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  1. How to Install a Whirlpool Tub

    Whirlpools are available that fit into a standard tub space and install almost as easily as a regular tub . Learn how to tear out the old tub , tub walls and faucet; rough in new plumbing; and set the new whirlpool in place.

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  1. How to Convert Bathtub Drain Lever to a Lift-and-Turn Drain

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    We'll show you how to replace your old-style bathtub drain with a low maintenance lift-and-turn drain. Once you remove the old stopper, installing the new one is a breeze. So stop dealing with the lever-style drain that catches all of the hair in the tub and replace it with a new one that doesn't have the complicated linkage.

  2. Tile Installation: Backer Board Around a Bathtub

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    Does tile backer board lap over the bathtub lip, or sit on top of it? It’s a question that’s puzzled first-time bathroom remodelers for years. This article explains the correct method.

  3. How to Replace a Bathtub Spout

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    Replacing a broken bathtub spout is a simple, inexpensive project. In this article, we'll show you the most common types of spouts, and how to replace them. Even if you've never tackled a plumbing project before, you can handle replacing the spout. And don't worry. You don't need any special skills or plumbing tools.

  4. Tile Layout for Tubs and Showers

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    You can complete the perfect bathroom tub and shower tile job if you follow these simple tile installation tips.

  5. Unclog a Bathtub Drain Without Chemicals

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    Fix a clogged tub drain quickly and easily by removing the stopper and fishing out the hair and gunk that causes the problem 80 percent of the time. We show you how to open most common types of drains.

  6. How to Caulk a Tub Surround

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    Don't put up with dark stains and mold in your tub or shower. You can replace old caulk in less than an hour at almost no cost. You can quickly hone caulking skills and come up with first-class results.

  7. Install an Acrylic Tub and Tub Surround

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    In this story, we'll walk you through a basic installation process, beginning with what is often the toughest part—tearing out the old tub and shower. Then we'll show you how to install and replumb the new unit. And finally, we'll show you a tiling technique that simplifies the finish work and makes the entire installation look great.

  8. How to Repair a Leaking Tub Faucet

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    You don't have to put up with the slow drip from a leaky faucet, nor with the growing stain it often leaves in the tub or shower. Fix it now and you'll prevent those headaches and save on you water bill too. The entire job, with special tools, may set you back a bit of cash, but doing it yourself is a lot cheaper than hiring a plumber, and usually much cheaper and easier than tearing out the old faucet and installing a new one. Worn rubber washers, seals or gaskets in the valve assembly cause most leaks. Here we'll show you how to fix a stem-type valve, which is common in older, two-handle faucets (separate hot and cold). We won't cover single-handle faucets here.

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  1. Buyer’s Guide: Tubs - Bob's Blogs

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    FromBobVila.com

    From bare-bones functionality to almost unimaginable luxury, today's tubs offer a dizzying range of styles, features, sizes, and materials. Use this Buyer's Guide for tubs to navigate the bubbly waters and find the perfect one for you.

  2. How to Choose a Bathtub - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    From bare-bones functionality to almost unimaginable luxury, today's tubs offer a dizzying range of styles, features, sizes, and materials. Use this Buyer's Guide for tubs to navigate the bubbly waters and find the perfect one for you.

  3. A Tub with a View: 10 Bathtubs on the Edge of Heaven

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    FromBobVila.com

    A relaxing soak in the tub is one of life's simple pleasures. It's a time to rejuvenate and let your mind wander. Add a scenic view of a picturesque mountaintop, a sun-dappled woodland, or even a verdant private garden and your tub -time enjoyment is doubled. Here are 10 of our favorite bathtub ...

  4. How to Caulk a Bathtub - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    If the caulk around your tub is peeling, damaged, or stained, it's time to remove it and start over. Here's how to caulk a bathtub so that you avoid problems of mildew and rot.

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Clean a Bathtub

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    Get your tub to sparkle like new with these cleaning tips.

  2. How to Clean Rust Stains in Your Bathroom

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    Learn how to remove rust stains in showers or tubs .

  3. How to Clear a Clogged Drain Pipe

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    Home Remodel Workshop - Learn how to clear a clogged drain pipe in your sink

  4. How to Clean a Shower

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    It's time to take control of the grime in your shower.

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Blog Posts

  1. Eye-Catching DIY Bathtub Makeover

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    Before, this claw-foot tub was old and dingy, but had a lot of unique charm.  Its unique-ness went up a notch after the homeowner decided to give it a little makeover.   Hello, yellow!  This tub went from being a basic fixture to the eye-catching center of the bathroom.  It is definitely a ...

