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How can I remove a cement-welded sink trap?

Cut it off. That's all apparently built with cement-welded joints. There is no practical way to un-weld them. I would cut the pipe immediately downstream of that coupler near the wall and cement on a ...
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Installing a 48" vanity between two walls that are 51" apart. How can I cover the 1.5" gaps on the cabinet marble top and the cabinet sides?

This is a free standing vanity. It is not made to finish against a wall. The cabinet part does not lend itself to adding what we call "fillers" as a standard vanity cabinet would. The open ...
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Will 42.5 in vanity fit in 42 in space?

I suppose you could cut a channel into the drywall, if you actually have room to get the top lined up to shove in. Unless you've arranged some fiendish hydrualic jack system that will more likely ...
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Water pipes come through the floor too far from the wall for the vanity cutout

Typically you cut a hole in the bottom of the vanity to accommodate the location of the pipes.
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How can I determine if a mirror is tempered glass or not?

First really look for the watermarks. These are usually ultrafaint in a corner. They could even be upside down. Second look for any chips on the edges. If there are chips it isn't tempered. ...
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What is the point of extra T pipe under my vanity?

It's a trap primer. It allows just a little bit of water to be bypassed from the usual horizontal path (headed to your sink) and sends it out the vertical pipe, where it ends up keeping a trap (often ...
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What adhesive is typically used to "glue" a porcelain under-counter sink to a stone countertop

Most likely it's silicone. You should be able to cut it with a razor/knife to free the sink and then scrape/peel it off completely once the sink is out of the way.
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Will 42.5 in vanity fit in 42 in space?

Cultured marble can be cut with a diamond tile blade. I have done it a number of times and it is easier than ripping out or trying to cut grooves in the drywall. If possible cut outside, wear eye, ear ...
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Installing a 48" vanity between two walls that are 51" apart. How can I cover the 1.5" gaps on the cabinet marble top and the cabinet sides?

I think I might try pushing the cabinet all the way to the left, leaving a gap of about 3" on the right. Then mount a towel bar all the way across, maybe 12" above the countertop or so. Then ...
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Bathroom vanity tail piece doesn't align with P-trap inlet

Worst case cut the glued mess off and use a trap with compression rings a pvcckit at big box store 8-9$ . You will need a longer pice to the right 1-2$ more then everything is adjusted to the drain ...
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Do I need to retrofit a junction box when replacing a vanity light?

The question depends entirely on whether the fixture acts as its own junction box, with full containment and a strain relief clamp. If it includes a UL listed enclosure, all good. The instructions ...
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How can I add a second light to my bathroom circuit?

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 ...
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Removing (glued?) P trap

Yes, it appears that your trap has been glues in place instead of utilizing slip connections. You'll have to cut off the old one. Use a hack saw or single handle one. I would start out by cutting the ...
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What's the difference between bathroom storage cabinets and vanity units?

Vanity units will have at least one compartment large enough for a standard sink bowl and its plumbing. It'll also usually have a fixed or detachable faux drawer front.
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How do I fix/fill this void left by previously tiling around a bathroom vanity

It turns out there is no additional tile of the same size/style/color available, so this idea has been scrapped. For those who may stumble upon it in the future however, I offer the following... If ...
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How can I add a second light to my bathroom circuit?

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 ...
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How to get a granite counter top with sink off a wooden bathroom vanity

Use a long sharp knife, like a carpet/flooring knife, to slice through the caulking or construction adhesive that was used on the top of the vanity when the sink was set onto it. Then yes, use a ...
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What adhesive is typically used to "glue" a porcelain under-counter sink to a stone countertop

You can get silicones that are also adhesives. Best of both worlds. Just search "silicone adhesive". A selection from a UK builders' merchant chain.
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Can I install a junction box on top of a wooden stud?

You can use a "pancake box" like this: Image source: HomeDepot.com. No recommendation of brand or retailer implied or intended. Or you can use a "saddle box" like this: ibid The ...
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How do I drill through a metal screw in my cabinet doors?

I wouldn't recommend the glue on idea. I would relocate the knobs slightly.
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How close for the toilet and vanity

30" clear across so 15" from center of the flange to either side is the minimum. There is a little wiggle room like 1/2-1" less on one side if the other side is completely open and you have to ...
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What's best to stick granite backsplash to granite countertop?

Clear, slow (ie, not 5 minute set time) epoxy is what I'd use. Apply masking tape on the countertop exactly at the seam line. Same for the backsplash. Glue and set the backsplash (clamp gently in ...
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What's best to stick granite backsplash to granite countertop?

YOU DON'T. If it isn't against a wall then it serves no function. The point of the backsplash is so the wall isn't hit with water. You want water on the sink (in a normal vanity situation) to go ...
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How to get a granite counter top with sink off a wooden bathroom vanity

Since the old sink is cracked just use a sledge hammer to break it into small pieces which can then easily be levered off the glue joints.
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How to get a granite counter top with sink off a wooden bathroom vanity

After you've undone the plumbing below, I'd use quick support rods or 2x4s cut a little long to push up on the bottom of the sink and help to lift it out. While the quick rods are pushing up use a ...
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Bathroom remodel - Where to place vanity light box in wall and proper vanity size

One solution: Get a different fixture. It is quite common to let the wire hang out for a vanity light because many vanity lights do not require a junction box in the wall. They are the ones that are ...
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Help replacing a bathroom vanity light fixture with no ground wire in metal clad cable

Task completed. Tested flexible Metal Conduit for grounding, and it was grounded. (written method and video tutorial here) Used a "3/8 in. Flexible Metal Conduit (FMC) Screw-In Connector" ...
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Water Damage to Bathroom Vanity

There is no fix to repair that section except replacing. It looks like MDF or pressed wood(wood chips glued together) and that type is ruined if water gets in it. Will need to make sure that it is ...
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Trying to replace my vanity light

When you are doing a direct replacement (e.g., light fixture for light fixture, even if the new one is fancy, new and LED instead of old and incandescent) you normally only have to be concerned with ...
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Can I get an outlet from this section of the open wall?

Can you take advantage of this hole to install an outlet nearby? Yes probably. The hole would probably make it easier to bring a cable to this location, and you could install an outlet in a surface-...
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