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Is It Possible To Re-position Bath Taps On A Metal Bath ?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Yorkie, 16 Dec 2004.

  1. Yorkie

    Yorkie

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    Hi there,

    I have an unusual query - Can anyone please advise ?

    The house we've just bought has a white metal bath which is in
    very good condition so we would really like to keep it if possible.

    The problem is the taps. They are not in the normal position. They
    are situated on the upright end wall of the bath, just above, and on
    either side of the overflow outlet.
    It's the first time I've ever seen taps in this postion before.

    Would it be possible to re-position them ? It would of course mean
    drilling too new holes (1 inch +) and sealing up the old holes.

    Is possible to do this without causing any damage to the enamel ?

    If it's possible what's the best way to do it ?

    Thanks in advance.

    Yorkie
     
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    The enamel will chip, to minimize, use masking tape, then drill small hole first then gradually increase, IT WILL CHIP, but should probably be hidden by flange on the tap. Regard filling / hiding old hole, I think that will be more of a problem
     
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    I would have thought the bath is cast iron and probably 1/4 inch thick. I have seen core drills for drilling metal which use a diamond grit but they are expensive. Are you sure the rim of the bath is wide enough the take a tap, can the old pipwork be accessed and altered it might the old 3/4 inch stuff.
     
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    Getting taps to fit your holes is not a problem at all. Standard Globe taps are designed for that position. Wall-fitting mixers can usually be used with backnuts on the bits which would screw into wall fittings. Check the separation , but there are ways to alter it anyway. ANy good bathroom merchant shouldn't have a problem.

    If you want to drill it it's perfectly straightforward, use a hole saw. The oldholes could be capped with the things you sometimes see on kitchen sinks which are reversible. They come stainless steel, chrome or white plastic.
     
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  7. Yorkie

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    Thanks for the help.

    It's much appreciated. :D
     
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