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What underlayment for LVT on concrete subfloor?

I'd use a 1/4" notched trowel with some stiff thinset mix. Trowel it on your floor surface leave the notches standing. Once stiff enough I'd fill the voids and flat trowel against the notches. ...
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What underlayment for LVT on concrete subfloor?

The floor comfort underlayment is to be used with laminate or engineered wood NOT LVT or LVP. Go with the Smartcore and approved underlayment. I have used that brand and had great results. Better to ...
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Mold on Bathroom Ceiling

The root cause of the reoccurring mold was not the ceiling, but the walls. There is a decorative ring of dark colored tiles at the top of the shower, and these were hiding mold. Deep cleaning the ...
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What glue can we use to fill cracks in a solid surface counter top?

The trick with glues is that you want something with the same properties as the substrate material. For stone tile, you need something with stone-like properties, e.g. grout. You only need a tiny bit ...
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Hardie Board Subfloor—Thinset or No?

Floors are usually uneven upstairs. If you do not put thin set under the backer board, your tiles will start to break loose within the year.
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Mold on Bathroom Ceiling

Did you put in the new bath fan after the rest of the remodel? If the new ceiling was up for even a few days before you got your ventilation system up and running, there’s a chance that mold could ...
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How to tile under a cabinet?

Note that a classic cheat is to install just enough tile to get to or past the edges of the vanity, then add baseboards to cover the gap so people can't see the untiled section. Out of sight, out of ...
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Can someone tell me what kind of fitting for this toilet water shut off valve is?

Looks like it flares out at the wall escutcheon. Hard to be 100% but I'd bet it is 1/2" female NPT and connected to galvanized iron pipe water supply. Probably something like this You could ...
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Do I need a special switch for a bathroom fan?

Simple switches - old-style toggle switches or Decora switches - are really easy. Turn off the circuit breaker or breakers. Most likely you have one breaker that controls both the fan and the light, ...
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shower door seal strip ID

You couldtry browsing the CR Laurence website. (Link attached) Shower door and glass companies would be a good place to get the parts. They are typically applied with VHB tape. https://www.crlaurence....
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Two bathrooms fans on same switch. One runs continuously

Presumably the one that runs continuously is intended to do that to "help with the mold problem" and the other is supplementary to deal with large amounts of moisture from showering, etc. As ...
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Raising floor in bathroom from concrete subfloor for vinyl sheet finish

Why build the bath like it was 1982? Use new technology. An LVP/ LVT rated underlayment of 4 mm and a finished LVP or LVT ( example of LVT) of 7.5mm will get you 11.5mm or .449 inches. The concrete ...
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What kind of faucet is this and how can I remove it?

I have this same faucet but can't recall if it's a Pfister or Moen, but I think Pfister. Got it a Lowes. It took me some time a few year ago to figure it out, but crip659 is correct... The little ...
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How can I remove my bathroom sink stopper?

Most sink stoppers are controlled by a shaft that intersects the drain pipe just below the sink. A plastic ball serves as a swivel which seals against the pipe. You can remove that by unscrewing its ...
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My bathroom’s baseboard heater will not shut off

The thermostat (inside the unit connected to the knob) has likely failed. Or maybe you just didn't turn it OFF hard enough. The controlling breaker is not necessarily marked correctly, so you could ...
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Prevent shower door from sliding open?

I too thought of the magnetic latch option for my shower door not staying closed. It moves back an inch or so, ever so slowly, once I shut it. I could not find a suitable latch or guide/bumper/catch ...
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Removing Ring Towel holder

There is no magic solution. You can try to drill out the screw, but being underneath it will have it's own set of difficulties. There are 2 alternatives: 1: Just rip the ring from the wall. There ...
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How can I prepare concrete walls with tile mortar for new tile?

In cases like this you can go up or you can go down. You can level the surface to the high points, or you can reduce the surface to the low points. I'd argue that the former is much easier here. ...
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Is it a bad idea to install a bathroom vent in a drop ceiling without external exhaust?

