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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What is the role of this contraption that came with the shower hose?

A replacement shower hose I bought contained the contraption you see below. It seems more intricate than the wire mesh described in this question. What is its purpose, how does it work, and how shall ...
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How do I attach a shower caddy to the shower pipe?

I rent an apartment that has this shower. I put a shower caddy underneath to hold the shampoo. But the problem is that the caddy keeps sliding off. I've tried taping it to the tiles, but eventually ...
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How long should the sweep be over the framed shower door bottom edge?

My bathroom has a framed shower door. Give the measurements shown, how deep (long) the sweep should be over the door bottom edge? I tried 1”, but the sweep is always clamped by the door and metal ...
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Non-power shower temperature tap needs to be on max

We are in the UK, have a non-power-shower, and a gas combi boiler. The shower's temperature tap constantly needed to be bumped up over a period of months to get a warm shower until it's now at max. ...
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tile above fiberglass shower - can I apply directly to drywall?

Question says it all... I have a fiberglass shower form and I want to class it up a bit, so I'm going to put tile above the form and extend it up to our extra tall cieling. My questions are: Is it ...
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Tub stem adapter for handle

Does there exist any way of adapting one type of valve stem to another handle that won't fit it? I have a gerber two handle (separate hot/cold) system, and my wife bought some handles that ...
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Caulking in Fiberglass Shower Stall

There's a fiberglass shower stall in my bathroom. It consists of two wall panels and one pan, and there seems to be glue/caulk in the seams between them, as shown in the photos. I wonder if I can ...
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Standing Water In Shower Drain [duplicate]

I have an upstairs shower that when I remove the "drain cover" (10 hours after the shower was used) there is standing water 3 - 4 inches in the drain. I assume this means there is a clog or ...
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Motorboat noise from toilet, then shower

Flushed the toilet in the MB and it made a foghorn noise until the water shut off. I replaced the flush valve. I turned the water off at the entry and drained all the lines. Water on. Then, with all ...
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Shower recess light has a gap

I have a recess light in the shower cabin that went out. I’ve replaced it with a 10W “suitable for damp locations” bulb. Not now the lamp won’t sit flush with the ceiling. The spring mechanism seems ...
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How Can I improve the Pressure in my Shower When it's Fine in my Bath

I have a shower that connects from my bath - there's the tap for my bath and then there's a little metal rod that I lift up to redirect water pressure to my shower head. The water pressure is fine in ...
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My Shower Head Screws Into A 1-1/4" Pipe!! How Do I Upgrade/Replace?

The pipe coming out of the wall that my shower head attaches to is HUGE. I measure the outside diameter at approximately 1.25" I want to replace the "rain" style head with detachable ...
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Kerdi Drain - Concrete Slab PVC too high

EDIT: I self-answered a question below and have a follow-up. I'll definitely be putting new concrete in. I was able to easily break up the bed around the pipe with a hammer. I measured the pipe with ...
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Wall rot going on near the shower

There appears to be water damage outside the shower near the floor. I'm not sure what is causing it. I could use some advise as to exactly what kind of research and/or repair is needed for next steps....
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Are backerboards needed next to shower?

I'm remodeling an old bathroom. The old old will be replaced with a Re-bath walk in shower. I'm now considering to tile the wall next to it. This wall has the sink on it and one outlet. Right now the ...
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Which thinset mortar do I choose

I have painted redgard on the shower walls and I am ready to tile. Which thinset mortar do I use over the redgard? I am using 12x24 tiles on 1 wall and 4x12 on the other 2. I am using ceramic tiles.
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Can I safely remove this drain cover to my shower stall?

Can I safely remove this shower drain cover? I want to snake my drain, but this shower cover seems to be grouted in. I had to remove the grout from the screws to get it out. I spayed with WD-40 and ...
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What kind of shower arm do I need?

I am remodeling my house and as part of the process I removed the shower arm to do some drywall repair in the area about 6 months ago. I didn't pay much attention to removing it at the time because I ...
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What is a replacement part for GOBO 21411? [closed]

My shower has a mixer valve capsule whose only marking is GOBO 21411. You can see it in the pictures attached below. Thus far I know that "DANCO Cartridge for Glacier Bay Single-Handle Tub/...
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Is this partial wall load bearing?

I have a newer DR Horton home (2016) where we'd like to do a bathroom renovation and remove a partial wall and replace it with glass to make it feel more open. The master bathroom is on the first ...
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Gaps in Tiles Around Shower Fixture Holes - Waterproofing/Final Prep

Background: I have just finished tiling my shower/tub. Everything has been waterproofed with mapei liquid membrane and fiberglass tape on the seams over cement backer board. The backerboard was ...
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Need replacement handle for shower

Does anyone know what brand this is and how I can replace the handle/lever? The water turns on by pushing up and then side to side for temperature adjustment. Thanks
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What is the sealant around this shower arm, and should I replace it when I replace the arm?

There is a kind of rubbery sealant between my shower arm and the edges of the hole in the tile. What is this type of sealant, and when I replace the shower arm, how important is it to seal the new one ...
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Can i use medium set mortar for cement board joints?

