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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?

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?


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:

RosyLovelady - 29 Jul 2020 14:02:20 (#21 of 30)

Our thermostat, if that's what it is, rarely permits the water to be hot enough and administers random deluges of unpleasant chilliness. But then, taking a shower is pretty much guaranteed to be a chilly process in comparison with taking a bath.

carterbrandon - 29 Jul 2020 14:06:41 (#22 of 30)

I have a combi boiler and Grohe thermostatic mixer shower. If someone flushes or turns a tap on, the pressure drops but the temp stays constant. Marvellous, and not what I've been used to.

tasselhoff - 29 Jul 2020 14:12:38 (#23 of 30)

See, they're magic.

MaryMC - 30 Jul 2020 02:13:57 (#24 of 30)

the pressure drops but the temp stays constant.

That's very clever. That problem's a constant source of annoyance in our house.

Ginmonkey - 30 Jul 2020 08:09:55 (#25 of 30)

Yep it is one of the big benefits to thermostatic taps, solves the annoying combi boiler issue.

Also solves the traditonal shower mixer issue of toggling betwen hot and cold to try and find an acceptable temperature - just set the dial to the desired temperature and you know what you are getting.

RosyLovelady - 30 Jul 2020 08:36:29 (#26 of 30)

I had no idea there was a "combi" (what an ugly word) "issue" (ditto).

bossab2 - 30 Jul 2020 08:38:38 (#27 of 30)

The wonder of thermostats.

Ginmonkey - 30 Jul 2020 10:33:24 (#28 of 30)

Combi boliers (short for combination boilers ) heat water on demand rather than using a water tank or timer.

The traditional problem with them was if you were having a nice hot shower and someone used a hot tap in the kitchen the shower would run cold. Thermostatic mixers solve that issue.

RosyLovelady - 30 Jul 2020 10:38:29 (#29 of 30)

That means we must have some sort of more-or-less effective thermostat.

Ginmonkey - 30 Jul 2020 11:00:01 (#30 of 30)

It sounds like it. They are easily replaceable.

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