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Questions tagged [shower]

For topics generally relating to the design, materials, fixtures, construction, maintenance, and other specialized considerations of a shower enclosure, typically located within a bathroom.

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Should I put insulation in a shower wall if it's NOT an exterior wall?

I know that I should put insulation in a shower wall if it's an exterior wall, but what about if it's just an interior wall? Is there still a benefit to doing this?
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What is this shower head?

I have this shower head that I am trying to find another one of and I can't seem to find this exact type anywhere. Most of them have a flat front with little plastic orifices that let the water out, ...
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Shower engages immediately instead of using the tub spout

When I turn on my shower the water immediately goes to the shower head and not the tub spout. What's the issue? I put on a new tub spout a while back because the diverter was corroded. It seemed to ...
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Generic glue-up shower wall panels?

I installed a 32x32-feet inch shower pan. The shower has walls on three sides. I was planning to install glue-up plastic panels for the shower walls, but all the ones I can find at the big box stores ...
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How to adjust shower drain height after replacing shower base?

I just pulled out my shower base to replace with a completely new base. Now I have no idea if the height of this will fit: Few questions: How do I remove or cut this top piece? I assume (C) is the ...
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How to ensure shower handle flushed when replacing shower wall to tiled wall

I am ripping off my shower kit and the wall. Before demo, I took picture of the back of the shower fiberglass wall: I plan to install tile. What happen next is to put drywall and then hardie board ...
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Not enough room for door trim

Hi I'm redoing my bathtub surround (because I did it incorrectly the first time). Basically there is only 3" between the tub and the door frame. How much should I extend the tile past the tub? How ...
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Waterproofing shower

When applying a rubber waterproofing like red gaurd or aquadefence. What kisnd of morter do you use modified or unmodified. I have read through each one amd it dosnet say anything about what morter to ...
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How to remove shower handle?

I have this handle attached to the shower wall (as a kit): I frankly cannot figure out how to remove the while plastic piece and the metal piece outside of it in order to pull the large round cover. ...
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Remove shower enclosure for tiling but keep shower base only

I am remodeling my bathroom and want to change it to tile shower. I am OK with the shower base here and I don't like the shower enclosure / doors: Is it possible to just remove the door and the ...
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Fixing gap between rough-in and drainpipe in basement shower

We have a leaky basement shower, which was installed by contractors (in whom I have no confidence and have come to assume the worst possible case about everything they touched). I pulled the lid off ...
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How high is shower waterproofing treatment supposed to be?

We noticed a sudden water leak while deep cleaning the master shower with the removable shower head, and quickly found the culprit - the tile "bench" in the shower had a grout joint that has ...
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What do you do if the hole in the tile is larger than the shower faucet escutcheon?

Whoever built this shower stall really made a hack job of the hole for the shower faucet. The hole is actually just a bit larger than the escutcheon on the upper right corner. One option is to just ...
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I can't shut of the hot water completely

I have a leaky shower. I bought new inserts to replace the valves in the faucet handles. I shut off the water at the main coming into the house and then removed the hot water side first. When I ...
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shower water either hot or cold; not mixing; valve/ cartridge/ plumbing?

In my rental unit, the shower [no tub, just shower] faucet is completely goofed up. It's a 1 handle faucet. The hot and cold water don't mix. If it was a clock, 'off' is 12:00. Turn counter ...
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How to identify this shower faucet or cartridge brand to stop tub spout leak and remove screw-less escutcheon plate?

I’m working on a bathroom and trying to fix a slow leak coming out of the tub spout. Since it’s from the spout I’m assuming the leak is generating from the cartridge or the associated o-rings/seats &...
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What is this item? Unknown device in old laundry closet in newer construction house

I am planning on turning the space where an old laundry closet used to be into a shower area as part of a more extensive renovation (house was built in 2006). As part of the planning and design part ...
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Shower Pan leveling - can I use more sand topping mortar to level the slope

I'm building a shower pan the traditional way using a pre-slope, then waterproof membrane, then a mortar bed using sand topping mix. I laid my mortar bed and curb and it has dried but I've noticed ...
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How do I keep this old shower pan water tight

I have my shower room down to the studs. It has an old terrazzo shower pan which I hope to reuse. It had an inch high metal (lead?) edging around it. It was fairly decayed so most of it has broken ...
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Shower Head Taking a Long Time Operate

I do not know about plumbing at all, to be honest. My question is - I was wondering if anyone knows why I need to stand for 1-2 minutes turning the shower head diverter knob back and forth until ...
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What size uncaulked gap should be left at the bottom of a shower tile job, to allow draining?

The contractor's intent was to leave a gap at the bottom of this tile job, to allow drainage, and as an alternative to a caulk job requiring periodic maintenance: However it did not work, the gap is ...
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Repairing Damaged Drywall Around a Bathroom?

I have drywall in my bathroom that has started to flake and has become damaged over a few decades of use over a shower that didn't have an extractor fan. I'm currently in the process of planning out ...
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How to get lighting in the shower like this?

I'm remodeling my bathroom and I'd like to know how to get a lighting effect as seen in these photos. To get this, do you basically drop the ceiling to create a soffit over the shower, with a rope ...
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Cold water handle overpowers hot water

In trying to fix a leak in my shower head, I ended up replacing both the hot and cold stems for Price Pfister handles. First, I replaced the hot water stem, which seemed to reduce the leaking. But, ...
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Can I tile over a horizontal band of tiles in my shower?

