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Very low hot water flow in single fixture

You can reduce the amount of drywall you destroy by getting a fiber optic snooper. Should be able to use a 1/4" hole every few feet. Is there access to the valve? I think these work with a bi-...
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Very low hot water flow in single fixture

If you sort out how to remove the cartridge from the valve body (with water shut off upstream) you should be able to check the flow (messily) from the open valve body directly by turning the hot back ...
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Shower leaking after renovation - grout/caulk question

The tub has a flange around the 3 sides against walls. The tile overlaps that flange about 3/4" or so. This makes it harder for water to past the tub edge. It is better to have caulk that ...
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Should I choose a left-hand or right-hand drain bathtub if it's right next to the bathroom entry door to avoid rusting hinges?

Rusty hinges should be near to the bottom of your list of considerations for placement because they are inexpensive and easily replaced. Ability to easily operate the valves and comfortably wrangle ...
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How much weight can I put on this beam?

Caveat: if you want a fully qualified answer, you really should go to a structural engineer. I'm not qualified as one. If I was, I would not be comfortable putting my name on this answer with the ...
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Shower Pressure Decreases after thumping noise behind wall

The thump is probably coming from the pressure balancer. This is designed to stop you getting scalded if someone flushes the toilet, or frozen if someone runs the hot tap. If either happens it will ...
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Possible water damage behind shower tile wall?

That is typical 80s shower construction. The green board is a moisture resistant board commonly used then but rarely now. The mildew is the result of water leaching behind the tiles at the tub edge. ...
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Do I need to remove my shower to patch the subfloor?

No. You can add some 2x6 ( assuming your floor assembly is 2x8 ) perpendicular to your joists to pickup the localized floor loading in this area. You can either use hangers, toe nail to the recessed ...
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Waterproofing concrete wall

Tile sets well on block walls. There is not a requirement to cover with cement board, but if you feel you must, add firring strips and then the cement board. I have used the Aquadefense on many ...
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How do I remove this shower drain?

Only the centre part in this picture rotates/unscrews. The outer ring looks like it will, but the lugs provide a space for water to run under the cover. Unscrew the centre part anticlockwise with ...
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Installing curved shower rod in standing shower stall

Yes, of course you can. The attachment method will depend on the molding material and its thickness, and perhaps on the type of wall that sits behind the molding. I recommend drilling pilot holes ...
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What to do if shower drain pipe is enclosed in concrete

Option 2. Chisel a bit away from the pipe, and don't direct force at the pipe when breaking out concrete around the pipe. You can also make cuts with a diamond saw to make chiseling easier. It's ...
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There is a piece of wood caulked to the top of my bathtub. What is going on and what can I do to fix it?

If somebody thought that was an improvement over the underlying joint, then I wince at the thought of what's underneath it. It looks like he used ALEX caulk instead of a class 25 caulk like 100% ...
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Wet Rated Pot Light

Find a make/model number on the thing and look it up. Or, possibly, while looking for the make and model number, find a label that indicates it's wet-rated directly. I suspect CEC and NEC are ...
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Should/can I use a shower pan liner with Schluter-Kerdi shower tray for my shower floor?

Oatey makes a product called "Perfect Slope" that will bail you out. Here's a picture from their product page demonstrating its use with a flange mounted flat on top of the subfloor:
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Should/can I use a shower pan liner with Schluter-Kerdi shower tray for my shower floor?

To use a shower pan liner you must have what is called a 3 piece drain. This will allow you to put your shower pan liner to the drain. A 3 piece drain also has threads where it can be raised or ...
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Why do all shower cubicles have open tops, and does it have to be this way?

They don't have to be open. Here is a product called Showerdome Blurb from site A Showerdome® shower top stops steam and moisture leaving your shower, so you can enjoy mist-free mirrors, a dry ...
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