  2. How To: Make a Scrap-Wood Bathtub Caddy Courtesy of RECYCLED HOME

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    Here it is, as promised! The instructions for how you too can make a scrap-wood bathtub caddy, courtesy of  RECYCLED HOME: Transform Your Home Using Salvaged Materials  by Rebecca Proctor and published by Laurence King . Rebecca's tutorial is straight out of the pages of her book, but I'll add ...

  3. How To: Make a DIY Scrap Wood Bathtub Caddy from "Recycled Home"

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    FromPosts tagged: bathroom

    Here it is, as promised! The instructions for how you too can make a scrap-wood bathtub caddy, courtesy of  RECYCLED HOME: Transform Your Home Using Salvaged Materials  by Rebecca Proctor and published by Laurence King . Rebecca's tutorial is straight out of the pages of her book, but I'll add ...

  4. A Bathtub with a View

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    The Eris by Victory Spa has a window to the world. Why would you want a window in your bathtub ? To illuminate your bubble time, of course. Referred to as ‘chromotherapy’ , the light is said to elevate you mood–that along with the spa’s cascading waterfall, which ‘massage[s] the neck and shoulders ...

  5. Eye Candy: 11 Droolworthy Tubs and Showers

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    Kitchens and bathrooms are typically the most important rooms of the house when it comes to buying and selling a home. Have you ever heard that? It was something our realtor explained to us years ago and it has stuck with me since then. If you're working on beautifying your home, you're going to ...

  6. Bathroom Update!

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    FromAna-White.com

    Check out what we've been working on at the Momplex lately!!!! Notice anything different??? I'll give you a hint. It costed a small fortune ... probably more than a gold plated bathtub ... But it was worth every single penny! We've got water!!!! Up here in Alaska (where we live) you are on your own for water.  We had to drill down a couple hundred feet for a well (that was the small fortune part and a big reason we decided to build the Mom's a shared duplex - so we don't have to drill two wells). The well sat, just a big pipe looking awkward, for the longest time while we worked on all the other stuff in between a giant hole in the ground and a bathroom vanity needing water.   And then finally last summer, we dropped the pump down the well. And capped it.  The water line is 9 feet down, below the frost line, so the water never freezes.  The small gray tube holds the electrical wires that supply power to the pump. But what happens from here??? The water line and the electrical are brought inside the Momplex underground. The electrical (the gray box on the upper right) ties in to a pressure switch mounted on the pressure tank. When the pressure in the pressure tank gets too low, it trips a switch, that in turn feeds power to the well pump, causing it to pump water into the pressure tank, until the switch trips back signaling the tank is full.  The water line is the white line on the lower right, rapped in the heat trace. It comes in from below ground, and fills the tank, and then on to where ever water is needed by Mom.  You need the pressure tank so your well isn't kicking on and off every time you turn the faucet on. Kinda like buying all your groceries for the week at once, instead of running to the store every time you need a snack. From there, the water is distributed to manifolds that we DIYed: That way we can turn water on and off at the main manifolds in case of a leak or burst pipe or we need to work on something. And from there, the water is distributed through water lines to kitchens and baths throughout the Momplex. Up until now, the plumbing lines were just stub outs in the wall. But we cut the stubouts off and hooked faucets up, put a p-trap between the sink and the drain, and guess what??? We have water up at the Momplex!!! With the faucet done, we moved on to the showers. The plumbing is already stubbed out, so I just attached the shower head. In my defense, wouldn't I look even funnier with perfect hair as a plumber??? For the shower drains, we silicone the drains, And then screw them in place using the old double screwdriver trick. I know they make a tool for this .... but you can't have every tool, can you? Sometimes you just gotta make do with what you have. And then the drain is just screwed over top to hide the plumbing. Tada! Shower is done!!! The Momplex has definitely "moved up" since this day!!! This space behind the door was originally intended for either a larger tub instead of a shower or a linen closet. But Mom really wanted laundry on the main floor, so we sized the area just big enough to put a stacking laundry set in. When I say just big enough, I do mean just big enough. It could not have been any smaller. We placed a tub under the washer as cheap insurance in case of a leak ... Sad, I know, I'd have loved to have built pedestals under the washer and dryer, but the dryer would then have been too high. Sigh - you gotta compromise sometimes ... So what does that leave us with?????? Imagine being 8 months pregnant and spending most of your day working 2 miles from a fully functioning bathroom. Yes, I'm pretty darn excited that the toilet is up next!!! And then we can talk making it pretty!

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