Why the new cold water feed??

17 Jan 2012
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Me again!

Can anyone enlighten me as to why the existing cold water feed was not used for the sink and electric shower but instead this copper-in-to-plastic-pipe setup instead? Sorry, I’ve cut most of the plastic pipe off in this photo, but the copper pipe with the plastic elbows runs all the way back to the rising main.

Is this something to do with a power-shower electric shower needing a feed that doesn’t get interrupted by the demand from other taps?

I ask as we’re looking to remove the bath and replace it with a dedicated shower cubicle, and place the sink beside.
The simplest way seems to be for me to lose the additional pipe and instead tee in to the bath feed (as it looks like someone has, previously).

Sink with its new plastic feed and capped-off copper feed…?


Cheers all,

Edited as per post three
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If that's a mains cold running to the shower then it isn't a power shower, it'll be an electric shower, they are 2 quite different beasts.

There may have been a leak in the other pipe. The new feed is also laid along the ground rather than being run higher up so may have been done cause the other one got in the way of something, though TBH who knows, there must have been a reason for it though.

No reason it can't all be ripped out and made much neater and tidier than it is just now, that's for sure.

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