I'm installing large-format tile for a shower wall. I've installed the cement backer board and I'm ready to tape/mortar the joints. Everything I've read says to use thinset for this. But I have a ...
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Replacing an old recessed soap holder when new parts require a larger hole

How can I replace a (very old) recessed soap holder when the hole dimensions are too small for modern ones? The old one is very similar to the image shown below, but it fit in a wall cutout of 4.25&...
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Low flow rate from shower head

My master bathroom shower head has very low flow rate. I've changed several heads, and still the flow is low. I took off the shower handle and the back plate to see if I could adjust the hot and cold ...
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How to repair shower faucet/valve leak and identifying replacement parts

My shower faucet is leaking. Please see my photo here. I think it is a "Ferguson" brand "pressure-balanced" shower faucet; I think the model is "ProFlo" (aka "Pro ...
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What is the best way to permanently bond a driver tip to a stuck screw head?

I have been trying to close the two screwdriver-operated stop-check valves (visible on the left and on the right in the picture) of a Moen single-handle shower to cut the flow of water and allow me to ...
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Are shut-off valves for the tub acted via a screw?

I need to substitute the cartridge of my pull-out shower handle that now can only be pushed back in with violent kung-fu moves. The problem is that there isn't any visible shut-off valve for the ...
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Better way to hold a shower niche than silicone

My contractor installed a shower niche (commercial one, aluminum or stainless) but tells me that having it holding just by the silicone caulking is enough. I'm concern that over time, since it doesn't ...
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Shower Burnt out when not in use

My Daughter has having a shower in her bathroom, at the opposite end of the house to ours. Our en-suite shower started making a dreadful banging noise and then water came out of the spray. It then ...
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Installing stained glass in a shower wall

I need a stationary window in a shower wall to allow maximum light into the shower. A want to install a stained glass window in the dry side of the shower and a safety glass pane on the wet side. I ...
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Shower Cartridge replacement (Pull/Push)

I've recently purchased a rental property that has a shower that will not shut off after pushing in the knob several times. I've attached an image that I took after getting the water to finally shut ...
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Shower with glass, NEC 2020; the 3' measurement is from the opening and not the glass wall right?

406.9(C) Bathtub and Shower Space. Receptacles shall not be installed within a zone measured 900 mm (3 ft) horizontally and 2.5 m (8 ft) vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower stall ...
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Can a little cooking oil be added to the surface of toilet water to reduce evaporation?

In a helpful comment on another QA, community member RedSonja wrote: In [the] future, if you are going to leave the toilets unused for a long time, a spot of cooking oil on the water surface will ...
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How can I tighten my shower head so it doesn't askew and move to the side

I'm struggling to fix a shower head holder that seems to have loosened so that its askew when placed on top. No difference in position from pressure of turning it on. Any advice on how to deal with ...
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Temperature dial on shower has stiffened up and no longer moves

I have an electric shower in my bathroom, and noticed the other day that the temperature dial has become too stiff to move - this is the first time this has happened in the two years since I moved ...
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Backerboard + Thinset Skim Coat + Aquadefense - Waterproofing Layers Order

So, we bought a house with the intention of doing most of the finishing levels of renovation ourselves and hiring to have structural work done. The contractor put up cement board after repairing some ...
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How do I remove this shower diverter knob?

I’m trying to remove my tub hardware so I can replace the tub surround, but I’m stuck getting the diverter disassembled. Every guide that I’ve found online says that the cap should pop off to expose a ...
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Hot Water Tank (fairly new) - Hot Water Running Out

I had to replace my electric hot water tank recently and few months later have been noticing that this new one is not supplying a good amount of hot water vs. my old one. They are both the same size. ...
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Gravity Fed Plumbing System - question on connecting pieces

I've got a 55" water barrel with the fixed lid and I want to prepare a small plumbing system that ideally uses gravity to provide the water pressure with one small caveat. I would like a bronze ...
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Unable to figure out brand of shower trim

Noobie here. I am having issues 1) figuring out how to remove this shower trim - didn't see any screws to remove and there are no logos anywhere on the outside. and 2) figuring out the brand! ...
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Loss of water pressure after replacing shower head

I recently installed a new shower head (30 bucks from amazon) and afterwards started to hear a high pitch sound when I turn the water on. It started off as on and off then one day the sound got really ...
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Safe to use this narrowing 2" PVC extension in shower drain?

After leveling shower floor for new shower base, I need to raise height of 2" drain pipe about 1.75" to accommodate a "no-caulk" base drain. The pipe is buried in concrete ...
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Are black areas on studs of shower surround a concern or usable as is?

Gutted a shower alcove, of concrete foundation house built in 1954. To my hopeful eye, there's no sign of "toxic" moist black mold in the way it's typically depicted in photos meant to ...
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Shower grab bar at edge of tile

I would like to install a shower grab bar into my tiled shower. I would like it very secure and so found some studs (using a magnet to pick up drywall screws). The studs do not line up with the ideal ...
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Can silicone caulk fill a 1cm shower gap?

I just had a new bathroom built. Contractor was unfamiliar with the shower wall panels' material (Muraluxe panels). The resulting gap between the wall and angled ceiling is pretty wide (1cm at the ...
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Is this an appropriate shower surround configuration?

Gutted an alcove shower. Replacement acrylic base is 32" x 32" Delta 40014, which has a slightly smaller footprint than the base it replaces. The instructions show base flange fastened ...
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Dry Pack over AlinO waterproof shower pan

I have installed AlinO waterproofing shower pan. However, I need to raise the slopped bed about 1 1/2" for proper drainage. Can I use Dry Pack to raise the pan an inch and then tile it? If I can, ...
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The pipe in my shower is not secured in any way, I’m trying to find a way to make the shower neck pipe secure, without doing any sheet rock work

The showers neck pipe was never secured to any studs or anything else, I have tried to find a way to make it secure and not letting it move in and out of the wall every time someone is taking a shower....

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