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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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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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Low water pressure after new shower cartridges installed

Replaced two new kohler shower cartridges and now water pressure is very low in only these faucets. Pressure was excellent up until parts were replaced simply for usage and temp control. Same ...
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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 ...
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How to remove shower drain cover

Right, I've recently moved into a new flat in London and it's time the drain was unblocked but I just cannot figure out how to take the drain cover off. If someone could let me know so I don't end ...
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Water comes out of the shower head when faucet is in tub fill mode (I know why, but not how to fix)

Here is the deal - I got bathroom remodeled. Moen 82603 single handle valve. When the water is coming out the fastest (mixing hot/cold) water comes out of the shower head. The person (not me) I had ...
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why won't my shower regulate water temperature

a couple days ago this started. no matter what position I turn the handle towards the left it's always very hot. and the same if I turn it to the right. very cold. I'm assuming there must be some sort ...
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Greenboard behind acrylic panel in shower

I've been reading a bit about bathroom drywall options, and have seen that "greenboard" water-resistant drywall is not recommended for use in the shower/tub wet areas for tile backing. Does that hold ...
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Need suggestions regarding installation of a hand shower with an old style water mixer.

I would like to keep the current water mixer as it is, and install the hand shower without getting into the hassle of destroying the wall. I am looking for an aesthetic approach to it. I have to ...
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Newport Brass vs Kohler for thermostatic shower valves and trim

I am deciding between these two. Is one significantly better than the other in terms of quality and performance? Newport Brass: Valve https://www.newportbrass.com/products/collections/64/Luxtherm-12-...
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Replaced a shower mixer value, and now it won't turn off

I just replaced this Kohler mixer valve in my shower, because the shower had been dripping. Now, though, when I turn the water back on, I can't actually turn the shower off. When I turn the value all ...
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Measuring humidity through ceramic tile to deduce a course of action

Just bought a house, and during the inspector noted in his report that the "shower step" (the door frame on which glass door rail sits) has a slope the wrong direction, causing water to accumulate ...
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marble tile cleaning or damaged

Can I reinvigorate the shower floor marble tiles that have suffered from soap and shampoo over the years ? What can I use to remove the greenish tinge they now have ? Or is it too late for them ? ...
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Removing IKEA “Vikarn” shower-curtain rod

I need to remove my IKEA "Vikarn" shower-curtain rod. The screws are covered by a piece which is shown on page 10 of the assembly instructions. This piece clicks on, as shown, but how can I get it off?...
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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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Pressure Balance Vs Thermostatic Shower Body Valves

I recently installed a pressure balance valve with a single handle in my new shower to replace an old dual handle system. When the single handle is at the midpoint the pressure is good. I assume this ...
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Why are my shower valves shutting off mid-stream?

I recently fixed my bathtub handle valve stems (Repairing a leaky valve stem), and all of the leaks stopped - but a new issue came up. Now, whenever I turn on either handle (hot or cold), the water ...
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Shower pressure reduced after renovation

I live in a 21 story building in New York City that was built in 1953. When I moved in the original shower was in place which had two separate knobs for hot and cold. I installed a Speakman Icon ...
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Can I make a curbless shower using cement board and Redgard as a waterproof membrane and pan liner?

Thoughts on curbless shower using Redgard as waterproof membrane and pan liner. I really like the look of a curbless shower, and the accessibility it offers is just an added benefit. I also really ...
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How to remove plastic retainer sleeve stuck in faucet handle threading?

I have a plastic "retainer sleeve" that threaded into my shower faucet handle a bit off and is now stuck. Any advice on getting this piece off?
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A guest pushed in my shower wall tile. How can I fix it?

Some guests stayed over at our house a couple days ago and one accidentally leaned a little on the shower wall. Leaving behind a gap between what seems to be the drywall or backing and the actual tile!...
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What size should I cut my backer board?

I am hanging backer board for my shower and have a 5'x 3'2" tall space I need to cover. The backer board comes in 5' x 3' sheets. My question is should I Use one full sheet and then cut another down ...
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Bathtub surround - Acrylic vs Laminate vs Vicryl vs Tile vs Cultured Marble vs Fiber Glass

Need to replace tub surround because of a cracked single piece fiber-glass tub, and the options are overwhelming. Am looking for the pros and cons of these surround types, and any options that I have ...
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is this how a “Pressure Balanced” shower is supposed to work?

I have a single handle Delta 1400 series shower. It apparently uses this cartridge. The description here says: "Pressure balanced for consistent water temperature". The consumer FAQ seems to indicate ...
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How to tell if lightly clogged shower drain has a venting problem?

I have a shower drain that was snaked a few months ago and has started having a very light back up again. After maybe 5 seconds of unenthusiastic plunger work, it clears up just fine. But come back an ...
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Shower Over Existing Bath

I have an exsiting bathtub with a short shower hose for use when bathing. I want to add a longer hose and a wall attachment so that we can have stand-up showers. I'm curious whether baths with showers ...
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Can I just seal a leak in the shower?

I have a shower that's leaking from the corner. Basically, as can be seen from the picture, it falls through into the crack and then the water goes behind tiles and comes out the floor right outside ...