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How can I support a sagging double joist where the hanger was cut?

Move the water line. I realize that you don't want to, but you have to--if only a little. A small offset of a couple inches will allow you to fix the framing problem. Start with an elbow just below ...
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How can I support a subfloor patch between joists?

It's really awkward to try and install framing to the trusses underneath, but that's not warranted. As long as all the joints are tied together properly it'll be solid. Just float 2x4 blocking, and ...
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What could be wrong when a crack opens in the grout between tile and ceiling when installing a tension pole shower caddy?

What you've got there isn't a normal occurance. You shouldn't be able to separate the ceiling from the two walls. It could be a bad framing job. You've had a few problems like this posted in other ...
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Need to install a new outlet : from Light Fixture or GFCI? How to go about it?

Assuming that your light is not currently GFCI protected, your best choice is to chain off the load (i.e., GFCI-protected) terminals on the existing GFCI receptacle. That will allow you to use an ...
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Can You Paint & Texture Cement Board/Backerboard

Mud & sand it to make it smooth, and treat it like drywall from that point forward.
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Cold water in BR does not flow

Disconnect the supply hose from the faucet, and see if that flows. If not, you have a closed valve or other blockage in the supply line. If it does, you have a blockage in the faucet or a defective ...
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Adding 2 new outlets to existing GFCI's in two bathrooms

Let's name the receptacles as follows: 1A = Bathroom 1, first receptacle 1B = Bathroom 1, second receptacle 2A = Bathroom 2, first receptacle 2B = Bathroom 2, second receptacle You can do any of the ...
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My bathroom light and exhaust fan run at the same time

Most fan/light combinations have two separate hot connections so that you can control the fan and the light separately. However, in order to do this you need 3 wires (a.k.a., "/3", which is ...
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What could be wrong when a crack opens in the grout between tile and ceiling when installing a tension pole shower caddy?

Those tension pole units are damaging unless you get it right on a ceiling joist. Better avoid them and hang a caddy from a screw in the wall preferably into a stud.
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Toilet Flange is higher than the subfloor and slightly angled - Keep. or replace?

If it were me, I'd do as you planned, however I would use this soft rubber seal. I have used them on dozens of toilets and never had an issue. It makes having a flange that is high or low, or not ...
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Can You Paint & Texture Cement Board/Backerboard

I've done this a few dozen times. It needs to be done before tile is installed. First step is to tape and mud (drywall compound) the seam, adding mud to cover about 2 inches beyond where the tile will ...
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What type of interior wall is this in my bathroom and how should i go about repairing it? I am a novice when when it comes to home repair

That is textured drywall. The crack is just hairline, but looks larger because the pic is so close. Usually that is the result of an impact, but could be from other things. These show up over a taped ...
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Why are there gaps behind my solid-surface vanity top?

Your pictures don't show a half inch but I believe you. There is a huge difference between 1/2" and 1/8". 1/8" is a great install and easily caulkable. Some general quips: If you ...
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Why are there gaps behind my solid-surface vanity top?

You have your cause and effect (or blame) a bit backward. Put straightedges on both the wall and the backsplash and you'll see which is the actual issue. Solid-surface ("cultured stone") ...
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Black sludge in bathroom sink pipe

That black sludge is biofilm, and commonly forms in drains. There are various ways to deal with it, including drain cleaners or snaking. No need to call a plumber. For me, I take apart the drain in ...
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Taping a drywall and Redgard’d cement board joint

You can mud over the Redgard like it wasn't there, but I wouldn't. What I would do is tape and protect the Redgard from an excessive coverage of mud. The tile is waterproof to a degree and you can run ...
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Cap thick metal pipe from bathroom radiator

If you know where the origination end of the pipe is, make sure that end is capped or otherwise made so somebody cannot reconnect water to it. Then cut the pipes as close to the wall as possible and ...
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What type of interior wall is this in my bathroom and how should i go about repairing it? I am a novice when when it comes to home repair

You have might have drywall or one of those "insert" acrylic insert bath walls. Test it with a pin. If you can push the pin it is drywall, if not it is acrylic. You can try to glue (fill the ...
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Getting latex paint overspray off a new shower insert

Latex paint is relatively easy to remove from a smooth surface. Assuming that this is a plastic or fiberglass shower insert, you can use automotive detailing clay to remove overspray with no risk of ...
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Raceway wiring in a bathroom next to sink

That's perfectly fine. In Chicago you generally need to use wires in conduit, but there are raceways that are legitimate conduit, so you should be fine. However, you are still in "finish the ...
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Need to install a new outlet : from Light Fixture or GFCI? How to go about it?

Not having details showing cabinet locations make this a little hard, but I think you are stuck between a hard place and a rock. I suspect you need to find another circuit. Existing installations that ...
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What are my options to make a vanity cabinet the same depth as the deeper side cabinet?

Make a wall mount that come out 3" or so your new vanity is flush with the 25" cabinet. You then hide the gap with some molding or backsplash
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Where should I locate an exhaust fan in a 110 square foot bathroom with an included 15 square foot toilet room

With your numbers you will only get 4.3 air exchanges per hour. That is on low end for bathrooms, it should be more like 10 air exchanges per hour. First determine the room volume by multiplying the ...
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What size is my bathtub?

You are measuring correctly, and 60x40 is rare but they do exist - here's one. Much more common are 60x36 and 60x42.
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How can I support a sagging double joist where the hanger was cut?

Instead of hanging it, support the joist from underneath with an adjustable house floor jack (an example, not endorsement).
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