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Pam Caviness wants to reduce the amount of water she's using in Monrovia, CA. Here's her situation: "During the winter my hot water comes out freezing cold. In the summer my cold water is scalding hot. I have a gas water heater in the garage and the copper pipes run through the attic to the two bathrooms […]

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Paula Lange has a slippery shower floor in Carmel, IN. The shower base is cultured marble. Let her tell you the rest. "I have a cultured marble shower floor with slightly raised pattern ( supposed to make it not slippery).  It is very slippery. No bathmat will stick because of the pattern. I have been looking […]

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Lee Eismann lives in Upper Marlboro, MD and had to tangle with some hair, gunk and a sink stopper control rod in his wife's vanity sink. I'm thinking of starting a betting pool on how long his marriage is going to continue. Here's why: Hi Tim! OK, I searched for this question/topic per your instructions, and […]

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Steven JP has a wretched toilet smell from his new toilet in his China home. Let him describe the situation. "Hey Tim! my new toilet has three connection points in the base. See the attached picture. I can't figure out why. This is a fancy new technology toilet that I bought here in China. It's an Arrow […]

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DEAR TIM: I've always wanted a wet bar. My husband and I do lots of entertaining and I feel it would be so handy. I'm open to all sorts of ideas since I've only got one chance to get this right the first time. How do you deal with the plumbing issues if you want […]

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Roger Hull is working in a tight spot trying to dissolve some PVC glue. He's in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Here's what he asked me: I"m in a tight spot between floor joists. I'm trying to take apart some 4" PVC. Is there anything that will help dissolve the PVC cement?" Here's my answer: Roger, I've been a […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm renovating a basement bath during the winter while I'm slow at work. When I removed the old shower insert, I discovered a large area of crumbling and missing concrete. There's standing water in the ground because of the high ground water table this time of year. I've discovered conflicting information online as […]

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Stephanie has a banging noise in her shower in Stockton, CA. Allow her to give you a full report: "When I turn on the hot water valve in my shower it makes a banging noise until I increase the water flow. If the flow of the hot water decreases, it will start the banging noise again […]

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Ken Williams has a very slippery shower floor in his Mooresville, NC home. Let him describe it: "The water in my house is very soft and so it is very slippery and the soap never seems to be rinsed off and as a result the shower floor which is 6X6 tiles is dangerously slippery. The […]

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Sharon's bathroom floor tile grout is cracking in her Anchorage, AK home. You're not going to believe the photos. Here's her story: "My master bath floor has cracked and chipping grout in more than 50 percent of the tiled area.  Some tiles sound hollow underneath. The sub-flooring is 3/4 in OSB with 3/8 inch interior plywood […]

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