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How concerning is this water in my bathroom?

To directly answer the "question": Unless you live on a slip-n-slide, water coming out of the floor is very, very concerning. Although ... usually water will leak down into the floor, into ...
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Cracks in Bathtub

Not hazardous for the child, IMHO, but definitely a builder warranty repair issue - the cracks indicate installation not done correctly, tub not supported correctly and cracking with use as weight is ...
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How do I fix my bathtub drain plug that's not working?

As a renter, I'd strongly suggest that a basic generic rubber bath plug (the kind you have to put in place and remove manually) is your best bet. It will work. It will cost much less than a Grohe ...
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Plumber set my bathtub on top of Great Stuff foam. Do I need to pull the tub?

Perfectly common modern technique. You should relax, and keep the plumber's number handy in the not-very-likely event that it "fails." Me, I use plaster, but I have nothing against foam done ...
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How concerning is this water in my bathroom?

I wouldn't worry too much about mold. I'd worry about the level under the bathroom and the subfloor eventually rotting out. Yes toilet can leak underneath. Yes you can do it. First is to figure out ...
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Why was the tile on the end of a shower wall jogged over partway up?

You said it yourself in the question - it's because it's aligned to the other side of the tub. If the tiled wall was continued all the way to the corner, there's a chance the finished product would ...
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Fixing micro-cracks in a fiberglass tub

Tub coatings are not intended to be structural. They're merely aesthetic (and maybe hygienic). A fix would involve bolstering the tub enough to stop flex movement (from underneath), plus a resurfacing,...
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How concerning is this water in my bathroom?

Is this a serious concern for mold underneath the toilet and flooring? Mold can live anywhere there is moisture, food, and the correct environmental conditions. You have provided all three. So yes, ...
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Why was the tile on the end of a shower wall jogged over partway up?

Because the entire bathroom has a wainscot on the lower portion and that's where the shower ends. Look at the wall across the room. It has tile partway up and paint above. That's the design of the ...
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How concerning is this water in my bathroom?

Something is leaking. It could be a bathroom fitting, it could be something inside the walls, it could be the roof! Is this a serious concern for mold underneath the toilet and flooring? It's worse ...
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What is a joystick-style tub faucet handle called?

A lever handle, or it may also be marketed as a handicap accessible handle. Check with your shower controls manufacturer to see what they offer. Image search on your actual valve image reveals it to ...
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Bathtub Leak at the seal

I would document the leaking when it does accrue, take pictures and date them. Get the contractor back to fix it. If you try to tighten up the fittings and it ends up being more than that,like a crack ...
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Do I still need mortar under this drop-in tub?

It appears to be some sort of plastic/fiberglass tub. If you don't bed them, they move (which feels "cheap" when you stand in it, because it is) and the movement leads to fatigue cracking, ...
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Can I put hardiebacker over green sheetrock in a shower?

Glue and screw the cement board to the green-board. Use 1 1/2" screws to anchor the panels to the studs. Forget about the plastic. Seal the walls and the floor with a waterproofing and uncoupling ...
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Plumber's putty or silicone for tub drain?

Plumber's putty is used (in the modern world) to keep gunk out of cracks and little else. It's not a primary drain seal strategy. The rubber gasket is the drain seal. Putty would just aid in cleaning ...
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Wall cladding for shower?

At the easy low-cost end, you could install a clawfoot (i.e. freestanding) tub shower curtain rod that goes all the way around the tub, and a curtain to match. They work in the middle of a room, they'...
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How do I fix my bathtub drain plug that's not working?

Some tests/experiments you can perform for free, or at worst, cheap… Bear in mind you can't get to the push mechanism without at least taking the side off the bath, so you're going to have to live ...
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What to do about the gap between the tub and the studs?

Assuming that you don't own a table saw, Home Depot sells 5/16"×1-1/2" lath. That or you can use a circular saw to cut strips of whatever thickness of plywood that you need. You should ...
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Can a rust hole in a bath tub be repaired?

I successfully repaired a hole in my mother-in-laws tub at the drain using an epoxy putty purchased in an autoparts store. It is made to repair metals and can be formed to fill in the rusted area and ...
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Can a P-trap turn backwards?

A trap can be oriented in any horizontal position as long as the vertical configuration remains standard. Mechanically (hydraulically) there's no difference whatsoever--it's the exact same number of ...
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Plumber's putty or silicone for tub drain?

I too, prefer plumber's putty, but the general consensus is don't use it with plastics. "the ABS drain shoe comes with a thick rubber gasket" I believe the gasket is to provide the seal......
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two separate bath fan on same 4" vent duct?

You'll be much better off with one 100 CFM in-line duct fan downstream of the Y. The fan that isn't operating will look like (and act as) an exhaust to the fan that is running. If you desperately want ...
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Plumber's putty or silicone for tub drain?

I called the drain manufacturer (OS&B) and the technical support said to use oil-free (often indicated as stain-free) plumber's putty or silicone caulk/sealant under the strainer. They did advise ...
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Installing sliding glass tub doors without a wall stud

See page 10, step 2 of the instructions linked on the product listing: If you do not have a stud in the area shown this door CAN NOT be installed, call Delta Shower Doors Customer Care Team at 1-800-...
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Panasonic Bath fan options and venting question

First- is that black ABS the vent stack? That is, is it hooked to your toilet and sink drains? If so, DO NOT use that for the fan's exhaust. It's against code, and possibly lethal with sewer gas ...
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How can I finish tile on the face of a tub platform where the top surface is short of the corner?

You can get bullnose tile with edge that curls over. You can also get pencil bullnose that's just that curled part like quarter-round. If your tile doesn't have matching pieces like this, try to ...
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How can I remove this shower faucet cartridge?

The grey tab on top, and probably one on the bottom, open to disassemble the cartridge. To remove the entire cartridge, since you've removed the large nut, just grab the entire grey base, twist back ...
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How can I repair a handheld shower head hose that burst?

As commented I think you'll need to replace the whole hose. It may be worth trying to pry the white plastic part back from the brass part (or think of it as prying the brass part and hose out of the ...
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How do I get the water to completely drain from my tub with a drain in the end wall?

Re-install the tub with proper slope is the only fix for this other than mopping it up or squeegeeing it out as suggested in comments. The end of the tub away from the drain should be adequately ...
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What is a joystick-style tub faucet handle called?

These knobs that pull directly out of the wall are hard to operate. You cannot convert them to lever-style just by changing the knob. If you want to make it easier without replacing the entire ...
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