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How can I restore the grout joint at the bottom of my shower walls?

The grout is disintgrating because it should have never been used where the floor meets the walls or where walls meet walls. These different planes shift and will crack grout. Caulk should be used ...
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Diagonal Cracks in drywall at corner of 1 piece shower/tub - Serious?

This looks like a surface crack probably caused by tightening the shower curtain rod too tight. A taping job and light mud can crack with a concentrated pressure point like those shower rods cause if ...
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How can I restore the grout joint at the bottom of my shower walls?

Grout is not waterproof. (Some grout in a perfect bubble is waterproof, until it moves.) Grout will deteriorate over time if water is trapped beneath it. So either your grout is not waterproof or ...
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How to avoid shower cord damage from brief hot water flow after shutoff hot before cold taps?

I seriously doubt that any leaking is caused by brief hot water flow. Most plastic/rubber tubing has at rating of 160 degrees F and continuous duty. You can't really avoid the damage but you might be ...
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Replacing Shower Tile Directly on Plywood

This is a prefabricated shower cubicle, so assuming it's installed correctly, it's almost certainly not leaking. Tiles (in particular the grout between them) are not waterproof, so to prevent the OSB ...
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Can I replace the cartridge in my shower valve to restore smooth operation?

Normally yes. And normally that solves most issues. You do have to identify the thing, which for some reason seems to be made excessively annoying by the manufacturers (cast or stamp a name and model ...
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New shower gurgles, is this normal or cause to bring the installer/plumber back?

Your video shows a normal shower drain. You are noticing a difference because the tub drain collected the water and ran it horizontally before dropping into the P-trap.
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How to seal shower pan / gasket / cast iron pipe

As we can see in your photo, your drain is an E.L Mustee 42.317. It uses flat washers and a nut to seal itself above and below the shower floor, but the seal to the drain pipe is formed by a rubber ...
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PEX Piping for Tub Filler

Increasing the outlet size will not provide more volume of water as the volume is determined by the piping supplying the valve and the valve itself. So if the volume is set, and you increase the area, ...
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Need help on how to restore shower following water leaking past drain cutout from old incorrect installation with no waterproofing

You have the wrong type of shower drain for your shower. You need a flanged shower drain and a PVC shower liner. Here is an excellent shower construction video that shows exactly what you need to do. ...
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Is a PVC Coupling Reamer Effective?

Yes, the "socket-saver" or "hub saver" or "plastic pipe reamer" tools work. As with all tools, there are better and worse ones, and generally the better ones cost more. ...
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