in the pic, my one-piece tub/shower was installed poorly. There is a gap between the vinyl top layer and the tile floor. To make it look better I was thinking about caulking it, but I think ...
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How can I clear out limescale from inside a bath's pipes?

I have a bath which has accumulated limescale inside the piping system; it manifests itself as a very-slow running tap with a weak stream. The tap itself is removable, and I suspect the limescale is ...
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How can I relocate this drain to accommodate the new shower pan

I removed a fiberglass shower/bath combo and I wish to replace it with a TileRedi shower pan. 42x60 right drain. the problem is, the spec drawing shows the center of the drain to be 6 inches away from ...
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Have bath tubs ever been considered “self-venting” in plumbing code?

Years ago, someone told me that a bath tub with an overflow pipe was considered "self-venting". In other words, you didn't need an additional vent pipe because the overflow pipe served the same ...
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Sealing what appears to be a non standard overflow drain

I have an overflow drain, as seen in the picture provided, that isn't sealed. The common wisdom I've read online has been to seal with a gasket, but my drain doesn't seem to be anything like the ones ...