The point of a bathroom exhaust fan is to pull humid air out of the bathroom. That humid air must go somewhere. If that "somewhere" is another interior space, you're just moving the ...
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Is it a bad idea to install a bathroom vent in a drop ceiling without external exhaust?

Others already said you shouldn't dump humid air into your ceiling space or other rooms. As for what to do if you don't have a vent that goes outside... There are duct free "exhaust fans" ...
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Is it a bad idea to install a bathroom vent in a drop ceiling without external exhaust?

You need to exhaust the bathroom via a duct in the ceiling void and through an outside wall. You can't just push bathroom air into the void ... it will cause mold up there and push humidity and ...
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How can I remove a Steeple 4 inch axial fan cover?

Removing the Phillips screw takes a bit of turning, so persevere and it will come off. The screw is held in place by the panel so you can’t lose it.
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Brand new bathroom fan appears to be spinning the wrong way

I recently had to reinstall one of these. The unit I had was a similarly cheap model and there were multiple place on the housing that were not air tight which let air escape and felt as if the fan ...
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Brand new bathroom fan appears to be spinning the wrong way

If the red arrow in your second photo is correct, it is spinning the wrong way and if it's brand new, send it back! The information about reversing the motor is interesting but just get one that ...
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Brand new bathroom fan appears to be spinning the wrong way

This is a centrifugal fan. The fan blades can be straight, curved towards spinning direction or against spinning direction. This will affect the noise level and efficiency of the fan, but the ...
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Brand new bathroom fan appears to be spinning the wrong way

That's a shaded-pole motor. It generates a rotating magnetic field by "shading" part of the rotor poles with copper rings (ends visible beside the rotor and there should be a matching pair ...
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Can I leave cables around door framing?

You're already doing a bunch of wall surface repair. Just cut into the wall surface behind the electrical box and reroute the cable. Alternatively, buy 6 ft of L3/4x3/4x1/8 steel angle and install ...
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Can I leave cables around door framing?

Leaving the cables exposed between the rough opening (the 2x4s) and the door frame might work OK for you when you install the door, but if anyone else comes along (including future you) and makes any ...
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Is it ok that my wall air vent does not seal to duct?

It's kind of hard to tell exactly what's going on in that picture, however it looks to me like the rigid duct was just pushed up to the vent opening as you suspect. Can you move that rigid pipe pretty ...
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How to properly clean a bathroom fan?

To answer the ghost-giving-up part of your question, you can buy a cheap anemometer online to measure actual air flow. Fans are marketed with CFM ratings. You can't take marketing too literally, nor ...
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How to properly clean a bathroom fan?

Fans should be cleaned regularly to maintain performance. For the main bathroom, this is probably every year. For occasional use bathrooms, every few years is probably fine. A fan only needs ...
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Can I reduce the size of my hot water heater vent or direct the vent out the exterior?

You can replace your water heater with a high efficiency model that, like your furnace, will use low temperature exhaust pipes that are typically vented through the wall (rather than going up through ...
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Need Help with Bathroom Exhaust Fan/Vent

The fan may be an inline unit. This could be complicated and in a rental unit any maintenance should be done by professionals. Document the requests for repair. State exactly the issue, ( The fan does ...
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How can I fix this ding in my bathroom countertop?

Solid surface counter tops are typically seamed with epoxy mixed with the powdered countertop material. The best thing here is probably an epoxy mixed with a stone powder that matches as close as ...
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Redoing my bathroom, painting shower glass

Example of (removable) cling film: The blue at top and bottom is painter's tape used to fill a gap; the piece I had wasn't quite large enough for this window. Larger pieces, or systems that work like ...
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Redoing my bathroom, painting shower glass

You have several options. Film. You can apply a colored film to the glass, this is typical done by spraying it with soapy water, applying the film and using a squeegee to work the bubbles out. You ...
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Redoing my bathroom, painting shower glass

I'm open to new ideas and those that think out of the box...however painting glass that is used daily is not recommended. What can be done is the glass can have a tint or film added such as done to ...
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Bathroom with added shower wall hi

That wall is there to give some relief between the shower and toilet. It is totally optional and could be removed to make the shower longer. However making the shower base 60" rather than 48&...
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