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Remodeled bathroom with new tub, sink, and toilet
January 28, 2012

Reinventing Your Bathroom with a Splash On emotional, practical, spiritual, and financial levels, a remodeled bathroom can be a very good thing. Maybe you’re thinking that colorful new wall tiles will lift your spirits when you walk in there each...

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Go Flush! Selecting and Installing a Toilet

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Letting technology take control

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Making It Legal: Remembering Building Codes

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Subcontractors and specialists

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Kicking Back While the Pros Do the Work

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