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Help & Advice for fitting new bathroom

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by M.M.Matthew, 4 Apr 2006.

  1. M.M.Matthew

    M.M.Matthew

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    I am planning on making some changes to our bathroom over the easter weekend and any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Firstly in the ensuite I am replacing the toilet and basin for a wall hung toilet, basin and shower
    In the main bathroom I am replacing the bath & basin & shower over bath (that has no pressure) for a bath, basin, toilet and separate shower
    Whilst I have done basic plumbing before, moved a radiator, put in an outside tap, I have never done anything on this scale
    I believe I want thermostatic power showers (simply because you cant beat a good shower), I have a "normal" boiler (not combi), do I need the shower feeds to come from the tank or cylinder, because they are back to back would 15mm feeds from a bath to both showers be sufficient or would I need separate feeds. What about the electric supply, is a normal plug feed OK or do I need a separate breaker
    Which order would you tackle this in or does it depend on the bathroom layout etc
    What about the shutting down and removal of the old system, I was thinking about turning the water off capping off the pipes then switching back on so that the family can still use the downstairs bathroom.
    How long would you suggest a competent DIYer should take?
    Thanks for any help and advice given
     
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  3. lorraine

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    if its a power shower, a normal plug feed will definitely be out of the question. You will need to get a dedicated cable from the fuse box/consumer unit to the shower. I would suggest you get 10mm^2 as this will cover pretty much any power shower you can buy.

    I would suggest if you can that you get hold of a load of isolating valves and use them to cap off, its easier to do that than unsolder end caps.

    Some of the questions your asking I can't answer without actually looking at the install.

    Good Luck

    Lorraine
     
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    Thank you for your help
     
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    It's illegal to wire up your own bathroom.

    BTW a power shower is just a pump and doesn't need 10mm cable. That's for a 10.4 KW Instant shower.


    joe
     
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    The isolating valves are a good tip, except that the ones with little screw-head or plastic lever inside have a tight reduction inside which restricts the flow; just what you don't want for a good squirty shower. however, you can buy the next larger size, and use a compression reducer to fit them to the pipe. Gate valves don't look as good, but, when open, they do not obstruct the water flow.
     
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    Isolating valves are now a legal requirement.
     
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