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Why Doesn't My Shower Work? | Frozen Riser Pipe Probably! "A shower can stop working if the water pipes in the wall freeze solid. A polar vortex causes bitter cold air to drop down into the wall." Tim Carter - Founder, askthebuilder.com Did your shower work yesterday? Are you experiencing a polar vortex shot of […]

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Holes in Ceramic Tile Question #1: Tim, how in the heck do you drill a simple hole into ceramic tile? I’ve been trying to do it for the past half hour and nothing is happening except the drill bit is getting red hot. I just grabbed my husband’s cordless drill and put a bit into […]

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A corner shower needs to be the proper size or you could get stuck. Glass shower enclosures are the rage because they’re so sleek and easy to clean. Be sure your corner shower tub has the proper flanges to keep the water inside the glass enclosure.

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"The glass panels can't be trimmed in your home. They come in a specific size. Many panels come with a translucent gasket that can help fill a gap should the walls be slightly out of plumb." Are Glass Shower Wall Panels Clean & Sleek? Last year I installed some clear glass shower wall panels and […]

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Pebble Shower Floor TIPS Rounded pebbles massage better than flat ones Pebbles come in sheets for easy installation WATCH installation video below Set pebble sheets in thinset for permanent bond CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter DEAR TIM: I stayed at a rental home that had a pebble shower floor. The pebbles […]

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Clean Hard Water Stains TIPS Hard water stains caused by hard water minerals Use regular white vinegar and paper towels to remove Longer soak time means less scrubbing Prevent stains using a squeegee - see GREAT ONE below CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I’ll admit it. I’m not the […]

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DIY Acrylic Shower Walls TIPS Many different models and types to choose from Some acrylic showers have thin walls that need lots of work to install Wall studs must be plumb and not bowed Shower base must be level and installed in wet setting compound CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR […]

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A shower drain odor can be very unpleasant. The source of the drain odor is often above the water level of the trap. Look at the sides of the drain pipe for biofilm.

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Judy H. lives in OH. She had a great question. "Hi, Tim.  Hope you can advise me.  We have an original porcelain bathtub (57 years old).  In 1990, we had it glazed by BathCrest, who are no longer in business. The glaze has now started to peel around the drain.  I'd like to keep the […]

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I'm a master plumber as well as a builder. Crazy but true. I've been one for over 35 years. Gary, who lives in West Memphis, Arkansas, is remodeling his bathroom and has a question about walk-in shower drains. "I removed a bath tube and going to install a walk in shower. Do I need to […]

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