The grout in the bottom half of this shower was going bad so I removed all of the grout below the horizontal band and re-grouted. The horizontal band appears to be water tight but it's a hot mess. ...
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how do i clean my fiber bathtub?

the painting guy working in my house left his material "tenner" on my new jacuzzi bathtub the plastic covering the jets and the plastic rap melted due to spillage of the tenner inside , is there is a ...
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Warm water only when no shower head?

I have a dumb question and am very new so excuse my ignorance. I've been trying to look this up on but can't seem to find an answer. My shower was working fine up until a week ago. Now only cold ...
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turning shower off before turning water faucet off

I had always been told to push shower knob down, directing the water back to the faucet, before pushing the water off. If you just push the water knob off, letting the shower knob fall on its own, is ...
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What's up with the PEX on this shower valve?

I've been using PEX for a couple years now. I came across a few shower valves recently, but the 1/2 PEX lines for the hot/cold are not what I'm used to seeing. Please compare my photo (top) with a ...
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Installing 4 piece shower enclosure that's slightly too small

I am looking to install the Delta 400 shower system from Home Depot. I chose this system because the price and setup works well for my current situation. Shower Pan 3-Piece Shower Surround The ...
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Is it possible that the kids are somehow misusing the shower faucet causing the cartridge to fail?

About 2 months ago I replaced the single handled shower faucet cartridge. The faucet is leaking again. Is it possible that my kids are doing something when they shower that is damaging the cartridge? ...
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American Standard or Delta shower faucet?

It looks like the sub $100 Delta shower kits with valve come with a cartridge that is not ceramic. It’s about $45 extra for a ceramic cartridge. Quite a few comments complain about leaking cartridges ...
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Repair shower drain leak

My shower drain started leaking the other day and did some water damage to a freshly painted ceiling 😣. Given it’s the holiday season and I can’t find a plumber I thought I’d take a shot at the ...
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How should I fur out cement board in shower stall to match the original mortar position?

I have a 1950's house where, in wet areas like shower stalls, the original mortar behind the tiles is 1 1/2'to 2' thick. I had to remove one side of a stall and need to replace it (it mighty be a ...
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What is the best board to install behind a glue up tub surround?

I would think it would make sense to install a waterproof board like GoBoard or DensShield behind a fiberglass tub surround, but I can’t find an adhesive that specifically states that it is compatible ...
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Strange issue with single lever shower. All hot or all cold

This is an interesting issue that just popped up a month ago or so. My shower has decided to stop mixing hot and cold water. The strange part about it, if I slowly turn the water on, it's cold for the ...
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Can I add a wye fitting to this cast-iron drain stack?

I recently leased a warehouse space in which I am trying to add a shower to a current half bath. There is a mini basement right below the bathroom which contains the plumbing. Attached is a photo of ...
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Shower flow rate is low after replacing cartridges

PLEASE HELP!!! My plumber replaced both GP77759 and GP500520 Kohler shower cartridges and now the water flow rate in the showers is very low. The flow rate was excellent prior to him simply replacing ...
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Old house bathtub drain plumbing

I have been looking to replace my bathtub with a shower and I have run into this when I finally took apart my bathtub. I have tried to include as many pictures as I could. I simply don't know why ...
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Prevent water spill from shower pipes during removal of stem

It is good to know that I don't have to worry about small, isolated water spills behind a wall. But, I would like to avoid this happening whenever I want to work on the shower stem. With a minimal ...
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ventilating mildew-prone walk-in shower

I have a walk-in shower, roughly 2-1/2 x 5 ft, 7ft high, with a shower-curtained opening. The mildew problem on the grout is pretty bad. I've seen some good articles here on controlling mildew, but ...
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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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Getting no cold or hot water in his-her shower - how fix?

I just moved into a house that has a his-her shower. The shower on the left has only cold water while the shower on the right has only hot water. I took them apart so I could look at the valves. On ...
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Are you supposed to caulk this bottom part of the metal shower frame?

I'm redoing the caulking on our showers and noticed that on the bottom portion of the shower frame, one frame is caulked closed as so: while the other leaves a gap as so: . Is this gap supposed to ...
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Cracked grout at shower floor/wall intersections - how much do I remove?

The grout where the walls and floor meet in our tile shower was deteriorating. My project for the week is removing it and sealing the shower, then replacing with silicone caulk. One big concern I ...
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Didn't fur out a shower pan

I recently installed and tiled a shower pan. I did not realize that this particular pan needed to be furred out in order to install glass shower doors. Do I have any options or workarounds that would ...
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I want to connect rain shower head - how should I disconnect this plug?

I had a renovation of my bathroom done recently by a contractor. Only thing he left not done was installing rain shower head (as it was still in transit from the e-store). He left me with this plug in ...
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Shower valve: connecting 1/2 inch pipe to 1 inch shower valve (threaded)

first off, there are images attached for best description of the problem. The setup is: The 1/2 inch copper pipe connects to a threaded joint on the shower valve (1 inch), easy, right? Except when I ...
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Very low water pressure in bathroom

Ever since I had my bathroom and shower remodeled the pressure has never been the same. No problems anywhere else in the house. I've tried changing the shower head. No help. Takes me forever to take a ...
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How can I fix hairline cracks in brand new grout?

I have brand new grout in a shower done by a pro. Merely two months later it is already cracking. The contractor is telling me that house movement can cause this. (I'm not sure if he's full of it? Can ...