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First, check out some videos on good wire-on-screw technique. Look carefully at the wires on the switch and be clear on their position. Now, flip the switch over. That should do it!


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New exhaust vent shall be located at least 4 feet from a window opening as per nsbc. Unless your unit has a sprinkler system. I would redirect through the roof with a duraflo exhaust vent.


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It "could" be asbestos, but most likely it's Zementgebundene Holzwolle (cement-bound wood wool). It was used as a cheap, lightweight cover material. Heraklith was a popular brand across the German-speaking countries until well into the late 90s.


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Ack's answer is very good, so I won't repeat what they wrote. I will add that molds can definitely create a significant health hazard. I would get the attic inspected for the presence of hazardous levels of molds. From personal experience, I can tell you that mold inside walls and attics can be extremely hazardous to your health. It doesn't have to be ...


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As already stated this is bad for your attic and underside of roof, when you do install ducting make sure it is insulated.


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Venting into an attic is terrible in North American climate zones (6,7,8 in linked map below); less so in arid southern zones (1,2). This will give you a sense of how bad this might be. Beyond that, what @ack said. Map: zone map


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Is this a big problem? I assume the fan has been like this for 15+ > years. If it is, I will look into getting a duct there, which is complicated by the inaccessible attic space. Moisture in the attic is a problem and the fan needs to be ducted to the exterior. I find it hard to believe that your attic has no access. Code requires one for many reasons ...


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None if you open your window for few minutes after you shower. In winter also keeping the door open is a good choice because heated air inside home is usually dry enough to remove the moisture.


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I think you want something gentle that won't damage the glaze. I have never before seen a toilet that filthy, but I would try citric acid. Fill the bowl with water, add a cup citric acid powder (anhydrous citric acid - buy in bulk from a home brewing store, or pet store, at a few dollars per kilogram), stir to dissolve, and let it sit for 24 hours to ...


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I grew up in a wood house with a wooden bathroom that was well-used each morning. We saw first-hand the effects of rotting wood from moisture. I also rented from landlords that didn't take care of their property, causing black mold to form from excess moisture. The primary concerns are the following: Mold Mildew Rot Hydration of permeable substances ...


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Condensing water is never good. The vapor will creep in places where it may not quickly evaporate once it has condensed. It will condense easily but dry slowly in cold places and badly ventilated corners (like around the window) and on a cold floor. That means that these places stay moist for longer than one would think. Take a "finger test" in such places ...


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Not a big problem but moisture is almost never a good thing in a house unless you live in a very dry climate. Why not turn the fan on first thing? In addition to mildew, moisture isn't good for medications, for example. A number of rx medications will state not to store them in your bathroom for that reason. Always better to keep the air moisture low.


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30 minutes is not an issue as long as it drys out in between. I live in the Pacific Northwest and know such things... You'll be fine running the fan at the end


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If all you're trying to do is tighten a loose handle - the answer is no - you don't have to shut off the water. The screw to the handle should be on top of the handle. Sometime it's under a cap which is usually just pressed in to the handle. Pry it off with a blade of some type and tighten the screw. That should do it unless you have a setup that's totally ...


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It's similar to the reasoning behind using a filter for your AC units. You want to filter the air to prevent clogging up the coils and dirtying up the ducts. There is a lot of moisture in a bathroom and if you mix that up with dust and lint from towels you've got a combination of particles that will stick to the blades of the fan and also clog up the shaft ...


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You're pretty close to color-coded here, so I'd get some colored tape and mark stuff up. The cluster of 4 hots on the wire-nut is all always-hot. It comes from supply, goes onward to some other outlet, and then there are two pigtails going to the 2 switches. I like black for always-hot, but it's not mandatory. I would change that red pigtail out for ...


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You're going to run a new 14/2 (plus ground) cable* down from the light and connect it to the same points as your current light's cable: The white wire goes to the bundle of whites The black wire goes to the screw on the switch that has the black wire now The bare ground connects to the ground bundle It looks like that switch can accept multiple wires ...


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I think a dark blue, close to the hexagonal tile would look best for both tiles. The closer the match to the hex, the more the grout lines blend in, and extending the color into the subway tiles carries the theme.


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This is really going to be opinion based but I would be looking for a dark blue, tile matching grout. The white grout is going to tie all those shooting rays of white together and will lose the effect. The imperfections would be minor unless your mother-in-law or father-in-law wanted to make a point in which case no color grout would hide it. Just my humble ...


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Mix a combination of water, white vinegar, and dish soap (not dishwashing detergent) in equal parts into a spray bottle. Gently shake it before use. Spray it on the surfaces that you want to clean and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. The longer it sits, the less elbow grease you will have to use. After sitting for the stated time, wipe and rinse off ...


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Had this same problem for a long time and now I've solved it. Always squeegee the door after showering and: When a film develops spray the wet door with Ka-Boom, lightly wiping it with a plastic kitchen scrub pad. The pad won't scratch the glass and easily removes the lime-scale. You can buy it in most stores.


