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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:04 am 
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Rather than start a new thread, I'm looking to refresh my bathroom, hasn't been done in nearly 14 years!!

Anyway I'm looking for advice on where to buy from (require bath tub, toilet and sink), and also advice on what type of tub. I hear plastic ones are too flimsy and move too much and hence break the seal and lead to water escape.

So what bath and where from guys?

I'm in Birmingham btw [THUMBS UP SIGN]

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The Engineer wrote:
Rather than start a new thread, I'm looking to refresh my bathroom,


Better to start your own thread rather than dig up a nearly four year old thread. I've split them.



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Thanks for that. What do you mean you've split them?

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Split as in you now have your own thread.



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We had our two ensuites and bathroom done as part of the house refurbishment and we got all our bathroom furniture from better bathrooms (they have a showroom in Birmingham) as they were good on price and customer service.
They had the biggest selection of everything you could possibly want for a bathroom or ensuite and as a testament to their customer service, they replaced a glass shower screen that shattered during instillation free of charge.

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Agree with London Mike; find a good local supplier and visit their showroom.

Also "Plastic" baths aka acrylic or GRP are absolutely fine provided they are fitted correctly. I've fitted several and never had an issue.

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wine~o wrote:
Agree with London Mike; find a good local supplier and visit their showroom.

Also "Plastic" baths aka acrylic or GRP are absolutely fine provided they are fitted correctly. I've fitted several and never had an issue.

I guess it's the fitting that matters as you quite rightly say. Would you recommend a treated wood frame work (battens) plug and screwed to the three walls to help support the three side of the bath?

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Doesn't need to be treated... but yes any lengths that butt against a wall should be supported by a batten, the frame that comes as standard will be ok to support the remaining sides, but i have used a small frame of wood to support the open side of the bath and to screw a panel to....(plastic panels are usually pretty flimsy)

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I'll turn it the other way around and give you one supplier to avoid:- Victoria Plumb (as opposed to similarly named companies like Victorian Plumbing, etc).

Fitted a few bits from Victoria Plumb, including one complete bathroom, and the quality is often shocking: Gloss white basin and toilet vanity units that were slightly different shades of white/different finishes (despite being sold as a matching set). A toilet pan with a manufacturing defect -- a small hole in the casting -- that caused it to seep a large proportion of the flushed water over the customers bathroom floor when flushed after being newly installed. It took me 2 hours to remove the loo and find the cause:-
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I've also had problems with their cisterns being supplied with non-functioning internals (they seem to use cheap Chinese no-name components, as far as I can tell), such as this sticking (open & closed - it didn't mind how it stuck!) fill valve which I replaced with a branded one from good old ScrewFix:-
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I warn my customers off them now. In short, I am not a fan of their work! :sad:

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Agreed chrrris... anything bought on-line can be a risk; but I've only had one experience of Victoria Plumb. that was just a standard pedestal basin.. shocking quality.

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Thanks for the reply guys, will be looking at better bathrooms.

Question guys, the bathtub is surrounded by an exterior brick wall, interior wall and stud wall of an airing cupboard.

I'm going to strip the tiles off, should I go back to bare brick where possible and then fix Hardie backer boards?

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I would not buy from "Bathroom City", I did on someones recommendation, and regretted it, I now look on websites such as "TrustPilot" others are available.



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I usually have a look at local showrooms to find something i like because i can actually look at it properly, but i always buy it online for a cheaper price. I found that taps empire were very good on price and service.



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The Engineer wrote:
Thanks for the reply guys, will be looking at better bathrooms.

Question guys, the bathtub is surrounded by an exterior brick wall, interior wall and stud wall of an airing cupboard.

I'm going to strip the tiles off, should I go back to bare brick where possible and then fix Hardie backer boards?

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Hardie backer shouldn't be necessary.. assuming that the subsequent tiling is on a full bed of cement based adhesive.

plasterboard won't get wet if the install is correct.

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wine~o wrote:
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Thanks for the reply guys, will be looking at better bathrooms.

Question guys, the bathtub is surrounded by an exterior brick wall, interior wall and stud wall of an airing cupboard.

I'm going to strip the tiles off, should I go back to bare brick where possible and then fix Hardie backer boards?

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plasterboard won't get wet if the install is correct.


Plasterboard with a skim right or just moisture resistant plasterboard?



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