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Here's how you get paint to stick to things. Scuff-sand. Paint cannot bond to a shiny surface; don't take my word on it, try to paint a mirror and see what happens. Paint wants to see a surface that looks like Swiss Alps on a microscopic level - lots of jaggies and crevasses for paint to flow into and bond in shear. To human eyes, that doesn't look ...


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You must use 12AWG with a 20A breaker for this run Your "half-bath" is still a bathroom by the NEC's definition, as it has a toilet and a basin aka sink: Bathroom. An area including a basin with one or more of the following: a toilet, a urinal, a tub, a shower, a bidet, or similar plumbing fixtures. As a result, the fact you have a receptacle on ...


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You are right on target with a 20 amp breaker and 12/2 with ground. You don't want 15 amps in bathrooms or kitchens due to heavy current draws from appliances and hair dryers. A 20 amp circuit in your bathroom should allow you to draw about 1900 watts safely (120v x 20 amps x 80%). Your lights and bathroom fan won't draw very much. Hair dryers vary but most ...


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I have fixed paint similar to this in my current house. There were large areas where I could peel it off back to the plaster by hand or with a scraper. Your builder's first coat has failed to adhere to the plaster and now it's peeling off. This could have been caused by: Painting with full strength paint rather than a mist coat Painting before the plaster ...


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That ladder like thing in a bathroom area is a combination towel rack and heater. The heater is generally used to warm and/or dry the towels but can also lend to taking the chill off the bathroom. It has been my experience to see those mostly in Europe and I cannot actually remember ever seeing one installed in the US but I am sure they are used here.


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14-2 requires a 15A breaker. Code requires a 20A breaker on bathroom receptacles, so 14-2 is out of the question. 14-2 could be used for the hardwired loads, but then, you'd need a #12 20A circuit for the receps. Bathroom receptacles have some special rules. They can only be on two kinds of circuits. One of the allowed types is your "dedicated to ...


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No, Hardie cement board is not meant to be structural, and it will not work in place of a subfloor. The board is very strong in compression and very stable so that the tiles applied to it do not crack, but it has very little shear strength. There are treatments you can put on wood to make it less attractive to insects. I would recommend approaching the ...


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Glass shower enclosures are typically supported by the walls and specifically studs in the walls. Often they will be attached through the shower surface (tile, granite, etc.) if it's structurally sound. Glass is heavy. The biggest issue is typically with the door because it is hinged (suspended) on one side. Some of the weight of the door can be offset with ...


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It's a towel warmer. You hang the towel like on a standard bar, and the heat elements keep the towel warm all over. Lots of examples


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I ran into this one time where some self leveling concrete was added to a poorly poured floor after the cabinets were installed. You'll probably never really know why unless you contact the previous owners or even the ones before them. You would probably be better off just filling in the space with concrete because any water leaks or spills will just sit in ...


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I would use the old gas vent with the existing exhaust fans without concern. The only issue I could see if one fan was on pressurizing the duct the second one might have trouble opening its back draft damper because of the pressure (both fans should have back draft dampers). I would check to verify that both will open when the other is running. If anything I ...


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Sure, could be an exhaust fan...but it could be a supply fan too. To check, tape a piece of paper over about half the vent opening and wait for the fan to come on. Does it blow or suck? Btw, look under the toe kick of the cabinet to see if there’s another vent.


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The mortar /grout between the blocks needs to be cleaned and sealed, I use a 3% hydrogen peroxide and water solution to take care of mold. Once cleaned I would recommend a sealer be applied any quality tile/grout sealer will keep this from happening or reduce it for several years. What’s happening, the rough surface catches dust, soap and fine debris, ...


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Generally speaking, any time you apply a glossy material over a matte material you get darkening. It's unfortunate that this was discovered now, but you do have options. If you haven't yet sealed the grout, and plan to, see what that does for the situation. Some sealers won't change the color, but some will. Maybe it'll bring things closer to a match. ...


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"I rather want to know, whether I need to worry and act immediately or can lay off the fixing for a while." In answering this specific question it's obviously not going to get any better without remediation. However, it isn't an emergency situation as long as you can keep that area dry. If it's just you, that might be workable but if you have a wife and ...


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If you have the metal duct, there's no reason not to use it. Yes, flex duct would be easier but it would be more expensive, especially since you've got the metal duct already. There's also less resistance in the metal duct so your fan will do a better job.


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Kerdi is waterproof so you do not add additional barriers because as you stated, you don't want to trap moisture. Just make sure to follow all the directions and tips for successfully installing the Kerdi board.


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Pliers and screwdriver are a poor substitute for the proper tool. ( They may or may not work but are not easy to use and may result in bending or damaging the thin metal of the drain basket without getting it to turn ) The proper tool is a Drain Removal Wrench It has two ends, one small one large, with nubs that fit into the slots of the drain. It has ...


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Unfortunately, once paint becomes damaged, your choices are limited to touching up the existing paint, or refinishing the entire surface. Touch-up is usually not seamless because its almost impossible to find the exact paint and color that was used previously. On a countertop, it's probably some industrial type of finish that's not available to the public ...


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I find small screws regularly strip and I have only found 2 ways to get them out , the first way won’t work as that is using heat (a torch) you don’t want to crack your tiles. So then I move to easy out’s, I find the square easy outs work better than the round ones for set screws. Don’t set the easy out two hard or it may crack the black oxide set screw as ...


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I like the approach of going in from the front offered by dandavis. But, you have some others. First, it bears mentioning that you should duct tape a piece of thin sheet metal you have handy out from the set screw to protect the surface. Before we begin, did you try some Kroil and a larger key first? It could be it's reluctant because the threads are ...


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I suppose "no header" would mean that it's a passageway, clear from floor to ceiling, rather than having a foot and a half of wall overhead as a doorway would. Rather than saying the walls aren't "square," maybe it would be more clear to say there's a jog or offset between the walls on either side of the passage -- they aren't collinear. Mounting a barn ...


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It's a cleanout port. Very helpful if you ever have a clog downstream in the pipe. The plumber can stick a snake (not an actual animal, a tool called a snake) down it to loosen the clog. No maintenance required. Water coming out of that port means you have a clog and the pipe is backing up. If the seal fails it can allow sewer gasses into your bathroom.


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Maybe your hot water always runs through the towel heater ( when the hot water is flowing to any fixture). In an older hotel in Bournemouth ; I had a room where the steam/water always flowed through the towel heater ( when the heat was on).


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The discoloration will never go away on its own. You will need to remove the silicone (difficult, yes...) and use the color matching caulk from the grout manufacturer. In the future - the color matching caulk should always be used in the corners in place of grout so the two walls are able to move slightly (which they will) without cracking the grout in the ...


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