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I HAVE TRIED ALL OF THE REMEDIES AND THEY PROVIDE TERRIBLE RESULTS. The following recipe WILL absolutely work on the worst of all soap scum on shower glass doors & hard water spots & stains . You must go to the store and buy a new BAR OF LAVA HAND SOAP - not any other thing or brand except LAVA BAR SOAP.. Get the glass wet and proceed to rub that ...


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He probably is not familiar with the older wiring methods where the hot wires go to the light box and a switch leg was used. As a result, the light is wired directly to the incoming power instead of to the switch. Modern code has the incoming power go to the switch and then to the light/fan (the load). The installation will need to be redone so that the ...


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You could buy a new one... toilets are as cheap as 60$, and decent ones under 110$. Your labor is free, however... the cleaning supplies might run you 20$.


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Muriatic acid is the best cleaner for toilets in this state period. It isn't for everyone but to be safe, wear gloves and have and extended brush and this is a 15 minute job. I have used muriatic acid many many times and not only will it clean the inside of the toilet bowl but it can be used to unclog the rest which may have issues. Warning when ...


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My furnace blew up a few years ago and my insurance company hired a professional cleaning company to clean everything. (About 8 weeks and $35,000 later and they were done.) I had to leave the house, but stopped by occasionally to watch. I had terrible rust stains in the toilet (we have “hard” water). They used an electric drill (actually battery powered......


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By code the junction box must be accessible, if you read the definition of accessible as applied to wiring methods “capable of being removed or exposed without damaging the building structure or finish or not permanently closed in by the structure or finish of the building”. So wiring methods located behind removable panels designed to allow access are not ...


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If the wires are installed in a junction box, then wire nut them separately, wrap some electrical tape around them, insert them back into the junction box and cover the box with an approved cover plate. If they are just dangling out of a hole in the drywall/tile, then you need to find out what junction box they come from, probably a switch box, and ...


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Those two tiles have cracked edge to edge so they are probably done cracking and because of tile distancing, shouldn't affect the next ones. You could clean the tiles, and get some almond colored caulk and try to blend it into the cracks to help hide the cracks. Did the tile installer leave any spare tiles for you?


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I'm willing to bet that it is dirt and grime in the plumbing that is preventing a good seal. I would take out the linkage and plunger and clean out the pipe at least to the length of the plunger unit. There are several ways to do this but it should be mechanical in nature, like scrubbing a dirty pan. Here is one example of a tool that you can buy and you can ...


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You should be able to take the chrome cover off of the top. My guess is that you will find a nut under there that you can remove with a wrench. Since you are replacing the item you don't have to be too careful with it. I'd just grab it with a channel-loc and try to unscrew it. Last resort would be to cut the cover off. I'd use a Dremel but a hacksaw would ...


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Kudos for taking on the job! I'm.currently scraping grout off my subway tile surface because I didn't wipe while.grouting. Crap happens when you're a diy-er. I would install a topper course of tile with a bead of latex caulk on the upper edge, UBER seal all that grout, use a latex waterproof paint on those walls to help with wicking. Worst case, you'll ...


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Yes. The bidets use a T which is installed between the water supply to the toilet and the fill value on the tank. You have neither the fill valve or the typical toilet water supply. You should be able to go from the hose bib with the red handle to a 3/8" female adapter that would then allow the bidet supply to connect.


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What size is the red pipe? The trick here is the weir. If your sink p trap arm can be on the same horizontal plane as the red pipe then you can wet vent otherwise where the trap arm hooks into a vertical it needs a connection to the vent above that can not have a horizontal run until it rises above the flood plane of the sink. Probably the toilet is fine. ...


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We see drop down concrete pans here in Florida quite often. As long as the drain is 1 1/2" below the main foundation it is considered acceptable without a rubber liner. The trough created by the sunken concrete is adequate to contain the water from shower use. Cement board is created to be water resistant and is acceptable on the walls as the substrate. ...


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The flathead of the screw needs to fit into the keyhole bracket on the shelf and we can't tell whether it would fit or not without the measurements of the bracket. Even if you could drill the holes in the grout lines, you would probably nick or crack a tile. I would mount that shelf in the kitchen and get a bathroom shelf constructed of a PVC material and ...


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A pipe wrench holding the exposed portion of the nipple should allow you to remove the valve without loosening the joint in the wall. But be sure to inspect the condition of the pipe. This appears to be galvanized steel pipe which rusts over time. If the pipe appears to be rusted severely or is filled with scale, you may want to replace it and even the ...


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did you ever resolve this? If not, then may I suggest that you need a seal that runs down the hinge side of the shower door. It looks like you have 8mm glass SO you would use a PCR8 From CR Laurence. You can find them here They are a simply push on seal that you can run from the top of the glass right down to the bottom, you would have to cut the seals ...


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