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    Clearances and layout guidelines for the design of safe and comfortable bathrooms.

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    More accidents happen in the bathroom than in any other room in the house. An experienced design/build contractor explains how to make the bathrooms you build safer by matching fixture layout and clearances to the physical needs of your clients.

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    Take a tour with a master plumber as he makes the rounds of the twelve most common plumbing repairs.

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  • The Lowdown on Low-Flow Toilets

    Ready or not, a federal law that kicks in next January will make low-consumption toilets mandatory in all new residential construction.

  • Bringing the Bathroom Up to Code

    The bathroom is the most regulated room in the house. A contractor discusses the accessibility, safety, energy, and structural requirements you must comply with.

  • Kitchen & Bath: Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink

  • Q&A: Removing Water Scale From Fixtures

    Q: I’ve had several customers interested in salvage sinks and faucets for kitchen and bath remodels. However, most of these old fixtures are covered with water scale. What causes the scale buildup on kitchen and bath faucets and fixtures, and how can it be removed?

  • Bath Design Basics

    How to design successful baths — starting with accurate fixture dimensions and comfortable clearances.

  • The Down & Dirty on DWV

    A plumber explains how vents and traps work and how to solve some difficult venting problems.