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Started by SaffronSunrise on Jul 29, 2020 11:31:23 AM
Bath Shower Mixer Taps

Do these ever work well?

What do I need to know/say to persuade cheating fuckwit Housing Association to install them competently/safely?

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tasselhoff - 29 Jul 2020 11:33:50 (#1 of 30)

Try and get a thermostatic mixer. They're magic.

RosyLovelady - 29 Jul 2020 11:35:25 (#2 of 30)

I think we've got one of those but it must be a very cheap one.

Agaliarept - 29 Jul 2020 11:41:21 (#3 of 30)

Bath Shower Mixer Taps

Read that as Bath Shower Mix Tapes.

Could only think of Splish Splash by Bobby Darin.

HouseOfLametta - 29 Jul 2020 11:42:04 (#4 of 30)

You need a lot of pressure so they only really work with their own pump.

Try and get some decent tap handles fitted, also. The 'irregular but very smooth, essentially cylindrical lump" tap handles are useless at the best of times but completely worthless when you are trying to control a shower with soapy hands.

solomongursky - 29 Jul 2020 11:42:07 (#5 of 30)

Why does it always rain on me?

Ginmonkey - 29 Jul 2020 11:44:11 (#6 of 30)

Yes thermostatic shower mixers are the way to go.

We have an Aqualisa one, very sleek so good for small bathrooms. It has a safety button so you can't accidentally put on very hot water (over 38 degrees you have to depress a button) it works well with a combi boiler.

It cost us about £500 in total to buy the tap and habe it fitted (that also included buying and fitting a mixer tap for the basin)

tasselhoff - 29 Jul 2020 11:44:12 (#7 of 30)

You need a lot of pressure so they only really work with their own pump.

Oops. I forgot about crap British plumbing.

Ginmonkey - 29 Jul 2020 11:45:33 (#8 of 30)

Our water pressure is good but then we are in a flat and our bathroom is supplied by a gravity tank.

Pinkgum - 29 Jul 2020 11:46:17 (#9 of 30)

I have a mixer tap for bath/shower, no pump but it is a ground floor bathroom and works pretty well. I miss having a cold tap though.

SaffronSunrise - 29 Jul 2020 11:46:56 (#10 of 30)

Hmm, interesting already. Thank you.

I have fantastic cold water pressure. Moderate/medium on the hot.

Verdigris - 29 Jul 2020 11:48:47 (#11 of 30)

Oops. I forgot about crap British plumbing.



New British plumbing installations have been mains pressure, like the swarthy continentals, for decades.

Rental properties have to have a Legionnaires Disease risk assessment done. That should preclude having a tank of pigeon broth in the loft.

limegreen - 29 Jul 2020 11:49:12 (#12 of 30)

I have a tap where one side you turn to the temp, the other turns the water on/off. Temp-wise it's good. But the temperature dial/tap is basically a cylinder and very stiff to turn. So be careful from that perspective. I find mine turns better when the water is off, but I still have to use a cloth to get a grip.

Agaliarept - 29 Jul 2020 11:50:33 (#13 of 30)

Why does it always rain on me?

Nice.

Ginmonkey - 29 Jul 2020 11:52:44 (#14 of 30)

Saffron - are your HA refusing to install them (I assume if they are doing your bathroom you are a tenant so get limited choice may be?) or are they proposing to install thermostatic mixers and you are concerned they are not suitable.

Ginmonkey - 29 Jul 2020 11:54:12 (#15 of 30)

I think for a small ish flat with good water pressure a small bathroom thermostatic shower mixers are perfect. The higher temperature lock makes them very safe for older people or young families.

SaffronSunrise - 29 Jul 2020 12:10:16 (#16 of 30)

They wanted to do an extensive overhaul - their first attempt failed pathetically several years ago, following which I wasn't having them back. Which has gone badly but that's a long story and my fault to some degree.

I'm looking for something simple and foolproof.

I've had so much shit and lies from them over 23 years, I can hardly tolerate speaking to them except to swear profusely.

Ginmonkey - 29 Jul 2020 12:41:37 (#17 of 30)

Well that sounds like a more deep seated problem that the type of tap.

So the fitters they hired can't do the job properly? I am not sure thermostatic taps are foolproof but if you are getting a bathroom refurb I would go with those if they are on offer, particulary if you can't control when they will be replaced. The only issue to consider is there are more moving parts to potentially go wrong that with bog standard mixer taps.

tasselhoff - 29 Jul 2020 12:43:07 (#18 of 30)

Even I can fit thermostatic mixer taps (just don't get the hot and cold mixed up, or it is either very cold or very hot).

deadmanwalking23 - 29 Jul 2020 12:49:34 (#19 of 30)

Read that as Bath Shower Mix Tapes.

Wet Dream - Max Romeo

helbel - 29 Jul 2020 13:55:19 (#20 of 30)

I have a thermostatic mixer tap for bath shower and it’s fab. (And a combi boiler so pressure is fine)

Mine is a Grohe one with a shelf. So it sits quite high above the bath but low enough that it’s a just the right height to put your shower gel on. Right side is bath/shower, left side is temperature.

Pic for you: https://flic.kr/p/rV2Zu3

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