The 'Quick question' Thread

Wade Garrett

I am the projectionist.
I'll look up some brands. You won't have much use for stores near me.
Theres this non chain store near me that have the basic stuff for half the price but twice the quality you even get at DYI or discount stores. I got an enclosure there a couple of years ago as a temporary solution when the previous one broke and we weren't ready to tear out the bathroom completely. Let me see what I can find and I'll get back to you.
Nice one mate, thanks.
 

mirage2101

Well-Known Member
Nice one mate, thanks.
I've spend an hour going through old e-mails, receipts and websites but I can't find the brand of the shower cabin.

but some things I picked up last time.
I know it was around 400 euro. Where most cabins at that pricepoints have the wheels fixed to the glass so they're not following the rails perfectly this one had turning wheels. So the doors run a lot smoother in the rails and extending their life expectancy greatly. Most brands ask around 800 for that quality level.

It's good to realize that bad running or working cabins are often a result of a bad setup in the store. They're just slammed down and not lined up correctly. Of course you might not want to buy at a store that can't be bothered to demo properly.

When I had my bathroom done last time we would've liked a walk-in shower. That was quite costly spacewise but we made the shower "corner" over the entire width of the bathroom with two small walls and just a straight door in between them. There's a lot less that can go wrong with that setup.
Niches for your shampoo and razors etc are nice. We've had a seat made of the same tiles on the other side.
A rain shower is one of the best things you can treat yourself to but pick one that also has a regular shower head.

We have a double sink with a shallow drain system to keep more space in the drawers underneath. The central drain is a bit of a thing because your partners toothpaste tends to float to your half first before flowing away. The shallow drain system is also sensitive to clogging. I would'nt buy that again.

You'd think a toilet is a toilet is a toilet.. But our bowl is just a bit shorter then the one downstairs and its mightily anoying. I'm seriously considering replacing it. Soft close lids are great but have to be light and give a more flimsy plasticy feel.

Taps can be build in in the wall but that means you'll have to break the wall apart if something breaks. Where I live there's a lot of calcium in the water so that's asking for problems.

If you have old style copper plumbing, consider tearing it all out for modern plastic flexible ducts. There's a lot less risk of problems developing. My house is build in 79 and having seen what came out I'm glad I had this work done.

Don't put tiles on top of old tiles. If the cement of the old tiles degrades you'll get hollow spots under your new tiles and they'll break. If you want a cheap short term fix it's an option but if you're looking to be done for the next 15 years..

While choosing tiles the more natural tiles can only be washed with green soap. Other tiles have a layer on top of them that protects the tile from aggresive cleaning agents.


That's all I can think of for now :)
 

Magnus Pym

Grudges rot the soul
I'd say look around. The DIY stuff is often made down to a price. There are a lot of Bathroom specialist places on the internet but it might be worth travelling to see what's available. Waterfall taps are awful. If you get a fancy shower make sure you boiler/hot water system is up to it. Some toilets don't flush very well. Don't get a a 'modern' square toilet. They are awkward, uncomfortable and the choice of seat is limited. And yes, as above, time spent getting the tiling right is time well spent. I think that traditional glazed ceramic tiles are best.
 

Wade Garrett

I am the projectionist.
I've spend an hour going through old e-mails, receipts and websites but I can't find the brand of the shower cabin.

but some things I picked up last time.
I know it was around 400 euro. Where most cabins at that pricepoints have the wheels fixed to the glass so they're not following the rails perfectly this one had turning wheels. So the doors run a lot smoother in the rails and extending their life expectancy greatly. Most brands ask around 800 for that quality level.

It's good to realize that bad running or working cabins are often a result of a bad setup in the store. They're just slammed down and not lined up correctly. Of course you might not want to buy at a store that can't be bothered to demo properly.

When I had my bathroom done last time we would've liked a walk-in shower. That was quite costly spacewise but we made the shower "corner" over the entire width of the bathroom with two small walls and just a straight door in between them. There's a lot less that can go wrong with that setup.
Niches for your shampoo and razors etc are nice. We've had a seat made of the same tiles on the other side.
A rain shower is one of the best things you can treat yourself to but pick one that also has a regular shower head.

We have a double sink with a shallow drain system to keep more space in the drawers underneath. The central drain is a bit of a thing because your partners toothpaste tends to float to your half first before flowing away. The shallow drain system is also sensitive to clogging. I would'nt buy that again.

You'd think a toilet is a toilet is a toilet.. But our bowl is just a bit shorter then the one downstairs and its mightily anoying. I'm seriously considering replacing it. Soft close lids are great but have to be light and give a more flimsy plasticy feel.

Taps can be build in in the wall but that means you'll have to break the wall apart if something breaks. Where I live there's a lot of calcium in the water so that's asking for problems.

If you have old style copper plumbing, consider tearing it all out for modern plastic flexible ducts. There's a lot less risk of problems developing. My house is build in 79 and having seen what came out I'm glad I had this work done.

Don't put tiles on top of old tiles. If the cement of the old tiles degrades you'll get hollow spots under your new tiles and they'll break. If you want a cheap short term fix it's an option but if you're looking to be done for the next 15 years..

While choosing tiles the more natural tiles can only be washed with green soap. Other tiles have a layer on top of them that protects the tile from aggresive cleaning agents.


That's all I can think of for now :)
I'd say look around. The DIY stuff is often made down to a price. There are a lot of Bathroom specialist places on the internet but it might be worth travelling to see what's available. Waterfall taps are awful. If you get a fancy shower make sure you boiler/hot water system is up to it. Some toilets don't flush very well. Don't get a a 'modern' square toilet. They are awkward, uncomfortable and the choice of seat is limited. And yes, as above, time spent getting the tiling right is time well spent. I think that traditional glazed ceramic tiles are best.
Thanks lads, it's going to be a pain to be without a bathroom for 2 weeks!
 
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